Robert Downey Jr. Had A Bigger Influence On Avengers: Endgame Than We Knew
Avengers: Endgame was many things, but perhaps first and foremost it was a love-letter-slash-swan-song for Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. Dozens of characters are featured in a wide gamut, from the tiniest cameo to center stage, but Endgame was at its heart an Iron Man movie. Once upon a time, the Downey Jr. was the most famous actor cast in a leading role in the franchise, the highest-paid, and its biggest public advocate. That isn't to say it was a one-way street, either; RDJ owes a substantial proportion of his career rehabilitation to the role, and he knows it.
As part of that cycle of gratitude, the directors of Avengers: Endgame – the famous Russo Brothers, Joe and Anthony — explained in a livestream of the film on April 27, 2020 that back when they were filming, they worked with Downey Jr. in a unique way, not just for the franchise, but also for filmmaking in general. In doing so, the Hollywood veteran added a lot of character value for this last, great performance as the figurehead of a multi-billion-dollar series.