Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr) first solo adventure marks the beginning of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and, therefore, is the main culprit for the release of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ on April 27.
Marvel Studios fans will know that Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) was the one who convinced the rest of the superheroes to create the Avengers in 2012, four years after he was kidnapped in Afghanistan and had his first solo adventure fighting in revolutionary high-tech armor. It should be noted that everything that happens in the film is the result of a series of decisions that, had they been made differently, could have presented a very different hero. Which actors had the opportunity to bring Stark to life? Why is Downey Jr the perfect choice? Who is the character based on? Read on for these details and many more.
THE PRESENTATION OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE DID NOT EXIST
The fact that Iron Man It is the first installment of an extensive Universe, which now raises the possible destruction of the world at the hand of Thanos and the Black Order, makes it one of the main culprits of its current situation. At year 2008, director Jon Favreau -who also plays the hilarious Happy Hogan-, and actor Robert Downey Jr presented a feature film that would change the superhero genre over time.
The most staunch fans of the adaptations of La Casa de las Ideas will know that before each of the films is screened a video with images of all your titles and, therefore, with the faces of all the superheroes of the same universe. One of the main curiosities is that this presentation did not yet exist and the tape only refers to these booklets with a small video in which the pages of the comics are turned in which the Hulk, Captain America and Black Widow can be distinguished. What it does include is the already usual scene after the credits of his films!
‘IRON MAN’, THE BEST OF DOWNEY JR’S LIFE
The actor of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang recalled his beginnings in the Marvel Universe during the promotional tour of Captain America: Civil War, a moment that he took the opportunity to confess that this role managed to change his life without forgetting to joke about its great importance: “There is no Marvel Cinematic Universe without me, I’ve done everything in it. I don’t take myself seriously, but I do take Tony Stark quite seriously. “
His involvement in the adventures of this character has also earned him the title of the oldest actor in the superhero genre, appearing in Iron Man with 43 years, in Iron Man 2 with 45 years, in Iron Man 3 with 48 and in the future Avengers: Infinity War with 52 years.
OTHER ACTORS WHO COULD HAVE BEEN TONY STARK
Although nobody is able to imagine Tony Stark with the face of another actor other than Robert Downey Jr, this was not the first chosen to give life to the billionaire. Other performers like Hugh Jackman (Logan), Nicolas Cage (The search), Tom Cruise (Mission Impossible) y Clive Owen (The Knick) They got the call to bring the superhero to life. Ultimately, they did not become part of the project. Can you imagine that one of them had been chosen?
THE ACTRESS CHOSEN TO LIVE ‘PEPPER’ POTS
In the case of Virginia ‘Pepper’ Pots, the House of Ideas casting managers also had a very different image of Stark’s assistant and later girlfriend. In all the movies released, actress Gwyneth Paltrow is in charge of keeping Downey Jr on his feet and causing no more problems with his crazy decisions. At first, Rachel McAdams (Noahs diary) he took a call from Jon Favreau in which he was offered to participate in the film as Pots, but the interpreter decided to reject the role.
THE LUCKY CAMEO OF STAN LEE
Writer and character designer Stan Lee appears in Iron Man dressed as the womanizer and founder of Playboy Hugh Hefner. The choice of this small cameo was not accidental, as the character is inspired by another businessman and filmmaker magnate Howard Hughes, who was also nicknamed as a true ‘playboy’ due to his expensive tastes and the multiple relationships that he lived throughout his life with different public figures such as Katharine Hepburn or Ava Gardner.
THE SIMILARITIES BETWEEN TONY STARK AND ROBERT DOWNEY JR
The similarities between Downey Jr and the character also meant a great incentive in terms of the choice of the interpreter in question. These two icons of cinema have always had a very similar ‘unhealthy’ life. The actor who plays Tony Stark had to fight to get out of different drug addictions, while the animated character had to deal with alcoholism in the different scripts of the House of Ideas. This great coincidence has been key in setting aside Iron Man’s main adversary in the movies and the cause of his addictions never being named on the big screen. Is there someone who is more like him?
HIS PARTICIPATION IN THE SCRIPT AND HIS NEW OFFICE
It is rumored that the leader of the Avengers rented an office very close to the office where he worked Jon favreau in order to have greater control of the script of Iron Man. What has been confirmed is that both Downey Jr and Jeff Bridges spent many hours locked up changing the script of some scenes that did not convince either of the two actors.
“We had two weeks to rehearse and we took advantage of it, basically, to rewrite it. The day before filming started, a Marvel worker called us saying, ‘Oh, no, no, no, they can’t do it.’ we would meet secretly in my dressing room and rehearse what we wrote, while the others were folded their arms, wondering when we were going to arrive. We were trying to rewrite the scene we were going to shoot that day, ”Bridges confessed during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
IRON MAN ARMOR DETAILS
The protagonist of Iron Man He wears different armor throughout the movie due to his plot. The film starts with a desperate Tony Stark who manages to escape from his kidnapping with a basic suit that allows him to fly and flee from the place where he was locked up, but as the film progresses he develops new technology that allows him to improve the first one. The classic superhero costume consists of 450 pieces and has a weight of 50 kilos.
COLLECTION AND FIRST CRITICISMS
The team of Iron Man raised a total of $ 585 million at the global box office after its premiere on May 2, 2008, with 12 of these millions coming from Spain. The first critics of the film defined it saying that “we all feel the public figure mask that he puts on to cover his deep personal wounds “,”An unusually elegant movie“or” A dark delight that combines pop culture wit with genuine emotional depth. “
THE ‘CONCEPT-ARTS’ OF THE FILM
Of course, Robert Downey Jr and Gwyneth Paltrow are not the only ones who had competitors when it came to being part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the development of Iron Man different designers worked who had to find the perfect way to adapt the drawings of the House of Ideas on the big screen. The ‘concept-arts’ that you will find on these lines are some of those drafts with which they competed to gain a foothold in the history of superheroes. These specifically are by Ryan Meinerding, a concept artist who has worked on more Marvel Studios films.
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