It can be said that Robert Downey Jr. is the face of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It turns out, however, that Kevin Feige said it was the most risky step in the studio.
Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige claims Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man is the most risky step on the part of the studio. In the mid-2000s, Marvel had the idea of funding their own films in order to have total creative control over their projects. Until then, they continued to collaborate with other studios such as Fox and Sony on projects such as X-Men and Spider-Man. Marvel Studios decided to make a movie about Iron Man, but many people thought it was a crazy idea. Additionally, Jon Favreau was not such a famous director and Robert Downey Jr. was such a famous actor. After all – it paid off for them.
In an interview with CinemaBlend, Kevin Feige himself admitted that if it weren’t for Downey Jr., the MCU wouldn’t be where they are now. So, while this is the biggest risk they’ve taken so far, it was also the most successful one that laid the foundations for this brand.
I was fortunate enough to be part of the early Spider-Man and X-Men movies. But we wanted to make a movie about Iron Man. I still think the biggest risk – which now seems outrageous – was casting Robert Downey Jr. It was both the biggest risk and the most important thing in creating the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Without Robert, we wouldn’t be sitting here today.
He was an amazing actor. Everyone knew he was an amazing actor. But he wasn’t a movie star. Jon Favreau, on the other hand, really had a vision for the movie and saw Robert in that role. I think that this decision and the success of that decision opened the gates for us to the future.
photo: Marvel Studios
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It is fair to say that Robert Downey Jr. started the MCU and brought them to the showrooms. The actor accompanied us through many films. From 2008 Iron Man, through Captain America: War of Heroes and ending with Avengers: Endgame. It’s over 10 years of shared history with Tony Stark’s impersonator. Of course, the end of Robert Downey Jr.’s collaboration. this is not the end of his comic book adaptations. The series he produced can now be watched on Netflix. We are talking about the Gourmand.
Source: Screen Rant / introduction illustration: still from the movie Iron Man.