Spider-Man: Homecoming only briefly featured Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben, without confirmation about what did happen to the character and the connection with his nephew. One fan claims that the events of Avengers: Endgame will lead to Tony Stark effectively filling the void of that iconic relationship.
Over on Reddit, one user predicts how Stark would fill that role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. First of all, it seems to be based on how important the father-son dynamic between the two characters already is. Stark did know about Peter’s abilities. He also gave Peter some advice on how to become the best that he can be. Clearly, there are already some dramatic differences between Tony Stark and Uncle Ben, yet there are some other ways in which Stark could become a defining figure for Parker in perpetuity.
In many incarnations of Spider-Man lore, Peter was in a situation where he pursued a petty task which inadvertently led to Ben’s demise. Before his passing, Uncle Ben instilled in his nephew Peter that “with great power comes great responsibility.” Most likely as to avoid depicting Ben’s death for the third time in a live-action movie, Ben was only mentioned as having passed, without Peter elaborating on the impact he had on his life. It’s evident he was an important figure. However, we did not know if Spider-Man was at all connected to Ben’s passing.
There is another prevailing theory about Avengers: Endgame.
It’s that original Avengers members will have to sacrifice themselves, allowing new characters to become major players in the MCU. This means Peter Parker could force himself to choose either saving Stark or saving others, with Stark possibly sacrificing himself. Moreover, Tony Stark could be out of the MCU. And his final moments would instill in Parker a new outlook with regards to his abilities and how he uses them.
Meanwhile, other theories have appeared since the Avengers: Infinity War release. That involved a fatal sacrifice, most likely as a tribute to the Soul Stone. As Thanos procuring the gem, he had to sacrifice Gamora to obtain the Soul Stone. Then he was able to construct the Infinity Gauntlet. Likewise, Avengers: Endgame could see Stark in a similar situation. Peter may have to decide to sacrifice someone to help save the universe.
So do you think Tony Stark will become the new “Uncle Ben”? We will find out what’s in store for the MCU when Avengers: Endgame hit theaters on April 26th, 2019.
Iron Man Star Robert Downey Jr. Reportedly Returning to MCU for Black Widow
It looks like the casting for Black Widow spinoff has not done just quite yet. A new report from Deadline says MCU star Robert Downey Jr. will be appearing one last time as Tony Stark in the Scarlett Johansson film releasing next May. Black Widow will kick off Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, actually set between the events of Civil War and Infinity War, making it a prequel rather than a continuation of the post-Endgame story.
While the casting of Robert Downey Jr. has not been confirmed by Marvel Studios just yet, fans still have their reason to believe that he will be reprising his role as Iron Man. However, potentially that could be just a cameo from Robert Downey Jr. or his very minor role.
Alongside Scarlett Johansson returning as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, the upcoming film will include David Harbour suiting up at Russian version of Captain America, Red Guardian, as well as Rachel Weisz and Florence Pugh as other Black Widow agents. The main supervillain of Black Widow is Taskmaster – a formidable foe thanks to his “photogenic reflexes” that allow him to observe and copy any fighting style quickly.
During Marvel’s Hall H panel at Comic-Con last July, the clip of Tony Stark warning Natasha “They are coming for you” from Civil War is used before leading into new footage from the movie. That includes scenes of Natasha on the run, so it is implied Black Widow will explore the period when she is hiding from the United Nations. In that case, Natasha may seek out help from Tony or at least contact him at some point in the movie. Though during the airport battle, they helped Captain America to escape, Tony Stark and Natasha Romanoff were still friends. And if Nat were truly in trouble, Tony would help out any way he could.
Then again, while Tony Stark coming to Natasha’s aide during Black Widow is a possibility, any involvement on Robert Downey Jr.’s part might also be for a flashback scene. Black Widow prequel will be exploring Natasha’s journey; it is also expected to develop her backstory further. This could involve flashbacks to her training in the Red Room, but it may include a new perspective on her time with Tony Stark during Iron Man 2. It may even be that Robert Downey Jr. does not film a new scene at all. Instead, his appearance in Black Widow is compiled from previously footage.
Whatever the reason for the return of Robert Downey Jr. in Black Widow, it is sure to be some time before anything official is announced publicly. After all, while it is possible Deadline accidentally revealed something that Marvel Studios wanted to be kept a secret, probably they just got their wires crossed.
Black Widow hits theaters on May 1st, 2020.
Marvel Star Robert Downey Jr. Reflects on Retiring from MCU with Chris Evans
“We had to get off.”
With Avengers: Endgame marking the end of the road in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans, the Iron Man actor says it had to be that way.
MCU’s Phase 4 will no longer have two of Marvel’s icons at the forefront after Endgame. Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) and Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) were among the original Avengers to be with the MCU from the very beginning. But now, they both had their stories wrapped up. Recently, in the fall issue of Disney twenty-three magazine, Robert Downey Jr. spoke about why it was time for him and Chris Evans to get off this crazy rollercoaster ride that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“We had to get off. We opted to. And we knew it was part of the job to get off the bus while it rolled on to other destinations,” said Downey Jr. “There is something very sobering about it. And I’m glad he and I will be there to welcome others as they retire their jerseys.”
— Marvel Universe (@77MCU) April 28, 2019
Robert Downey Jr. is not a fan of talking about his legacy, especially when people compare it to his co-stars like Chris Evans and Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo.
“I really don’t need to look any farther than my co-stars. Mark Ruffalo is an activist, Chris Evans is a diehard American and proponent of true democracy,” he said. “I don’t really have the gumption, the skill set, the drive, or the humility either of those guys do.”
While Downey Jr. might not want to talk about it, his impact in the MCU was worthy of celebrating, as he was recognized at the D23 Expo on Friday (August 23) when he was made a Disney Legend.
— Disney D23 (@DisneyD23) August 24, 2019
While we won’t see him in future Marvel films, we can relive the Endgame experiences with the home video version. Check out below for the bonus content that comes with it.
– Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter: One Last Dance – Captain America and Peggy Carter’s bond, forged in moments from previous movies that lead to a momentous choice in Avengers: Endgame.
Blu-ray and Digital:
– Remembering Stan Lee – Filmmakers and cast honoring the great Stan Lee in a fond look back at his MCU film cameos.
– Setting the Tone: Robert Downey Jr. Casting – The tale of how he was cast as Tony Stark in the original Iron Man – and launched the MCU.
– A Man Out of Time: Creating Captain America – Tracing the evolution of Cap with those who helped shape the look, feel, and character of this compelling superhero.
– Black Widow: Whatever It Takes – Following her journey both within and outside the Avengers, that includes the challenges she faced and overcame along the way.
– The Russo Brothers: Journey to Avengers: Endgame – Seeing how Joe and Anthony Russo met the challenge of helming two of the biggest movies in cinematic history, back-to-back!
– The Women of the MCU – MCU women sharing what it was like to join forces for the very first time in an epic battle scene – and be part of such a historic ensemble.
– Bro Thor – His appearance has changed but his heroism remains! Go behind the scenes to see how Bro Thor was created.
– Six Deleted Scenes – Including “Goji Berries,” “Bombs on Board,” “You Used to Frickin’ Live Here,” “Suckiest Army in the Galaxy,” “Tony and Howard,” and “Avengers Take a Knee.”
– Gag Reel – Laughing along with the cast in this epic collection of flubs, goofs, and gaffes from the set.
– Visionary Intro – Intro by directors Anthony and Joe Russo.
– Audio Commentary: Audio commentary by Joe and Anthony Russo, and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
Avengers: Endgame is available on digital HD, Blu-ray, and DVD. Grab yours now!
Robert Downey Jr. Distances Himself From Iron Man Role: “I’m Not What I Did With That Studio”
After wrapping Avengers: Endgame, star Robert Downey Jr. did bring his Iron Man story to a close in Marvel Studios, especially he has played the character of Tony Stark for the past ten years that anyone would seem a bit inseparable from the characters they tackle. For Downey, though it has never been that way, as he’s purposely tried to divide the person playing Iron Man that so many fans know him for.
During a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Robert Downey Jr. explained that early on it’d have been easy for the two to become the same person.
“Initially, be creating, associating and synergizing with Tony Stark and the Marvel Universe; and being a good company man, but also a little off-kilter, being creative and getting into all these other partnerships, it was a time when… What do they say? Owners start looking like their pets,” said Robert Downey Jr.
That being said, Downey made it a point not to let that happen, relying on his theatrical training and a process called aesthetic distance.
“I’m not my work,” said Downey. “I’m not what I did with that studio. I’m not that period of time that I spent playing the character. And it sucks because the kid in all of us wants to be like, ‘No. It is always going to be summer camp, and we are all holding hands and singing ‘Kumbaya.’”
Robert Downey Jr. also enjoyed his time playing Tony Stark/Iron Man and admits he huge paydays can provide security. “There is always a dependency on something that feels like a sure thing. It is the closest I’ll ever come to being a trust fund kid.”
Though Downey now has several projects on the way, including a new Sherlock Holmes movie and his reboot of Doctor Dolittle, he admits that he has not yet really started to explore a true post-Marvel and Iron Man life just yet.
“I haven’t been forced to explore the new frontier of what is my creative and personal life after this,” said Robert Downey Jr. “It is always good to get ahead of where you’re about to be. If you put eyes on ‘that is going to be a big turn down there, spring of ’19,’ I better start psychically getting on top of that. It is always in the transitions between one phase and the next phase that people fall apart.”
You can also watch a special feature below, revealing behind the scenes when Robert Downey Jr. first took the screen test as Iron Man. In the clip from Fandango, director Jon Favreau, producer Louis D’Esposito, casting director Sarah Halley Flynn, and Downey Jr. discuss the casting process that led to the actor becoming Marvel Studios’ first superhero.
For now, you can still see Robert Downey Jr. in the part of Iron Man, as Avengers: Endgame is getting re-released in theaters now.
Avengers: Endgame Fans Can Now Rent Tony Stark’s Cabin on Airbnb
Now die-hard fans of Avengers: Endgame can spend the night in one of its most iconic filming locations. Recently, according to a listing on Airbnb (via u/Brayud), a lakeside cabin in rural Fairburn, Georgia is now available starting at $355 per night. Upon closer inspection, there is no mistaken the cabin is where Tony Stark’s family lived during Endgame – and on a sadder note, this location of Stark’s final farewell towards the end of the movie.
The listing says this property is just a 20-minute drive from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, something that likely would help production manage to get all those actors on-site for that scene. The three bed, three bath cabin sleeps up to six guests and looking at the schedule, it still has plenty availability left this month, before available nearly the entire month of July – at least at the time of this posting.
“Set in the middle of beautiful Bouckaert Farm and home of Chattahoochee Hills Eventing, this guest cabin could be your home away from home,” reads the cabin’s listing. “ Need to get away from it all without traveling more than 30 mins from Atlanta? And need to have a corporate retreat with your elite team? Need to come take the kids fishing or watch a horse show? Then this is your place.”
It also should be pointed out that the listing no smoking, parties, or events are allowed on the premises so if you’re hoping to throw a buckwild Avengers: Endgame party, it looks like you are out of luck.
After Tony Stark himself was killed off during Endgame, fans were quick to throw their support behind a petition demanding Marvel Studios to bring Iron Man back to life, which then found a cult following online.
“MCU’s Tony Stark deserves to come back fully alive,” reads the petition. “Tony was always ready to risk his life, to suffer, and even sacrifice himself for anyone, without ever receiving anything in return. Since the beginning, since he was just a kid. Tony can never be happy, and when he finally got what he always wanted, and deserved, his wife, his daughter, his family,… he died. He did not deserve this, and it is not fair. After everything he has been through and done for everyone, he deserves to live and see his daughter grow up.”
So, what’s your favorite part of Avengers: Endgame? Share with us in the comments below!
Meanwhile, Avengers: Endgame continues its box office run ahead of Spider-Man: Far From Home swinging into theaters July 2. Captain Marvel is already available digitally and will get a home media release on June 11.
“Avengers: Endgame” Directors Say Robert Downey Jr. Deserves an Oscar
With Avengers: Endgame finally hitting theaters last week, the film has already broken numerous box office records, and now it’s being praised as one of the best films ever in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Among many actors in the movie, there is one individual who specifically shined, and that is none other than Robert Downey Jr. The actor has been portraying Tony Stark/Iron Man for 11 years since his debut back in 2008. And the directors of Avengers: Endgame, Joe and Anthony Russo, feel that it is about time he’s recognized by The Academy for the achievements in his role. According to the Washington Post, the duo believes Downey Jr. deserves an Oscar more than anyone.
“His cumulative body of work from these films is staggering,” Joe said during the film’s promotion tour in Washington. “So if you look at the work over just even the last hour [Marvel] films he has done, it is phenomenal. Now he deserves an Oscar perhaps more than anyone in the last 40 years because of the way he has motivated popular culture.”
With some of Robert Downey Jr.’s onscreen moments, “it is heartbreaking,” added Joe. “He has the world in tears right now.”
In the Avengers: Endgame – The Official Movie Special – a new hardcover detailing what happened behind the scenes, told from the perspectives of the cast and crew of the film – Robert Downey Jr. talked about his tenure as his iconic character, Iron Man, saying:
“I think if you had done as many of these films as I have and the first one was so definitive and game-changing – not because I am so great, but because everybody did their job so well.”
“What [director, Jon] Favreau and Gwyneth [Paltrow] did and everybody. It is just like having a great football team, a great group of folks,” he concluded.
After 11 years playing Iron Man in nine different movies (10 including his The Incredible Hulk cameo), fans think Downey Jr.’s skills went above and beyond expectations in Endgame, leading a movement of fans to take to social media and claim that he deserves an Academy Award.
Superhero films are not known to win over members of the Academy, with even a movie like Black Panther being overlooked in acting and directing categories, even after scoring a Best Picture nomination. To say Robert Downey Jr. has his work cut out for him would be a bit of an understatement, with many more months and dozens of movies to consider before nominations are officially confirmed.
While nominations for roles in comic book films are rare, Heath Ledger notably won the Best Supporting Actor posthumously for starring the Joker in The Dark Knight. As for Robert Downey Jr., he has also been nominated in the past but has yet to win the coveted award. The actor was nominated in 1992 for playing the titular role in Chaplin as well as his hilarious turn in Tropic Thunder in 2009. While the odds might now be in his favor, some fans are taking to Twitter, sharing their desires to see Robert Downey Jr. earn the award.
You can scroll down to see what fans are campaigning for Downey to get an Oscar for Avengers: Endgame.
Robert Downey Jr. has been the linchpin of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since it began in 2008, playing Tony Stark in 10 different films—is it time for him to win an Oscar? https://t.co/klqMIUJ6V1
— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) May 3, 2019
— Fiorenza M. J. Panke 🇪🇺 (@FiorePanke) May 3, 2019
Hell Yeah He Deserves It! He Deserved It Long Ago! #loveyou3000
— Elizabeth Brannan (@Elizabe11781) May 3, 2019
It’s crazy how folks act like anyone can play a part! @RobertDowneyJr is a very talented man! I have nothing but respect for a man that can pull his life together with as many haters as he has! Amazing Man! People need to start talking notes! #loveyou3000 #hatersgonnahate
— Elizabeth Brannan (@Elizabe11781) May 3, 2019
@RobertDowneyJr p.s lol I really don’t think there’s a more Oscar worthy performance as an actor as you hitting the best snap 👌 in the existence of film and my soul among 330 million others being ripped out in the last 20 minutes of #endgame
— jasontwitten (@BigBenXXX1987) May 3, 2019
@RobertDowneyJr p.s lol I really don’t think there’s a more Oscar worthy performance as an actor as you hitting the best snap 👌 in the existence of film and my soul among 330 million others being ripped out in the last 20 minutes of #endgame
— jasontwitten (@BigBenXXX1987) May 3, 2019
Absolutely. I’m not big on superhero movies getting Oscars, but this is the career/comeback Oscar Robert Downey Jr fully deserves https://t.co/IqEDoRysSm
— Jeff (@jkjak13) May 3, 2019
— Amal kishor (@iiamalkishorii) May 3, 2019
I have now seen Avengers Endgame twice and I demand an Oscar nomination for Robert Downey Jr.
— Julia (@juliakakish) May 3, 2019
While it is likely Endgame is the last we will see Robert Downey Jr. in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he’ll be teaming up once again with Tom Holland (the MCU’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man) in the upcoming movie, The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle. He is also in development to play Geppetto in Ron Howard’s adaptation of Pinocchio. The actor is now expected to reprise his role of Sherlock Holmes in a third installment to the franchise in 2021.
Avengers: Endgame is now in theaters everywhere. You can also purchase Avengers: Endgame – The Official Movie Special now on sale at Amazon.
So, how about you? Do you think that Robert Downey Jr. deserves an Oscar? Share with us in the comments!
“Avengers: Endgame” Directors Explain Where “I Love You 3,000” Line Actually Came From
Avengers: Endgame has probably delivered fans everything they were hoping for in the culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially with all of the main characters offering what endeared us to them in the first place.
In the case of Iron Man, it delivered multiple quotable lines, ranging from snarky quips to heartfelt confessions. There is one of the more memorable lines in the film. And that’s something Tony Stark’s daughter Morgan said to him, professing, “I love you 3,000.” Stark then embraced this line and used it himself later on in Endgame, tugging at both fellow characters’ and the audiences’ heartstrings. Recently, the directors of Avengers: Endgame revealed the inspiration for the line was actually from Robert Downey Jr.’s own child.
According to Watching Hollywood’s post on Weibo, co-director Anthony Russo spoke about the origins of the line. A rough translation of the post reveals that Robert Downey Jr. relayed a story about his child telling him, “I love you 3,000.” And the way showing the love to their dad made the filmmakers thought it was an endearing phrase which they wanted to see included in the Endgame script. The actor has three children, and though it was unspecified which of them shared this admission.
Meanwhile, there is another idea about the meaning of this “3,000” phrase. That’s actually a nod to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as “3,000” is the combined number of minutes every already-released film and the yet-to-launch Spider-Man: Far From Home run for. Figures from IMDb in the MCU timeline thus far – from the first Iron Man to Avengers: Endgame – as running for a total of 2,867 minutes. Assuming that the upcoming Far From Home will match the 133-minute runtime of its predecessor Homecoming, so that will bring the number up to 3,000. Still, Marvel has not confirmed the official runtime for Far From Home as of this writing, so this theory is much thinner than the previous one, though it is just as nice.
Anthony Russo also noted that this was one of many contributions that Downey brought to the endeavor. With this phrase became one of the film’s memorable quips, the Russos recently shared that another iconic line, which is a repetition of one of the earliest moments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was an incredibly last-minute addition.
WARNING: Spoilers ahead.
During the Avengers’ final battle, Thanos wields what he believes to be the functioning Infinity Gauntlet, uttering the phrase, “I am inevitable,” then he snaps his fingers. Tony Stark reveals that he’s the one with the Infinity Stones, professing, “I am Iron Man,” much like he did at the end of 2008’s Iron Man.
“Tony used not to say anything at that moment. And then we were in the editing room going, ‘He has to say something,” the Russo Brothers confessed at a Q&A for the movie. “This is the character who has lived and died by quips. And we just could not. We tried a million different last lines. Thanos was saying ‘I am inevitable.’ And our editor Jeff Ford, who has been with us all four movies, is an amazing storyteller, saying ‘Why don’t we just go full circle with it and say ‘I am Iron Man.’ And we were like, ‘Get the cameras! We have to shoot this tomorrow.’”
How about you? Which line in the film that makes you feel touching the most? Share with us in the comments!
Avengers: Endgame is now in theaters.
The Meaning of “Cheeseburgers” Line in “Avengers: Endgame”
With Avengers: Endgame already hitting theaters, there was plenty worth crying about at the end of the film. And actually, there was one line in particular that seemed to get everyone choked up. In the final moments of the movie, there’s a conversation about “cheeseburgers” that is said within the context of Endgame itself. However, if you dig back through the past of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this line is even more heartbreaking than we might have initially thought.
WARNING: This following article contains major spoilers.
The “cheeseburgers” line in question comes at Tony Stark’s funeral at his lake house, when Happy Hogan is sitting with Tony’s daughter, Morgan, asking her if she wants some food. He asks what she wants to eat, and she replies “Cheeseburgers.” Then a smile comes across Happy’s face, and he said, “Your dad liked cheeseburgers too. I will get you all the cheeseburgers you want.”
So this scene was already an emotional time that saw a man’s best friend helping to take care of his family after he passed away. It is also a tie back to the beginning of the film, where the conversation we see between Tony and Morgan is about what she wants for lunch. However, this cheeseburger bit is much bigger than all of that.
Let’s think back to the original Iron Man in 2008 when Tony Stark first returned home after being taken captive and creating his very first iteration of the Iron Man suit. When he got in the car with Happy, he asked for two things: a press conference and an American cheeseburger. Burgers have always been one of Tony’s favorite foods (he could eat three of them on camera that day if you pay close attention). And it only fits that his young daughter makes the same request of her late father’s best friend.
To peek back even one more layer, cheeseburgers are also a big part of Robert Downey Jr.’s story. The actor credits a “repulsive” cheeseburger from Burger King as the catalyst for him giving up drugs, so the inclusion of the food in his story is actually an extension of Downey’s real-life changes.
So, what do you think about this? Did the cheeseburger line hit you hard at the end of the film? Share with us in the comments!
Avengers: Endgame is playing in theaters now.
“Avengers: Endgame” Directors Revealed The Meaning of the Post-Credits Stinger
Fans have been conditioned at this point to stay after the credits for Marvel Studios films, which is typically rewarded by a post-credits sequence. Most movies even have two sequences, with one taking place midway through the credits and the other after all the credits have rolled, and they often help tease or set up the next Marvel film in some way.
However, Avengers: Endgame directors Russo Brothers recently went a different direction with the post-credits item at the end of the film, explaining what it was and the reasoning behind the decision to include it. And these final moments of the film still leave us with one last stinger that brings the entire Infinity Saga full circle.
In case you are not familiar to this, when the Endgame’s credits draw to a close, you would hear a hammer hitting metal several times, each time getting louder. And according to Joe, this moment was intended as a nod to Tony Stark/Iron Man, as his story indeed did come to a close in Endgame.
“There is indeed a sound of iron, which is to say goodbye to him in our way.”
Obviously, Marvel fans have already identified this noise as an excerpt from 2008’s Iron Man. Especially, it is believed to be the sound of Tony Stark hammering down on his first mask ever, while trapped in a cave in Afghanistan. In that sense, you could argue that it is the sound of the first MCU hero being created.
And for those who have seen Endgame will also know, Tony Stark gets a much bigger sendoff within the movie, as various characters from the last decade of superhero franchise gather for his funeral. The sequence even sees the surprise return of Ty Simpkins as Harley Keener, who is looking all grown up since his last appearance in Iron Man 3.
Eventually, fans had to say goodbye to Tony Stark in Endgame after the hero managed to steal the Infinity Stones away from Thanos in the climactic battle. He would then take the toll of all the power and snap his fingers with the words “I am Iron Man,” commanding Thanos along with his entire army out of existence. The toll would prove too great though for Tony, even with his armor. And he died alongside his allies and the love of his life, Pepper Potts.
“We are going to be okay. You can rest now.”
The funeral for Tony Stark takes place later where the heroes say goodbye to their beloved friend, and we also get a glimpse of all the heroes who survived because of what he did. It was Iron Man who started all of this, so it is fitting that the sound of iron is what ends this first chapter.
Recently, during an interview with The New York Times, the film screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely reflected on the decision to kill off Iron Man. According to this pair, the idea of letting Tony Stark alive was never particularly considered, since the film’s first passage already give him “the perfect retirement life.”
The two scribes went on to argue that Stark’s death in Avengers: Endgame “does not feel like a tragedy. It feels like a heroic, and finished life.” They may be right, but don’t be surprised as his old protégé Peter Parker/Spider-Man is not in a particularly sunny mood when Spider-Man: Far From Home hits theaters on this July 2nd.
Tony, we love you three thousand!
Avengers: Endgame is now playing in theaters.
Who is the Teenage Boy at the End of “Avengers: Endgame”?
The time has arrived eventually! Avengers: Endgame is officially in theaters, and Marvel fans are now learning which of Doctor Strange’s 14,000,605 possible outcomes comes to fruition. If you have not seen the film set, you should save this post for later as it contains some major spoilers. If you did, you might be confused about a certain person who showed up at the end of the film.
Final Warning: Spoilers Ahead!
The ending of Avengers: Endgame is downright tragic as the team ended up losing their founding member. In order to save humanity and stop Thanos once and for all, Iron Man has to use the Infinity Stones to snap Thanos as well as his army. Doing so, Tony is critically injured and eventually dies from these complications. One of the final scenes of Endgame is a ceremony by the Stark’s lakehouse, and it is well attended with appearances from the Stark family, the Parkers, the Pyms, the royal family of Wakanda, with Captain Marvel, and many other familiar faces. However, there is also a seemingly random teenage boy at Tony Stark’s funeral.
Endgame saw an array of surprising cameos from the entire MCU history, and one you may have missed was in attendance at Tony’s funeral. The tall teenager kid standing by himself may have been unrecognizable because he has grown up a lot since we last saw him. This mysterious kid was none other than Harley Keener, as portrayed by the fantastically named actor Ty Simpkins in Iron Man 3. When Iron Man found himself without working armor in scenic Rose Hill, Tennessee, he stumbled into Harley’s family garage, where the boy ended up helping Tony repair his suit. Then they bond and together take on the baddies who end up holding Harley hostage. The whiz kid uses a flash grenade Tony gifted him to escape. But eventually Tony leaves him on the side of a road in order to continue his quest for vengeance and justice. It is a somewhat sad ending to their buddy comedy, until we learn, at the end of the film, that Tony sent a ludicrous amount of science goodies to Harley. Remember that, now?
Ty Simpkins was just 12 years old when Iron Man 3 was released in 2013. And now he turned 17, so don’t feel bad if you could not place him at first. In addition to the third Iron Man movie, the young actor was also one of the stars of Jurassic World and Insidious. In 2016, Simpkins re-teamed up with Iron Man 3 director, Shane Black, for The Nice Guys. You can also catch him next in the upcoming thriller movie, Deliberation.
Fast forward to a few MCU films, and it appears that the two maintained a rapport over the years. The Endgame funeral is hardly a public affair, and there Harley Keener is fighting back the tears in the crowd. The camera stalls on his sorrows long enough – maybe two and a half seconds – to cue the audience into understanding that the appearance of this kid is important. We have to hand it to the Russo Brothers. All the pieces matter!
During a recent interview with EW, the filmmakers went to explain why Harley did merit a cameo in Endgame.
“Clearly Tony had an effort on him,” Joe said.
“Did you know who it was when you saw him?” Anthony asked. “By the way, nobody does! It is hard because he grew up since that movie!”
“We will put things in that we hope the Internet will then explain to everyone,” Joe added. “That is one of those things where somebody just has to go look at his IMDB and start posting it on Twitter and then it catches on. It is a fun Easter egg.”
So, what was your favorite cameo in Avengers: Endgame? Share with us in the comments!
Avengers: Endgame is now playing in theaters. Other MCU movies include Captain Marvel, which is still in select theaters, and Spider-Man: Far From Home, which arrives on July 2.
“Avengers” Directors Revealed the Only Actor to Get Entire Scripts
Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame are definitely two of the biggest movies in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, bringing together all of the superheroes virtually that have appeared in the series thus far. A slight complication to having such a massive roster of superheroes is that the more people who know the story, the more chance there are for that story to be spoiled.
Recently, during an interview with Rotten Tomatoes, while recalling the experience that brought the two films to life, directors Joe and Anthony Russo revealed that Robert Downey Jr., who birthed the MCU with his character Iron Man in 2008, is likely the only actor in the MCU to have read the films’ entire scripts.
“Probably [Robert Downey Jr.] was the only one actually to read the entire scripts,” Joe admitted. “I think Benedict [Cumberbatch, Doctor Strange] got the scripts that included his scenes only. And [Chris] Evans might have read the whole script.”
You can watch the full video below.
While some people might think this is a complex way to make a movie, ultimately it’s done to allow each actor to have the freedom of ignorance, because if they do not know the entire story, they do not have to worry about letting key details slip out.
“Part of our motivation to do this is it just takes a lot of pressure off of people,” Anthony shared. “I mean, it’s hard to constantly censor yourself about what you are saying, or how you talk because these films are your whole life. “It is everything you are doing all day long; the inclination is to talk about it. And so we take a lot of pressure off of people just by saying, ‘Okay, the less you know, the less you’ll have to mind yourself.’”
In the larger scope of Infinity War, with various characters on their own journeys, it made the actors only having their isolated dialogued easier for the talent, with the filmmakers nothing this strategy continued through Endgame, in spite of the movie featuring the characters interacting with another more in the wake of Thanos’ deadly snap.
“Thor, [Chris] Hemsworth’s character, does not need to know what Captain America is doing for most of Infinity War. Hemsworth reads his scenes, and Evans read his scenes. So if they do not read the rest of the movie, they do not know what is going on with it, and it makes it easier to have conversations with people,” confirmed Joe. “So we kept it going through, even more so, with Endgame. There’re more secrets in Endgame than there’re in Infinity War.”
Though there are many complications that come with this shooting strategy, the benefit ultimately goes to the audiences, because the chances of anything being spoiled is reduced immensely.
“It’s a more tedious way to work, to be honest, because we have to do more discussion on set about context because they do not have the entirety of the script to rely on,” Anthony explained. “You have to work harder in order to work this way, but we do believe it is worth it because the payoff is a special experience in the movie theater for all the audiences.”
The secrets of Avengers: Endgame will be unveiled when it lands in theaters on April 26.