The Russo brothers have been keeping Marvel fans entertained for many years. Having directed some of the most successful MCU films, they have navigated fans from deeply emotional moments. Their MCU portfolio includes Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. That being said, a lot has happened under their creative watch, including killing Tony Stark.
MCU fans underwent a lot of turmoil after watching Avengers: Endgame, because they witnessed the beloved character, Tony Stark, sacrifice himself. Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man is one of the most recognized superheroes ever, and now he only appears in the MCU in memorial settings.
Jon Favreau, who played Stark’s companion Happy Hogan in all three Iron Man films as well as the Avengers films, tried his best to keep the character alive. The Russo Brothers spoke with Vanity Fair and revealed how Favreau tried convincing them not to kill Iron Man. Anthony Russo first talked about how the conversation went.
Part of the pressure [not to kill Tony Stark] came from Jon Favreau, who called us up after he read the script … and said to us, ‘Are you really going to kill Iron Man?
Joe Russo added that he talked to Favreau about getting him to take the news a bit easier. Favreau’s main concern was to not let the fans of Tony Stark get devastated. However, his persuasion wasn’t enough, as Iron Man did sacrifice himself in the end.
He did. Yeah. And I remember pacing on the corner of a stage on the phone with Favreau trying to talk him off a ledge. Because he’s like, ‘You can’t do this. It’s gonna devastate people, and you don’t want them, you know, walking out of the theater and into traffic.’ We did it anyways.
Happy Hogan still remains a strong presence in the MCU, despite Stark’s passing. He was in Spider-Man: Homecoming alongside Tony Stark, and recently worked in Spider-Man: No Way Home as well. While Tony Stark is being missed, Marvel still has a lot planned for Phase 5. It’s possible we might even get to see a few reiterations of the character as well.
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