The Russo Brothers Say Jon Favreau Tried To Prevent Iron Man’s Death In ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Jon Favreau never agreed to say goodbye to Iron Man.

During the last interview with Vanity FairJoe and Anthony Russo – who directed the last two Avengers films – shared that Favreau struggled to come to terms with Iron Man’s death after reading the ‘Avengers: Endgame’ script.

Favreau directed “Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2” and played Harold “Happy” Hogan in the wonder Cinematic universe.

On Iron Man’s death, Anthony revealed, “Some of the pressure came from Jon Favreau, who called us after reading the script…and said, ‘Are you really going to kill Iron? Man?'”

Joe added: “I remember pacing around the corner from a scene on the phone with Favreau trying to talk him off a ledge. ‘Cause he’s like, ‘You can’t do this. It’s going to devastate people, and you don’t want them to walk out of the theater and into traffic. We did it anyway.”

Joseph and Anthony Russo attend special screening of Netflix's upcoming action thriller "The gray man" in Mumbai on July 20.  The two recently spoke to Vanity Fair about Tony Stark's death.
Joseph and Anthony Russo attend the special screening of Netflix’s upcoming action thriller ‘The Gray Man’ in Mumbai on July 20. The two recently spoke to Vanity Fair about Tony Stark’s death.

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Eleven years beforeAvengers: Endgame“, Tony Stark was the first Avenger audiences encountered when, in 2008, he thrilled moviegoers with his playboy image, sarcastic comebacks and flashy gimmicks.

In the 2019 box office hit, Stark dies in a beautifully executed character arc after sacrificing himself to help restore the world and defeat Thanos, who wiped out half of life in the universe.

The death of the socialite genius turned selfless hero has left fans emotional, even sparking a Twitter Frenzy After the film’s release, many fans took to the app to say goodbye to the beloved character using his now-iconic phrase, “I love you 3,000.”

Avengers: Endgamewent on to garner more than $2.7 billion in box office sales worldwide.

In October, the cinematic duo revealed that Robert Downey Jr., who plays Iron Man, cried when they told him of their plan to kill off the longtime character.

“When we started chilling in the field and dying, Robert started crying,” Joe said in Tara’s open-access book The Story of Marvel Studios: The Making of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Bennett and Paul Terry.

Joe added: “And when we were done he said, ‘That’s fucking awesome. That’s when we knew we had to. Because I felt it.”

At this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego, two more “avengers the films were announced by Marvel Studios.

The Russo Brothers recently performed “The gray manon Netflix, where it debuted last week as the No. 1 movie about the streaming titan in 92 countries.

Watch Vanity Fair’s full interview with the Russo Brothers below.