It’s been over ten years since we explored the realm of superheroes with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Led by Kevin Feige since 2008, the successful film series paved the way for the studio to invest in an entire culture that has spread around the world and is gaining a fan base unlike any other IP project today. All of this would not have been possible if Jon Favreau had not made Iron Man 2008 with Robert Downey Jr.
Little did anyone know in 2008 that what they were watching was the seed of a tree that was about to grow rapidly and blossom into some of the biggest fruits. It was RDJ who showed faith and played Tony Stark with such conviction that the world believed him in no time. Would you ever imagine an MCU with Downey Jr?
Well, to our collective surprise, there were times when Kevin Feige had doubts about casting Robert Downey Jr. like Iron Man. Yes, you read that right, and he regrets his own sense of self-doubt. Read on to know everything you should know about the same.
According to a Fandom Wire report, Kevin Feige wasn’t sure about casting Robert Downey Jr. to the role of Tony Stark in the 2008 film Iron Man. Speaking about his doubts, he said, “He was an amazing actor. Everyone knew he was an amazing actor. But he wasn’t an action star. He wasn’t necessarily the marquee star. And we quickly realized that the risk, as I said before, was not his cast. And Jon Favreau really had this vision for this movie and for Robert in this role. I think that decision and the success of that decision empowered us to take more risks and make more decisions.”
Kevin Feige went on to confirm in the chat that it was the best risk he ever took and one that really paid off. And we agree too. Check out the link that Robert Downey Jr. created for himself and for the studio. “I was lucky enough to be a part of the first Spider-Man and X-Men movies. But we wanted to make an Iron Man movie. And I still think the biggest risk—which now seems outrageous—was casting Robert Downey Jr. It was the biggest risk and at the same time the most important thing in establishing the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Without Robert, we would not be sitting here today. I really believe that,” he said.