Robert Downey Jr. Divulges Marvel Thought ‘Iron Man’ Would Tank

Until recently, it was hard to imagine a feature of the Marvel Cinematic Universe flopping. That includes the 2008 movie ‘Iron Man’ which would become a box office success as well as launch the MCU.

During an interview with the Directors Guild of America, Iron Man actor Robert Downey, Jr. revealed that Marvel Studios thought that the film was going to be a flop.

“Well, I mean, first of all, not too many people were thinking Iron Man was going to have an opening weekend or do much of anything, so we were a little bit left alone,” he said according to a Digital Spy report.

“I find out more every day about how that thing was financed, it was basically ready to be written off if it tanked,” the ‘Avengers: Endgame’ star continued. “It was the perfect thing where there were not a lot of creatively aggressive eyes on us. And by the time they gave it to us, it was like United Artists, like the lunatics took over the asylum. “

He added, “I remember [co-star] Jeff Bridges too, he was like, ‘man, we’re doing a $200 million independent movie, man.’ And there was just that sense that, of course, it was much more organized.”

‘Iron Man’ was released by Paramount Pictures prior to Marvel Studios receiving the rights. Robert Downey Jr. would go on to appear in a trilogy based on the character as well as multiple films including ‘Avengers,’ ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ and ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming.’

The 2008 film was recently entered into The Library of Congress’s National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Co-created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the film starred RDJ as Tony Stark, Gwyneth Paltrow as love interest Pepper Potts, Jon Favreau as assistant Happy Hogan, Terrence Howard as James Rhodes, and Jeff Bridges as Obadiah Stane. strives to be an apolitical, balanced and based pop culture news outlet. However, our contributors are entitled to their individual opinions. Author opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of our video hosts, other site contributors, site editors, affiliates, sponsors or advertisers. This website contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. We disclaim products or services we have received for review purposes, as well as sponsored posts.

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Jacob Airey
Jacob Airey
Jacob Airey is an author, nerd, movie reviewer, and pop culture critic. He started this website in 2012 where he covers a vast variety of topics including film, TV, anime, and faith. He also hosts the YouTube vidcast StudioJake.

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