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The cast of Robert Downey Jr. if Iron Man was questioned by MCU boss Kevin Feige, which he now regrets: “It was both the biggest risk and the most important”

Robert Downey Jr debuted as Iron Man in 2008 (Photo Credit – Wikipedia; Movie Still)

It’s been over a decade since we’ve explored the realm of superheroes with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Under the direction of Kevin Feige, the string of successful films since 2008 paved the way for the studio to invest in an entire culture that spread around the world and today garners a fan base, unlike other IP projects. None of this would have been possible if Jon Favreau hadn’t created the 2008 Iron Man with Robert Downey Jr.

In 2008, no one knew that what they were looking at was a seed for a tree that was about to grow fast and blossom with some of the best fruit. It was RDJ who showed faith and played Tony Stark with such conviction that the world trusted him in no time. Could you ever imagine MCU with Downey Jr?

Well, to our collective amazement, there was a time when Kevin Feige doubted whether he should be Robert Downey Jr. if Iron Man were to cast. Yes, you read that right, and he regrets his own sense of doubt. Read on to know everything you need to know about the same.

According to a Fandom Wire report, Kevin Feige wasn’t sure if he was Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in 2008’s Iron Man. Speaking of his doubts, he said, “He was a great actor. Everyone knew he was a great actor. But he hadn’t been an action star. He wasn’t necessarily a big star. And we quickly realized that the risk, I’ve said this before, was not casting him. And Jon Favreau really had that vision for that movie and for Robert in that role. I think that decision, and the success of that decision, has given us more risk and further choices.”

Further down the chat, Kevin Feige confirmed that it was the best risk he ever took and it paid off. And we also agree. Look at the legacy Robert Downey Jr. created for himself and the studio. “I was lucky enough to be involved in early Spider-Man movies and X-Men movies. But we wanted to make an Iron Man movie. And I still think the biggest risk — which now seems outrageous to say — is the casting of Robert Downey Jr. used to be. It was both the biggest risk and the most important in the creation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Without Robert we wouldn’t be sitting here today. I really believe that,” he said.

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