Kevin Feige is known for being the mastermind behind the projects made at the Marvel Studios. The world got the opportunity to watch their favorite Marvel heroes on the big screen, thanks to Feige who believed they could start a shared universe with their ownership of the core Avengers team.

Kevin Feige
Kevin Feige | Source: Wikimedia Commons

The last Avengers movie, namely Avengers: Endgame had some of the most emotional scenes when it comes to superhero cinema. One of those scenes was when Iron Man decided to sacrifice himself to stop Thanos from turning everyone in the world into dust. The scene effectively moved the viewers to tears, and Feige once revealed how the scene came to be.

Kevin Feige on How the Avengers: Endgame Scene Was Inspired by Hugh Jackman’s Logan

Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman in a still from Logan

The foundations for the popular Avengers movies were laid in 2008 when Robert Downey Jr. brought Tony Stark’s alter ego superhero Iron Man to life. The character did not take long to become a hit with the fans. However, as all good things must come to an end, Iron Man too had to leave sooner or later, and that came in Avengers: Endgame.

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Speaking at an Empire live Q&A, when Kevin Feige claimed that Tony Stark and Steve Rogers’ end had to be as impactful as Hugh Jackman’s X-Men character, Wolverine, in 2017’s Logan. He said:

“We saw Logan like the audience did, in a theater having nothing to do with the making of that film and went, ‘oh my god, what an amazing ending for Hugh as this character.’ And there are only a handful of examples where an actor so associated with a character can go out perfectly. That’s what we desperately wanted to give Robert, and that was what our focus was on.”

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Downey Jr.’s character development as Tony Stark was something that impressed everyone. They had grown to love this character as their own. So, when Iron Man had to leave in Endgame, it came as a surprise to all, and not one that they liked. It is safe to say that Feige and his team were able to achieve what they wanted to.

Kevin Feige on ‘If Iron Man’s Departure Was a Concern’

Robert Downey Jr. in Avengers: Endgame
Robert Downey Jr. in Avengers: Endgame

Taking Iron Man out of the franchise was definitely a huge risk. It ended well for everyone, but there was a huge chance that it would have gone south. However, the team behind the movie was not concerned about it.

In the same interview with Empire, Feige said:

“I think we were dedicated to it 100% and we never questioned it, because this was the whole idea. That was the whole point of the ending. Sometimes we’re influenced by the words of others, sometimes we’re not, and stay the course.”

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Fans loved the movie and Avengers: Endgame grossed $2.788 billion worldwide (via The Numbers), making quite a few box-office records. So, it was a win-win for everyone.

Avengers: Endgame is available for streaming on Disney+.

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