From the Walt Disney World News and written by: Sean Sposato
Robert Downey Jr.’s “Iron Man” film began what has become one of the largest movie series in the history of the world: The Marvel Cinematic Universe. Downey may no longer be a part of this epic film saga. However, a letter the actor wrote back in 2018 celebrating its success recently went viral and we’re feeling the love.
The letter looks back at not only Downey’s ten year history with the franchise but forward at all of its excitement to come. This is in addition to a thanks to those who made it all possible for the star.
“Lee and Kirby dreamt it up and fleshed it out, sorta. Ziskin, Raimi, and Maguire, brought it to life, pretty much,” the actor wrote, in part. “Then Favreau got Feige, Arad, and D’Esposito sold on the idea of me as Tony. Lest we forget, I was hardly a shoo-in for the role, let alone first choice. Over forty, not very tall, dark, or handsome — hell, if I’d even been sober that long. Gosh darn miracle of oversight, to be honest.”
The lengthy letter also goes on to highlight his costars, Jon Favreau’s talents as a director, and several other films in the franchise. This includes a heartwarming anecdote of his son running around the house in a Black Panther outfit.
Downey continued to honor his character Iron Man by crediting it all to his directors who he said: “…kept Tony evolving enough to hold [his] my interest for over a decade.”
He finished the emotional letter with well wishes for the future of the franchise:
“I hope these films have evoked a dialogue on equality, justice, freedom, embracing diversity, and combating intolerance with the power of partnership, sacrifice, and love.”
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