Hiii, blah blah blah Avengers: Endgame is art blah blah blah this post is filled with SPOILERS blah blah if you haven't seen the movie, go away and come back later, okay? I love you, bye.
For those of us remaining, this week filmmakers Anthony and Joe Russo attended a Q&A in Washington, DC, where they discussed the MANY challenges of filming that big ol' fight scene at the end of the movie.
The conversation eventually turned to the most defining moment of the 22 films, IMHO, when Tony Stark gets the Infinity Stones away from Thanos and delivers the most gut-punching retort of all time.
Thanos quotes himself from earlier in the film, stating, "I am inevitable," before failing to replicate his snap from Infinity War, to which Tony replies by revealing HE has the stones and saying, "And I...am Iron Man."
The line is Tony's last before dying from the intensity of having used the stones, and acts as a full-circle moment, leading us back to the final line of the original 2008 Iron Man film which was, fun fact, improvised by Robert Downey Jr. in the first place.
It was easily the most goosebumps-inducing moment of the entire film (fight me); HOWEVER, the Russos revealed that the line was not always a part of the plan. In fact, it was a LAST-MINUTE ADDITION.
"Tony used to not say anything in that moment and we were in the editing room going, ‘He has to say something. This is a character who has lived and died by quips.’ And we just couldn’t; we tried a million different last lines," the Russos said.
"Thanos was saying, 'I am inevitable.' Our editor Jeff Ford, who’s been with us all four movies and is an amazing storyteller, said, ‘Why don’t we just go full circle with it and say 'I am Iron Man'? And we were like, 'Get the cameras! We have to shoot this tomorrow.'"
The line is such a fitting close to Tony's character arc that it's almost impossible to believe it was a last-minute addition to the movie, but, somehow, that makes it all the more powerful.
So, in short, I'd like to personally thank editor Jeff Ford for this contribution to the film and to history, and I will also be sending him an imaginary medical bill for the vocal therapy I'll require after having SCREAMED so loud at that moment.