Believe it or not, if not for Robert Downey Jr., the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies may have gone in a few different directions. It all stemmed from one pivotal decision ten years ago during the filming of the original Iron Man.
In an interview with Deadline, Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, explained that Robert Downey Jr. ad-libbed one line toward the end of the film that wound up changing the direction of the subsequent cinematic universe.
As Tony Stark prepared to read a written statement, he outed himself instead. “I am Iron Man,” the billionaire mogul declared.