How Iron Man 3 Became A Better Movie After Robert Downey Jr.’s Injury

Iron Man is one of the most important characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it’s an absolute wonder how the MCU was able to make this happen. Fans who had not been associated with the comics would have never known the weight of the character of Iron Man if it weren’t for Robert Downey Jr.’s brilliant performance and the narratives of the movies. This has allowed for the character to be involved in one of the best adaptations in cinematic history. According to a source, Robert Downey Jr.’s real-life injury was actually how Iron Man 3 became a better movie.

Iron Man 3

Iron Man has been one of the most interesting characters in the MCU primarily because it is the most tragic character too. Most of the enemies of the character are basically based on the idea of the various problems the character has caused on his way to being Iron Man. Iron Man 3 was one of the most interesting parts of the narrative of the character considering it featured the character in its most vulnerable narrative. The character is stripped of his armor and made to survive by himself. This allows us to see that this character is a lot more than the suit and can exist without the suit itself.


How Iron Man 3 became a better movie

The movie featured one of the most interesting villains considering he had issues with Tony Stark based on how Tony had behaved with him. Stark had to face his past sins and this played out majorly throughout the movie. The character goes through various injuries and added to that the events of Avengers had left an effect on him. The near-death experience was primarily responsible for causing a major nervous breakdown for the character. It seems that one of the injuries for the movie was quite real and was played into the movie as a part of the narrative.


Robert Downey Jr.’s Real-Life Injury

The recently released book The Story of Marvel Studios: The Making of the Marvel Cinematic Universe explored how Robert Downey Jr broke his ankle while filming the 2013 film. The strangest thing was the broken ankle actually made it into the final cut of the film and it actually led to a number of good things for the production of the film. According to the authors of the book, Downey’s injury could have actually pushed him away from the movie for a total of six weeks. This actually meant no Tony Stark on set for a period of 42 days. According to executive producer Stephen Broussard, “We suddenly had the space and time to figure (the third act) out.” 


Meanwhile, filming continued in the absence of Downey who did return for some of the more static shots but this was not supposed to be the norm. VFX house Digital Domain that was working on the third act finale of the project, including the explosive “House Party Protocol” sequence, filed for bankruptcy midway through the production of the project. This led to Weta Digital stepping in to work on this sequence. And at the same time, Brian Tyler was also included in the project as this gave the composer a lot more time to work on his score for the film.


How Iron Man 3 became a better movie

This is just another detail that has been revealed from the book, The Story of Marvel Studios: The Making of the Marvel Cinematic Universe which has revealed a lot about the information behind the MCU. Other details include how the producers of Avengers: Endgame felt that the all-female sequence from the film might be received poorly by the audience, how the poor decision making of the Academy allowed to take Black Panther to take Oscar Gold, and also how the cast of Ant-Man had almost left the project following Edgar Wright’s exit from the movie.


On-set injuries have been a major part of various movies nowadays. But it’s new to hear that it actually helped in making a movie better.

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