The Russo Brothers reveal that the only Avengers star to receive a full script for Endgame was Robert Downey Jr., the MCU's original leading man. After nearly a year of waiting, next week will see Marvel Studios and Disney finally release Avengers: Endgame to theaters. To call Endgame the most widely anticipated movie of 2019 would be an understatement, as millions of fans can't wait to find out just how the remaining Avengers members will manage to undo the effects of Thanos' snap, and just who will make it out of the MCU's third phase alive.
Thanks to circulated knowledge about various MCU actor contracts, many are wondering if Endgame will be the end of the road for original Avengers cornerstones Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor, at least as we currently know them. Putting aside the fact that much of what's been reported online about MCU contracts has never officially been confirmed by the actors themselves or Marvel, if the contracts of Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Chris Hemsworth are in fact up after Endgame, that still doesn't necessarily mean their characters will die. After all, they could always sign new deals if they so choose, or leave things open to return down the road.
Whether or not Avengers: Endgame really will be the last time RDJ dons the Iron Man suit onscreen, he's sure to play a pivotal role in defeating Thanos, just as he has for the entire MCU chronology. So trusted is Downey that during a recent interview with Rotten Tomatoes, the Russos revealed that he was the only actor to be allowed to read the full script for Endgame. As always, being Iron Man has its perks.
In the same interview, the Russos admit that Chris Evans might've also gotten a full script, but the only one they're completely positive got the whole thing is Downey. This is of course the opposite approach to how the Russos treated Spider-Man actor Tom Holland, who's become so notorious for letting spoilers slip that the directors felt forced to not even tell him the character he was acting opposite of in many cases. Other actors received partial copies of the script that included only scenes where they speak. The Russos clearly aren't messing around when it comes to spoilers being revealed early.
One wonders if the fact that RDJ got the full script when other Endgame stars didn't should be cause for concern about the fate of Tony Stark. That's of course just speculation, but it's not hard to imagine Downey being given the opportunity to read the entire script that contains the death of his now signature character. It's fair to say that most MCU devotees are hoping against hope that Tony Stark makes it out of Avengers: Endgame with his life, and returns to settle down with Pepper Potts. We'll all finally find out next week.
Source: Rotten Tomatoes
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019