Actor Robert Downey Jr. has actually ended up being associated with the Iron Man character after bringing the character to life in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, however he might have gotten his very first Marvel function a couple of years ahead of time. In ceremony of the 15th anniversary of Iron Man, manufacturer Kevin Feige and director Jon Favreau reviewed the casting of RDJ as Tony Stark in a brand-new video from Marvel Entertainment. It was throughout this discussion that it was discreetly validated that Downey had actually been up for the function of the supervillain Doctor Doom in the Fantastic Four film launched in 2005. While he didn’t get the function, being up for it indirectly resulted in his casting in Iron Man.

“I remember that Robert had come in for a general [role] on it, and I remember you head already met him for Doctor Doom or something on another project, I think he had come through maybe on Fantastic Four?” Favreau asks.

“Right,” Feige reacted, verifying as much.

The function of Doctor Doom went to Julian McMahon in Fantastic Four, however Downey had actually obviously made an impression on Feige. When it came time to casting Iron Man, Feige still had Downey’s headshots in his workplace, which had actually resulted in Favreau talking about with him the possibility of putting the star into the function of Tony Stark.

“So, everybody sort of knew who he was, and I remember sitting down with the guy, and I was like, ‘Jeez, he’s just got it, he’s got that spark in him, in his eye, and he’s ready,'” Favreau remembers. “And that’s when we were in your office, and we were pointing to his headshot and saying, ‘We’ve got to try to figure this out.'”

Robert Downey Jr. Suits Up as Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man in Marvel Studios' Iron Man 2008

Downey was brought in for a screen test, and after eliminating that, he had the ability to protect his casting as Tony Stark in Iron Man. From there, creating the film ended up being a lot simpler for Favreau, as the director likewise remembers. Now that Downey was in location as the film’s star, there was more understanding on what to do with the character artistically. An included advantage was that the star’s participation made it simpler to get other desired names on board also.

“Once it was him, that’s when my life got a lot easier, because he understood the voice of the character, and then one by one, people were just signing on board,” Favreau states. “Because, now it became something interesting to people. Gwyneth [Paltrow], Jeff [Bridges]. It galvanized at that point, and then people were just popping in because it was cool.”

Downey would remain in the function of Iron Man for several years to come, even more showing how best his casting was for that character. He finished up his run in the function with the 2019 movie Avengers: Endgame and has no obvious strategies to review Tony Stark for any future Marvel jobs after the occasions of Endgame.