In 2008, Iron Man had the daunting task of delivering audiences not only a compelling
In the film, Stark created his first arc reactor with rudimentary materials while imprisoned in a cave, with the device ultimately showing wear. Once he was rescued, he was able to use more reliable materials, requiring the original piece be replaced. As Potts aided in removing the hardware, Stark compared the action to the rules of the board game Operation.
"I remember doing this scene where I had a prosthetic body, and Gwyneth was reaching inside my chest," the actor recalled in the new book Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years. "The whole scene was about Tony trusting Pepper. We rehearsed it a lot."
"That was a great one. I felt like I was coaching an improv team because I would throw in suggestions," Favreau detailed. “Okay, make it like you’re playing Operation.”
In addition to conveying Stark's vulnerability, the sequence also demonstrates Potts' capabilities, perfectly manifesting what makes the dynamic between the characters arguably the best duo in the MCU.
The director recalled, "'Every time she reaches into your chest make
More than 10 years after the scene debuted, the sequence remains the perfect example of what not just Stark, but the entire MCU represents.
"Proof that Tony Stark has a heart," Downey joked. "We figured stuff out and then shot it. Ten years of team spirit. One, two, three... Go
Fans can see Tony Stark in his reported final MCU appearance in Avengers 4, hitting theaters on May 3, 2019.
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