Iron Man might have left the MCU but his presence will always resonate among the fans, but there is no denying that this Tom Cruise version of Iron Man just looks unreal.
Well, it is certainly hard for the fans and the loved ones to hear the words 'I am Iron Man' coming out from anyone else's mouth who is not Robert Downey Jr. since he has immortalized those words. The actor has become synonymous with being Tony Stark- the billionaire playboy philanthropist at the heart of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But, according to the popular rumors that have been making rounds for a while now, it seems like Downey Jr. was not the first choice to play the role of Iron Man. Tom Cruise was allegedly being eyed up for the role since the beginning of the project’s production.
The 'Mission Impossible' actor has a lot of charisma and star appeal to spare and Collider has recently released an eerie, fascinating video; superimposing Cruise’s face and voice onto Downey Jr’s character in a franchise-spanning deep fake. Check out this video below. There is no denying that the video is amazing and throughout the video, the transfer of Cruise to Downey Jr is often creepily seamless. Especially so in the clip of the Stark Expo: ‘I’m not saying that from the ashes, of captivity, never has a greater phoenix metaphor been personified in human history.’
The raw, insatiable arrogance that Tony Stark is famous for is would have been a match made in heaven with Cruise and looking back at his previous works, you can see how good the fit is. In 'Top Gun', he played the role of a reckless Air Force Pilot with an ego so big that it doesn't match his physical stature. Similarly, In A Few Good Men, his more restrained persona looks hard enough to resist and that has been shown wonderfully through Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay.
Before and after VFX scene with Robert Downey, Jr. in "Iron Man 3" pic.twitter.com/nHBQSwr3qT— Core of Movies (@CoreofMovies) August 29, 2019
But, for reasons unknown, it seems like the role was not meant to be. Although now, it seems like a blessing in disguise, considering how perfectly Downey Jr embodied every essence of Tony Stark. When Jon Fraveu sat on the director's chair in 2008 for 'Iron Man', which is actually when the MCU began, he told IGN that he was not looking for a big name.
“Sir, i'm gonna have to ask you to exit the donut.” - Iron Man 2(2010) pic.twitter.com/T7aEgqXiR7— Marvel Cinematic Universe (@historyofthemcu) August 30, 2019
He said, "What’s nice is that those movies don’t require an expensive star; Iron Man’s the star, the superhero is the star." Even though Fraveu realized that Downey Jr. was his choice, the studio was not keen on keeping him. And since the actor had struggled with a lot of negative publicity for alcohol and drug habits, so he was seen as a risky hire.
Iron Man End Credits pic.twitter.com/a9RA2a21TP— Marvel Cinematic Universe (@historyofthemcu) August 30, 2019
But Favreau sticks to his choice and in an interview with USA Today, back in 2007, he said, "The best and worst moments of Robert’s life have been in the public eye. He had to find an inner balance to overcome obstacles that went far beyond his career. That’s Tony Stark. Robert brings a depth that goes beyond a comic-book character who is having trouble in high school, or can’t get the girl. Plus, he’s simply one of the best actors around."
oh my gosh pepper’s dress in ironman is an easter egg to her rescue suit in endgame i caNT🥺❤️ pic.twitter.com/QHJb81gpYz— 𝐩𝐚𝐮𝐥𝐚 ♡ 05.2020 (@_blackwiclow) August 30, 2019
It was the Iron Man movies that started off the MCU Infinity Saga that came to a phenomenal end in this year's 'Avengers: Endgame'. While it is highly unlikely that we will see Downey Jr back in the suit, he’s left an untouchable legacy of breathless charisma for fans to revisit. But we will still love you 3000.