Iron Man Almost Made a Cameo in the New Black Widow Film. Rumors had been swirling for months that Robert Downey Jr. would make a cameo appearance in Marvel Studios’ Black Widow. It was also known that RDJ was not thrilled by this news, especially because he found out in the same way that fans did and not from Marvel directly.
When asked during an interview with Entertainment Tonight about the rumored cameo, Robert responded in a flustered manner, “Right. Great. I mean, it would be nice if they notified me. Forewarned is forearmed. They can do anything now. This could be a deep fake interview for all we know.” Downey didn’t hang on the moment and opted to move on, but fans could tell the Iron Man star was not thrilled by the news of his appearance. He has since changed his tune, sharing earlier this year that he should “never say never” to the potential, but it seems Tony’s live-action return to the MCU will have to wait.
Fast-forward to after the movie’s premiere and we now know the moment was cut from the script, and Black Widow co-writer Eric Pearson has confirmed one of the first versions of the film did feature the cameo, but the previously deleted scene was deleted once again.
When asked by ComicBook’s Phase Zero Podcast about the rumored cameo Pearson explained, “I feel bad for the person who asked me this the other day because I said ‘there was never any discussion,’ but I do remember now that one version of the script prior to me literally had written into it ‘The end moment of Civil War with Tony and Natasha,’ but it was old footage. It would have been ‘Hey audience, remember where we are, we’re going to key off of this moment of her.’ So it wouldn’t have been Robert Downey Jr, at least to the best of my knowledge, that was the only time that I saw Tony Stark’s name in was just a flag planted reminder of ‘Hey we’re right at the end of Civil War.’“
He continued, “I remember when those rumors came out I was in London in our War Room office and I just looked around and was like ‘Are we? Am I supposed to be? I have the script right here, Tony Stark’s not in it.’ Everyone was like ‘No no.’…I don’t know where it came from unless somebody got a very old version with this kind of scene, which wasn’t even a new scene. I don’t know, I don’t know where it came from.“
You can watch the chat with ComicBook’s Phase Zero Podcast and Black Widow co-writer Eric Pearson in the video posted below:
“Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger. Joining Johansson in the new feature film are Florence Pugh as Yelena, David Harbour as Alexei/The Red Guardian, and Rachel Weisz as Melina. “Black Widow”—the first film in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe—is directed by Cate Shortland and produced by Kevin Feige.”
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