Robert Downey Jr on Spider-Man: “It Was an Inspired Reinvention”

Since the very first Iron Man, for which Robert Downey Jr was perfectly cast, the veteran actor, who has starred in some of Generation Xs favorite film and television offerings, has been the tendon holding the Marvel Cinematic Universe together for nearly a decade.  In his role as Tony Stark, Robert Downey Jr. has been in almost every film adaptation based on Marvel Comics characters that has been put out by Marvel Studios and Disney Pictures.  

In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Downey reprises his role as Tony Stark.  However, this time hes not arguing with Captain America over the fate of the world or given the unenviable task of subduing a rampage Hulk. He’s attempting to be a mentor to a talented young Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man, as he attempts to live up to the example that Iron Man and the rest of the Avengers has been setting for nearly ten years.  

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The Shadow League was in attendance as Downey Jr addressed the media bout his appearance in what has been called the best Spider-Man movie ever, which is saying a bunch considering thereve been five other attempts at getting Spidey right dating back to 2002.  

How does it feel to have Spider-Man on the big screen with the rest of Marvels flagship characters and what did you think when it finally happened?

They really should do one of those breakdown but kinda boring to read but somewhat important books about REALLY all the miracles that had to take place for us to be sitting here today,” Downey joked, utilizing equal parts humility and sarcasm throughout the media session. Now, were in a classy hotel and people are clapping.  This turned out so well.  It really comes down to, …you really gotta see the movie and love it.  And Ive seen the movie, I was in it a little bit, I saw it and honestly loved it.

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What would you take from the set of Spider-Man: Homecoming?

It was creatively inspiring,” he said. “It was really an inspired reinvention of this.  And what I would take is that moment where the creative actually broke this story and said Thats it cuz thats ultimately what you see on the screen. Thats why I love movies. I always want to know how did they figure this out to entertain me this well.

Throughout the press conference, Tom Holland, Laura Harrier, Zendaya Coleman, and the rest of the young actors continuously showered praise on Downey for his assistance and for setting an example in helping them becoming better at their craft.  And thats where the humility kicked in.

You wake up everyday and its all sort of a projection,” said Downey. “To me, what really makes the movie work was that scene in Act 3 where you actually realize how high the stakes are with him, and the car.  I think that was grounded by a master.  But I also think you never know.  It really comes down to does John (Watts, the director) actually like us. Does he think we know what were doing.  Its all about having your feet on the ground and realizing that you all start at zero mph everyday.

Whats your selection process when youre being vetted for these films?

What happens to me is things are brought to me really well thought out by folks who have been doing this correctly for a long timethen I just attempt to take the credit in the press conferences” he said to rousing laughter. “Im holding this whole thing together. Ive been semi-retired since the first weekend of Iron Man 1 opened. The great thing about life is, Ill speak for myself, good things happen and you get inflated and youre like Gosh, Ive created everything thats gone my way! Then things happen when theres just a little evidence to the contrary and then youre like Gosh, its nice to be on this call sheet.  So, as you can see, Ive changed everything dramatically and now Im extremely humble.  

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