Robert Downey Jr. Improvised One of Iron Man's Most Memorable Lines

© 2018 - Marvel Studios
© 2018 - Marvel Studios

Robert Downey Jr. always believed he was the perfect person to play the role of Tony Stark/Iron Man—the star of the first Marvel Cinematic Universe film—but as we learned later on, he was in the minority. Due to his longtime struggle with drugs and alcohol and brushes with the law, Downey was considered a risky pick for the role and the studio wasn't willing to roll the dice on him. Ultimately, it was Iron Man director Jon Favreau who was able to sway the studio to his way of thinking—which is fortunate, because it's impossible to imagine the MCU without Downey today.

It turns out that had another actor been cast, one of Iron Man’s most iconic lines would have been completely different, too, as it was improvised by Downey during production.

MCU fans will never forget the final scene of the first Iron Man movie, as it perfectly caps off the film and sets us up for Iron Man’s future. “I am Iron Man,” Tony Stark states at a press conference, admitting his superhero identity to the world.

The line became so iconic that it appeared again at the end of Iron Man 3. And Downey’s improvisation actually turned out to have a wider impact on Marvel Studios as a whole.

"That success inspired us to go further in trusting ourselves to find the balance of staying true to the comics and the spirit of the comics but not being afraid to adapt and evolve and to change things," Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige told Deadline in 2018.

In the comic books, it takes several years for Stark to confirm his alter ego to the public.

“It’s a fine line,” Feige continued. “Tony Stark not reading off the card and not sticking with the fixed story? Him just blurting out ‘I am Iron Man?’ That seems very much in keeping with who that character is. It just hadn’t been done in the comics before, but it was something very much in keeping with the comics’ character and what he could have done.”

More than 10 years after the release of the original Iron Man, Feige remains the architect of the MCU, and therefore one of its key decision-makers.

“I think it did inspire us on all the movies," Feige continued. "What I love now—20 movies in—is how fans expect the MCU to change and adapt. They expect us to be inspired by the comics as opposed to being slavishly devoted to them."

Fans will see Downey don his Iron Man suit once more when Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on April 26, 2019.

Pottery Barn Is Launching a Friends-Inspired Furniture Line That Includes Rachel’s Iconic Apothecary Table

To celebrate this fall’s 25th anniversary of the premiere of Friends in 1994, Pottery Barn is releasing a line of furniture inspired by the beloved NBC sitcom, Deadline reports.

The collection will feature accessories, furniture, and tabletop items, including Central Perk mugs. One highlight is a replica of the apothecary table that made a name for apothecary tables everywhere with its spotlight-stealing performance in the season 6 episode “The One with the Apothecary Table.” In it, Rachel purchases an apothecary table from Pottery Barn and, when she finds out Phoebe hates Pottery Barn, tells her the table is an antique from the “days of yore.” It gets more complicated (and hilarious) from there.

Pottery Barn's 'Friends' furniture collection
Pottery Barn

According to BuzzFeed, the episode was actually part of a product placement deal with Pottery Barn, and Entertainment Weekly even ranked it first on their “Best Product Placement” list for Friends.

You can shop the collection beginning on July 30, with prices starting at $12.50. If you’re a diehard Friends fanatic looking to celebrate its 25th anniversary in a way that Rachel Green would be proud of, you can also enter Pottery Barn’s sweepstakes for a chance to win a free trip for two to Los Angeles, complete with a $1000 shopping spree to Pottery Barn and a Warner Bros. Studio Deluxe Tour which includes, of course, a visit to the Central Perk set.

And, if you haven’t seen “The One with the Apothecary Table,” you can watch it on Netflix before Friends leaves for WarnerMedia’s new streaming service HBO Max in 2020.

[h/t Deadline]

Target Has Launched a Harry Potter Line of Clothing, Accessories, and Home Goods

Target
Target

No more blending in with the mediocre Muggles—now wizards can decorate and accessorize like the magical creatures they are with Target's brand-new line of Harry Potter clothing and home goods.

Target shoppers will feel like they’ve stepped through Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station as they wander the Harry Potter-stuffed aisles. Popsugar reports that Target will carry more than 500 Harry Potter-themed items, including socks, lanterns, pillows, dolls and much more.

You’ll be able to wake up in your Hogwarts sheets, have your morning coffee in a Slytherin mug, and take a ride on a foam Nimbus 2000 replica while rocking a Potter t-shirt. Not sure what house you’re in? No sweat! Target is even carrying a real-life sorting hat.

Whether you need a gift for the kiddos, or just want to treat your inner witch, Target is sure to have the perfect find in its Wizarding World line.

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