Robert Downey Jr has heaped praise on the end of Avengers: Infinity War, calling the final 8 minutes of the superhero extravaganza the best work that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has ever done.
“The last 8 minutes of that movie are maybe the best 8 minutes of the entire history of the whole run of them in a way. Because everyone’s involved. So I was delighted,” Downey Jr told The Upcoming.
That’s the benchmark against which Avengers: Endgame will now be judged. And with Endgame being touted as a sort of culmination to the 22 previous entries to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Downey Jr was clearly in reflective mood.
Which makes sense, as it was his work in Iron Man, all the way back in 2008, that kick started the run and laid the foundations for what has followed.
But why has the MCU proven to be so hugely popular with worldwide?
“It was all there in this universe to begin with. And I think that’s why it has been so numinous to kids and grown-ups and people,” the actor explained.
“There is this love for it because it speaks to the world and the democratic, American projected dream, which is far more complicated than that. But there is an ideal there that has always been trying to express itself and strangely the best of it has been expressed in these little two hour segments of entertainment.”
We’ll finally get to see if Iron Man can finally defeat Thanos or even survive Avengers: Endgame when it is released on April 25.