Heavy SPOILERS for Avengers: Infinity War ahead!
One of the strongest scenes in Avengers: Infinity War didn’t involve massive battles between superheroes and Thanos’ armies, but rather a small, heartbreaking moment between a mentor figure and his ward. However, according to directors Anthony and Joe Russo, the effectiveness of Peter Parker’s death scene can be attributed not just to Tom Holland’s great performance, but to his co-star Robert Downey Jr.’s push to make the whole thing even better.
As the directing duo reveal on the Infinity War Blu-ray commentary, Peter Parker’s death scene was originally not as drawn out in the script as it ended up being onscreen.
“If I remember correctly, it was [in the script], ‘I don’t feel too good.’ Tony looked down at him. He said, ‘I’m sorry’ and disappeared,” Joe Russo says of the moment after Thanos (Josh Brolin) kills half the universe’s population, including Holland’s Parker.
“It wasn’t as drawn out as this,” Anthony Russo interjects as they watch the scene play out.
The brothers next reveal that it was Robert Downey Jr. who pushed Holland to give more.
“At the end of the day, he kept driving: put more and more emotion into it, and just went up to Tom and said, ‘You don’t want to go because you’re a child. And you’re using your strength as Spider-Man to fight this,'” Anthony Russo says. “And then that was the performance that came out.”
“It was a pretty spectacular performance for a 21-year-old actor.”
Here’s hoping we get to see Downey and Holland (somehow) share the screen again in next year’s follow-up, Avengers 4. In the meantime, Avengers: Infinity War is available now digitally and on Blu-ray on Aug. 14.
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