När Disney satte igång Oscarsknuffen till Avengers: Endgame var det många fans som undrade varför man inte valde att inkludera Iron Man-stjärnan Robert Downey Jr. som Oscarskandidat för Bästa Manliga Huvudroll och nu visar det sig att det var skådespelaren själv som valde att tacka nej till det hela. Så här sade han om beslutet i The Howard Stern Show:
"I'm so glad you brought this up because there was some talk about and I said let's not and because I'm much more like you than you might really want to believe. I listen to the show and I agree with most all of your opinions, varied though they may be. Occasionally, you'll go on some tributary trail of thought I'll go like 'oh that's not how I see it, but I love that you see it that way. I'll tell you the truth. I didn't expect [the Marvel Cinematic Universe] to become what it became, and it is this very large, multiheaded Hydra at this point."
Downey Jr. passade även på att reflektera kring Scorseses kommentar om hur Marvel-filmer inte räknas som "riktig film":
"It's his opinion. I mean it plays in theaters. I appreciate his opinion because I think it's like anything. We need all of the different perspectives so we can come to center and move on. In his view, and by the way, there's a lot to be said for how these genre movies, and I was happy to be part of the problem if there is one, denigrated the art form of cinema. When you come in like a stomping beast and you eliminate the competition in such a demonstrative way, it's phenomenal."
Förtjänar stjärnan en Oscar för sin insats i Marvel-universumet, tycker du?