– by Anthony Esteves

At the premiere for Avengers: Infinity War, Robert Downey, Jr. had a few words to say regarding his time with Marvel Studios. Bleeding Cool caught the speech word for word as RDJ let out an emotional moment on stage. The following is that speech.

“I gotta few words. Hope you all brought a bag lunch. This is a miracle. And if any one of us took credit it would be heresy. It would be blasphemy… Screw it … YOU’RE WELCOME.”

“I want to talk about the past, present, and future. The past for me was 30 years of dependency, depravity, and despair …. otherwise known as ‘An Actor Prepares!’ The present is this moment of glory for all of us. And the future…? That is always uncertain. But looking at these friends behind me, it seems like things might brighten up after all. This is an isolated incident in the history of Hollywood. None of us are in competition with each other. We are all competing for each other — and for you. I might go Miles Davis on you, right, Don? [Don Cheadle directed and starred in Miles Ahead, the 2015 biography of Miles Davis]

If you play a superhero in one of these movies, and it works, you become a big star! And it … is … meaningless. Unless, you use that to achieve something higher. You have to take direction from peers, and your family, and occasionally even an actual director. It’s extremely dangerous, it’s like a crucible. You either come out steel or dust.”

RDJ went on to point out that finally, Marvel Studios will have a female director in Anna Bowden, who will be teaming with Ryan Fleck on Marvel’s first solo-female superhero film Captain Marvel.

“Now at least half a directing team is female. Making these movies is so taxing that it is clearly a woman’s job. It’s essentially gestation. But we (men) don’t know how to do that.”

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“Wakanda rules the day and rightfully so. By the way, Wakanda forever! I can do that as an honorary black man: Tropic Thunder, 2008!”

“This is the MCU, right in front of you. It’s all about fighting for equality. The whole idea is to make space for others to succeed, and exceed our expectations. [The movies] are inviting us to surrender and love and be of service. They are metaphors for how our world should be — or could be one day, if we fight for it.”

He checked his notes and went on to bring up his on-screen love, Gwyneth Paltrow, who reprises her role as Pepper Potts in the film. “She’s the very first First Lady of Marvel, and now there are many.”

“When they say the man who started it all, that is you, Jon [Favreau]. You brought it to life.” He joked about the Russo Brothers , directors of Avengers: Infinity War, being on “an ICU drip” after completing the 19th MCU film, then move right on into Avengers 4. “They have not turned to dust yet.”

“I was up late. I got a tattoo — I don’t want to talk about it! It’s none of your business! I was up late and wrote this, and …I think this might be the greatest speech ever written! Or maybe I’m just emo and exhausted.”

Robert Downey, Jr. is the sole reason for my appreciation of the MCU and what lead me to become a Marvel Comics reader. Reading his words, one can feel how greatly he honors the time he has spent with the studio.

Avengers: Infinity War opens tomorrow!

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SOURCE: Bleeding Cool