WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War, in theaters now.
Given how successful and epic Marvel Studios' movies are on the big screen, fans are always grateful for a peek behind the curtain to see just how these mammoth productions come together. Now, thanks to Robert Downey Jr., we can garner insight into one of Avengers: Infinity War's more pivotal moments.
The actor posted a behind-the-scenes video on Instagram depicting him in one of the movie's early battle sequences, where the Black Order finally comes to Earth to claim the Time Stone from Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch).
In the video, we see Downey Jr. and Cumberbatch, as well as Benedict Wong's Wong and Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner in action. Seeing that this is raw footage, Downey Jr. is missing his superhero armor, of course, as there's no VFX highlighting him as Iron Man. Fans can also glimpse the Russo brothers directing Downey Jr. on how to gloat to his fellow superheroes, just before he's pulled into the sky and tossed away by Ebony Maw.
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This raw footage is from the scene where Tony Stark's body is covered by his Bleeding Edge armor as he takes out the monstrous Cull Obsidian, all after Banner fails to bring the Hulk out. In the ensuing moments, he turns and gloats to Strange, only to be dispatched thanks to Maw's telekinetic abilities.
Despite a hearty effort, both Stark and Strange would lose this fight, ending up on Titan alongside Spider-Man to take on Thanos. And as we all know, our heroes sadly end up losing big time there as well. Maybe soon enough, Downey Jr. can release raw footage of those sequences too, but until then, we'll always have this digital souvenir from the Marvel Cinematic Universe's streets of New York.
In theaters now, Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie. It will release on Digital and 4K UHD on July 31.