Unbelievable Difference Between CGI Scenes in Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man 1 and Endgame Will Leave You in Awe

The use of CGI in superhero movies has increased over the years, with Endgame having almost three times more CGI effects than Iron Man.

Unbelievable Difference Between CGI Scenes in Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man 1 and Endgame Will Leave You in Awe


  • The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) gained popularity after the release of Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man in 2008.
  • The movie started the dominance of the MCU for the next 15 years.
  • While the CGI effects in the original Iron Man film were impressive at the time, they pale in comparison to later projects like Avengers: Endgame.
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe gained immense popularity following the release of Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man in 2008. It was the movie that started the next 15 years of MCU dominance.

Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man
Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man

There were many positives about the first Iron Man movie, including its breathtaking visuals. But in hindsight, the 2008 film’s CGI effects pale in comparison to some of the latter projects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, like Avengers: Endgame.

Also Read: “This guy could do an action movie”: Not Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. Believes His $15M Box-Office Bomb Was His Best Movie That Convinced Director to Cast Him in Marvel Universe


The Rise of CGI Scenes Between Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man 1 and Avengers: Endgame is Astonishing

Over the years, the visual effects technology used in movies has improved a lot. It’s not a surprise that many movies in the superhero genre increased their usage of computer-generated imagery in key scenes.

In fact, Avengers: Endgame contained almost three times more CGI effects as compared to the original Iron Man film, as revealed via an excerpt from the book MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios.

In the fifteen years after Iron Man, Marvel and other studios came to rely more and more on CGI. While Iron Man included roughly nine hundred effects shots, Avengers: Endgame had almost three times as many.

Thanos in Avengers: Endgame
Thanos in Avengers: Endgame

Despite the lack of CGI scenes in Iron Man 1, it was a huge blockbuster movie. Robert Downey Jr’s portrayal of the titular character set the tone for the next decade or so of MCU movies.


It’s only poetic that Downey Jr’s Tony Stark was the one who pulled off the iconic snap to provide a befitting conclusion to the storylines of the original Avengers group in Avengers: Endgame.

Also Read: One Avengers: Endgame Robert Downey Jr. Scene Was an Operational Nightmare: It Didn’t Even Have CGI

Avengers: Endgame Visual Effects Team Cheered For an Unusual Reason

From a surface level, working on CGI scenes feels extremely exciting for fans. However, it could be a tad tedious when almost the entire movie becomes reality courtesy of the visual effects team.


Dan DeLeeuw, Avengers: Endgame’s visual effects supervisor, shared a hilarious nugget from behind the scenes during the editing of the film. DeLeeuw not only revealed the exact number of CGI effects scenes in the phenomenal movie but also an unusual occasion when the entire crew cheered.

We go to cheer, like, 80 times. Eighty out of… well, there’s 2,623 visual effects shots in the film.

Captain America in Avengers: Endgame
Captain America in Avengers: Endgame

The visual effects team cheered whenever there was a scene without any CGI effect whatsoever. Keeping this in mind, it must have been different from working on Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man 1 as compared to Avengers: Endgame.

All things considered, Endgame featured some of the most visually enticing scenes of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. At the end of the day, the team’s hard work paid off, as the movie received incredibly great reviews from critics and audiences alike.


Also Read: “We’re in the middle of negotiation”: Robert Downey Jr Once Broke the Internet With Iron Man 4 News Before Leaving MCU After Avengers: Endgame

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