As a parent, one of the most enduring lines from ‘Avengers: Endgame’ was when Tony Stark was saying goodnight to his daughter Morgan, and she said, “I love you 3,000.” It was simple, effective, and Tony himself used it later in the movie to maximum effect. However, the line itself wasn’t created by the crew but the inspiration came from Robert Downey Jr. himself! At least it came from a story he was telling.
Co-director Anthony Russo shared that it wasn’t co-writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus who penned this catchy line that melted the hearts of audiences, but that Downy was telling a story about one of his children and that they told him “I love you 3,000.” It wasn’t made public which of Downey’s three children are responsible for the iconic line being created, but you can’t argue that it didn’t bring a smile to audience’s faces after it was said in theaters across the globe.
It felt even more impactful on a second viewing after Tony Stark’s “fated” death in the movie. At least, unlike his “I Am Iron Man” quote before snapping the gauntlet and saving the day, this one wasn’t a last-minute addition to the movie. Personally, with how perfect of a line that felt, I don’t actually care who came up with it though it would have been cute to see the child responsible acknowledged in the credits.
Do you feel that the “I love you 3,000” quote has even more impact as it came from one of Robert Downey Jr.’s actual children? Share your thoughts in the comments below, True Believers!
‘Avengers: Endgame’ is still available in theaters across the globe and will stream exclusively on Disney+ starting December 11th, 2019.