Producer Jeremy Latcham describes a never-before-seen deleted scene from the first Iron Man movie and reveals why Kevin Feige kept it from the home release special features. Iron Man was the first MCU movie and laid the groundwork for the entire expanding universe. Tony Stark’s origins are what establish his entire ideology as a hero moving forward, and the deleted scene would have further explained his ingenuity when building his first Iron Man suit to escape captivity.
Screen Rant spoke with Latcham about his newest film, Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves. During the interview, he also shared a deleted scene from Iron Man that has never been released and explained why Feige doesn’t want the scene to ever see the light of day. Check out Latcham’s full quote and interview below:
Jeremy Latcham: There are still three or four deleted scenes from [Iron Man] that I don’t think will ever be released because they were so bad. I remember Kevin saying to me in 2012, when I was like, “Should we put the Abu doing laundry deleted scenes out?” And Kevin was like, “No. We can never put out Abu doing laundry. People will know we don’t know what we’re doing. It’ll be embarrassing if they see these scenes.” But there was a whole runner in Iron Man where Tony Stark was doing laundry and I don’t think they’ve ever come out.
Someone should look into it, but I don’t think they’ve ever been seen. Tony is doing laundry for the captors, but he’s really breaking the washing machine and stealing parts from it to build the Mark 1 suit. It’s so absurd. It’s wild.
What Iron Man’s Deleted Scenes Say About Tony Stark
Tony Stark’s superpower isn’t classic strength, speed, or endurance. Instead, his power comes from his intelligence, ingenuity, and unwavering need to do what he can to help the world. The Iron Man deleted scene wouldn’t have changed the movie as a whole, but it further demonstrates Tony Stark’s ingenuity while being held prisoner and building the Mark 1 Iron Man suit. Secretly breaking down the washing machine while doing laundry for his captors would have shown some of the ways he was able to sneak his design and secret away parts to build the suit that would be their downfall.
Tony Stark was forever changed by these events, with survivor’s guilt, guilt surrounding his company and legacy as a warmonger, and the need to make up for past mistakes. Tony Stark has always been a genius and an inventor, but his determination in the face of horror is what saved his life. This Iron Man deleted scene would have also laid the groundwork for Iron Man 3, when Tony Stark is without a working Iron Man suit and must build weapons from supplies he buys from a hardware store.
Iron Man set the precedent for superheroes in the MCU while also establishing the tone of the world. While this moment would not have altered the MCU as a whole in the way Tony Stark’s other decisions have, it does give a bit more insight into his time being held prisoner. Tony Stark knew he was likely going to die, and that fact changed everything for him, leading to an unlikely hero rising and changing the world with his intelligence, influence, money, and need to prove that his survival was worth it.