The 'I Love You, 3,000' Line In Avengers: Endgame Was Inspired By Robert Downey Jr.'s Kids

WARNING: THIS ARTICLE INCLUDES AVENGERS: ENDGAME SPOILERS.
PROCEED WITH CAUTION.

It's been over a week since Avengers: Endgame was released. Now I know how people feel when they say their newborn child has been on Earth for a week and the time has 'flown by'. Say that's not a reasonable comparison, I dare ya.

Aaaanyway, there's one line in particular that got everyone's attention. It came from Morgan Stark (Lexi Rabe) when she told her father, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) "I love you, 3,000."

Ummm... 3,000? Huh?

During a recorded video message that's played following his death (don't say I didn't warn you 'bout spoilers), Tony repeats the phrase, making sure to include the specific number. And kudos to RDJ for getting through that line, because it actually came from the actor's own children.

Endgame co-director Anthony Russo told Watching Hollywood: "That line is actually something Robert brought to the film. He said that one of his children once told him, 'I love you 3000.' We told the story to the screenwriters, and eventually it became a line in the script."

And speaking at an Avengers event in New York City, Endgame screenwriter Stephen McFeely said: "The line went, 'I love you tons. I love you tons.' And so, he says, 'I love you tons,' but his children say to him, 'I love you, 3,000.'"

Oh good Lord. This is too much.

Many fans had come up with their own explanations for the significance of the number 3,000.

There was one really interesting finding which came by adding up the total running time of all 22 films released in the MCU - yes, including the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home as well.

Well, it's a great theory but we're afraid it doesn't seem to be the true reason... and if that disappoints anyone then you clearly don't have a heart.

The RDJ version is way too much for us to cope with right now.

Featured Image Credit: Marvel

Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd is a Journalist at LADbible. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class BA in Journalism. Becky previously worked as Chief Reporter at Cavendish Press, supplying news and feature stories to national newspapers and women's magazines.

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