If you’ve ever seen Robert Downey Jr. in person, you know the man does not suffer a fool’s fashion gladly.
Always dashing, futuristic, cosmopolitan chunky sunglasses you can sorta see through, structured collars and footwear that’s probably worth your salary the real-life Tony Stark likes to dress like the on-screen Tony Stark. Which is to say, expensively.
So when photos from the Atlanta set of Avengers: Infinity War went online Monday, we had questions. Something wasn’t quite right about this:
That jumpsuit thingy, with its fireproof weight, industrial piping, stealthy camoflage pattern and heavy hoodie? Too pedestrian to be some form of Stark tech, too workmanlike to be RDJ-approved casual wear, too normal to be a motion-capture getup.
(Can you imagine Robert Downey Jr. in a full mo-cap suit? LOL. He wouldn’t be caught dead in something like this, not for all the money at Disney/Marvel):
So what is RDJ wearing?
No one would don those layers in an Atlanta summer, and besides, everyone else is in costume (Banner’s sportcoat-and-sneakers look included). One big clue is the chest-piece, obviously not an Iron Man accessory it looks like a Transformer head! Is that an Allspark? but definitely where an arc reactor goes:
One of the photos from Monday’s batch show Downey’s double in an elephant T-shirt. Could it be that, just peeking out from his fireman’s hoodie?
It’s not, though another batch of photos over on Just Jared make it pretty clear that there’s a microphone and a plate where the arc reactor would go under that jacket. And another shot shows dots on his mantle … and then it becomes clear:
Robert Downey Jr. has his own, stylish mo-cap suit. In fact, this shot confirms it Downey is doing the Iron Man hand thing:
And if you thought that Marvel was suddenly issuing fashion-friendly mocap suits to everyone, tell it to this poor guy, also on the Atlanta set of Infinity War:
In all likelihood, RDJ’s bulky jacket stands in for the extra girth of his suit, or maybe he was just blocking this scene for a more tricked-out double.
But we prefer the theory where the world’s most fashionable male movie star insists that his motion-capture outfit be stylish enough to keep him looking cool in the event of pap photos.
We’ll find out for sure when Infinity War comes out next summer.