Many people enjoyed the chemistry between the two actors after they appeared together in the Marvel movies. Tony Stark (portrayed by Downey Jr.) became a father figure to Holland’s Peter Parker throughout the series of movies. Perhaps that’s what inspired the Youtuber to put his skills to work and produce the video.
The deepfake puts Robert Downey Jr. into the role of Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown, a “student of all sciences” and brilliant inventor (a quality the character shares with Downey’s Tony Stark). Meanwhile, Tom Holland’s face is given to none other than Marty McFly, the world’s second time traveler (after Brown’s dog Einstein).
As Back to the Future came out all the way back in 1985, many people, naturally, got an idea for a reboot where Holland and Downey Jr. would replace Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd in the iconic roles. Some fans had their reservations, considering some recent movie reboots weren’t as successful as expected and, for some, even ruined the originals. Despite that, the idea for the reboot could introduce the younger audience to a beloved franchise.
Deepfake is a portmanteau of “deep learning” and “fake” as it is based on deep learning and involves training generative neural network architectures to create content that is not real. According to Wikipedia, it is synthetic media “in which a person in an existing image or video is replaced with someone else’s likeness.”