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Robert Downey Jr. seemingly edited Tom Holland out of Chris Pratt pic - Insider

The photo shared by the "Iron Man" actor looked familiar to fans because it was taken on the set of the 2018 Marvel movie "Avengers: Infinity War."
  • Fans accused Robert Downey Jr. of editing Tom Holland out of a photo he posted on Instagram on Tuesday in support of Chris Pratt.
  • Criticism of Pratt recently resurfaced after a "one has to go" meme, which focused on him and the three other major Chrises (Evans, Pine, and Hemsworth), went viral on Twitter.
  • Downey Jr. voiced his support for his MCU costar by sharing an image of himself and Pratt on the set of "Avengers: Infinity War."
  • People noticed that Holland, who stood between the two actors in previous images and videos taken from the "Infinity War" set, was missing from the actor's photo.
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Robert Downey Jr. seemingly edited Tom Holland out of the Instagram post that he utilized to defend Chris Pratt amid criticisms of the "Guardians of the Galaxy" star. 

On Tuesday, Downey Jr. posted a photo on Instagram that showed himself and Pratt on the set of the 2018 Marvel movie "Avengers: Infinity War."

Downey Jr., who stars as Iron Man/Tony Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, came to Pratt (Star-Lord/Peter Quill's) defense after a viral tweet sparked outrage against the "Parks and Recreation" alum.

"What a world... The 'sinless' are casting stones at my #brother, Chris Pratt... A real #Christian who lives by #principle, has never demonstrated anything but #positivity and #gratitude... AND he just married into a family that makes space for civil discourse and (just plain fact) INSISTS on service as the highest value," Downey Jr. wrote.

He continued to suggest that if people "take issue with Chris," they should delete their social media accounts and work on themselves. 

What a world... The “sinless” are casting stones at my #brother, Chris Pratt... A real #Christian who lives by #principle, has never demonstrated anything but #positivity and #gratitude... AND he just married into a family that makes space for civil discourse and (just plain fact) INSISTS on service as the highest value. If you take issue with Chris,,, I’ve got a novel idea. Delete your social media accounts, sit with your OWN defects of #character, work on THEM, then celebrate your humanness... @prattprattpratt I #gotyerbackbackback

A post shared by Robert Downey Jr. Official (@robertdowneyjr) on Oct 20, 2020 at 2:53pm PDTOct 20, 2020 at 2:53pm PDT

Many fans went on to accuse Downey Jr. of removing Holland (Spider-Man/Peter Parker) from the original photo, in order for his post to only include himself and Pratt. 

"RDJ's team photoshopping Tom Holland out of this photo to do damage control for Chris Pratt bc they had no other photos of the two of them together is so.....funny," one Twitter user wrote.

The setting of Downey Jr.'s photo might look familiar to followers because Holland posted a similar image on his Instagram back in February 2017 while gushing about the opportunity to work with "legends" Downey Jr. and Pratt for "Infinity War."

Holland stood between the two stars in a photo that he shared.

You could also see footage of the three actors standing on the "Infinity War" set in the same positions as the aforementioned photos around the 28-second mark of a behind-the-scenes video shared by Marvel in 2017. 

—Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) February 11, 2017

The controversy surrounding Pratt began on Saturday when TV writer Amy Berg tweeted photos of four major Hollywood Chrises — Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine, Pratt, and Chris Evans — with the caption: "One has to go."

The meme sparked plenty of reactions, and many people suggested that Pratt was the actor who had to "go."

People pointed to the actor's seemingly Republican beliefs and his attendance at Hillsong Church, a church that has previously been accused of anti-LGBTQ practices.

Although Pratt didn't speak out regarding the criticisms, fellow Disney and Marvel stars came to his defense and rallied behind him. This included Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, James Gunn, Josh Gad, and Josh Brolin.

Representatives for Robert Downey Jr. didn't immediately respond to Insider's request for comment. 

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