10 Best Moments in the Iron Man movies
In 2008 Marvel Studios released its first feature-length film Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) based on the Marvel Comics. Directed by Jon Favreau, and lead by Robert Downey Jr. as the titular character Tony Stark aka Iron Man, the film was the perfect vehicle to introduce those unfamiliar with the comic history of The Avengers
Iron Man was an instant hit with audiences and critics and had fans excited to see what the future would bring This year Marvel celebrated the 10 year anniversary of the MCU, with 18 films the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become the most profitable and prolific film franchise in history, and it all began with Iron Man.
Let the Show Begin
Opening with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.)visiting an American outpost in Afghanistan with his best friend and military liaison Lieutenant Colonel James Rhodes (Terence Howard), you already get a sense of Tony’s personality when he treats a demonstration of his company’s newest weapon the “Jericho” missiles, like a showman at a new opening act, rather than a weapon of mass destruction. From early Downey Jr. establishes that Tony never seems to take things as seriously as he should, and while he may be a genius that runs the billion-dollar Stark Industries, having a good time is what matters most. But, despite his arrogance and seemingly careless attitude, there’s an undeniable charm that is hard to resist.
A Friend in Need
After being severely wounded in an ambush, Tony is held captive by the terrorist group The Ten Rings. While in captivity he meets Yinsen (Shaun Taub) a doctor and together they build the first iteration of the arc reactor and prototype for what will become the Iron Man suit. It’s safe to say that without Yinsen Tony would have never been able to make the suit, escape and go on to become and assist in the formation of The Avengers.
One of the most iconic images in the MCU has to be the first time Tony puts on the Iron Man suit. The montage of him designing and fabricating the new and improved suit, selecting the trademark silver, gold and ho-trod red and culminating him wearing the helmet is one that let viewers know that Tony was finally taking things seriously. Plus, it looked super cool.
There’s Nothing Dumb About Dum-E
After Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges) realizes that he needs the arc reactor Tony wears, he breaks into Tony’s house and rips it from his chest. Rapidly losing strength is unable to reach the keepsake box containing his original reactor, but before he can give up hope is a robot, the affectionately named Dum-E — without being told to — takes up the box and gives it to Tony. Even though Dum-E is a robot, the animators and sound techs were able to give this machine personality and dare I say it emotion making him as loveable as a family pet.
Like A Boss
Though it may have been a post credit scene, Nick Fury’s appearance at the end of Iron Man signaled two major changes to the MCU and the structure of films. “I’m here to talk about the Avengers Initiative.”, with one sentence the Marvel Cinematic Universe was born, the impetus for one of the greatest superhero groups in fiction began to take shape and fans lost their minds. This scene also began the trend of post-credit scenes that created the necessary hype to hold fans over until trailers for subsequent films are released. Also, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury is probably one of the most perfect castings in film history.
Rock the Stage
Sam Rockwell’s Justin Hammer in Iron Man 2 (2010) was hands down one of the best side characters in the MCU. His quick and sarcastic remarks added a certain spark to the film, but the moment he really brought it was his entrance at the Stark Expo to debut the armored created by Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), he does it with flair and flair and swagger, creating a moment that hasn’t been repeated in the franchise to date.
Two Iron Men are Better than One
As the best friend and occasional liaison of Tony Stark, Lieutenant Colonel James Rhodes (Don Cheadle), has at times had the exasperating pleasure of having to choose between his friendship and duty to country, but there are times when they align perfectly as in Iron Man 2. Because Tony is usually the center of the storyline Rhodey tends too stay in the background, so it was great to see him finally get his moment to shine in the battle against Vanko’s drones. Their chemistry and snarky back and forth adds to the action rather than distract from it.
Even Heroes Need Help Sometimes
After the invasion and infamous battle of New York in The Avengers (2012), Tony has been experiencing panic attacks and when a new terrorist in Iron Man 3 (2013), The Mandarin (Sir Ben Kingsley) attacks his home, Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Happy (Jon Favreau) are almost killed, and afterward Tony escapes in his suit and ends up in a small Tennessee town. While there he meets 10-year-old Harley Keenan (Ty Simpkins), as Harley tells home about an explosion that killed six people, Tony suffers a panic attack. This was the first time audiences got to see Tony be truly vulnerable in front of someone. Normally when something goes wrong he makes a joke and shrugs it off, but he didn’t do that with Harley, instead, he was open and honest about his anxiety and PTSD. It was also the first time in the MCU we got to see the mental and emotional toll being a superhero takes on a person.
As part of Aldrich Killian’ (Guy Pearce) terrorist plot, he kidnaps Pepper and subjects her to Extremis, an experimental procedure used to give people superhuman abilities. When Tony attempts to save her, the rig Pepper is standing on collapses and she falls into a pit of flames. But, thanks to the enhanced abilities she survives and kills Aldrich after Tony is unable to. In the previous MCU films, Pepper didn’t seem to serve any other purpose than to be someone who was always either exasperated or anxious with Tony’s antics, but in Iron Man 3 she finally got her moment to shine and kick butt.
The End is Just a New Beginning
To keep his promise to Pepper commands J.A.R.V.I.S. to destroy the drones he created and has surgery to remove the arc reactor from his chest. As he stands in the now empty spot where his living room once was, he throws his arc reactor into the sea and picks up a screwdriver from the ground. Throughout the franchise Tony has struggled with finding who he was as a hero and Iron Man, in the end, he realized that he was using the arc reactor as an emotional crutch, and he didn’t need it to be a hero…as they say it’s what’s in your heart that counts.