With Iron Man 3 being released at the end of the week, it’s time to look back at the first two films. First up is Iron Man.
Released in 2008, Iron Man was the first in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series.The film had been in development since 1990 with multiple studios, but it wasn’t until Marvel reacquired the rights in 2006 that it was put into production. With Jon Favreau signing on to direct and Robert Downey Jr cast as Tony Stark, Iron Man was ready to go.
Tony Stark, industrialist, billionaire and master weapons tech finds himself under fire from his own bombs. Captured by insurgents and with pieces of shrapnel traveling towards his heart, Stark is kept alive using an electromagnet powered by an arc reactor. Paired with his Mark I suit, Stark escapes his captors, and returns home announcing that Stark Industries will no longer be making weapons. Stark begins work on an updated armored suit only to find that Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges), his second in command at Stark Industries, has been selling Stark weapons to the insurgents. Using his new suit to return to Afghanistan and destroy the arms, Stark must then to stop Stane from misusing his research.
Before Iron Man, I had no real interest in superheroes. They were something that was outside of my field of interest. Somehow, Iron Man broke through that bubble, showing me that it wasn’t just something for those who had read the comics. I rushed to the cinema to see it, reveling in the glossy effects, witty remarks and surprisingly (well, to me anyway!) clever story.
Favreau did well to help introduce a new audience to the Marvel universe and it was clear that the franchise was going to be highly successful. Downey embodies the billionaire playboy perfectly and obviously loves playing Stark with the third Iron Man being the fifth time he’s played the character.
Iron Man is a perfect introduction to the Marvel series for any newbies – like I was! It’ll happily drag you into the depths of the universe.