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Image:Quote1.png They say that the best weapon is the one you never have to fire. I respectfully disagree. I prefer the weapon you only have to fire once. That's how Dad did it, that's how America does it... and it's worked out pretty well so far. Image:Quote2.png
--Tony Stark
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Iron Man


Film Details
John Favreau

Avi Arad, Kevin Feige
Executive Producer:
Stan Lee, David Maisel, Louis D'Esposito, Peter Billingsley, John Favreau, Avi Arad
Marvel Studios

Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby and Art Marcum & Matt Holloway
Comic Book:
Stan Lee
Don Heck
Larry Lieber
Jack Kirby

Ramin Djawadi

Paramount Pictures, Marvel Entertainment

Running Time
126 mins


$135 million

Release Date
May 2, 2008

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Iron Man 2
(release in April 2010)



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During a trip to Afghanistan to demonstrate his company's new weapon system,Tony Stark is attacked and kidnapped by a terrorist group called the Ten Rings. 36 hours earlier, at an award ceremony, US Air Force officer James Rhodes prepares to give the award to Tony, but Stark is absent. Stark's business partner takes the award for him while Tony is playing poker at a casino extravagantly. After Rhodes shows his disappointment to Tony that he didn't show up, Stark prepares to leave when he is suddenly approached by a reporter, Christine Everhart. Stark and Everhart end up having a one-night stand. Afterwards, Tony's assistant prompts Everhart to leave. Several hours later, Tony demonstrates his revolutionary multi-warhead cluster bomb missile, Jericho, to the US Air Force.

Stark forges the Mark 01 Armor

Shortly thereafter, the kidnapping occurs and the terrorists reveal that they want Stark to build them a version of his weapon system, the'Jericho'. Instead, over the next three months with the aid of a fellow captive, Dr. Yinsen, he builds a crude but very strong power armor, powered from a miniature arc reactor Stark and Yinsen built to power an electromagnet "pacemaker", which protects Stark's heart from the embedded shrapnel in his chest. Dr. Yinsen is killed trying to make sure Stark has enough time to prepare escaping, in the ensuing escape attempt, but Stark gets away and is picked up by the Air Force soon after in the desert. Upon returning to the United States, Stark declares that Stark Industries will no longer manufacture weapons, a move which his business partner and second-in-command CEO Obadiah Stane tells him is blocked by the board members shortly after.

During his self-imposed sabbatical from public life, Stark tinkers with the design of his power suit (albeit to several injuries he endures), refining it to be capable of flight, and builds a more powerful and reliable arc reactor, both to power his pacemaker and the suit. Meanwhile, Reza, the leader of the Ten Rings terrorist group, has dispatached his men to recover the Mark 01 Armor, which they find in the desert after Stark abandoned it (from falling from his airborne escape in a comical manner). After finding the Armor, Reza orders his men to rebuild it again. During Stark's first public appearance since his kidnapping, he is shown, by Everhart, pictures of Stark Industries weapons in the hands of terrorist groups (particularly the Ten Rings), including the system he refused to build for them. He also discovers that Stane has been "dealing under the table" to both sides in the conflict, as well as being the one to shut Stark out of the board while he recovers. Faced with the realization of what his company has done, Stark dons the power suit and flies to Yinsen's village of Gulmira in Afghanistan; rescuing the villagers from terrorists by employing his repulsors and his shoulder-mounted automatic machine guns. Iron Man also grabs one of the terrorists' leaders and leaves him at the mercy and discretion of the vengeful villagers. Reza sees Iron Man flee to the weapon stockpiles.

The MK3 Armor

After a brief battle with an enemy tank, Iron Man destroys their weapon stockpiles, but accidentally draws the attention of the United States Air Force and his friend, Jim Rhodes. After a supersonic dogfight between Stark and two F-22s, one jet gets damaged in Stark's attempt to hide, making the pilot eject. The pilot's eject seat malfunctions but Stark manages to save the pilot's life. After this ordeal, Stark reveals to Rhodes that he's Iron Man and Rhodes covers it up by stating that it was "a training exercise".

After viewing the news of the Gulmira F-22 incident, Stane goes on a business trip to the Ten Rings encampment in Afghanistan where it becomes apparent that Stane paid and ordered the Ten Rings to kill Stark. Reza reports to Stane that Stark has perfected his armor design into the Mark 03 Armor and because Stane and Reza have a common enemy, Stark, Reza plans to broker a deal: the Mark 01 Armor designs for Stane and in exchange "the gift of iron soldiers" to Reza and his terrorist followers. Stane ultimately betrays Reza by incapacitating him with an amplified sound paralyzer and orders his guards to kill all of Reza's men. After leaving, Stane, over the phone, secretly sets up Sector 16 at Stark Industries to use the armor designs. Determined to make amends for his mistakes, Stark sends his assistant Virginia Potts to find the shipping records of Stark Industries, so he can track down the illicit shipments and destroy them. While hacking into the system she discovers that it was Stane who hired the Ten Rings to kill Stark, but they had reneged on the deal when they realized who the target was. She also discovers that Stane has recovered the power suit prototype, and has reverse engineered his own version.

Iron Man engages Iron Monger in combat

Realizing that Pepper is aware of his evil deeds, Stane steals Stark's arc reactor to power his suit after also learning that his scientists in Sector 16 can't copy Tony's ingenious invention of making the company's large arc reactor smaller. Stane reveals his involvement in the kidnapping to Tony after he paralyzes him with the sound amplifier so that he can steal his arc reactor without resistance. After briefly expounding upon his agenda of world domination and the ideals of power in the corporate business, (particularly stating that Howard Stark, Tony's father, helped the atomic bomb become a reality), Stane leaves Stark for dead. Pepper tells Rhodes about Obadiah's wrongdoings and therefore, he goes to Tony's house where Stark struggles to receive his first arc reator to sustain his life. Stark's incompetent robotic arm system in his garage redeems itself by generously giving Stark his needed arc reactor after he collapsed. Rhodes sees Stark putting on the Mark 03 Armor, admiring its design. He asks if there's anything he can do to help Stark, and Tony asks him to keep the skies clear. After Stark leaves, Rhodes sees another armor prototype and says, "Next time, baby!"(a nod to War Machine). Meanwhile, Pepper and several S.H.I.E.L.D. agents attempt to arrest Obadiah at Stark Industries headquarters but Stane puts on his armor, thus becoming Iron Monger. Just before Iron Monger is about to kill Pepper, Stark as Iron Man interferes and battles him on the streets. Their epic battle takes them to the skies where Iron Man seemingly defeats Iron Monger because Stane's armor can't withstand ice beyond the atmosphere. Afterwards, atop the Stark Industries building, Iron Monger surprisingly bests Iron Man but in a last valiant move, Stark orders Pepper to overload the large arc reactor which powers the building. The resulting blast kills Stane and incapacitates Tony. Because Stark's reactor is nearly drained, he is protected from the EMP and survives.

The film ends with a press conference about the battle. Although advised by S.H.E.I.L.D. Agent Coulson to claim Iron Man is his personal body guard and corporate mascot, Tony instead announces that he is Iron Man. After the closing credits, Stark is greeted by General Nick Fury , director of S.H.I.E.L.D., who tells him about the Avenger Initiative.


Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man: Favreau had planned to cast a newcomer in the role,[2] but ultimately chose Downey (a fan of the comic) because he felt the actor's past, including cocaine abuse, made him an appropriate choice for the part. "The best and worst moments of Robert's life have been in the public eye," the director explained. "He had to find an inner balance to overcome obstacles that went far beyond his career. That's Tony Stark. Robert brings a depth that goes beyond a comic-book character who is having trouble in high school, or can't get the girl."[3] Favreau also felt Downey could make Stark a "likable asshole", but also depict an authentic emotional journey once he won over the audience.

Downey had an office next to Favreau during pre-production, which allowed him greater involvement in the screenwriting process. He brought a deeper sense of humor to the film not present in previous drafts of the script. He explained, "What I usually hate about these [superhero] movies [is] when suddenly the guy that you were digging turns into Dudley Do-Right and then you're supposed to buy into all his 'Let's go do some good!' That Eliot Ness-in-a-cape-type thing. What was really important to me was to not have him change so much that he's unrecognizable. When someone used to be a schmuck and they're not anymore, hopefully they still have a sense of humor."[4] To prepare, Downey spent five days a week weight training and practiced martial arts to get into shape, which benefitted him because "it's hard not to have a personality meltdown [...] after about several hours in that suit. I'm calling up every therapeutic moment I can think of to just get through the day."

Terrence Howard as Lt. Colonel James "Rhodey" Rhodes: A pilot friend of Stark, and the liaison between Stark Industries and the military in the department of acquisitions. Favreau cast Howard because he felt he could play War Machine in a sequel.[5] Howard and his father are Iron Man fans, partly because Rhodes was one of the few black superheroes when he was a child.[6] While Rhodes is roguish in the comics after he met Stark, his earlier disciplinarian character forms double act a dynamic with Stark, and he is unsure whether Stark's actions are acceptable. "Rhodey is completely disgusted with the way Tony has lived his life, but at a certain point he realizes that perhaps there is a different way," Howard said. "Whose life is the right way; is it the strict military life, or the life of an independent?"

Howard prepared for the role by visiting Nellis Air Force Base on March 16, 2007, where he ate with the pilots and observed HH-60 Pave Hawk rescue helicopters and F-22 Raptors.[7] He was a Downey fan since he saw him in Weird Science (film)


Iron Man is a film released in theaters on May 2, 2008. The film was produced by Marvel Entertainment, New Line Cinema, and Paramount Pictures and was directed by John Favreau. The film covers Tony Stark's back story about how he was captured by terrorists in Afghanistan as well as how he uses his resources to build Iron Man Mark 1 and escape. When he gets back to America, he sets to improve his armor, thus becoming Iron Man. As Iron Man, Stark thwarts a nefarious plot with global implications surrounding his business rival, Obadiah Stane, who becomes Iron Monger and sets out to destroy Iron Man.

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  2. Stax, , "The Unknown Iron Man", IGN, 2006-05-24. Retrieved on 2006-12-06.
  3. Scott Bowles. "First look: Downey forges a bond with 'Iron Man' role", USA Today, 2007-04-26. Retrieved on 2007-12-13.
  4. Larry Carroll. "'Iron Man' Star Robert Downey Jr. Talks About 'Incredible Hulk' Cameo, Controversial 'Tropic Thunder' Pics", MTV, 2008-03-18. Retrieved on 2008-03-18.
  5. Quint. "Quint visits the IRON MAN production offices! Art! Favreau speaks about sequels (?!?), casting and more!!!", AICN, 2007-02-09. Retrieved on 2007-02-10.
  6. Rob M. Worley. "'Iron Man': Terrence Howard lives the dream", Comics2Films, 2008-04-22. Retrieved on 2008-04-22.
  7. Bruce Rolfsen. "‘Iron Man’ pilot to hit big screen", Air Force Times, 2007-03-21. Retrieved on 2007-03-22.

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