Iron Man Reviews
A great introduction to the MCU. The CGI was very good, even for 2008s standards. The villain was pretty dull but was a great challenge for Tony (Robert Downey Jr.). Overall this movie had good and fun action combined with a great origin story for Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.).
Also to relive his relationship with Potts, when you know how this relationship will evolve, is very interesting.
The combination of being serious superheroes and the more natural humor in the movies, is what I love about Marvel, and Iron Man is an excellent example to set up the tone of the entire MCU. I loved it!
When he gets back to the real world, he uses his new found compassion to help those he has seen suffering. To "help those he's put in harms way" as Tony says. He does this by building an updated version of the suit that he used for his escape. The montage of the suit building is great and it made me feel like this was something that could actually exist. He then uses the new suit to go back to where he was captured and save the village. This fight scene was amazing. Seeing the suit work with its rockets and boosters was great. The integration of Tony's AI butler, Jarvis, into the suit also allowed for some great moments and meant that Tony never felt alone when he was out helping others. Tony's interaction with the other characters after this scene is also great and really help to shape the character. His phone call with his best friend and head of US defence, Rhodey, really shows the comradery these two have. And when he is taking the suit off and his assistant, Pepper Potts, walks in to see the bullet hole riddled suit, the back and forth these two have shows that they care about each, it feels like they have known each other for years.
We then find out the main villain, Obadiah Stane, the old friend of Tony's dad who took over the company when Tony was captured, was the one who had Tony captured so he could steal the company from Tony. He has since, built a suit similar to Tony's Iron man armour in order to try and sell it off. Tony then has to stop him using his own suit. While it is common today within Marvel movies to have the villain have the same powers as the hero, this was new in Ironman and felt fresh and great to see. The fight between them felt grounded while also being exciting. When Tony uses knowledge he learnt from his prototypes to stop Stane, it felt earned. We had been on this journey of suit design with Tony, so with him using his earlier flaws to his advantage, it felt natural and smart! Tony's selflessness to sacrifice himself at the end of fight really rounded out his character's arc throughout the movie. He was willing to give up his own life to ensure that this technology didn't fall into the wrong hands, something earlier Tony Stark wouldn't have cared about.
Up until now in superhero movies, we had seen secret identities and low profiles, this was all thrown on its head when the film ends with Tony stark declaring to a room full of reporters that he is Iron man. This helped show that even though this character had been through so much, he was still cocky and wanted a bit of the spotlight. This is then thrown back at him in, what would become a marvel staple, the post credit scene with Nick Fury, played by an eye patch wearing Samuel L Jackson. When he turns round to Tony and says "I'm hear to speak to you about the Avengers initiative", I think most comic book fans got goosebumps, and non fans were left with questions they wanted answers to. This, even to this day, is still one of the best post credits scenes marvel has done.
Iron man is packed full of humour, character and fun. It felt grounded while at the same time different. The relationships between the characters felt great and the visuals were fantastic. As I said at the beginning, Iron man, to this day, is still one of the best Marvel movies released!