(This is a repost.)
I’ve seen Iron Man before but I obviously wasn’t paying much attention when I first watched it because after seeing it for only the second time on Friday night I was kind of blown away by how good the movie was.
At the time Marvel and superhero movies were a joke. The first couple of X-Men movies were received with praise by critics but beyond that Marvel films weren’t the go-to superhero flicks that you wanted to see. Hulk received a fresh but dismal 62% on Rotten Tomatoes. Both Fantastic Four movies in the mid-2000’s received rotten reviews with Fantastic Four receiving a 27% rating and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer garnering a 37% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Eesh. And remember that HORRIBLE Daredevil movie starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner that came out in 2003 and ended up receiving a rotten 44% rating.
Yeah, Marvel’s tries at becoming a globally beloved cinematic universe didn’t begin until 2008’s Iron Man which would change the landscape of cinema forever.
Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal of Tony Stark/Iron Man was perfect from the very first second of the film. Unlike many of the other actors who had to ride the wave of their character’s evolution before becoming super likable (like Captain America, Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Thor, etc.) Iron Man in 2008 is the exact same Iron Man as in 2019, his journey has only changed him. It shows how perfectly Robert Downey Jr. understood this character from the get-go and how perfectly he executed that vision of this hero.
There are so many things to like about Iron Man.
A. Seeing Tony Stark’s evolution from being the rich guy who didn’t care about anything except getting with a new model every single night to becoming a man who actually wanted to save people rather than use his company to end more lives.
B. Tony and Pepper’s relationship and how it pans out through the duration of Iron Man, and the entire MCU actually, is SO sweet. No matter how many girls Tony brought home or how annoying he could be Pepper was always there for him. They needed each other, whether they wanted to admit it or not, and when you think about Endgame and the fact that they finally had a child and were living a normal life is just…ugh, I’m getting emotional just thinking about. I’m going to be a wreck the next time I watch Avengers: Endgame. I just know it!
And C. One thing that has never changed in the MCU is its attention to humor. Humor is what makes these Marvel movies different and more enjoyable than most superhero films. There’s nothing greater than watching an epic action film that’s laced with jokes throughout its entirety. It adds levity to these movies that make them that much more entertaining and memorable. And I was delighted to see Iron Man filled with this lovable lightness.
So yeah, I’m now starting to understand why so many people love Iron Man. Now, Iron Man 2 is still my personal favorite of the trilogy but there’s no denying that without Iron Man‘s outstanding storytelling, critical acclaim, and box-office success, the MCU may not even exist right now, which is a sad thought indeed.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day.