Iron Man is essentially the Godfather of Marvels’ MCU and the starting point for all of the cinematic success and joy we’ve gotten in the past 7 years, aside Iron Man 3 of course, directed by Jon Favreau, it’s still regarded as one of the best MCU films. And it chronicles the story of Tony Stark, already a genius, billionaire but also an arms dealer, he’s captured and held in a cave and invents a weapon, a suit of armour to fight the bad guys. Iron Man works well with a great cast starring Robert Downey Jr, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow, Clark Gregg, Paul Bettany and Jon Favreau.
And of course Robert Downey Jr really brings it home as Tony Stark in a role he seems to have been born to play, Tony is just that cocky, charismatic guy that is kind of a douche, but also just that guy and the film really establishes the persona he’s come to be known for having, while also throwing in him inventing the Iron Man suit. While Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) is a great balance to Tonys’ ego and can go round for round with him in bantering and verbal sparring, which is great to watch, Jon Favreau crafted a very tight knight and entertaining film in Iron Man, jumping us right in to Tonys’ life without a solid origin, but it still manages to work.
While Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges) presents a formidable and menacing villain, Iron Man still has some of the best writing in the MCU and has a naturally comedic tone to it, brought on by Favreaus’ directing and close work with Robert Downey Jr, you can tell the two love working together and in their respective roles, as Favreau himself is also in the film as Hogan, Tonys’ friend. Also the action sequences in the film are pretty good though not on the scale of Iron Man 2 and 3, it’s still awesome to see Tony in the Iron Man suit for the first time exploring its’ capabilities and seeing what he can do, while the special effects in general are great.
Iron Man is also great because it presents Tony nearly at his lowest, in terms of firstly making a prototype Iron Man suit which doesn’t function that well and as rich and smart as he is, he’s still human and vulnerable to error, seeing him go through the various prototypes and fail while trying to make the suit was pretty funny and showed his human side. Tony isn’t really a relatable character, being a genius inventor and billionaire but he’s still a great character though his charisma, sense of morality and justice and of course great one liners, while seeing a more vulnerable, human side to him in the first film was a nice touch, as invincible as he may feel when he’s in the Iron Man suit.
. Great entry point for Marvel, sets up tone of things to come
. Very good writing, great character interaction and good humour
. Was a good origin story for Tony, seeing him develop into Iron Man