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Published Fri Aug 05 2022 By James Smith
Iron Man

Iron Man was the first movie that kicked off phase one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Iron Man has been one of the most important superheroes in the Marvel Universe. And, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe also the superhero started the biggest buzz. Robert Downey Jr. portrayed the character of Iron Man in Marvel movies.

Many people must be confused as The Hulk was released back in 2003. But, the movie was not under the banner of Marvel Studios at that time. And later on, Iron Man became the protagonist which led to the formation of The Avengers. Among the first big six of the Avengers, Iron Man was the first one to complete his solo trilogy movie. 

When did Iron Man come out?

Iron Man is an American film based on superheroes from Marvel Comics. It was released back in 2008 and follows the story of the character which has the same name in Marvel Comics. Paramount Pictures are the distributors of this film and Marvel Studios are the ones who produced it.

Poster of first Iron Man film
Iron Man 1 Poster. Source: Pinterest

Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby as well as Art Marcum and Matt Holloway are the teams of writers behind the screenplay of this film. Whereas, Jon Favreau is the director. 

The main star of this film is Robert Downey Jr. who portrays the role of Iron Man, aka Tony Stark. Alongside Robert, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Shaun Toub, and Gwyneth Paltrow appear in this movie as well. 

The Plot of the Film

The plotline of this film follows a billionaire industrialist and genius inventor, Tony Stark who gets kidnapped. During his captivity, he gets forced into developing a devastating weapon. 

But somehow Tony manages to escape from captivity using an armor that he created with the help of a fellow captive. After escaping, he upgraded his armor into a high-tech suit of armor and goes on to become Iron Man

Was Iron Man 1 a Success?

Yes, the first Iron Man film was a big success. It wasn't a billion-dollar blockbuster, but it is fair to say that the film was a smash hit. 

The success of Iron Man allowed Marvel Studios to work on their other films as well. Basically, Iron Man created a path for other superhero films. 

Cast of Iron Man 1

  • Robert Downey Jr. portrays Tony Stark, aka Iron Man
  • Terrence Howard portrays James Rhodes aka War Machine
  • Jeff Bridges portrays Obadiah Stane
  • Gwyneth Paltrow portrays Pepper Potts
  • Jon Favreau portrays Happy Hogan
  • Leslie Bibb portrays Christine Everhart
  • Shaun Toub portrays Ho Yinsen
  • Faran Tahir portrays Raza
  • Clark Gregg portrays Phil Coulson

When did Iron Man 2 come out?

Iron Man 2 which was released in 2010 is the sequel to the movie, Iron Man. Just like the first Iron Man film, Paramount Pictures are the distributors and Marvel Studios are the producers. 

Jon Favreau returned as the director for the sequel but for the screenplay, Justin Theroux got hired. Robert Downey Jr. and the same actors reprised their roles. However, there were some new faces as well. 

Poster of second Iron Man film
Iron Man 2 Poster. Source: Pinterest

Don Cheadle replaced Terrence Howard for the role of James Rhodes, aka War Machine. And Scarlett Johansson made her first appearance as Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow

The Plot of the Film

The story of the second film is a continuity of the first movie. After six months after the events of the first film, Tony Stark starts receiving calls from the United States government. 

Tony keeps resisting the calls from the government. On the other hand, Russian scientist Ivan Vanko creates a technology of his own to carry out a feud against Tony Stark.

Was Iron Man 2 a success as well? 

Just like Iron Man 1, Iron Man 2 received global acclaim as well. The film even managed to become the seventh highest grossing film of 2010. So it is fair to say that Iron Man 2 was a success. 

Cast of Iron Man 2

  • Robert Downey Jr. portrays Tony Stark, aka Iron Man
  • Gwyneth Paltrow portrays Pepper Potts
  • Jon Favreau portrays Happy Hogan
  • Leslie Bibb portrays Christine Everhart
  • Don Cheadle portrays James Rhodes, aka War Machine
  • Elon Musk portrays himself
  • Samuel L. Jackson portrays Nick Fury
  • Scarlett Johansson portrays Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow
  • Sam Rockwell portrays Justin Hammer
  • Mickey Rourke portrays Ivan Vanko, aka Whiplash

When did Iron Man 3 come out?

Iron Man 3 was released back in May 2013. The movie is a sequel to Iron Man 2 and Iron Man. Also, it is the first movie of Phase 2. Marvel Studios produced this film but this time around, Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures stepped up as the distributors. 

Poster of third Iron Man film
Iron Man 3 Poster. Source: Pinterest

Shane Black replaced Jon Favreau as the director and even co-wrote the screenplay alongside Drew Pearce. Iron Man 3 is the seventh film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

The Plot of the Film

Following the events of the Avengers, Tony Stark starts facing the consequences. He fights against the consequences of the national terrorism campaign. Later, it was revealed that Mandarin was the one who led that campaign. 

How did Iron Man 3 perform at the Box Office?

Iron Man 3 was a big success at the Box Office. It is fair to say that the film was a billion-dollar blockbuster. Not only that, but this film was also the second highest grossing film of 2013.  

The final part of the trilogy managed to set up a path for future MCU projects. 

Cast of Iron Man 3

  • Robert Downey Jr. portrays Tony Stark, aka Iron Man
  • Gwyneth Paltrow portrays Pepper Potts
  • Jon Favreau portrays Happy Hogan
  • Don Cheadle portrays James Rhodes, aka War Machine
  • Guy Pearce portrays Aldrich Killian
  • Rebecca Hall portrays Maya Hansen
  • Ben Kingsley portrays Trevor Slattery

Is there going to be an Iron Man 4?

At the end of "Avengers: Endgame", Iron Man sacrificed his life to save the universe. It was a heartbreaking moment for everyone. However, some of the fans are still hoping to see Iron Man back in MCU. 

The chances for this to happen are quite less but the possibility is still there. But instead of Tony Stark donning the suit, it can be his daughter who might take the mantle of Iron Man. 

Until now, nothing's confirmed. Only time will tell whether we will be able to see Iron Man 4 or not. But, we are already informed of Ironheart getting the series of its own. And, we already witnessed the character debuting in Black Panther 2. 

Iron Man's Armor throughout in MCU

  • Mark 1
  • Mark 2
  • Mark 3
  • Mark 4
  • Mark 5
  • Mark 6
  • Mark 7
  • Iron Legion
  • Mark 42
  • Mark 43
  • Mark 44
  • Mark 45
  • Mark 46
  • Mark 47
  • Mark 48
  • Mark 50
  • Mark 85
Iron Man's suit "Mark 42"
Tony Stark donning his Armor Mark 42. Source: Marvel Studios

The Villains of Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

In MCU, Iron Man has gone against some formidable villains. Let's have a look at some of them. Tony's passion for technological advancement has played a major part in the creation of multiple MCU villains.

These villains have appeared in the solo films as well as during his team-ups. The following names are the villains of Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:

  • Iron Monger, aka Obadiah Stone
  • Whiplash, aka Ivan Vanko
  • Aldrich Killian
  • Ultron
  • Thanos
  • Loki

Things related to Iron Man

Marvel Cinematic Universe has expanded over the years and there is no doubt about this. The fan following has also increased dramatically. 

Iron Man being the first character to start off things in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has also garnered a huge fan following. Those fans might as well want to know about different stuff related to Iron Man. 

Let's have a look at those things. 

Iron Man Costume

Cosplay has become a huge pop culture in today's generation. Basically, Cosplay is an event where an individual wears different costumes of a specific character. 

A kid giving a pose in his Iron Man Costume
A kid in an Iron Man Costume. Source: Pinterest

MCU has a huge fan following as well. Every now and then, it is quite common to see someone participate in the cosplay using costumes related to MCU's Character.

Among several characters, Iron Man's Costume is often used. The armor that Iron Man uses in the films is quite cool. So to represent him, people have used Iron Man's costume in such events. 

Iron Man Helmet

When you think about Iron Man's armor, you usually think about his cool Helmet as well. Over the course of the year, the helmets that he uses along with the armor have seen big upgrades. 

People have even started collecting Helmet as a showpiece. Iron Man's Helmet is quite unique and everyone can agree on that. 

Lego Iron Man 

Apart from Iron Man's Costume and Helmet, people have started collecting Lego Iron Man as well. There are different types of Lego Iron Man available. You will be able to find different Lego Iron Man in different types of armor. 

A Lego of Iron Man
A Lego Iron Man. Source: Pinterest

Did Superior Iron Man appear in Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness?

People started making speculation about cameos after the introduction of Multiverse. Superior Iron Man was one of the names as well who people thought would appear in "Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness".

But to everyone's disappointment, Superior Iron Man didn't appear in the film. We did get to see some new characters in the film but not what fans were expecting. 

Superior Iron Man didn't appear in the sequel of Doctor Strange but the future can be anything. MCU can bring anyone at any moment, so it will be better to wait and see what the future holds. 

Who is Superior Iron Man?

Superior Iron Man is a variant of Tony Stark who comes from a different storyline called the Axis event. During the Axis event, a spell caused the moralities of all the major heroes to change. 

Superior Iron Man looking at a picture
Superior Iron Man doing some research. Source: Marvel Comics

But later, the spell got reversed. However, the Evil version of Tony was able to hide away from the reverse spell. After everything returned back to normal, Tony started executing his plans using the vast resources available to him. Since then that evil version of Iron Man started getting recognized as Superior Iron Man. 

Superior Iron Man's Suit

Being a variant of Iron Man, Superior Iron Man's power comes from his suit as well. However, Superior Iron Man's suit got created from a special metal known as Endo Sym. Because of this metal, he has few benefits compared to Tony Stark. 

Superior Iron Man's suit is totally based on Symbiote biology. The suit provides the user with the ability to absorb electromagnetic energy. Not only that, the user can handle the technology in a remote way as well.

Will Tom Cruise play Superior Iron Man in future MCU Projects?

Ever since the introduction of the multiverse, fans have speculated numerous theories. Among such fan theories, Tom Cruise in the role of Superior Iron Man was there as well. 

Tom Cruise as Iron Man
Tom Cruise in Iron Man's Armor. Source: Reddit

However, Tom Cruise didn't appear as the Superior Iron Man in "Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness". The screenwriter of the film even mentioned during an interview that the theory was totally made up. 

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