MCU Crossover Series - Iron Man (2008)
Updated: Sep 28
Co-Host: Adam Hitchcock, The Streaming Circuit podcast
Jon Favreau, Director/Harold "Happy" Hogan
Screenplay by Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Art Marcum, and Matt Holloway
Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man
Terrence Howard as James "Rhodey" Rhodes
Jeff Bridges as Obadiah Stane
Gwyneth Paltrow as Virginia "Pepper" Potts
Leslie Bibb as Christine Everhart
Shaun Toub as Ho Yinsen
Faran Tahir appears as Raza
Paul Bettany voices J.A.R.V.I.S.
Clark Gregg appears as Phil Coulson
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
Plot Summary: In the blockbuster hit "Iron Man" (2008), directed by Jon Favreau, we witness the transformation of billionaire industrialist Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) from a carefree playboy to a selfless hero with a heart of steel. After being captured by terrorists while demonstrating his company's latest weapons technology in Afghanistan, Stark is forced to build a weapon for his captors. Instead, he creates a high-tech suit of armor that he uses to escape captivity and return home to the United States.
Back in America, Stark announces that his company will no longer manufacture weapons, much to the chagrin of his business partner, Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges). Meanwhile, Stark works on perfecting his Iron Man suit and uses it to fight crime while protecting the innocent. However, when Stane becomes the villainous Iron Monger and threatens to destroy Stark and his new creation, it's up to Iron Man to save the day.
With a thrilling blend of action, humor, and heart, "Iron Man" is a tour de force that showcases Downey's talent as a leading man and sets the stage for a new era of superhero films. Favreau's direction is masterful, and the special effects are nothing short of breathtaking. It's no wonder that "Iron Man" has become a modern classic and a beloved favorite of audiences around the world.
The Stan Lee Rubric:
Audience Score: 8.9 (87% Google, 91% RT)