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  • Writer's pictureThomas Duncan

MCU Crossover Series - Iron Man (2008)

Updated: Sep 28, 2023

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:

Legacy: 8.5

Impact/Significance: 9.5

Novelty: 6.75

Classic-ness: 7.5

Rewatchability: 8.25

Audience Score: 8.9 (87% Google, 91% RT)

Total: 49.4

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