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Everything has to start from somewhere. And the MCU began with the best movie of the MCU, in my opinion. The 2008 movie told a very bold and ambitious tale of a man reinventing himself after being humbled in possibly the biggest way of shrapnel lodged into his heart from a missile that he built for the men and women that was used to protect them in the armed forces.
I think when you're forced into a situation that makes you change your perspective on life, your life changes along with it.
After having narrowly escaped death in the cave where he was forced to create the mark 1 Iron Man suit, he sets about creating a more high-function and sophisticated suit that would do more than just be a suit of armour that would shoot fire.
Even though this movie is over 10 years young, the first suit-up of the Mark 3 suit is still amazing. I think what makes this sequence work is that it looks plausible from a technological standpoint of how advanced equipment of today would be able to sew someone into a tech-suit like this. And at the same time it's also showing how tech-savvy Tony Stark is in having the necessary equipment and resources to be able to put this together.
Having Robert Downey Jr, made the titular character of Iron Man and his alter-ego, Tony Stark, so believable with his natural charisma and great acting that the lines between character and actor were very blurred as what Robert did as Stark just seemed natural from him. And when an actor is performing a role that is coming from a place where it feels natural to them and it's not something they are trying to force then it makes it all the more worth it.
The best aspects of the movie is the journey Tony makes from becoming a Genius, Playboy, Billionaire, Philanthropist and Iron Monger/weapons maker to becoming a changed man and the first Superhero of the MCU. What makes Tony Stark such a beloved character is that despite being a gifted genius and hands on mechanic, he's a flawed character. He believes that he's such a gifted creator and tough that no one can compromise him. The events that lead him to making the Mark 1 suit prove otherwise as he was caught off-guard.
The character isn't perfect as he makes mistakes with the mark 2 realising that there are issues at elevated altitudes that cause the suit to ice-up but that in turn makes him realise that he has to make changes and improvements. Which then of course leads to the iconic red and gold suit that we're all so familiar with. And he has the suit designed just by talking to this AI butler Jarvis which stands for Just A Rather Very Intelligent System and sees renders of the suit on screen and leaves him to fabricate it.
It's kind of a redemption story in a way. He realises what he has contributed to even though he was not aware of his company double-dealing under the table with enemies and sets about gaining atonement by destroying his weapons that ended up in the wrong hands.
The fight with the Iron Monger I feel lets the movie down somewhat as while there was a build-up with Obidiah Stane showing his hand by revealing that he ordered the hit on his former partner's son, it was just the fight itself between Iron Monger and Iron Man was near the last act of the movie when we could have had a little more from the Iron Monger suit. Had the last act of the movie been another fight between the two I feel like that would have served a more satisfying conclusion as Obidiah & Tony only went at it for what I can presume was 10 minutes. Now while those were amazing 10 minutes, it left me wanting more.
Marvel bet everything on this movie succeeding. Because had this movie failed....Ooh, that would've left a mark financially. But thankfully this movie did favourable numbers with half a Billion Dollars at the Box Office which setup the sequel 2 years later and the beginning of the tradition of post-credit scenes.
It's one of those movies that you have to see more than once at the flix, and I would know as I saw this 5 times in 2008 because it was that good. And still is in my opinion.
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