Ever since it’s inception in 2008 Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man has been the foundation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With rumours that Avengers: Endgame is going to be the end of an era we look back at Iron Man’s best moments.
5. Creating the Mk 1 armor
This is where it all began. Taken hostage by middle-eastern terrorists and held in cave, Tony Stark builds his Iron Man suit out of missile parts as a means of escape. This is all done in a montage set to a thumping soundtrack and with this the MCU was born.
4. Recruiting Spider-Man
This is the scene that we thought would never happen. Marvel had sold the Spider-Man rights to Sony and didn’t have access to their most famous character. Sony’s inability to make a success of the character in the modern era of superhero films had devalued Peter Parker to the point that they licensed him back to Marvel to rejuvenate him. Iron Man was the character they used to bring Spidey into the MCU.
3. Rescuing Airforce One
Following an attack on Airforce One, Tony vows to save everyone onboard. Iron Man flies in and catches them all one by one forming a chain of people and lowers them down into the ocean. To cap it all off it is revealed that Tony isn’t even in the suit but controlling it remotely.
2. Saving New York
During Loki and the Chitauri’s attack on New York S.H.I.E.L.D. admit defeat and fire a nuclear missile to solve the problem. Tony catches the missile and takes it through the wormhole toward the Chitauri fleet. He stops the invasion and falls silently back to Earth. Iron Man is now the world’s greatest hero, prepared to sacrifice himself to save everything.
1. I am Iron Man
This scene defined the MCU. Up to this point the majority of superhero films had been concerned with secret identity. With Tony declaring ‘I am Iron Man’ at the end of his first film it meant the filmmaker weren’t forced to worry about this in future instalments and could focus on telling the stories that they wanted.
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