+ Recommended – PG-13, Action
It’s sometimes easy to forget that the foundation the Marvel Cinematic Universe laid it’s groundwork on didn’t seem that stable when they started. In fact, looking back on what Marvel Studios has accomplished in the last 10 years, it’s amazing that this billion dollar industry was built on a film that very few had faith in, starting an actor that was half forgotten in the public eye. Of course I’m talking about Iron Man.
Iron Man is the story of a billionaire, genius, weapon designer named Tony Stark, who starts the film by being kidnapped by a group of terrorists. These terrorist hope that Stark will build a weapon that will give them control of the war torn country of Afghanistan. Knowing that he will likely be killed once he completes the weapon, Tony chooses instead to fight back by building himself an iron suit, that allows him to escape from his captors.
When Tony returns home, he realizes that he is apart of a system that allows innocent people to be killed everyday, and decides that he will take a stand against this by no longer making weapons anymore. Tony then begins to work on a new and improved version of the iron suit, with the hopes that this suit might be capable of protecting innocent people in a way that his old weapons failed to do.
Toward the end of the film, we discover the real reason why Tony was kidnapped in the first place. The second-in-command at Stark Industries is a man named Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges), who had arranged for Tony to be kidnapped in the first place with the hope that Tony’s death would allow him to take control of Stark Industries. After the failed assassination, Obadiah has several men build him an iron suit much like Tony’s with the hopes of killing him. Tony is able to stop and kill Obadiah, and the film ends with Tony revealing to the world that he is indeed Iron Man…. well actually the film ends with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) telling Tony that he has become apart of a bigger universe, and wants Tony to be apart of something called “The Avengers Initiative”.
Despite being 10 years old, Iron Man still remains as fresh and relevant as the day it was first released. It also can’t be understated how important this film was for the entertainment industry, as it laid the groundwork for the Marvel Cinematic Universe which has become the most successful film franchise. There are a few faults in this film, including Jeff Bridges’ character, Obadiah Stane, being a somewhat generic villain, but as a whole Iron Man might very well be the greatest origin story a superhero film has ever told.
Overall Rating: 8.5/10