MCU Rewatchathon April 9th: Iron Man (2008)
One day down, one film down!
Iron Man first released on May 2nd of 2008 and ushered in a whole new era of superhero films.
The cultural importance of this film is enough to write multiple essays on but that's not the point of this re-watch, it's to have fun, enjoy some films and talk about our favorite parts!
Here are some thought's my friend Javier and I had while watching:
Antonio: For me, it's within the first ten minutes of the film, when Tony gives his "That's how Dad did it, that's how America does it, ...and its worked out pretty well so far." speech.
In my opinion, that's when RDJ solidifies his place as Tony Stark in the MCU and in history.
Javier: I think it's seeing Tony in Costume, Like with the color scheme and everything. Him walking away from the tank exploding. Like it's cheesy, but it's cool.
Antonio: Obadiah Stane (Portrayed by Jeff Bridges): "TONY STARK WAS ABLE TO BUILD THIS IN A CAVE...WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS"
Javier: James Rhodes (Portrayed by Terrance Howard): "Next time baby."
Marvel's weakest point has often been cited as it's villains. While I personally don't feel it's as universal as some make it out to be, I do think it's fun to go back and chronicle our thoughts on each antagonist, especially with the benefit of hindsight.
Obadiah Stane AKA The Iron Monger
Javier: Jeff Bridges acting is great, needed more to do. The Iron Monger design is really boring, basically just a big gray Iron Man.
Antonio: I love Bridges as Stane, I think he sells every scene he's on screen in, but I agree, he loses his power when he puts on the suit. I'd give him a 7 prior to the final fight, but he probably drops to a 6 for me.
Final Ranking: 5/10
Antonio: "TONY YOU'VE BEEN IN CAPTIVITY FOR MONTHS AND YOU GO TO BURGER KING!"
Javier: "THE ONE BURGER THAT MADE HIM CLEAN UP HIS ACT! OH SHIT! THAT'S ACTUALLY REALLY COOL! BOTH IN THE MOVIE AND IN REAL LIFE!!"
Antonio: "OH SHIT YOU'RE RIGHT! OH SHIT! OH SHIT! WHAT!! MARVEL! MARVELLL!!!"
Javier: "THAT'S AWESOME."
(For those who don't know, RDJ cites an incident at a Burger King as his "low point" when he decided to get clean and turn his life around.)
A big theme for Tony throughout the MCU is how he deals with trauma, I think it's often forgotten that we get our first real sense for that as Tony is held in the caves. His PTSD and anxiety disorders are a huge part of his decisions moving forward and this is the start of that.
The Iron Monger's suit design feels like a proof of concept for the Hulkbuster, if not for Tony than for the Marvel art team, the way it opens for its pilot is very similar to how the Hulkbuster opens.
Javier pointed out that Coulson mentions that "this isn't his first rodeo", how this could be now seen as a reference to him appearing in Captain Marvel (2019) set in the 90's. While this most likely wasn't the original intent, its a fun catch.
Javier: I think Iron Man is a good introduction to MCU and a good way to start off a cinematic universe by focusing on one character while still establishing later on that other heroes exists.
Antonio: The first Marvel film, changed the way we view superhero movies, both from a design standpoint and a cultural one, some aspects are outdated, but mostly it holds up remarkably well after a decade.
Final Score: 8/10
After The Credits:
It wouldn't be a Marvel movie rewatch without discussing the infamous ACS (After the Credit Scenes)!
Javier: I think it's iconic like this is what separated itself from every other superhero movie at the time
Antonio: Yeah, it's the ballgame, I remember sitting in the theater and absolutely losing my shit when Sam Jackson came out with the eye-patch and said the word "Avengers".
Final Score: 10/10
Tonight we watch The Incredible Hulk (2008) so watch along with us and join us tomorrow for another recap and discussion!
Feel free to comment with your thoughts on the film, your favorite moments and your own rankings!