Hey, friends! I’m sorry this took so long, but here it finally is: my review of Iron Man starring Robert Downey Jr. So, there’s a reason why at the beginning of the summer, I started binge-watching all of the movies in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). Basically, the first Marvel movie I officially saw the entirety of was Black Panther. Being African-American, my father was adamant that my entire family go to see it. Before that, I had briefly seen maybe half an hour of Spider-Man: Homecoming, but not enough of it to count it as a full viewing. One day, my father came up to me and said, “Hey, do you want to see Avengers: Infinity War?” I stupidly said yes, and it made not a lot of sense. I mean, I tried to piece things together, I really did, but things didn’t have as much of an impact on me as they would have had I seen more movies, and a lot of things just flew right over my head.
I decided to devote some time this summer to watch every single movie in the MCU. I actually referenced this list, which includes a nice order to watch all 20 movies in, with the inclusion of the Marvel TV shows, just in case (I didn’t watch the TV shows, but let me know if you have and think I should check one out!).
I started with Iron Man. This movie has an incredibly interesting origin, beginning in Afghanistan where Tony Stark is introducing some new technologies for the American troops to use in the war. Basically, there is an attack on the troops he’s with, and Stark is taken hostage. His captors refuse to let him go until he builds them a missile, and instead, he decides to start building an iron suit to help him escape. Some background on Stark: He’s a billionaire and the heir to Stark Industries- a weapons tech company. His captors knew he’d be in Afganistan, and knew exactly what he was capable of.
This movie was definitely something to get excited for, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, amongst others. The first installment in what would come to be the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and even now, Iron Man was incredibly successful, being listed as #1 not only in the country (US) but worldwide. Even to this day, Robert Downey Jr. is the highest paid Marvel actor.
The thing about these movies (and the comics, for that matter) is that our heroes have incredibly interesting origin stories. This one is a great example of that. During this movie, I was amused at the almost effortless humor used throughout the film, and the characterization accomplished was successful, as I found myself feeling for the characters.
I’ve finished my Marvel marathon, but if any of you are considering it, definitely try it out! Use the list I used, because, honestly, seeing where the MCU is at currently, this would be the best time to catch up, considering the next movie comes out next March. 🙂 My reviews for these movies will come out according to that list I linked above, with the exception of Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, which I have already reviewed.