Tenshot: Iron Man Trilogy
- Iron Man has long been one of my favorite Marvel characters (I’m a DC guy), so it was great to see him elevate from a B-Level to a potentially A-Level. The first movie was the perfect synthesis of actor and material. It would have done okay without Downey, but it wouldn’t have done nearly as well. It will be interesting to see if the character’s popularity outlasts Downey in the role.
- While I was watching the second movie, I blinked and feared that I had missed the only part of the second Iron Man movie that would actually involve Iron man. Fortunately, there was another part later in the movie that did.
- More seriously, I’m working my way through the MCU movies and so far Iron Man 2 is easily the worst. It’s especially disappointing after the first movie was so good and Thor was surprisingly solid. But there was nothing about the movie that was really good except the bickering between Tony and Pepper. The villains were dull and uninteresting. The story meandered. Bo-ring.
- Things picked up for the third movie. The villains were better (though one of the henchman was actually better than the main guy), the story was better, and there was even more Tony/Pepper bickering.
- There’s a phenomenon in superhero movies where actors don’t like to spend their entire time behind masks and so they work it in to their contracts that there will be face time. So masks come off a lot. Iron Man – aside from it being so Stark-centered – by showing his face behind the faceplate.
- I really would have preferred to see Terrance Howard as War Machine.
- Despite being MCEU movies, the Iron Man ones more or less stand on their own as a set. It helps that the first two came before everything crossed over with everything else. It does help if you saw Avengers before the third, but the big thing you need to know (on the heels of a big, traumatizing battle) is reasonably established.
- What a lot of the movies really came down to is that Tony had this absolutely amazing technology that was beautiful and wonderful and just amazing except that a lot of the time was spent trying to get it to work and not to be killing him slowly or blowing up. I found that very relatable.
- I really don’t much enjoy cameos in movies like this. Elon Musk existing in the MCEU just doesn’t work for me. Bill O’Reilly talking about Stark Industries takes me out of it. This is fantasy. We don’t need real people. I was kind of glad to see them establish a fictional president.
- Almost none of the MCEU has secret identities. That kind of bums be out.
BONUS: Robert Downey Jr and Diane Lane were both born in 1965 while Marisa Tomei was born in 1964. Downey plays Iron Man while Lane plays Superman’s Mom and Tomei plays Aunt May.