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Shaun Barry
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IRON MAN (along with Marvel Studios) celebrates its 10-year anniversary today, first released on May 2, 2008.

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The original teaser image:

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The first trailer:



And the Forum's first reactions (and still open)!







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Still top 3 Marvel Movie. 
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Loved the first one

Not as much, the 2nd

Hated the 3rd so much I walked out before it ended
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Also, I really wish they didn't go the nanotech rout in
the new Avengers. It's getting closer to magic where he
can conjure up just about anything with the nano tech
excuse. I like mechanical parts better.
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Fun to click thru that old thread.
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"Tony Stark was able to build this in a cave! With a box of scraps!"

"Well I'm sorry...I'm not Tony Stark."

The film got a lot right.

The Iron Man suit itself was a joy, RDJ worked well as Tony Stark (perhaps more in this one than in subsequent films), and the radical change to the character of Jarvis was a change that for once worked pretty well.

Couple of things that I don't like were started out here and have rippled through the Marvel Cinematic universe. One is the causal tossing aside of the secret identity. The second is the villain as an evil reflection of the hero, as opposed to the villain being a total contrast in look, powers, abilities, etc.

In fact, I think the Marvel villains haven't been much cop as a whole. Is there a truly great villain so far? They seem to have leant more towards space aliens and hi-tech villains than toward actually super-powered types. 
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I regret not catching this at the movies, but I've enjoyed it on the small screen several times. A truly fun superhero movie before the whole MCU thing got too convoluted. 
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There's something quite nostalgic reading that old forum thread. I'm guessing nobody knew quite how big things were going to lead to following Iron Man and watching back some of those old movies it's easy to see why.

Whilst Iron Man is a great superhero film, I'm not sure those that immediately followed it merited similar hype. Incredible Hulk, Thor and the Iron Man 2 all lack something and it's not until CA: First Avenger or possibly even Avengers itself that the formula starts to settle down. Marvel have certainly learnt from their early mistakes - IM2 for example, having watched it again this week, feels very light weight with Black Widow barely fleshed out as a character; now, every sequel is an event in its own right with every new characters generally much better realised from their first appearance (such as Spider-Man in Civil War).


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I watched this a few months ago, and it holds up so well - a pitch perfect way to kick off a new age in comic book films.



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I was in the audience at Comic-Con for the Iron Man/Hulk presentations in 2006 and 2007. The 2006 panel was a fairly muted affair--tucked away in a smaller presentation room upstairs--and the room was not filled to capacity. 

That was the last time any Marvel panel would be held anywhere except Hall H.

2007, though, was electric (for IM. Hulk=meh). Feige, Favreau, Downey, Paltrow and Howard were all onstage in Hall H. Unlike so many panels before, the actors were fully present, interacting with the crowd and seemed to be having a blast. Then, Favreau introduced the 5-minute clip with a statement to the effect of: "This isn't about getting people who don't know who Tony Stark is to see the movie. This is about comic book fans who want to see how we've dealt with the material and if we've stayed true to the books." 

That statement alone was the ballsiest, most refreshing shit I'd ever heard any director say about a comic adaptation in front of fans in Hall H, and the crowd got even more jacked. 2005-2007 had been an absolute bloodbath for superhero films, with release after depressing release of relentlessly unwatchable garbage like ELECTRA, FF, X-MEN 3, SUPERMAN RETURNS, GHOST RIDER, SPIDER-MAN 3 AND FF 2. The mild promise of BATMAN BEGINS and SIN CITY had long been squandered.

Then, they showed the footage and the place practically exploded. It was like a baptist revival, complete with fans actually jumping up and down in the aisles. To quote Steve Jobs, it was "like receiving a glass of ice water in Hell."
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This isn't about getting people who don't know who Tony Stark is to see the movie. This is about comic book fans who want to see how we've dealt with the material and if we've stayed true to the books." 

And, in doing so, also got people who didn't know who Tony Stark was to go see the movie.

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Ten years, and still wondering why they call him "Iron Man".
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We owe a great deal of thanks to Jon Favreau. Without his efforts, we may not have been treated to an amazing decade of the MCU (with more to come)! 

https://www.cinemablend.com/new/Jon-Favreau-Details-His-Figh t-With-Marvel-Studios-Cast-Robert-Downey-Jr-Iron-Man-43293.h tml

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As the Marvel movies get more & more outlandish, I appreciate this one for its more grounded approach... not realistic, mind you, but believable-within-a-modern-fantasy setting.

The acting is really wonderful, too, across the board.



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