Hello and welcome to the glorious return of something you guys have been wanting to see again for a very long time, the Flashback Feature! Along with restructuring the site, we have given new life to the flashback feature, by expanding it from just gaming to anime and movies too! So to commemorate the return, I would like to present, my flashback feature to the movie that brought fans into the chokehold of the MCU and never let go, the movie that introduced fans to Robert Downey Jr as the iconic armoured Avenger, Iron Man.
Directed by Jon Favreau, the movie was a sharp contrast to the either too serious or too campy adaptations of superheroes in the past, merging realism and convincing characters, with a lighthearted tone of fun. When compared to the likes of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies or the god awful Daredevil films, Iron Man (in retrospect) seems like the second coming of superhero flicks. It rebuilt a disgraced genre from the ground up and made superheroes cool again.
With performances from Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark, Gweneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts and Terrance Howard as Rhodey, the movie introduced fans to characters (although in Rhodey’s case, not actors) that would stick around for many movies to come. And that’s what Iron Man did, it promised fans a glimpse into a universe, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and hinted towards something that at the time was unheard of, something that is now all the rage in moviemaking. One of the standout things in this movie, is the interaction between characters though, with such a varied supporting cast, you cannot help but fall in love with the world of these movies.
One of the main selling points of the movie was the fact it felt real, everything in it felt much more science fiction than science fantasy, the tech looked like something that you would find hidden under Elon Musk’s mattress and the motivations felt human. Every character was developed and I still think that Jeff Bridges as the Iron Monger himself, Obadiah Stane, is one of the few good villains in the MCU. He conveys fear as one of the few people who the cocky Tony Stark could actually be beaten by. Stark’s suit feels realistic, with the bolts and screws visible, it looks convincing and not like a big sloppy CGI mess.
The movie has a stellar soundtrack and visually looks stunning, with the fight sequences being well shot and the action being sleek. Plus, when coupled with the witty and human dialogue, it feels like a comic book come to life, but done right. With enough nods to the comics to keep fans coming back for more, it created the format that the MCU would take and use to make billions of dollars and an empire with Stark at the heart. But the main thing that makes Iron Man work, is how it works as a standalone movie.
The film has a well-structured plot, it tells a single story with the only real hint towards the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe coming from the end credits scene. It hints towards a bigger world, without actually forcing fans to know every tiny detail about said world just to feel like they didn’t waste their time watching the movie. Iron Man is essentially Diet MCU. And if the future MCU movies follow the lead of Iron Man, then it will be a good thing.
Iron Man is one of the standout movies in the MCU, if you haven’t seen it yet, you need to watch it, rewatching it makes you take a step back and appreciate the massive scale of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it makes you realise the world that Kevin Feige has made and it most importantly makes you realise, what a good superhero movie is.
If you enjoyed this Flashback Feature, you can check back here at the same time next week for Argyl’s take on a classic game or movie. and then in 2 weeks time, it’s me again! But for more from the all new G33k P0p, keep it G33k!