- At 8 minutes into the film, movie director John Favreau can be seen playing a bodyguard of Mr. Tony Stark.
- At one hour and eight minutes into the movie, artist Stan Lee can be seen as a party guest.
- The post-credit scene, when Samuel Jackson is introduced as Nick Fury was not that planned as you would imagine. Favreau: "That was a bit of a lark. I wanted to include Easter eggs that the fans would appreciate and we thought the idea of a post-credit scene it could be fun. It was something that wasn’t really in the script originally. But I thought the idea of Nick Fury being Sam Jackson would be really fun, because when Nick Fury was reimagined in The Ultimates (comic book) they recast him as Sam Jackson, and I thought that that would be a really good nod to the audience. And Kevin [Feige, Marvel Studios executive] was way into it, too. Kevin really lit up. We worked on that dialog together. We were very careful how we selected the words. ‘You’re part of a bigger world now, a bigger universe,’ and ‘the Avengers Initiative,’ laid breadcrumbs for what was to come."
Fun and a bit immature
By Jack Anderson on December 31, 2018
Iron Man is the first movie of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Looking at it ten years later, it is very easy to see now how it started a global phenomenon and a multi-billion dollars franchise.
As in all movies, the casting is an essential part of the success of the magic of the film. But here, in superhero movies, I think it's even more important. Because casting a superhero seems, to me, more difficult than casting a "normal" character. Superheroes are so iconic that a wrong casting decision can ruin an entire line-up of films (i.e. Ben Affleck as Batman... anyone?)
So, how is Robert Downey Jr. in that role? Simply put, perfect. He *is* the character. He has this kind of friendly madness and oddity that we all love by Downey Jr. He makes everything he touches funny, ironic and interesting.
OVER THE TOP
Clearly, even though this is a superhero film, I want gravity. What I mean by that is that I need to care and feel for the characters and story. And I cannot do that if we break the rules of cinema.
There is one precise moment when I think the movie broke it and that I disliked it. When Iron Man escapes the terrorist compound in flames, you can see him flying extremely high into the sky, only to fall in the sand with just a few scratches. Anyone falling from that high would be dead. Simple as that.
There were then a few other mentions, such as when Tony Stark tries to flies for the first time in his lab. Those moments are fun, but a bit too immature and cartoonish to me.
Meanwhile, Jeff Bridges is such a talented actor that it was a no-brainer. But thinking of it, I don't think he would have been anyone's first choice for that part. This is clearly a brilliant casting decision. Jeff Bridges plays it true and never goes over the top, as so many actors do when portraying bad characters.
The story is very simple and that's why I liked it. We are not in front of a story with portals, other worlds, scepters and other non-sense. To summarize, Tony Stark is working in a weapon factory. He gets kidnapped and builds a robot to escape, becoming Iron Man in the process. While getting his revenge, he realizes that his weapons were used against children and wants to go out of that business. But a Senior Executive (Obadiah Stane, played by Jeff Bridges) from the company does not want to allow that and uses another robot to fight him.
I could give it 4 (average), 5 (good) or 6 (very good). The reason I don't give it 4 is that it is enjoyable and fun. And there are no scenes when you look at the ceiling thinking "Gosh, this is awful." Also, I won't give it 6, as the film is still quite immature and not really satisfying. So, overall, I'll give it 5. A good and fun movie.