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Iron Man (movie)
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|Directed by||Jon Favreau|
Robert Downey Jr.|
|Music by||Ramin Djawadi|
|Editing by||Dan Lebental|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Release date(s)||May 2, 2008|
|Running time||126 minutes|
Iron Man is an American science fiction superhero movie based on the Marvel Comics character Iron Man. It is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe group of movies. It was released in different countries on dates between April 30, 2008 and May 2, 2008. The movie is about Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey Jr.), a billionaire industrialist who is captured by terrorists in Afghanistan. The movie received very good reviews, and as of May 5 holds a 94% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It was the number one movie in America in its opening weekend.
Tony Stark (Downey) is a rich and smart man who is the head of Stark Industries, a company that makes weapons and bombs. He flies to Afghanistan to show off a new weapon called the "Jericho" missile to the United States Army. He and four other soldiers drive off in a Humvee. During the ride, the Humvee is attacked. One of the weapons used was a bomb that Stark Industries had made. The soldiers are killed and Stark is badly injured by shrapnel from the bomb and is kidnapped.
Stark wakes up in a cave to find a man named Yinsen standing over him. Yinsen tells Stark that he took out as much shrapnel as he could and installed wires connected to a car battery to stop the rest from reaching his heart and killing him. The leader of the terrorists who kidnapped Stark and Yinsen, a man named Raza, orders Stark and Yinsen to build a Jericho missile for him. Stark builds an arc reactor that produces clean power. He uses it to replace the car battery so he does not have to carry it around.
Stark and Yinsen then build an armored suit for Stark to escape in. Raza and his men are impatient and demand that the missile be ready the next day. Stark decides they have to escape as soon as possible, but the suit takes too long to be ready. Since a suit will not save him yet, Yinsen picks up an assault rifle and starts shooting to give Stark more time. After the suit is ready, Stark defeats Raza and his men. Yinsen is badly injured and dies. Stark sets fire to the whole camp and lifts off using the armored suit. He crashes and the Army finds him and his friend James Rhodes.
At home, Stark announces that he is closing the weapons division of Stark Industries. He then spends his time downstairs building a new armored suit and a new arc reactor more powerful than the last one. Stark tells his secretary, Pepper Potts (Paltrow), to destroy the old arc reactor, but she instead puts it in a glass box. On the first test of his second armor, Stark goes up into the atmosphere and the suit freezes up. He rebuilds it to be able to withstand cold and paints it red.
At a party, he learns that Obadiah Stane (Bridges), who was like a father to him and is second-in-command at Stark Industries, and others are secretly selling weapons to Raza and his men. He tells Potts to go into Stane's office and find the shipping records so he can fly to the places and destroy the weapons. Stane finds out that Potts has the data.
Stane builds a suit based on Stark's first suit, the Mark I, which Raza found in the desert and gave to him. His suit is called the Iron Monger. However, his scientists cannot make an arc reactor to power it, so he goes to Stark's house to get his instead. He paralyses Stark with a small device that Stark built, and takes the arc reactor out of his chest. Without the arc reactor, Stark cannot survive for long so he tries to get back to his workshop to find the original arc reactor. He breaks the glass box and puts the old arc reactor in his chest. Then he puts on the Mark III suit to fight Stane.
Potts and a group of government men enter the Stark Industries location to arrest Stane, but they find him in the Iron Monger suit. Stark and Stane fight. At the end, Stark has Potts blow up the large arc reactor at Stark Industries to kill Stane.
In a few days, the photographs of the fight appear in newspapers. The press call Stark's armor Iron Man. A government agency called S.H.I.E.L.D tells him that he should say that he was on a boat during the events, and Iron Man was not him so his role in the fight is kept secret. But during a press conference, Stark says that he is Iron Man.
Because this movie did so well, Marvel made a sequel. It is called Iron Man 2 and was released in April, May and June 2010. The different release dates were for different parts of the world. Iron Man also appears in other Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, like The Avengers.
A third movie, Iron Man 3 was released on May 3, 2013.