Iron Man


Release Date: 2008
Director: Jon Favreau
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Cast: Robert Downey Jr. , Terrence Howard , Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges
Comic Artist: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Don Heck and Jack Kirby
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense #39 (1963)

Origin: Anthony Stark, son of industrialist Howard Stark, inherited his father's business, Stark Industries, and within a few years turned it into a multimillion-dollar industry complex whose chief contracts were for weaponry and munitions for the U.S. government.

Stark was sent to Vietnam to supervise a field test for one of his tranistorized weapons. While he was there Stark trip on a booby trap and a piece of shrapnel was lodged in his chest. The gravely injured Stark was taken captive by the Communist leader Wong-Chu, and was informed that within a week the shrapnel would penetrate his heart and kill them. Wong-Chu offered Stark at deal: if he built the Communist a powerful weapon, want to allow Stark to undergo an operation to save his life. Stark agreed, hoping to gain time and access to tools.

With help Stark designed and built an electrically powered suit of armor and equipped with heavy offensive weaponry. The armor also contained a pacemaker like device which enables Stark's heart to keep beating after the shrapnel entered it. Donning the suit, Stark connected it to its power source, an electrical generator. Lying on a table Stark was helpless until the suit was fully charged. His captor, Wong-Chu, sensed something was amiss and came to investigate with armed men. Realizing he was sacrificing his life, Professor Ho Yinsen went out to confront Wong-Chu, to give Stark the extra time he needed to charge the armored suit fully. As the Iron Man Stark avenged Yinsens death and scattered Wong Chu's guerilla troops. Then, still clad in his armor, which was necessary to keep his heart beating, stark made his way to the jungle, trying to escape communist territory.

Back in the United States, Stark redesigned his chest plate, which contained a pacemaker like device, reducing the chest plates size and wait so he could wear it under his normal clothing. After redesigning the entire armored suit to match the letter chest plate, Starks made the existence of the suit public.

Soon afterward, Stark donned one of his battle suits in order to prevent thieves from stealing parts of the other copies of it. This experience made him realize that the suit was too dangerous to me made available to the public.

Iron Man publicly became a hero, and Stark had a new sense of purpose, having decided to combat evildoers as Iron Man.



Prequels, Sequels and Follow-ons:

Iron Man III (2013) - Dir. Shane Black, Starring: Robert Downey Jr. , Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau, Ben Kingsley

Iron Man II (2010) - Dir. Jon Favreau, Starring: Robert Downey Jr. , Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke, and Samuel L. Jackson

The Invincible Iron Man (2007) - Video only - Dir. Patrick Archibald, Starring: Marc Worden, Gwendoline Yeo, Fred Tatasciore

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