Iron Man Review
2 May 2008
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
“I am Iron Man”
Tony Stark says “I am Iron Man” in the final scene. This is an homage to the series Iron Man (1994), whose theme song had the lyrics “I am Iron Man!” or the popular song “Iron Man” by the band Black Sabbath.
The climactic showdown in the film, with Tony Stark/Iron Man facing Obadiah Stane/Iron Monger is based on Iron Man #200 (November 1986). A faceoff occurs between Stane’s larger, more powerful Iron Monger and Stark’s greater experience, and an exploding reactor appears. However, the comic concludes with Stane committing suicide with a repulsor ray blast to the head
Opponent for Iron Man
According to Jon Favreau, it was difficult to find a proper opponent for Iron Man to face, since he wanted the film to remain grounded in reality as much as possible. It was decided to have a foe in the film who would serve as a parallel of Stark (i.e. an armored opponent). Well-known enemies like the Titanium Man and the Crimson Dynamo were considered, but finally the lesser-known Iron Monger, Obadiah Stane, was chosen as Iron Man’s adversary (Stane, as well as possessing his own armor, is also a business contemporary of Stark).
Obadiah Stane tells Tony Stark “We’re iron mongers, we make weapons.” Stane’s supervillain moniker is the Iron Monger, and thus foreshadows Stane’s own transition in the film to an armour-clad antagonist.
Keep the skies clear
When Tony Stark tells Rhodey to “keep the skies clear” before going to confront Obadiah Stane, Rhodey looks to the silver Mark II suit before saying “next time, baby”. Rhodey dons this suit in Iron Man 2 (2010), becoming War Machine.
According to Michael Bay
Michael Bay has called Iron Man his favorite Marvel film.
The headline on the magazine covers
…shown right before Tony Stark is presented with his award at the beginning of the film: Wired – “The Mind Of Tony Stark”, Newsweek – “WHAT’S NEXT A New Superpower Steps Up”, and “The Interim President Obadiah Stane To Lead Stark Industries”, Popular Mechanics: “METAL VS. WOOD, Sharpen Your Skills”, “Chip Off The Old Block, Six year old Tony Stark builds first V8”, “Will the Arc Reactor save all our energy needs?”, and “BACKYARD ROCKETS”, Forbes – “THE NEW KID, Tony Stark takes reigns at 21”, “Technology, The Information Superhighway”, “Industry, The Defeat Of Braniff”, and the Rolling Stone Special Double Issue – “TONY STARK Wants To Save THE WORLD.”
To create the shots of Iron Man against the F-22 Raptors.
..cameras were flown in the air to provide reference for the dynamics of wind and frost at that altitude
Core of the music
Jon Favreau advised composer Ramin Djawadi to keep the core of the music on heavy guitar, which he felt suited Iron Man best. Djiwadi composed the music on a heavy guitar before arranging it for the orchestra to perform.
Inspiration for the score in the film
According to Ramin Djawadi, Tony Stark’s different moods, as performed by Robert Downey, Jr.,, was the inspiration the Iron Man scores in the film
There are about five sets of armor in the film, all inspired from the “Iron Man” comics:
-Mark I armor, Stark’s first suit, is a simple suit constructed of iron.
-Mark II armor is a silver suit, the prototype Stark develops (this can also be counted as the War Machine armor, as Rhodes looks speculatively at it).
-Mark III armor is the final red/gold armor.
-JARVIS first presents the Mark III armor in full gold, the look pays tribute to the all-gold “Golden Avenger” armor Iron Man wore early in his career.
-JARVIS later presents the armor in silver and red, making it look almost identical to Iron Man’s “Silver Centurion” armor that he wore in the 1980s.
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