Marvel comic developed by Stan Lee, Don Heck, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby
Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway
This was the first “Marvel Studios” film, prior to this they had sold their characters to mainstream studios.
Robert Downey Jr, Terrence Howard, Jaff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow, Clark Gregg, Paul Bettany, John Favreau, Stan Lee, Samuel L Jackson
An extremely clever arms manufacturer is captured by a dissident group in Afghanistan and is able to build an iron suit to protect and defend himself while he escapes. Back in the USA he ceases to manufacture arms because he has seen their effect, but builds a powered suit in which he becomes a vigilante. As well as the villains of the world he has opposition from within his company who is secretly building his own Iron Man suit.
Many impressive set pieces as Tony demonstrates the power of his weapons, then some fire fights between the terrorists and the embryo Iron Man. Once the real suit is built many set pieces with terrorists, US Air Force fighters and more (avoiding spoilers). It is implied that Tony Stark is a playboy who spends time in bed with young women, but nothing explicit, but some drinking and partying.
I admit to never ever having opened a Marvel Comic, but I enjoyed this outing. It made $98,618,668 on its first weekend which really says it all. If you are thinking of viewing the Iron Man franchise it is a good idea to start with this.