In 1999, Fox released the movie X-Men, a remarkable achievement considering the previous track record with big budget comic book movies (BatmanForever, we’re looking at you). Fans of the franchise got to see reasonably accurate portrayals of their favorite characters. Spider-man quickly followed, proving to the world that comic book properties were money making landmines. Since then, the people have been given a wide variety of comic book movies from Hulk to The Avengers.
Iron Man has long stood out as a shining star of Marvel Studio’s rooster. Built on the back of Robert Downey Jr.’s astounding performance as Tony Stark, as well as Jon Farvreau’s realistic vision of a man with a nightlight in his chest and a suit of high tech armor, Iron Man took the genre to the next plateau, leading the charge to what many could only dream of: The Avengers movie. Once again Tony Stark returns to the big screen this year for the first time since his epic journey into space strapped to an atom bomb. Director Shane Black has taken over both partial writing and directing duties, but with it he has also taken Iron Man from the fans and given him to the masses.