From playboy weapons dealer to self-sacrificing father, Iron Man’s story is the heart of the MCU. No other MCU character changed as much as Tony Stark. We knew Stark’s tech would evolve but what was even more fascinating was the growth Tony made as a man, without any fancy suit. Join Ryan as he takes a look back at the evolution of Iron Man.
In 2008, Marvel Studios launched its cinematic universe with the release of Iron Man. It was quite the risk seeing as he was no a-list hero from the comics. Audiences were re-introduced to an undeniable star in Robert Downey Jr., who played Tony Stark to perfection. The gamble clearly paid off as the movie was a well received hit, and marked RDJ’s Hollywood comeback.
Iron Man returned for two of his own sequels, Iron Man 2 (2010) and Iron Man 3 (2013), and teamed up with other superheroes for The Avengers (2012), The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019).