A little over 10 years ago, only die hard comic book fans knew about Iron Man and Tony Stark. Now, with the release of his movies, Iron Man has propelled into the spotlight, becoming just as well known as Spider Man, Batman, and Superman. His success has also thrust Robert Downey Jr. into a newfound fame as well. But what is it about Iron Man and Tony Stark that makes them so popular? Suit up, we’re about to tell you. Here are 25 Cool Things You May Not Know About Iron Man And Tony Stark.
The Iron Man movie was a huge gamble.
In 1996, Marvel filed for bankruptcy. They were able to pay off their debts, but they still couldn’t make a profit off their properties like X-Men. So, in a radical shift, they decided to make their own movie studio. To get the financing, they put all their owned properties on the line, like the Avengers, and then they financed the Iron Man movie themselves. If Iron Man had failed at the box office, they would have gone broke again and lost everything. Fortunately, Iron Man made $500 million, and their cinematic universe was on its way.
The Iron Man movie was shot without a complete script.
Even when Marvel put everything on the line, they didn’t exactly run a tight ship with their new movie studio. For instance, they didn’t have a completed script. Jon Favreau was rushed to make the release date, so he and Robert Downey Jr. just made most of it up as they went along. Jeff Bridges said he’d come to the set and wouldn’t know what his lines were because there weren’t any.
Iron Man's origin story has changed location several times.
Of course, we all know in the Iron Man movie, Tony Stark built his Iron Man suit as a prisoner in the caves of Afghanistan. However, in the early comics, Stark started in Vietnam and later in the Gulf War.
Tony Stark is based on Howard Hughes.
Jack Kirby and Stan Lee based their character Tony Stark on the playboy millionaire Howard Hughes. Coincidentally, Tony Stark’s father’s name is Howard Stark.
J.A.R.V.I.S. has a not so clever name.
In Iron Man, JARVIS acts as Tony Stark’s artificial intelligence, helping him navigate the complexities of the suit. You might think the anagram would be something intelligent sounding, but instead, all it stands for is, “Just A Rather Very Intelligent System.”
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