“Part of the journey, is the end.”
We are only a few short weeks away from the premier of Avengers: Endgame. And as the release date approaches and we reach the end of this journey, we want to look back on everything that brought us here. The heroes we watched struggle, grow, and save humanity over the last ten years and our favorite moments of their stories. We will be going through each phase in order, covering every movie leading up to April 26.
To kick off the series, we start with Iron Man which released in 2008. This film launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe into what it is today, and Tony Stark and Robert Downey Jr. have been the face of the MCU ever since.
Here are some of our favorite moments from Iron Man:
Having seen Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, I can’t imagine anyone else taking on that role. He made it his own, even going off script and saying the now iconic line “I am Iron Man” to the room of reporters. The sarcasm that Tony uses as a mask to shield himself from letting people in can’t hide how he feels about Pepper. It also showed how you could be a hero without having super powers or abilities. He may have had the electromagnet implanted to keep him alive, but he chose to build the suit and become Iron Man. – Sarah
Sometimes I pride myself on the fact that I’ve seen all but three MCU movies in the theater, but I don’t remember every single experience and how I felt watching every single movie for the first time. I distinctly remember going to see the first Iron Man movie, because I’d loved Robert Downey Jr. in previous roles, and I was excited to see such an iconic character brought to life. It has been said many times over that Downey is the perfect choice to play Tony Stark — and the first Iron Man film shows exactly why: he brings the two extremes together effortlessly. On the one hand, the playboy image that is a front for a difficult childhood, the scientific genius that builds an entire Iron Man suit from the contents of a cave in the desert; and on the other hand, the gentle side that is in love with Pepper Potts and the way he is willing to sacrifice himself for someone else. The first Iron Man film paved the way for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is the reason fans have become so invested to see where the story takes Tony Stark. My favorite scene is the press conference, because it sums up Tony’s character development in just a few minutes — he was willing to give up what he worked for all his life, because he realized it wasn’t right. – Conny
What can I say? Iron Man was my first love. Tony Stark’s sarcasm and his determination to save others gives me all the more reason to admire him. This is the first movie that really dives into the Marvel Universe, and it is a great movie to start. My favorite scene is when Pepper gives Tony his “heart” that she removed, now in the glass box, saying that it’s proof he has a heart. I think that helps light the spark between Pepper and Tony but shows also what he really had to go through. One of my favorite movies, hands down. – Kailey
One of my favorite moments in this film was when Tony was being held prisoner, and he not only makes the first arc reactor, but the very first Iron Man suit. In a cave. From scrap metal and spare parts. One of the most iconic moments in not just this film — but maybe in the entire MCU — is when he exits the cave, and we see the Iron Man suit for the first time. Granted, this suit is primitive compared to what Tony would go on to develop later in the films, but it was iconic nonetheless. This really put into perspective Tony’s brilliance, genius, and ingenuity for me. This movie was a brilliant start to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and would shape the future for the franchise for the next ten years. – Kayla
When I look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it is today, none of it would have been possible without Iron Man. I recently re-watched the movie for the first time in years and it still holds up against all the subsequent films. It is a near perfect combination of humor, action, drama, and emotion which makes it extremely difficult to choose favorite moments. The press conference scenes, both when Tony Stark returns from his ordeal and when he announces that he is Iron Man at the end of the movie, are definitely on my favorites list. These two scenes really cement Tony’s character and personality, which carries through the rest of his appearances in the MCU. He is arrogant and a playboy, but he also takes responsibility for his actions. Additionally, I immensely enjoy the sequence where Tony is working to develop the Iron Man suit in his garage. The trial and error that comes with trying to perfect something so complicated is full of humor while also showcasing just how intelligent he is. However, my ultimate favorite part is when Pepper Potts walks in while Tony is trying to get the Iron Man suit off. He looks at her shocked expression and says, “Let’s face it, this is not the worst thing you’ve caught me doing.” When I remember very little about the rest of the movie, I will always remember that part. – Heather
Stay tuned as we look back on all our favorite moments from the Marvel Universe as we anticipate what lies ahead for our heroes in Avengers: Endgame.