Iron Man was the movie that started it all. It did more than just set up the Avengers. It revolutionized the industry just as Spider-man and X-Men has done in the early 2000s. It became the new standard for how to make a good superhero movie, in addition to completely reviving Robert Downey Jr.’s career. I’m sure I don’t need to say how great he is in the role. Or how perfectly this movie balances all it’s comedic elements with moments of great action and suspense. But what makes this movie a great superhero movie, not a good one, a great one, it’s ability to stand the test of time. While many marvel movies since have served as little more than something to hold us over while waiting for The Avengers, Iron Man is still just as exiting and fun to watch even a full two years after The Avengers release. I might even dare to call it better than The Avengers. It certainly has more lasting appeal. But I think one of the things that keeps it from being so is what I like to call Origin Story Syndrome. This is what happens in the first movie of a superhero franchise, where they spend the first hour or so on the origin story of the character, and end up having to shoehorn in a villain for the last act just in order to have an action climax. Other sufferers from OSS are Spider-man, Batman Begins, and especially Captain America: The First Avenger. But I’ll talk about that movie later. Despite it’s flaws, Iron Man manages to serve as both the perfect opening to Marvel’s brilliantly put together cinematic universe, and a great stand alone superhero movie that will surely be remembered for years to come.
Overall Rating: Game Changing/10