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Iron Man (2008)

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Iron Man is a American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Paramount Pictures, it is the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was directed by Jon Favreau from a screenplay by the writing teams of Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, and Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, and stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man alongside Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Shaun Toub, and Gwyneth Paltrow. In the film, following his escape from captivity by a terrorist group, world famous industrialist and master engineer Tony Stark builds a mechanized suit of armor and becomes the superhero Iron Man.

A film featuring the character was in development at Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox, and New Line Cinema at various times since 1990, before Marvel Studios reacquired the rights in 2006. Marvel put the project in production as its first self-financed film, with Paramount Pictures distributing. Favreau signed on as director in April 2006, and faced opposition from Marvel when trying to cast Downey in the title role; the actor was signed in September.

Tony Stark, who has inherited the defense contractor Stark Industries from his father Howard Stark, is in war-torn Afghanistan with his friend and military liaison, Lieutenant Colonel James Rhodes, to demonstrate the new “Jericho” missile. After the demonstration, the convoy is ambushed and Stark is critically wounded by a missile used by the attackers: one of his company’s own. He is captured and imprisoned in a cave by a terrorist group called the Ten Rings. Yinsen, a fellow captive doctor, implants an electromagnet into Stark’s chest to keep the shrapnel shards that wounded him from reaching his heart and killing him. Ten Rings leader Raza offers Stark freedom in exchange for building a Jericho missile for the group, but he and Yinsen know that Raza will not keep his word.

Stark and Yinsen secretly build a small, powerful electric generator called an arc reactor to power Stark’s electromagnet and a prototype suit of powered armor to aid in their escape. Although they keep the suit hidden almost to completion, the Ten Rings discover their hostages’ intentions and attack the workshop.

Director: Jon Favreau

Writers: Mark Fergus (screenplay), Hawk Ostby (screenplay), Art Marcum (screenplay), Matt Holloway (screenplay), Stan Lee (characters), Don Heck (characters), Larry Lieber (characters), Jack Kirby (characters)

Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Leslie Bibb, Shaun Toub, Faran Tahir

►Cast:

Robert Downey Jr.Tony Stark
Terrence HowardRhodey
Jeff BridgesObadiah Stane
Gwyneth PaltrowPepper Potts
Leslie BibbChristine Everhart
Shaun ToubYinsen
Faran TahirRaza
Clark GreggAgent Coulson
Bill SmitrovichGeneral Gabriel
Sayed BadreyaAbu Bakaar
Paul BettanyJARVIS (voice)
Jon FavreauHogan
Peter BillingsleyWilliam Ginter Riva
Tim GuineeMajor Allen
Will LymanAward Ceremony Narrator (voice)
Tom MorelloGuard
Marco KhanGuard
Khalili DastanGuard (as Daston Kalili)
Ido MorGuard (as Ido Ezra)
Kevin FosterJimmy
Garret NoëlPratt (as Garrett Noel)
Eileen WeisingerRamirez
Ahmed AhmedAhmed
Fahim FazliOmar
Gerard SandersHoward Stark
Tim RigbyViper 1
Russell RichardsonViper 2
Nazanin BoniadiAmira Ahmed
Thomas Craig PlumerColonel Craig
Robert BerkmanDealer at Craps Table
Stacy Stas HurstWoman at Craps Table (as Stacy Stas)
Lauren ScyphersWoman at Craps Table
Frank NyiEngineer (as Dr. Frank Nyi)
Marvin JordanAir Force Officer
Jim CramerJim Cramer
Donna EvansWoman In SUV (as Donna Evans Merlo)
Reid HarperKid in SUV
Summer Kylie RemingtonKid in SUV
Ava Rose WilliamsKid in SUV
Vladimir KubrKid in SUV
Callie CroughwellKid in SUV (as Callie Marie Croughwell)
Javan TahirGulmira Kid
Sahar BibiyanGulmira Mom
Patrick O’ConnellReporter
Adam HarringtonReporter
Meera SimhanReporter
Ben NewmarkReporter
Ricki LanderFlight Attendant (as Ricki Noel Lander)
Jeannine KasparFlight Attendant
Sarah CahillFlight Attendant
Stan LeeStan Lee
Justin RexAir Force Lieutenant
Zorianna KitZorianna Kit
Lana KinnearStan’s Girl
Nicole LindebladStan’s Girl
Masha LundStan’s Girl
Gabrielle TuiteStan’s Girl
Tim GriffinCAOC Analyst
Joshua HartoCAOC Analyst
Micah HauptmanCAOC Analyst
James BetheaCAOC Analyst
Greg AnthonyTerrorist
Jeffrey AshkinPhotographer
Mark W. BerryNews Reporter
Russell BobbittGeorgio
Jon BraverAfghani Fighter
Vianessa CastañosFireman’s Wife
Mike CochraneGulmira Villager
Crystal Marie DenhaDubai Beauty
Yonel DorelisSelf – USAF Helicopter Pilot
Mellany GandaraDubai Girl
Glenn GoldsteinAfghani Insurgent
HallaHouse wife at Award Ceremony
Rodrick HershInsurgent
Kristin J. HooperReporter
Samuel L. JacksonNick Fury
Chris JalandoniDubai Waiter
Stephen JanousekParty Guest
Theo KypriInsurgent
Laura LiguoriDancer in Ballroom
Flavia Manes RossiReporter
Anthony MartinsVillage Dad
Allison McAteeDubai Beauty
Robert McMurrerReporter
James M. MyersAirforce Officer
America OlivoDubai Beauty #1
Sylvette OrtizStaff Sergeant
Brett PadelfordJournalist
Ajani PerkinsVoice
Elijah Samuel QuesadaWaiter / Reporter
Chris ReidReporter
Toi RoseNews Cameraman
Arne StarrDubai Tychoon in hat / Bus Passenger
George F. WatsonRooftop Fireman
David ZylerWhiplash One (voice)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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