PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil.
Although originally planned as a completely digital suit, the Stan Winston Studio IRON MAN team built a "real" Mark I suit that wound up performing over 80% of the Mark I shots in the final film. From first film test to flamethrowers blazing real fire, the Mark I suit was a pivotal creation that would set the tone for the IRON MAN franchise's fantastic blend of both digital and practical techniques to bring Tony Stark's armor to life. Academy Award nominated, 25 year-SWS supervisor and co-founder of Legacy Effects, Shane Mahan recalls the first images for the Mark I sent over by Marvel during pre-production, "The Mark I, the cave escape suit, was originally designed by Ryan Meinerding at Marvel. The Mark I one was intended to be an homage to the first suit Tony Stark builds in the comic book, it's sort of like a big metal can. Ryan's overall Photoshop design was pretty clear. Then our modelers at Stan Winston Digital started working on how to make it work practically, creating 3D models on the computer. We spent long nights at the studio crunching it down, and the Marvel brass would get to the shop at 7am and we'd been there all night, making digital turntables, tweaking it." "Once the 3D model was approved we went through the standard process of breaking it apart so that we could grow a maquette. SWS & Legacy Effects model shop supervisor, Dave Merritt, led the model makers in sanding and doing the body shop work once the pieces were grown." continued Mahan.
I feel like you're driving me to court martial. This is crazy. What did I do? I feel like you're gonna pull over and snuff me. What, you're not allowed to talk? Hey, Forrest!
Jimmy: We can talk, sir.
Tony Stark: Oh, I see. So it's personal.
Ramirez: No, you intimidate them.
Tony Stark: Good ...
Rhody wears his MIT class ring (The Brass Rat) backward, with the rat (really a beaver) facing him. Undergraduates wear the ring facing them. After graduation, they turn the ring around.
Part of the closing credits are seen against computer-graphic renders of armoured suits. One of the renders is an armour with a Gatling gun attached - the War Machine suit, which would appear in Iron Man 2 (2010).
German theatrical version was cut (ca. 4 minutes) by distributor Concorde prior to submitting the film to the FSK since they desperately wanted a "Not under 12" rating. Ironically, when submitting the uncut version for the home video release, it was rated "Not under 12" as well, making the cut version even more unnecessary.
English, Persian, Urdu, Arabic, Kurdish, Hindi, Hungarian
$98,618,668 4 May 2008