Iron Man Movie (2008) Cast, Release Date, Story, Budget, Collection, Poster, Trailer, Review

Iron Man

May 2, 2008
2hr 6min
Status: released

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  • Iron Man is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, directed by Jon Favreau.
  • Iron Man is the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as well as the first film in Phase One of the MCU.
  • Two sequels have been released: Iron Man 2 (2010) and Iron Man 3 (2013).
  • 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 2005.
  • 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.
  • Filming took place from March to June 2007, primarily in California to differentiate the film from numerous other superhero stories that are set in New York City-esque environments.
  • During filming, the actors were free to create their own dialogue because pre-production was focused on the story and action. Rubber and metal versions of the armor, created by Stan Winston’s company, were mixed with computer-generated imagery to create the title character.
  • Iron Man premiered at the Greater Union theater at George Street, Sydney, on April 14, 2008. The film began releasing in international markets on April 30, 2008, and was released in the United States on May 2, 2008. The film received praise from critics, especially for Downey’s performance, as well as Favreau’s direction, visual effects, action sequences, and writing.
  • Iron Man was the first film released in Phase One of the MCU. The film was re-formatted and screened in IMAX for the first time on August 30, 2018, as part of Marvel Studios’ 10th anniversary IMAX festival.
  • The film was released by Paramount Home Entertainment on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on September 30, 2008, in the United States and Canada, and October 27, 2008 in most of Europe. DVD sales were very successful, selling over 4 million copies the first week and generating a gross of over US$93 million. There were a total of 9 million copies sold and an accumulated total sales of over $160 million (not including Blu-ray). For the home releases of the film, the image on the newspaper Stark reads before he announces he is Iron Man had to be altered because of amateur photographer Ronnie Adams filing a lawsuit against Paramount and Marvel for using his on-location spy photo in the scene. A Walmart-exclusive DVD release included a preview of Iron Man: Armored Adventures.
  • The film was also collected in a 10-disc box set titled “Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One – Avengers Assembled” which includes all of the Phase One films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on April 2, 2013. The IMAX Enhanced version of the film was made available on Disney+ beginning on November 12, 2021.
  • Iron Man grossed over $585 million, becoming the eighth-highest-grossing film of 2008.
  • The American Film Institute selected it as one of the ten best films of 2008 and received two nominations at the 81st Academy Awards for Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects.
  • In 2022, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.