Kicking off one of the most ambitious film franchises in history was no easy feat. Thanks to Robert Downey Jr.’s outrageous charisma and stellar performance, Iron Man has become one of today’s most recognizable superheroes. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Tony Stark experiences one of the most compelling character arcs of the series: beginning as a war profiteer, evolving into a reluctant hero who regularly faces off against his own demons, and now serving as a mentor to the newer members of the team. Tony’s had a lot of lows – like peeing in his own suit in
Tony Becomes Spider-Man’s Mentor in
Being a hero isn’t always about smashing through buildings and saving the day. It’s also about passing on knowledge and experience, which Tony does for Peter in
Not Killing Bucky in
Captain America: Civil War
Bucky killed Tony’s parents, yet somehow Steve was the one who got mad? Unreal. The level of restraint Tony takes to not murder Bucky is enviable, and it’s heroic in the sense that he has to put his friend Steve above himself. Although the events of
Tony Blows Up His Suits and Removes the Arc Reactor in
Iron Man 3
“I am Iron Man” from
Battle of New York sacrifice from
This is the ultimate “hero” moment for Tony. He makes Steve eat his words and attempts to make the ultimate sacrifice, flying into space with a nuclear weapon for the sake of Earth’s survival. Tony lets Steve lead the team and prepares himself to give up his life for the benefit of everyone. For a “genius/billionaire/playboy/philanthropist” who used to only care about himself, this was a pretty big deal.
Bonus: When Tony ate a donut while sitting in a donutThe highest level of swagger is on display here, and we just had to mention it. He’s eating a donut while sitting IN a big donut. Honestly, this scene is the most I ever wanted to be Iron Man.
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