Utah Video Production Blog 54: Things You Didn’t Know About Iron Man

Many kids, teenagers, and adults believe Iron Man to be one of the best superhero movies ever. As I am sure you know, Iron Man is a movie where wealthy industrialist Tony Stark is forced to build an armored suit after a life-threatening incident. It is a movie full of action, enhanced technology, and humor. Because of how awesome Iron Man is, we decided to share some things that we found out about the movie.


Tom Cruise Was Almost Iron Man

It’s hard to imagine anybody other than Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man, but Tom Cruise was considered for the role. He turned it down because he wasn’t pleased with the script.


J.A.R.V.I.S. Has a Lengthy Name

In the Iron Man films, J.A.R.V.I.S. is the name of Stark’s Al system that assists him in superhero-ing. It’s also an acronym that stands for “Just a Rather Very Intelligent System.”


The Ironman Suit Can Lift Over 100 Tons

When fully powered, Tony Stark can lift up to 100 tons in the Iron Man suit. Pretty impressive considering that the Hulk’s maximum lift (when calm) is 100 tons as well. Stark would later invent the Hulkbuster armor that could lift 175 tons to be able to combat The Hulk in certain situations. 


Iron Man Turns 50 This Year

Introduced in Tales of Suspense #39 in 1963 at the height of the Cold War, Iron Man was first conceived as an anti-Communist hero. Over the years, he’s become more and more dependent upon technology to live and even battled alcoholism in famous Demon in a Bottle story line from the 1970’s. Still, he’s been a member of the Avengers throughout most of his career and has battled everyone from Dr. Doom to the Skrulls. Not bad for a hero nearing retirement age.


Iron Man’s Suit is Close to Becoming a Reality

Lockheed Martin is one of several companies in the process of developing untethered exoskeletons reminiscent of Iron Man’s suit. Their Human Universal Load Carrier (HULC), is meant to help soldiers carry loads of up to 200 lbs. at a top speed of 10 MPH for prolonged periods of time. 

The first commercial sale of an exoskeleton for medical purposes occurred in September of last year and could signal the start of an era where powered suits are available to anyone with the cash, experts say. Still, don’t get your hopes up just yet — these things can currently go for as much as $70,000.


Tony Stark is Based on Howard Hughes

According to Iron Man creator Stan Lee, Stark was based on magnate Howard Hughes, who Lee described as “one of the most colorful men of our time. He was an inventor, an adventurer, a multi-billionaire, a ladies’ man and finally a nutcase.”

For a significant portion of his life, Hughes displayed symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder and once lived in a darkened screening room for four months, never leaving its confines and relieving himself in empty containers and bottles. Fortunately, that sort of thing has never made it into the Iron Man movies.