2008’s Iron Man is generally regarded as one of the best comic book movies of all time. The movie that kicked off the hugely successful Marvel Cinematic Universe currently has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 91% – and with good reason. It was a risky premise at the time – Iron Man was hardly at the popularity levels of the likes of Spider-Man, for example – and it could quite easily have bombed.
Robert Downey, Jr. is absolutely fantastic in the role of Tony Stark – totally justifying his then-risky casting by Marvel Studios – and it’s safe to say that, without this movie and Downey, Jr.’s great performance, the likes of the Thor, Captain America and Avengers movies would never have been made.
But Iron Man isn’t a perfect comic book movie – far from it, in fact – because it gets quite a lot horribly wrong and there are some quite careless moments on the production and writing teams’ parts at times. Countless mistakes, issues and plot holes prevent it from even coming close to being able to call itself the perfect comic book movie. This article is going to list just twelve of them – a dirty dozen of problematic issues with the movie, so to speak.
Prepare for some serious nitpicking.