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Tony Stark: Iron Man

Flamboyant. Captain to industry. CEO to a weapons firm. The self-centered Tony seems he can conquer anything. His ego is larger than life. So what is this genius doing held captive in an Afghan cave while everything around him collapses?

Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man
Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man

Wednesday Warriors presents Iron Man (a.k.a. Tony Stark), the industrialist who makes creating weapons technology look easy.

[Spoilers lie therein.]

Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) is a daily headline. He along with the rest of the other superheroes protect the world from criminals determined to destroy the innocent. But with great power comes great controversy. Eventually, the superheroes would fight among themselves to produce one the greatest civil wars in comic book history.

Tony is one of those superheroes.

Dressed in designer suits, fashionable glasses and sporting a sarcastic wit, Tony can’t imagine a better place to be than performing research for his late father’s weapons company, Stark Industries. As the cliché goes, he has the bull by the horns and isn’t about to let go for anyone—especially not for anyone who dares threatens his livelihood.

Iron Man
Iron Man

Tony’s life from jet setting entrepreneur takes a turn for the worse when a mission to demonstrate his latest weapon throws him behind enemy lines—a place, days earlier, he wouldn’t have imagined possible. Compounding his problems, he creates a heart out of a car battery to keep himself alive while he devises an escape plan.

Soon, what becomes his scheme to survive transforms him into a superhero of reckoning. The classy super suit is all Tony needs to defeat his enemies and anything else standing in his way. Even if Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges), his father’s former partner, attempts to stand in his way to uphold justice, Tony will do anything to ensure the super suit will not fall in the wrong hands.

The film Iron Man highlights what happens when an ordinary man comes to acquire superhuman strength. Among the funny scenes resides a powerful story built on the simple premise that good overcomes evil. Within the sarcastic dialog comes the character Iron Man. He’s strong, resilient and difficult to get rid of. His power though, does not come from his super suit but his will to do good, even if it means dying for what is right.

That is the mark of a true hero.

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Have you seen any of the Iron Man movies? What did you think of Tony Stark?


Jack Flacco is an author and the founder of Looking to God Ministries, an organization dedicated to spreading the Word of God through outreach programs, literature and preaching.

13 thoughts on “Tony Stark: Iron Man

  1. Captain America is an actual superhero. He has a shield and even without it, he can wreak some havoc. He’s pretty strong and he can jump really high. I think that is way more than Iron Man can do.

  2. I think it’s a funny super hero, full of himself but he managed to changed a bit thanks to pepper. I loved all the films and I’m looking forward to the next captain america civil war !

  3. At last you’ve written about something I’ve seen.

    The three Iron Man films and the Avengers films succeeded because of Robert Downey Jr’s involvement. Hard to think they nearly threw the key away when he was jailed in 2000. What a comeback. It’s a difficult balancing act, trying to bring plausibility to a superhero without taking yourself too seriously (something the X-Men producers should take note of) and Downey Jr does that perfectly.

  4. Well… I’ve seen all three multiple times. I am repeatedly struck by how effective and iconic the imagery of the Iron Man character is on screen. In all of these movies, they get the special effects of the aerial sequences right. Very striking. Robert Downey, Jr. really brings Tony Stark to life as a nuanced, humorous, and interesting character.

  5. I think all credit for his success should go to the characters that give him the ‘stop being a jerk, Tony’ speech. The guy really needs to record one of those and play it every morning. Probably lead to fewer villains turning up. 😀

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