I recall speaking to my wife on the way home from watching (I believe), the first Tobey MacGuire Spider-man film and saying to her that I'd heard someone, somewhere was talking about making an Iron Man movie. Having just seen the Spider-Man film, it was almost beginning to seem possible to imagine that someone might be able to do it. Of course, as a died in the wool comic fan, my mind was fixated on Tony Stark's armour which — in the comics — folded away into a briefcase, and my head fairly span at the level of special effects that it would take to make that a reality (the suitcase armour had to wait until Iron Man II, but was still damned cool to see on the big screen).
When I heard a few years later that they were indeed making an Iron Man film, I was still mildly sceptical. This film though, DID NOT dissapoint and I couldn't quite hide the big grin on my face when Tony Stark donned the Mark II armour for the first time and that face plate came down. It literally was 'the coolest thing' I had ever seen on a cinema screen and still is to this day.
Again, this is another of those films that seems to have changed the landscape of cinema. I absolutely love superhero films and will watch them for as long as they're made. It's just a shame that Hollywood seems to have inevitably become all consumed with them, to the extent of rushing some pretty minor characters to the big and small screen (The Inhumans, anybody? - excellent cast of characters from Black Bolt on down, but not sure they will fare well on the small screen whilst not being supported by the rest of the Marvel Universe, we'll see I suppose). The tide always eventually turns in Hollywood, unfortunately, and I think we are beginning to reach saturation point in terms of superhero-themed films and television.
My only hope is that Marvel can somehow come to terms with 20th Century Fox about The Fantastic Four just as Sony has with Spider-Man to such 'spectacular' effect. Much like the Inhumans, the Fantastic Four NEED to be part of the MCU. Fox have had three attempts at it and done a piss poor job of it each time. Every time Kevin Feige's been asked about it, he's said it's not going to happen. Here's hoping there actually are some negotiations going on in a back room somewhere that he doesn't want to jeopardise by saying anything premature.
Full credit and props to Jon Favreau, for pulling off the impossible with such style and panache and also to Robert Downey Jr for inhabiting the character so fully, that it's beginning to seem impossible for anybody to do so.
"I am Iron Man."
Indeed. You said a cotton-picking mouthful there, Robert.