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A Ton Of Early IRON MAN Reactions Come Roaring Into Geek Headquarters!

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. Is it IRON MAN day yet? I don’t give a fuck what the calendar date is. I just know that IRON MAN day is coming in a few weeks, and I am ready for it. Absolutely. The clips look great. The trailers just kept getting better. And now everyone who sees it seems to be flipping out a bit. Last week, a box showed up at the house with two jumbo IRON MAN figures that talk and “fire” the repulsor ray. Toshi will not let go of his. It’s been days now, and I’m becoming concerned that his skin is actually growing onto IRON MAN, because he will not let go of it even when he’s sleeping. He is dizzy in love with Iron Man, and I suspect more people will feel the same in a few short weeks. Check out this clip, and then the first reaction, which is really only a response to half the film:

Hey there, my name is MarvelZombie88 and due to some very close firends in the hollywood scene I was able to see just short of aproximately half of IRON MAN right up to before he starts working on the Mark II design of the suit. And believe me when I tell you it was breath here it goes... Spoilers Ahead:When I heard that Jon Faverau was only going to have the Mandarin as a presence in this movie and save him for a latter sequel I wasn't quite sure what he meant by that but as I watched the movie it became very apparent to me what was being done. The terrorist organizantion led by a man named Raza(who later teams up with Obidiah Stane) has flags and trucks with a design of ten golden rings and an X at the center of it. i only saw this twice in the parts I saw but i have no idea if it could lead to something in the finale. Next off, twice towards the latter section of my screening Tony Stark refered to Rhodes as a "War Machine" like personality. This was because every time Tony when to Rhodes with a problem seeking guidance or a solution, it somehow always led to a violent outcome...also a posible set up for IRON MAN 2(or 3). And finally the man who helps build the suit with Tony in a cave which appears in the trailer as a very short period of time...which actually ends up being for over three months, a good portion of the film is dedicated to this cave; is named Yinsen, a Gulmiran-Lebanese doctor who was also kidnapped to keep Stark alive. BTW Stark was kidnapped to make a replica of the Jericho missile first demonstrated in the beginning of the film...Thanx for your time...MARVELZOMBIE88

It would make sense if the Mandarin was the guy who was behind Raza in this movie. The Mandarin didn’t originally “create” Iron Man, but when John Byrne was writing the series in the early ‘90s, he was the one who retrofitted Iron Man’s origin to have the Mandarin bankroll the operation. So it looks like someone’s a John Byrne fan, eh? I love the way this film, more than any Marvel movie, seems to be playing with continuity, not as a way of tossing it out, but as a way of acknowledging all of it and having fun with the best parts of it. Here’s another take, this time from someone who’s seen the whole damn thing:

Harry, i saw IronMan yesterday, and i have to say that it was very,very good. I'm not even going to attempt to write a review because i would just butcher it. I have to say that Robert Downey Jr. did an excellent job as Tony Stark, he was a smart ass and yet charming, he pulled it off well. Jeff Bridges was very good in the movie also, his look with the bald head and beard was just cool as hell looking, plus he was very ruthless. The technology that John F. came up with was cool too, the 3-D engineering that stark used to build his suit and fix his cars were cool. I personally think that the movie was better than all of the X-Men movies, and i would put it up there with the first Spider Man. I noticed that you haven't put up any reviews on this yet, and i'm sure that you have seen it already, and i'm curious about what you think about it. I think John did an excellent job with the movie and should make all the fans of Ironman happy, plus his part in the movie was nice to see.

This next guy must have seen it at an exhibitor’s event, as he mentions some tidbits about a few other films he saw bits and pieces of:

I saw Iron Man yesterday. I have never read the comic but loved the film. Intelligent script, great character development and Robert Downey is terrific. Plenty of wonderful effects but nicely spaced so you feel you getting a real movie. It is shaping up to be a big hit unlike INCREDIBLE HULK with some really cheesy looking stuff shown at an exhibitor product show. Leave the green guy alone. The opening bank robbery scene for THE DARK KNIGHT shown at Showest was amazing and this could be Oscar materials...Heath Ledger for sure. Another surprise at product screening was TROPIC THUNDER. Hilarious and Robert Downey again. The fake trailer for SATAN'S ALLEY is killer. Everybody laughs at the 10 minutes from GET SMART except me. I have seen it twice and still think it looks dumb. And SPEED RACER 10 minutes all CG and nothing else. HANCOCK sequence look very interesting...the anti super hero with Will Smith. Sherlock Jr.

This is the longest of the reviews, and the most critical, but even he seems to enjoy it overall.

Ironman Review – by Hung Lo Hey gang, this is my first ever attempt at a review, so bear with me. Yesterday I had an opportunity to see an advance screening here in Plano, Texas. I work for a local company and was invited to the screening. I will try to keep this as spoiler free as possible. I am not going to get into a big “what happened when I arrived at the theater”, I really hate that in reviews. Anyway, here goes: This is a very entertaining film. I really enjoyed it. And from what I understand, this was the finished version of the film. However, there are three major problems with this film that keep it from being one of the best comic book films ever. I will give you the bad things first and those three things are: The pacing is a bit strange. It is hard to explain, but in parts I was starting to get bored. The lack of any real sort of musical score really seemed to take away from what is a very good, but could have been great superhero film. The biggest issue I had was this film was that EVERY cool action scene in the film was given away in the trailers and clips online Now I understand the third issue is no fault of the filmmakers, but we have all pretty much seen a condensed version of this film online. That does not make bad by any means, just not the level of greatness it could have been. I also think the pacing issue could have had something to do with the fact that there were no surprises and this really felt like a “directors cut” of all the trailers we have seen. The lack of music score also annoyed me. You get a couple of classic tunes thrown over some scenes of Stark working on his suit, which he doesn’t really seem to work on. He just tells his computer to make if for him and it tells him it will be ready in 5 hours. Now onto the good! This is a fun film and the above problems may detract a bit, but they do not make this move suck in any way. I really did like it and it was perfectly cast. Robert Downey Jr, was the best part of the film and IS Ironman in my opinion. I really hope he is up for a sequel, because a lot of this film felt like a trailer for bigger and better things to come. Jeff Bridges was great as well, and hell I even like Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper and she usually bugs the shit out of me. Anyway, that was my little review. Go see it, it is good, just a little disappointing is all. It is still better than Spiderman 3, Superman Returns and X3 combines. Next time I just hope they hire a more competent director. Not that Favs was bad, he showed that he respects the character a lot, (Hell he is even in a few scenes early on a Starks driver) but it could have been so much more in more capable hands. If you decide to post this, call me Hung Lo

Hmmmm... “Hung Lo.” I wonder what that translates as. This next guy... he liked it a lot:

Long time reader. First time contributing. Here it goes. I’ll try not to spoil much. I just came out of an early screening of the new Marvel movie directed by Jon Favreau “Iron Man”. Being a long time comic book geek who has seen some of his favorite characters butchered in these film adaptations, it was an immense relief to be absolutely blown away by the sheer awesomeness that is Iron Man! I mean, I’m talking brain scattered all over the floor, eyes drowning in tears with a smile so big on my face, it would make the Joker envious. This film was Favreau’s iron fist of cool with a side order of the brilliance that is Robert Downey Jr. Everything I thought this movie would be was shaken and stirred into something even better, and the end result came out fantastic. This is the beginning. Much like Batman Begins, it focuses on the evolution of Tony Stark and how he becomes the Iron Man. It focuses on his before and after personas and the changes that he goes through in order to reason himself into building this suit. Although it does miss a few themes I would have liked them to touch on (Tony Stark's alcoholism) it does present a clear and present take on the Iron Man story. One thing I liked about this movie is the pace that it goes at. I find that most movies skip too much info that is important in the evolution of a character and might leave the audience thinking with “ how did that get there?” but Iron man nails it right. The writers knew that it was a beginning story and they worked only on that. They have created an exceptional story that centers itself and only faces the creation of this “hero”. Robert Downey Jr., one word: perfect. I was a little skeptical at first if he could pull it off but man did he ever impress me as Tony Stark, and I think that’s why I liked the movie so much. He created a great balance between the playboy billionaire, and the man that suits up. You could tell he was going to be good just from watching the trailer. Jeff Bridges is also exceptional in this movie; I mean come on, The Dude in a massive metal armor suit with guns blazing ahoy… sweetness to my pupils! Gwyneth Paltrow actually looks good in this movie and Terrence Howard… I was actually not convinced of his portrayal of Jim Rhodes. He didn’t really play the military part well, almost soft at times. I know he could have been a little bit tougher, I mean we all saw that in “Hustle & Flow” so I’m surprised he didn’t really take the character further. He does however have a great line promising a certain “machino-of-waror” in a future installment (lets keep our fingers crossed!!!) The action scenes are few but spectacular. The Mach-1 escape has a hell of a lot of fire, the fight between Iron Monger and Iron Man is not as spectacular but not over the top either, which I found interesting (remember beginning movie, no need for a huge fight at the end, leave that for the sequels) and the Fighter Jet scene which, to me, was probably the best scene to see Iron Man in full flight action. We’re also shown some neat tricks the suit has in store - Caller Id anyone?. The scenes that really make the movie though are the “building of the suit” scenes in which Stark, with his ever so helpful real life Wall-E, are testing out the weaponry and the flight equipment. One scene has him testing out the flying equipment at 10% capacity... lets just say something happens and it’s funny. A good combination of Downey’s charm and quirkiness with some impressive visual effects, really make these scenes fun to watch. Now, there were rumors that there was going to be a sync between this movie and The Incredible Hulk, with General Ross or Bruce Banner making a cameo in the movie. I don’t really know if that was confirmed or not but… Sorry to disappoint. Doesn’t happen. There was no Nick Fury either, just a quick mention of S.H.I.E.L.D at the end. It might not have been in the copy I saw, but so close to the release date, I would think this was a final cut. (Unless it was after the credits, which I couldn’t stay for.) All in All, the movie is by far one of the best Marvel movies made so far and I tip my hat off to Favreau for this movie. He was able to make this geek's dreams come true for a superhero movie and elevate Iron Man's status to one bad-ass Machine. Transformers was the “cool” movie last summer, this year, Iron Man is definitely one of the front-runners for the title although it does have VERY stiff competition. 300 had people yelling “This is Sparta!” Iron Man will have people shouting “I am Iron Man!” If you use this please call me El Jokalzo

Ah, yes... Nick Fury. Well, even though we were correct when we broke the story last year that Sam Jackson was shooting a cameo as Fury, it’s been lifted out of the film. Word is it’ll show up... somewhere... at some point... but for now, you won’t see it in the theatrical cut of the film. Damn! Here’s another reaction:

Hey there! Just wanted to let you know i saw Iron man today!!! You all probably think I'm kidding but, no it is true! First of all... This film really hits the spot! I have never really been into Iron man, but after watching this, I found him so unbelivable cool that i find myself all giddy thinking about it and wishing I was a billionare (don't we all?) with a amazing sexy looking robotic suit and begin a life as a crimefighter. The film starts of in Afghanistan, which is also shown in the trailer, and moves a little back in time to tell you why Stark is there. So to my relief, they hadnt shown ALL the good stuff in the trailers. Robert Downey Jr as Stark is amazing, his character made the audience crack up in laughter plenty of times during the film, as the playboy with all the gadgets and women. But what I really liked was how his persona was so different when he was Iron man. Silent but lethal..and when he first spoke... "he's all yours".. in that metallic voice, just really nailed it for me! Jeff Bridges was superb, you really get to despise him through the film. That said, I wasn't really impressed with Gwyneth Paltrow. Sure she's cute and all, but she didn't convince me as an actress. I would also like to comment on the CG. I'm really picky about CG and I find it too often to look way too fake even though we have come as far as we have with it. But no worries, they have really been clever, it's flawless.. I'm trying not to give away anything about the storyline as I want it to be a surprise to you all. But trust me when I say this, this is one of the best superherofilms I've seen for a long time, yet alone an actionfilm. It's a perfect adaptaion from the comicbooks and for you hardcore Iron man fans.. Trust me, you'll Love it and crave for more!! If you use this, you can call me Vyruzz

Wouldn’t shock me if a few of the people who sent us responses were not native English speakers. The first person I talked to who saw it was in Korea and went to a press screening there.

"Iron Man" Robert Downey, Jr. now joins Nicholas Cage and Johnny Depp as stars thought least likely to succeed as action heroes but who do in Jon Favreau’s nifty take on Marvel Comic’s iconic “Iron Man”. Downey , with his quirky timing and off-beat sense of humor intact, plays billionaire weapons designer Tony Stark as a charming asshole breezing through life on brains and scotch until an ambush in Afghanistan forces him to face his own mortality and the morality of his business. Building his first crude “Iron Man” suit under the noses of his captors, Downey escapes and returns to his life determined to undo some of the damage his weapons have done, only to discover that he’s not as in control of his company as he thought and that someone is determined not to let Downey succeed. Coming relatively late to films, there was some question as to whether audiences would buy yet another super hero, but “Iron Man” succeeds wonderfully, thanks to a trio of fine performances by Downey, Paltrow, and Jeff Bridges, cast against type as Downey’s charming but ruthlessly corrupt second-in-command. The red-and-gold Mark III suit looks gorgeous too, and Favreau is careful to take time establishing its high-tech creation and Downey ’s bruising attempts learning to control its powerful but touchy technology. With the groundwork laid for a sequel, as well as hints of the larger Marvel universe waiting in the wings, “Iron Man” looks not only to give Downey his coveted Slurpee cup, but give Paramount a much-needed hit and franchise. Even with “Indy IV” coming, “Iron Man” may well turn out to be the gold standard for popcorn movies this summer. The Lone Ranger

And another!

hi harry, just saw iron man at a foreign press screening. i'm not press, a filmmaker just along for the ride but don't want to get my friend in trouble cause they're seriously embargoed but... it's pretty darn amazing!!!!! jon faverau knocked it out of the park, has brought a level of authorship to iron man which chris nolan has to batman, sam raimi did to spidey and bryan singer brought to x-men. no-one would have made the iron man this guy did. it's complex, adrenaline fuelled and heartfelt. the opening sequence in afganistan and the tony stark intro and back to afganistan and then back to the cave is genuinely genius and pretty darn touching. just grab you by the balls and doesn't let go until he gets home and announces that stark industries is out of the weapons biz. rdj is on fire in this role, with this and tropic thunder it's great to see him out of the crackhouse and back where he belongs. i shudder to think what the film woulda been like if they'd cast it with an action hero, rdj's tony stark is really callow and funny and darn fucking smart. this is pretty much the funniest superhero film i've ever seen, the critics kept glaring at me as i guffawed away. the action sequences are awesome, although it's a bit of a shame they didn't let it go out rated R cause it's strictly PG violence (lots of explosions, no blood) and a really brutal version would be amazing. the iron man CGI itself is cool as shit and stark's excitement at his own creation is contagious. he discovers the capabilities and limitations of the different suits as we do, and we share in his wonderment... kinda like we did when we got our first car and felt the need to drive it fast and trash it. jeff bridges is very rad as Obadiah Stane. can't remember if he's in the trailer, but his haircut and buffness makes him almost unrecognizable. he's a real piece of work, wish there was a little bit more of him. which leads me to my minor criticism of the film: it's so slick and polished and fast that it's almost too tight. the story is epic, it keeps switching countries and the suit has multiple generations, think it was under 2 hours and it could easily have been 2.5. also, gwyneth doesn't really have anything anymore unfortunately and terrance howard is a bit of a wet blanket which is sad after how much he rocked in hustle and flow. the guy needs to find his darkness again, but his version of Jim Rhodes is unexpectedly bland. mathew libatique cinematography is a real highlight, very cool to do a superhero film with such a natural pallet. the music rocks, there's time you want to headbang. we'll be seeing an iron man 2 as certain as obama'll win the democratic nomination. anyways, apologies for this ramble of random thoughts. i'm sleepy as all heck. if you use this call me the pregnant man.

And finally, to wrap it up today, here’s a review from the Mexican press screening:

Hello Harry, Moriarty and everyone @ aintitcool, here Ruben “El Paella” from Mexico City, Mexico to tell you about the press screening of Iron Man here on Tuesday. According to what the guys from the distributor told us, it was the first time that the Jon Favreau film was shown in its final release form and that nobody else in the world have seen it before. I quite believe them because they asked you to give your cell phone or any video recording capable device at the entrance (given back at the end) and guys in suits were watching the audience during the entire projection with night vision visors. You had to assist to the screening if you wanted to go to the press conference given by the director and Robert Downey Jr. himself yesterday where it was revealed that Favreau thought that Downey Jr. was ideal for the role because of the black humor and the similarities among Tony Stark and the actor’s personality (not to mention drinking habits). Also they let us know that there’s a 10 second appearance of Downey in the upcoming Hulk film that may hint about a future movie with both. Now, talking about the Iron Man movie I can tell you that it rocks, from the beginning to the very last second (fans will love the last seconds), even for non-fans of the comic and people of any age, as intended by Favreau. I went with my girlfriend and she wanted to pee for about the last half of the film, but she hold it, that kinda cool the movie is! It starts with the kidnapping of Stark in Afghanistan to where he travels to show a new weapon of Stark industries, the Jericho missile, as seen in the trailer, and then continues with a 36 hour earlier flashback to introduce you to the characters of Jeff Bridges, Terrance Howard and Gwyneth. You get to see the background for Stark, his corporation and lots of Audis, but also a liaison with a lady journalist that questions Stark hardly but ends with him in bed (does that count as a basic premise?). From there on Iron Man turns into a non-stop action ride that makes you not to even think about blinking. The special effects are probably among the best to date in any movie, everything is seamless and even technology has its comic moments with a robotic arm. In terms of screenplay every dialogue line is believable (techno-babble too) specially because of the great performances from everyone in the cast. Iron Man is a must-see, there’s no doubt that Stark has a heart!
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  • April 14, 2008, 3:38 a.m. CST


    by Gwai Lo

  • April 14, 2008, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Simple = good

    by drwilliamweir

  • April 14, 2008, 3:40 a.m. CST

    Yeah I'm not going to read these.

    by Gwai Lo

    Don't trust these reviewers not to let spoilers fly without warning and whatnot.

  • April 14, 2008, 3:44 a.m. CST

    so i guess it will rock

    by bacci40

    good deal for long as he stays away from the blow, his career is fully back

  • April 14, 2008, 3:47 a.m. CST


    by LUZER

    Man, I was really stoked for the crossover.

  • April 14, 2008, 3:50 a.m. CST

    Cant wait for the Superhero Movies to "joke" about this

    by jingle_balls

    "I am Iron Man!!!" Comedy awaits people..........

  • April 14, 2008, 3:53 a.m. CST

    Yeah Luzer..

    by TimMighty

    ..that would have been cool. But i read somewhere that , in the coming hulk movie there will be a cameo of rdj but...yeah..i read that about NickFury here too so...

  • April 14, 2008, 3:54 a.m. CST

    I hope it's not like Batman Begins...

    by photoboy

    ... where the first half with Bruce training to become Batman is great and the second half has stupid water evaporating machines and Cillian Murphy.<br><br> Hopefully these reviewers will still like the film when they see the second half. Everything I've seen so far suggests Iron Man is going to be great and it's by far my most anticipated film this summer because of that.

  • April 14, 2008, 3:55 a.m. CST

    They must be holding Fury back...

    by James Westfall

    ... for the Iron Man 1.5 'special' DVD release. Or whatever gimmicky crap they can come up with to make people buy yet another DVD of the same movie. Or maybe it's a Wal-Mart exclusive.

  • April 14, 2008, 3:58 a.m. CST

    No Fury?

    by a rolling stone

    No Fury? No Thunderbolt Ross? God, I'm hoping Fav left those scenes out, but will throw them back in for the theatrical release. I hope we're being teased. I want some crossover action.

  • April 14, 2008, 4:19 a.m. CST

    I bet Nick Fury will be on the DVD

    by TomHooligan

    I love Robert Downey Jnr. He's perfect for Tony Stark. And lets be honest, it's not a massive stretch to see him as an alcoholic billionaire playboy is it?

  • April 14, 2008, 4:20 a.m. CST

    "My name is MarvelZombie88"

    by CuervoJones

    Your parents hate you!

  • April 14, 2008, 4:25 a.m. CST

    The Dude is in this??!!

    by kungfuhustler84

    AND the guy from Kiss Kiss bang Bang??!! and there's explosions??!! i am there. THERE! Seriously though, incredible casting. I am very excited.

  • April 14, 2008, 4:27 a.m. CST

    and fuck Nick Fury

    by kungfuhustler84

    can we get some Dum Dum Dugan up in this piece, bitte?

  • April 14, 2008, 4:28 a.m. CST

    Going into this with no expectations

    by kwisatzhaderach

    That way I won't be disappointed.

  • April 14, 2008, 4:30 a.m. CST

    Thankfully the bogus Nick Fury isn't in the film

    by Monkey_King

    I'd rather see Clint Eastwood as Fury anyday, than NAACP casting of Sam Jackson. I love Sam, don't get me wrong, but he's NOT or ever will be Nick Fury material.

  • April 14, 2008, 4:35 a.m. CST

    "I went with my girlfriend and she wanted to pee for about the l

    by DarthBakpao

    If i was her, i would pee where i sat, spared the kidneys.

  • April 14, 2008, 4:38 a.m. CST

    Im sooo fucking there

    by Fineus Fog

    I dont even need to read these and I was there. May 1st cant come soon enough

  • April 14, 2008, 4:58 a.m. CST

    Nick Furry Chest

    by TomHooligan

    Why don't they get David Hasselhoff to reprise his role as Nick Fury. His acting talent should have earned him an Oscar nod by now... I'm joking by the way. That would of course be insane.

  • April 14, 2008, 5:11 a.m. CST

    Hype overdose

    by SpencerTrilby

    I stopped watching IM trailers past the third TV spot, because I felt like I only needed one or two more to fill the blanks and save me ten bucks. One of this reviews (the only one that deserves to be called a "review" actually - printing folks' opinion about half a movie is just useless) sounds like I was right to avoid the spots overkill like the plague.

  • April 14, 2008, 5:23 a.m. CST

    Sounds Good So Far

    by LaserPants


  • April 14, 2008, 5:26 a.m. CST

    re heath ledger oscar nomination

    by earlfist

    Sorry to piss on anyones cornflakes, but Heath Ledger cannot be nominated for the gold genitalia lacking fool, as the Academy cruelly sites death as a stipulation against nomination. Unless you do a Peter Finch and die after nomination, (Or unless they change these rather stupid rules,) it ain't gonna happen, even if the late star is as good as Michael Caine says he is.

  • April 14, 2008, 5:42 a.m. CST

    I just don't care.

    by Lost Jarv

    And I'm not alone with this- seriously, outside of the geek community most of the world doesn't give a fuck about Iron Man.

  • April 14, 2008, 5:49 a.m. CST

    The first reviewer...

    by Kragmose

    Says "Thanx". Thanx. I can't take that guy seriously. The movie sounds good, though.

  • April 14, 2008, 5:56 a.m. CST


    by kungfuhustler84

    So was that also the case for James Dean's posthumous nominations for his roles in East of Eden and Giant? I think what you said may be incorrect, but I could be wrong. If a part in a film is complete and the thespian, deceased or not, has exhibited a great degree of acting prowess in their role, I believe they deserve a nomination.

  • April 14, 2008, 5:58 a.m. CST

    Lost Jarv

    by SpencerTrilby

    I'm not claiming I single-handedly represent the geekdom on that, but the reason the geeks gave a great feedback is precisely because Favreau and company started their promotional stuff with trailers aimed at this "demographic". <p> They shifted gears to a more traditional audience recently, with their balls to the walls, showing-it-all trailers. And judging by the AICN talkback, the geeks are beginning to get bored by this (or at the least not as vocal as they were last year) so - perhaps - the silent majority of casual moviegoers got the message - if not a little late - and are more interested than you think. Maybe.

  • April 14, 2008, 6:01 a.m. CST

    The 2nd review makes even ME scream Plant!!!

    by DerLanghaarige

  • April 14, 2008, 6:04 a.m. CST

    good news everyone

    by Mr_X

    all around. right. thats it for me, no more hype, clips, spoliers and whatnot. im just going to enjoy the ride

  • April 14, 2008, 6:20 a.m. CST

    How's that Smith and Favreau don't get along?

    by SpencerTrilby

    Just out of curiosity.

  • April 14, 2008, 6:20 a.m. CST

    Toshi's reaction

    by The StarWolf

    Toshi's reaction to this serves to raise a question I've been wondering about for years. The Japanese love mechs. And they've already adapted SPIDER-MAN, X-MEN as manga, and the former as a(n admitedly bad) late 70s tv live action series. So why have they never done IRON MAN? Seems a natural fit to me.

  • April 14, 2008, 6:26 a.m. CST

    No Nick Fury?

    by 11dayempire

    Fuck you, Marvel. It's obvious they're holding it back for the "director's cut" DVD.

  • April 14, 2008, 6:27 a.m. CST

    The StarWolf - about the Iron Man Manga

    by SpencerTrilby

    I read a few pages of a manga a few years ago (don't remember if it was part of the Marvel Mangaverse or a fanwork, but the art was good enough to be professional) about the "Iron Maiden", I think it was Tony's daughter, Antoinette Stark (I shit you not). And it rocked, at least in its own twisted way. You couldn't find more iconoclastic or less canon than this, but as a completely separated entity it worked, as far as I read.

  • April 14, 2008, 6:35 a.m. CST

    Ramin will own your asses

    by Musicballs

    Don't listen to that guy's review. The score for this will get the Oscar.

  • April 14, 2008, 6:43 a.m. CST

    Looks and sounds like they "got" it.

    by Yeti

    A nod to continutity? Check. Mix of Humour, Action! and Drama? Check. Great cast? Check. It's gonna be HUUUGE. Be nice to see Downey, Paltrow, and Howard with a big hit on their hands.

  • April 14, 2008, 6:43 a.m. CST

    who really wants this connected to the Hulk?

    by just pillow talk

    In theory it's cool, but the Hulk may suck green angry balls. No need to be associated with that.<p>And I can't wait to see this. It's time to be a fucking kid again with this, TDK, Indy.

  • April 14, 2008, 6:47 a.m. CST

    doesn't this look just a teensy bit

    by Mr Gorilla


  • April 14, 2008, 6:55 a.m. CST

    Transformers was the “cool” movie last summer

    by TinSpider

    No it fucking wasn't.

  • April 14, 2008, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Can someone bottom line it for me?

    by Trazadone

    I don't feel like wading through all of this, what's the general consensus?

  • April 14, 2008, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Ignoring this

    by Dazzler69

    *fingers over eyes* <p> No way I am spoiling this movie for myself. I was sold seeing this movie at first mention.

  • April 14, 2008, 6:57 a.m. CST

    new clip looks retarded

    by kafka07

    I'm not convinced Favreau could pull this off. But I do like Iron Man so I'll give the film a chance.

  • April 14, 2008, 7 a.m. CST

    Whuts wit all the bad speling in theze revues?

    by grampageezer

    Is it me, or does it seem that whenever a reviewer hates a movie, the spelling and grammar in their review seems to be perfect? But the reviews PRAISING a film always seem to be written by idiots who can't spell? Could it be these "Man, this was the greatest movie in the history of movies!" reviews are actually plants, and if so, do studios believe geeks are nothing more than ignorant illiterates? In other words - some studio PR man is telling one of his people to write a bogus review extolling the movie, but "don't make the letter sound TOO intelligent and cohesive or no one will believe it's from a real geek."

  • April 14, 2008, 7:05 a.m. CST

    Point taken

    by Lost Jarv

    If I'm wrong then so be it. I just struggle to give a fuck and can see this being crushed beneath Indy, Dark Knight and to some extent Hulk. At least people in general have heard of Hulk.

  • April 14, 2008, 7:08 a.m. CST

    Remember Tetsuo: The Iron Man?

    by tonagan

    Now that was awesome.

  • April 14, 2008, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Last week, a box showed up at the house

    by Series7

    Seriously I wonder how hard it really is to get added to the mysterious hollywood mailing list? I remember reading an article on some website a little while back reviewing all the free SWAG they get for upcoming movies. I wonder if Harry and CO could start that a weekly recap of they shit they get. An shit they are willing to get rid of?

  • April 14, 2008, 7:31 a.m. CST

    I love the bit where Hung Lo

    by D o o d

    says that the movie would have been better in the hands of a more competent director. Don't know if he's right or wrong as I've not seen the movie but I bet it'll send the favreau fans mental..!! :o)

  • April 14, 2008, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Hey, maybe you ARE right Lost Jarv

    by SpencerTrilby

    we'll see next month how the movie performs. I have no doubt the movie will be strong on first week, but it'll have the legs it needs to face the May competition only if the movie is good. If it's not as good as some claim, and especially if there are plot and pacing issues as the few well-written reviews point out, then the movie will have a problem. Because, boring movies don't sit well with summer audience. Ask The Island^^

  • April 14, 2008, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Man can't even have sneeky early reviews

    by Series7

    without people giving their political opinions. <P> "we'll be seeing an iron man 2 as certain as obama'll win the democratic nomination."

  • April 14, 2008, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Let Me Add My Voice to the Chorus

    by Aquatarkusman

    I also demand inclusion of a character known to only 0.01% of the populace (well, maybe 0.02% after the success of the Marvel:Ultimate Alliance game).

  • April 14, 2008, 7:38 a.m. CST

    I am...

    by I AM ROCKO

    ...IRON MAN! Very excited. Scanned through the reviews so as not to spoil too much and avoiding too many ads etc. I have a feeling this will top the new Hulk film in terms of quality and box office. What with Indy, TDK, Iron Man, and Hulk there is bound to be box office loser. But fuck it, I hope they are all awesome and this summer is better than last as I kept walking into the cinema excited (Spiderman 3, POTC, Transformers) but walked out dazed and confused...

  • April 14, 2008, 7:45 a.m. CST

    do you wear special shades to see the "civilians" Yack?

    by just pillow talk

    I do admit that I'm most jazzed to see TDK, then ever-so-hopeful with Indy, then Iron Man.

  • April 14, 2008, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Finally!!!!! a review for a movie that actually matters!

    by Jugdish

    AICN has lost its touch over the last few years- ( better competiton perhps?) but especially in the last 6 months- NOTHING Worth reading...Wel lfinally we have somethign today- Amen

  • April 14, 2008, 7:56 a.m. CST

    In my pants

    by Abominable Snowcone

    I'm rock hard for this film. Glad to see some early positives.

  • April 14, 2008, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Favreau still hasn't totally convinced me he can handle...

    by rbatty024

    a film of this size. Granted, I like what I've seen and think Robert Downey Jr. is great casting, I just can't get Zathura out of my mind. What wasted potential. Here's hoping he proves he can take on Iron Man 2.

  • April 14, 2008, 8:05 a.m. CST

    PLANTS !

    by stamper

    Any review being positive is a plant. Any negative is also a plant, to make the other one look real. All plants. Everyone knows the movie industry is fucked and finished. There's no talent left except James Cameron who will rule with Avatar. Plants.

  • April 14, 2008, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Put the cameo back in

    by Phimseto

    It would definitely be a mistake not to have it in there, though I would guess they're saving it for Hulk...sadly because Hulk needs saving.

  • April 14, 2008, 8:21 a.m. CST

    No Ultimate Nick Fury? Thank you, Jebus!

    by SpyGuy

    Fuck this Ultimate Nick Fury bullshit. Give me Hugh Jackman or somebody along those lines as the regular Marvel Universe Nick Fury, preferably with flying sportscars and old school Helicarriers...

  • April 14, 2008, 8:24 a.m. CST

    you just know that Favreau is reading this and

    by Russman

    giggling like a psychopath. Sounds like this is going to be fun. Can't wait to see this. I have been avoiding all commercials for this. Just like one reviewer said, I knew the studio would ruin the experience by showing every good scene. But guys, let me tell you something - the studios show everything because the hayseeds of the country have made it known that they want to see the good parts in the trailer so that they know what to expect. (sigh) Anyway, 5/2 hurry up and get here.

  • April 14, 2008, 8:34 a.m. CST

    So, has anyone got a review of Iron Man?

    by Underoos Hero

  • April 14, 2008, 8:36 a.m. CST

    I am psyched for this...

    by Sithtastic

    I don't know if I'll have the opportunity to see this opening night, but let me say I will envy everyone who does! Kudos to Jon Favreau for giving the nod to the Bryne take on the character. Though I haven't been a fan of the Iron Man character esp. after Civil War, I can say wholeheartedly I'm looking forward to seeing his origin on film.

  • April 14, 2008, 8:39 a.m. CST

    John Byrne is an ass!

    by ironic_name

  • April 14, 2008, 8:47 a.m. CST

    John Byrne is a man with an ass!

    by Diagnostic

    I've always enjoyed his work.

  • April 14, 2008, 8:56 a.m. CST


    by foreverguardian

    Oh, sorry, couldn't help that. The Iron Man flick is going to be marvellous, but PLEASE PUT THE NICK FURY SCENE BACK IN. Pretty please?

  • April 14, 2008, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Giving too much away

    by heyscot

    I realize this is a spoiler site and all and that's the way it is, but I do hope that one of the reviewers is wrong and that the moviemakers didn't give the whole movie away in the trailers. I sort of feel like they've overdone the marketing for Iron Man with all of the clips and trailers.

  • April 14, 2008, 8:58 a.m. CST


    by foreverguardian

    I've never found armour so sexy. mmm. Shiny.

  • April 14, 2008, 9 a.m. CST

    Case in Point: Indy 4 trailers

    by heyscot

    Indy has a release date of what, May 22? Iron Man is May 2? Look at the massive amount of clips and trailers they've done so far for Iron Man vs. Indy 4. . .nowadays it feels like you can't have any major surprises in a movie before the release date (Marion Ravenwood maybe), but somehow Cloverfield managed it.

  • April 14, 2008, 9:01 a.m. CST

    "he was a smart ass"?

    by Kragmose

    I don't wanna look at any smart asses.

  • April 14, 2008, 9:07 a.m. CST

    DVD - Why not add an "alternate soundtrack" if it could use it?

    by JDanielP

    I'm of the opinion that the musical score can add...or even take much, as intended within the story. It does effect how it feels,...every scene, every emotion, low or high. And though I've been consistently and positively surprised by these "IRON MAN" updates, the music soundtrack could use some serious help (so it seems). Is it too late for a grade "A" score, in time for release? And if so, why not give us such an alternate option on the dvd release...and greatly improve the score, with the original score as the alternate pick? ...A great/professional musical score always adds to the enthusiasm for the final product.

  • April 14, 2008, 9:09 a.m. CST

    will it puke on my balls

    by fireclown

    . . . and eat out my girlfriend? <p> <p> I hope so. Bring on The Mandarin, and by extension what we all really want. FIN FANG FOOM!

  • April 14, 2008, 9:14 a.m. CST

    I think when Hulk comes out

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    We might have quite a few people who suddenly understand how superior Ang Lees film is in the Superhero genre. Nah, fuck that, morons are morons.

  • April 14, 2008, 9:15 a.m. CST

    oh .....and Iron Man looks great

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    With this and The Dark Knight I think it might be the best year yet for comic book films.

  • April 14, 2008, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Also Iron Man is my fave Marvel Vs Capcom 2 character

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    With my favorite team being Iron Man, Hulk and Ryu. Fuck Dreamcasts still rule.

  • April 14, 2008, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Wish I could write a full sentence/paragraph

    by skimn

    like The Lone Ranger...that takes talent. It does worry me that this follows the origin formula so closely as to sacrifice comic-book-action. From the reviews though, this sounds very entertaining. With Grand Theft Auto coming out days before this, it looks like this will be like Christmas in springtime.

  • April 14, 2008, 9:53 a.m. CST

    why dead actors cannot be nominated

    by ArcadianDS

    the academy wisely exclused the work of deceased actors because they realize that if they were nominated, they would win whether the actual work was good or bad - it would be a sentimental vote that academy members would be guilted into making. I think Heath was great, and Im sure this is the role of his lifetime - but he cannot and should not be nominated for it. Is it fair to him? Perhaps not - but it would be just as unfair to all the other potential nominees if he were included.

  • April 14, 2008, 9:55 a.m. CST

    oh thank you harry for a lousy website

    by ArcadianDS

    you lazy idiot. anyway, paragraph #2 reads:<p> the best we can hope for, and will probably see, is the winner dedicating their trophy to the memory of Heath. Bet dollars on it.

  • April 14, 2008, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Jon and Robert must be happy!

    by waites

    I know they read this site and they gotta be smiling! I would say the reviews are very good for the most part! now what is going to happen in the next Iron Man movie?

  • April 14, 2008, 10:04 a.m. CST

    I've just done a straw poll of the office and

    by Lost Jarv

    been met with a resounding "meh". <P>I still hope it's good though,

  • April 14, 2008, 10:05 a.m. CST

    not that that is any indication

    by Lost Jarv

    seeing as I work in a cultural wasteland populated by idiots that are actually looking forward to Big Brother.

  • April 14, 2008, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Tony Stark is "bitter" because some terrorists

    by ewokstew

    stuck him in a cave with nothing to rely on but prayer and really big flamethrower weapons. See...Obama is right!

  • April 14, 2008, 10:44 a.m. CST

    It cannot be good !

    by stamper

    I mean "directed by Jon Favreau" quite doesn't have the same ring as "directed by William Friedkin" or "directed by Sam Peckinpah".

  • April 14, 2008, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Gwynneth Is The Weakest Link...

    by KosherWookie

    As much as this movie is looking to rock the house, I just can't see enjoying Gwynneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts. She has the emotional range of a stapler.

  • April 14, 2008, 10:52 a.m. CST

    I'm not reading these

    by Rufferto

    I've seen enough to know this will be great. I've no reason not to watch this movie.

  • April 14, 2008, 10:52 a.m. CST

    by KosherWookie

    And not even a good stapler, like the Swingline Model 747.

  • April 14, 2008, 10:53 a.m. CST

    And when I say great

    by Rufferto

    I mean good enough for me.

  • April 14, 2008, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Johnny Aztec what are you raving on about?

    by half vader

    Ever seen dinner for 5? Stoop.

  • April 14, 2008, 10:59 a.m. CST

    "Crimefighter" Fucking hell. Hardly any heroes fight crime

    by messi

    I hate it in mainstream articles when they refer to some superheroes as crime fighters. Like X-men and Iron Man. The only heroes that fight crime are Batman, Spider-man, Dardedevil, Superman on occassions, Nightwing and Green Arrow. Everyone else is too busy defending the earth from cosmic threats or dealing with mega terrorists or supernatural forces etc. Like some magazine called Green Lantern a crime fighter. Idiots.

  • April 14, 2008, 11:02 a.m. CST

    photoboy - Idiot

    by messi

    a dumb batman begins comment and then thinking this is going to be more anticipated than The Dark Knight. Haha. dumb fuck.

  • April 14, 2008, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Swingline Model 747 is pretty sweet

    by just pillow talk

    The Stanley Bostitch model B660 is the poor man's stapler. Still good for stapling co-workers sleeves to the desks though.

  • April 14, 2008, 11:09 a.m. CST


    by TheMcflyFarm

    YOu most certainly CAN be nominated for an oscar posthumously. It is FACT. Stop talking like you know shit.

  • April 14, 2008, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Looks good.

    by Chishu_Ryu

    But I don't think it's going to change anybody's life or anything. We'll see...

  • April 14, 2008, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Hey messi, just read photoboys comment

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    how do these morons know how to type?

  • April 14, 2008, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Exo-man will own Iron Man, or not

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

  • April 14, 2008, 11:31 a.m. CST


    by Braffed

    likes men.

  • April 14, 2008, 11:31 a.m. CST


    by Chishu_Ryu

    All super-heroes are crimefighters. It's the level of crime, you're confused about. Ever of crimes against humanity?

  • April 14, 2008, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Batman Begins

    by Chishu_Ryu

    For a film that tried to do a super serious take on the Batman, the water evaporating machine thingy was kind of "wtf?", actually.

  • April 14, 2008, 11:48 a.m. CST


    by skimn

    Friedkin? Pekinpah? Be happy it doesn't read "written and directed by Steven Mark Johnson"

  • April 14, 2008, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Basic premise?

    by DeadPanWalking

    "...but also a liaison with a lady journalist that questions Stark hardly but ends with him in bed (does that count as a basic premise?)." I hope it does because that's pretty much my life summed-up every day. Every day, my friends.

  • April 14, 2008, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Batman Begins


    owns your soul. suck it haters. <p> looking forward to iron man!

  • April 14, 2008, 11:58 a.m. CST


    by Robots In Das Guys

    Shut up Cunt. Photoboy said it was HIS most anticipated movie, not THE most anticipated movie. "Everything I've seen so far suggests Iron Man is going to be great and it's by far my most anticipated film this summer because of that."

  • April 14, 2008, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Who was Hillary Swank going to be in this?

    by blue1622

    Wasn't the rumor that Hillary Swank filmed a cameo, too? Was she some other agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., or something else, or am I high? Ideally, she shot a cameo as Jennifer Walters in the Norton Hulk movie, as that's a role really only she or Biel could play.

  • April 14, 2008, 12:03 p.m. CST

    This is one movie...

    by poeticwarriorII

    I'm seeing regardless of the shitty CG battle with the tank and any negative reviews. Fuck it, this looks cool and I'm there. I just hope I'm not as wrong about this as I was BB.

  • April 14, 2008, 12:03 p.m. CST


    by SamBlackChvrch21

    What the hell, I am displeased to hear that Fury and Black Widow wer cut. Perhaps they are saving it all for The Incredible Hulk. And maybe even thats why Ed Norton is all up in arms about final cut. Perhaps he doesn't want "HIS" film to be tarnished with a geek-tag ending. (Although a Hulkbuster Damage Control team with other Marvel Characters would be a SWEET sequence)

  • April 14, 2008, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Your dad dressed up like a French whore

    by just pillow talk

    doesn't count as being with a "woman" drippy little whore. Now please, just stop posting.

  • April 14, 2008, 12:09 p.m. CST

    for people who don't get superhero stuff

    by rock-me Amodeo

    You may be one of those who sees no relevance to these kinds of movies outside the geek community. But those of us who have read comics forever see them as much more than "biff!" "Bam!" "Pow!"<br><br>We rooted for Peter Parker, decades worth of him trying to catch more than one consecutive break in life.<br><br>We mourned the loss of consequence-free heroics when the death of Thunderbird (in only his second outing as an X-men) ushered in the current age of heroics.<br><br>Some of us literally wept when Jean Grey sacrificed herself in her last lucid moment of X-Men #137 (before the revolving door of death and rebirth had entered into full swing.)<br><br>These stores are like soap operas...for guys. With punching. We may pick up an issue for the art or for the action, but it is the character development that keeps up coming back year after year...or dropping a book completely.<br><br>As such, we have LONGED for movies to take the genre as seriously as any other science fiction or fantasy genre. LESS CHEESE. MORE MEAT. And the box-office has responded in kind. Why are people surprised that the most serious-minded superhero movies have generally had the most enthusiastic response?<br><br>With its emphasis on the bottom line, you would think Hollywood would have caught on sooner. But hopefully, Iron Man will continue the trend - an entertaining and thought-provoking movie about a flawed hero ...who happens to be a superhero...and with killer special effects.<br><br>We don't want "superhero" movies trying to be great. We want great movies about people trying to be heroes.<br><br> Call me a geek if you want.

  • April 14, 2008, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Favreau can't be Stark's driver; he's Foggy Nelson!

    by Raymar


  • April 14, 2008, 12:22 p.m. CST

    It'll hold me.....

    by cookylamoo

    Until "Sex in the City" comes out.

  • April 14, 2008, 12:23 p.m. CST

    So now that the trailers have shown us everything...

    by Rickey Henderson

    Whats the point of seeing the movie? The movie is overexposed and it aint going to live up to the expectations you people are putting on it. Also worth mentioning: GTA IV comes out right around that time. Don't be shocked if the box office numbers for this flick aren't as huge as you want them to be.

  • April 14, 2008, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Batman Begins water evaporator plot hole debunked!

    by thebearovingian

    Gawddammit, it was a focused (KEY WORD- FOCUSED) microwave emitter so Ra's Al Ghul and Co. used it only on the water mains. They didn't want to dehydrate everybody to death (including themselves). There are easier ways to kill a man (so I'm told).<p>That was my best and only attempt to rationalize the Batman Begins water evaporator plot hole controversy. Perhaps it is 3 years too late but the truth is always on time, haters!

  • April 14, 2008, 12:30 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    You had me at Iron!!!!

  • April 14, 2008, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Yes, the visual FX look cool

    by Rickey Henderson

    But the problem is that Rickey's already seen this movie. Here's how it goes: Iron Man's visual FX look cool, but after seeing the preview, I think I've already seen the movie. Here it is: <br> <br> 1) Guy is a regular dude.<br> <br> 2) Guy gets powers.<br> <br> 3) Guy has wacky destructive escapades discovering said powers.<br> <br> 4) Guy defeats evil bad guy, gets girl.<br> <br> 5) Door remains open for sequel. The end.<br> <br> Did I leave anything out?

  • April 14, 2008, 12:38 p.m. CST


    by Robots In Das Guys

    That was my rationalization as well, as impossible as it may sound. That kind of technology seemed to advanced for the BB universe if you ask me...

  • April 14, 2008, 12:51 p.m. CST

    rock-me Amodeo

    by Series7

    Yeah the problem with evolving a superhero charcter with sooooo much story already made is that comic book movies cost a pretty penny to make. And you aren't going to get your returns without the WOW factor of a comic book movie. <P> People saying that this movie will tank because of Indy/DK/Hulk/Sex In the City, its the first summer movie of the summer. Its already a hit. They knew what they were doing, its not going to get lost in the shuffle like Hulk will (when it opens to midocore reviews) or Wanted. Its not going to be the biggest hit of the year, but there will be a sequel.

  • April 14, 2008, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Rickey - actually, it could be generalized more

    by rock-me Amodeo

    1.) Guy is a regular dude<br><br> 2.) Guy realizes he has the capacity to do good.<br><br> 3.) Guy has destructive escapades discovering what he can and cannot do.<br><br> 4.) Guy defeats bad guys/inner demons/big bad, gets girl.<br><br> 5.) Door remains open for sequel.<br><br>Nope, you covered it well, that and about 80% of the movies out there. Now it's just a matter of decided what will be the power for change: Secret knowledge? Kung-fu? An ability to take more punches? "Crazy Eyes?" (sorry, just rewatched The New Guy. Technically, that falls under Secret Knowledge, I know...) Magic hummus? <br><br>OR repulsor rays. Take your pick.

  • April 14, 2008, 1:02 p.m. CST

    I listed powers for change like actual powers...

    by rock-me Amodeo

    But think of all heroes...As big as Shindlers List. As mundane as Pump up the Volume. Or as offbeat as Napoleon Dynamite. It's still the same basic formula.

  • April 14, 2008, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Thank you, thebearovingian!!!

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Finally, someone else who gets it about he microwave emitter.

  • April 14, 2008, 1:05 p.m. CST

    That's "the" and not "he".

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

  • April 14, 2008, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Those were some of the worst "reviews" I've ever read.


    Wow, painful. I still hope the movie is good. Too bad Sam's part was cut out. Lame.

  • April 14, 2008, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Still Not Sure...

    by Gungan Slayer

    Look, Iron Man's been my fav Marvel guy since I was little, but I'll be honest, I'm still not that excited with this movie. These reviews help somewhat, but jesus, I watch the trailers, the TV spots and I just get this disgusting it's Fantastic Four all over again or something. *shudder*

  • April 14, 2008, 1:39 p.m. CST

    It's not just the stupid water evaporator!

    by cookylamoo

    It's the stupid plot behind it. Like, cause a big natural disaster to get everyone to "kill" city. Like that worked out so well in New Orleans.

  • April 14, 2008, 1:52 p.m. CST

    It's probably a good movie, but..

    by jorson28

    To me, it just looks... bland. There's no visual flair to it. Watching the trailers, it's like watching ads for an over-produced, but otherwise run-of-the-mill irreverent comedy with a little action and comic book iconography thrown in to distinguish it from everything else. If that's what it is and is what the Iron Man fans want, I'm certainly not going to rain on their parade, but while I like the whole Iron Man concept and will probably see this movie, I'm much more excited about "The Dark Knight" - even "The Incredible Hulk" holds a little more interest for me, though I don't really know why. Maybe I'm just afraid that instead of being a superhero / Iron Man movie, it's just going to be another film in which Downey can play the same old smarmy, heathenistic character he always plays, except this time he's got a big company and an Iron Man suit. Oh, well... It's just an opinion, and not an educated one at that since I've only seen trailers. Anyhow, I guess if I'm really going to be that critical, nobody's forcing me to see it, now, are they... lol

  • April 14, 2008, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Still Not Sure...

    by Herb West

    I agree. I remember when the first Fantastic 4 came out and we found out that every single action scene we had already been shown in the trailers. This seems to be the same thing. Hopefully, the cast and John F. will make this movie more than the sum of it's parts.

  • April 14, 2008, 2:05 p.m. CST


    by Robots In Das Guys

    WTF? It was not supposed to be a natural disaster. Ra's wanted to make the citizens go batshit crazy and start attacking and killing each other. To have the city **destroy itself** in it's decadence.

  • April 14, 2008, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Yes and FFino was directed by...

    by poeticwarriorII

    that incredibly shitastic douche bag that did Taxi.

  • April 14, 2008, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Many of the Best Batman themes.....

    by Herb West

    have a villain with a large city wide destruction plan. I think Nolan and company were trying to hold on to that tradition.

  • April 14, 2008, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Does anybody realize...

    by Herb West

    that there are more talkbacks for Austin Powers 4 than both Iron Man posts combined? How the Hell does that happen?

  • April 14, 2008, 3:02 p.m. CST

    I'm just saying...

    by Herb West

    I hope there is more to this movie than just the action scenes that we have already been shown in the trailers.

  • April 14, 2008, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Dinner for Five?

    by Aquatarkusman

    Didn't 85% of Favreau's sentences begin with "When I was directing Made.."?

  • April 14, 2008, 3:11 p.m. CST


    by toadkillerdog

    Jarvis is still Stark's Butler as well as the Avengers Butler in the comics. I think the movie took a few liberties.

  • April 14, 2008, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Austin Powers TB has alternate title spam

    by toadkillerdog

    That is why it is a longer TB. They tend to die on the vine quickly though. Still, no real 'controvery' on the TB's today, nothing driving posts.

  • April 14, 2008, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Does anyone know...

    by Herb West

    if it's true that the Mandarin is somehow involved with this movie?

  • April 14, 2008, 3:21 p.m. CST


    by Herb West

    Just curious...what is the alternate title spam?

  • April 14, 2008, 3:33 p.m. CST

    I Hope His Girlfriend Didn't Get a Urinary Tract Infection...

    by Read and Shut Up

    ...anyway - see you there, TBrs. This movie is gonna own the summer.

  • April 14, 2008, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Herb West

    by toadkillerdog

    Alternate Title Spam - is when people clog up the TB's with 'witty' alternate title's. Say: 'Indiana Jones, and the temple of poo' Or, 'Star Trek 10 - the search for Kirks teeth'. And one begets 10, which begets 100. I must admit, it is funny to create alternate titles sometimes, but if you are in the midst of a really good TB, then having a flood of the AT's is nothing but spam.

  • April 14, 2008, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Even if the people killed themselves

    by cookylamoo

    Other people would just move in. Ra's plan sucks and I don't believe in the selective microwaves either. It's like having a poison gas that only kills fat people. Not only was Ra's plan stupid but like a total idiot he drops by Bruce Wayne's house to TELL him his plan, bringing monologuing to a whole new level.

  • April 14, 2008, 3:46 p.m. CST

    cookylamoo - sort of like replacing USA with big ugly rock

    by toadkillerdog

    And expecting the world to flock to it! Oops! Do not want to start a Superman returns firestorm! Ok, yes i do, kind of bored today! LOL

  • April 14, 2008, 3:49 p.m. CST

    cant believe im doing this but...

    by Bouncy X

    unless im misreading some seem to think the plan in BB was to make people die of thirst or something water related. his plan was simply to use the emitter to evaporate all the water in town (which was laced with the toxin) so that EVERYONE would go crazy and basically burn the city to the ground. might be an over the top typical comic book plan but it was explained pretty well.

  • April 14, 2008, 3:59 p.m. CST

    What's the runtime on this sucker?

    by AlwaysThere

    Any info yet?

  • April 14, 2008, 4:09 p.m. CST

    "the movie was better than all of the X-Men movies, and i would

    by alice 13

    the first Spider Man." = fail.

  • April 14, 2008, 4:16 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    The microwaves are not "selective". The emitter was (theoretically) aimed at the water mains. Whether or not the people who may have been standing underneath the train/above the mains were burned is...well...something we'll never know...<P>As for Ras stopping by Wayne Manor to tell Wayne his plan before killing him:<P>Welcome to Super Villain Mistakes 101!!!

  • April 14, 2008, 4:20 p.m. CST

    BB Toxin

    by Antz

    I loved the film, but the toxin delivery method was pretty stupid. Why not just use a conventional delivery system, much easier and less likely to be stopped.

  • April 14, 2008, 4:29 p.m. CST


    by toadkillerdog

    There is real life, then there are super hero movies. Real life, no villain would tell a hero, what his plan was unless, he made damn sure that two bullet, that he fired himself, was put into said hero's brain. Even then, it would be stupid to tell, maybe the guy was wired, or had a tape recorder or wh knows what. Never tell! So, if you are looking for real life - forget it. However, that does not mean it must be moronic like, destroying a continent and replacing it with a kryptonite laced ugly rock (yep I'm flogging SR) and having the hero who is allergic and has sneezing fits to kryptonite be somehow able to lift an entire continent out of the water - a continent that is laced with the stuff that give the hero such a sneezing fit, now THAT you can question! The microwave - stupid as it was, was genius compared to that!

  • April 14, 2008, 4:54 p.m. CST

    We'll it did beat Ra's other plan for starting a depression.

    by cookylamoo

    and thinking that was going to get people to leave town. Obviously, Ra's has never been to Buffalo or Cleveland. And even so, city of evil people. Destroy City. Evil people move somewhere else.

  • April 14, 2008, 5:13 p.m. CST


    by Rocklover79

    half of those reviews were unreadable.

  • April 14, 2008, 5:41 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Because there are 5 billion people in the world who can't wait to see this, and they will pay an average of $5 per ticket. Then double that because everyone will want their own copy of the DVD at an average of $10 per DVD. I know DVD prices are higher but families tend to share them.

  • April 14, 2008, 5:55 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    So NOW you decide to stop the Capslock?

  • April 14, 2008, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Better than X-Men?

    by Logan_1973

    Better than X1? Good chance. Better than X3? Very good chance. Better than X2? Well, that's a steep mountain to climb. Bring it!

  • April 14, 2008, 7:26 p.m. CST

    TomBodet is a smart man

    by Logan_1973

    I loved TF, dig Mike Bay, and thought Pirates 3 was outstanding. You're not alone in avoiding the BS, bro.

  • April 14, 2008, 8:13 p.m. CST

    If you use this call me the pregnant man???? WTF???

    by BetaRayBill07

    Um Oprah is calling, looking for you tard.

  • April 14, 2008, 9:03 p.m. CST

    OH NO I smell a Harry -Review on the Horizon!!...

    by GenreBoy

    Because if everyone seems to be lovin it. Why wouldnt harry? Ok, so that means i gotta put myself in the right frame of mind when that review pops up. 1. Expect harry to say "Dipped in chocolate an covered in pussy juice" at the begining 2. He'll start with his origin story about how me was introduced and wanted to be iron-man 24/7/365. 3. Comic book reference 4. Random film connection to metropolis, robocop, terminator or any other man & machine story. 5.Blurb about cumming in his pants when ironman says "I AM IRON MAN". 6. Intimate story about how he met Jon. Favs and wanted to have his children. Finally 7. Close it up with a recommendation, and plead for Hulk to be as good, Nay. To be "dipped in hot chocolate and covered in pussy juice. On 2nd thought, Harry I wrote your review!!!!! hehe

  • April 14, 2008, 9:45 p.m. CST


    by Antz

    I basically agree with you, I liked SR up until the 2nd half. They showed how much effort it took for him to catch a plane brilliantly, yet lifting a country-sized island of kryptonite seemed to take little more effort. Big spectacle or large evil plots do not necessarily require stupid planning or execution to be effective cinematicaly though. Trying to fire microwave radiation through steel railway structures and pipes simply would not work, as anyone who has left a teaspoon in a microwave oven can tell you.

  • April 14, 2008, 10:28 p.m. CST

    IronBitch! iron man Trailer to be adapted to full lentgh feature

    by AshesOfDonnie

  • April 14, 2008, 11:59 p.m. CST


    by slkboxrman

    i have to laugh every time i see some random retard give a long ass review and in the middle say "i was gettin bored" and "the best parts are all in the trailer" ....i think they do it just to say it, because theyre pretentious nerds with no lives beyond reading comic books, playin video games , and watching internet porn.....but maybe im getting carried away...

  • April 15, 2008, 1:58 a.m. CST

    Summer Box Office Equation

    by Samuel Vimes

    Shiny Robots plus Loud Explosions plus Classic Ozzy = $$$s at the multiplex. Being a MARVEL property, having an A-list cast, and the best non-Lucas sfx that money can buy couldn't hurt much either... and from the clips so far, IRON MAN looks like it'll get the Summer '08 crowd to willingly part with their entertainment dollars. <br> <br> All that's left to do is to see the damn thing and find out if the film is actually WORTH it...

  • April 15, 2008, 2:12 a.m. CST

    it'd help to know the age of these "reviewers"

    by cloudrider`

    and to know where they stand on superhero movies. there's a better review around that says this is nowhere near in teh same league as begins and x-men 2. ironman is fun but brainless, which should be expected from favreau. sometimes aicn confused me- they could diss one mediocre director but sucks the nuts of another.

  • April 15, 2008, 2:30 a.m. CST

    that's why i hate geeks reviews

    by cloudrider`

    read them again. do any of these guys sound like they understand anything about cool movies??? a 5 years old can write the exact same thing. you geeks whine and whine about wanting a solid story in your action films, but everytime something mediocre comes out you go gaga becuase 'look! it has cool gadgets and it flies and stuff!' gimme a break.

  • April 15, 2008, 3 a.m. CST

    Why did they take out Fury?!?!?

    by Steve Rogers


  • April 15, 2008, 4:21 a.m. CST


    by Boromir187

    ...this isn't the first time actors have played different roles in the Marvel films. Donal Logue played "Quinn" in Blade and then showed up as Nic Cage's buddy in Ghost Rider. Rebecca Romijn-Stamos is "Mystique" in the X-Men trilogy, but is also "Joan" in The Punisher. Matt Schulze played some random lackey in Blade and then got a larger supporting role as "Chupa" in Blade II. Ben Foster played "Dave" in The Punisher and then "Angel" in X-Men 3. And then there's the whole Bruce Campbell thing with the X-Men films. So Jon Favreau being "Foggy Nelson" in Daredevil and now "Happy Hogan" in Iron Man really doesn't screw up much of anything. Besides, with Marvel now running their own film franchises, Iron Man is really ground-zero for the new continuity. From here on out is when they'll be watching for that stuff, since they finally control most of the properties themselves instead of some studio like before.

  • April 15, 2008, 4:24 a.m. CST

    The Iron Man/Incredible Hulk crossover scene...

    by Boromir187 supposed to show up in "The Incredible Hulk", not this film people! It's Tony Stark cameoing in that film, not the other way around, so stop looking for Thunderbolt Ross in Iron Man 'cause he's not gonna be there.

  • April 15, 2008, 4:32 a.m. CST


    by Stalkeye

    You menat Bruce Cambell in the Spiderman films right?

  • April 15, 2008, 4:35 a.m. CST

    No Nick Fury? WTF

    by Stalkeye

    I think a crossover within the two upcoming Marvel films would have been a great marketing cross promotion tool. It certainly has never been done before in the DC/WB movies, we're still waiting for that Batman Superman team up.

  • April 15, 2008, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Remember, when the villain captures the hero....

    by Smerdyakov

    he is obliged by the Super-Villain code to reveal either a.) his origin or b.) his secret plan.

  • April 15, 2008, 9:51 a.m. CST

    I stand corrected. I apologize

    by messi

    not for going crazy on his comment about batman begins but by misreading the most anticipated movie sentence. was tired. that is all.

  • April 15, 2008, 11:48 a.m. CST

    No matter how awesome he is, he'd last

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    two seconds against Magneto, hence no X-Men movie cameos.

  • April 15, 2008, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Cloudrider, I agree 100%

    by SpencerTrilby

    Easily impressed fanboys seem to sing a slightly different gospel than more credible reviewers. Strange, isn't it?

  • April 15, 2008, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Thank you, brothers.

    by thebearovingian

  • April 16, 2008, 8:49 a.m. CST

    by ominus

    now that someone mentioned it in this talkback: i agree,ang lee's hulk is one of the greatest comic movies. but when the majority of the younger american geeks consider spidy2 (a mediocre film,or rather an unballanced film) the best comic translation in the big screen,well its no wonder that they <didnt get> ang lee's vision. anyway,elias from greece over and out.

  • April 24, 2008, 10:16 a.m. CST

    I'm not as excited as everyone else...

    by max314

    Never have been. Ever since I saw the first teaser for the film, it all just seemed very "been there, done that" to me. Yeah, I'm sure it'll be fun. But I don't think it will be anywhere near the level of a classic superhero flick.

  • May 1, 2008, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Nick Fury IS in Iron Man!

    by officejedi

    Just saw the 8pm Thursday premiere of Iron Man and at the end of the film, after all the credits, there is a easter egg ...Stark goes back to his home and guess who is in his living room waiting for him ...NICK FURY played by Samuel L. Jackson. Stark asks him "what are you doing here" and Fury states "I'm here to talk to you about the Avengers initiative". Just thought I would confirm that Fury IS in the film after all.