Watching this week’s Honest Trailers by the Screen Junkies reminded me how AWESOME the original Iron Man is. Consider that of all the Marvel Universe heroes, little to no fans listed Iron Man as their favorite before 2008’s Robert Downey Jr. vehicle. But that movie kicked so much ass, that it basically started the entire MCU, and turned Marvel from a company struggling to put out adequate superhero movies in the late ’90s to early 2000s, to THE dominant force in blockbuster cinema.
Watch the Honest Trailer below.
As narrator Jon Bailey points out, it gave Marvel the “formula for printing money” and shows in a unique triple screen how eerily similar their movies and characters are. Formula = half forgotten B-list superhero + unknown or half forgotten B-list actor + generic love interest + generic one-movie villain + witty dialogue, explosions, science, and Stan Lee, and BOOM!
The big gag of this Honest Trailer is something that no one needed pointed out, but is still hilarious and coincidental at the same time: the real life parallels between star Downey Jr. and character Tony Stark. The addictions, the women, the career resurgence, the fortune… c’mon, the stuff writes itself. The other continuing joke is that literally everything Tony builds is turned on him and his compadres in The Avengers, like the missiles, the Iron Monger suit, and of course, Ultron.
Without Iron Man‘s success, the MCU would not exist and then… oh god Hollywood might be forced to make… original movies!!! Starring… cue the jokes about Terrence Howard screwing himself out of a huge paycheck and future blockbuster roles (Don Cheadle thanks you). For the alternate title, the very appropriate “Marvel Man.”
Screen Junkies has over 4 million subscribers on YouTube and releases a new Honest Trailer every Tuesday. They have also have Honest Trailers for Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3 (weirdly done before this one).