'Iron Man:' Your Official Information On The Upcoming Live-Action Movie...
What We Know...
The director is Jon Favreau. Favreau directed such movies as:
'John Carter of Mars' (2006) (pre-production)...
'Zathura: A Space Adventure' (2005)...
For a complete look at Jon Favreau, please see Jon Favreau (IMDB)
The Release Date:
As the teaser poster (above) states, the movie will "launch" on May 2nd, 2008.
On July 22nd 2006, Jon Favreau announced that the villain in 'Iron Man' will be "Mandarin."
Who Is "Mandarin?"
The Mandarin's father was one of the wealthiest men in pre-revolutionary mainland China (who claimed to be a direct descendant of Genghis Khan),
and his mother was an English noblewoman. Both died soon after their son's birth, and he was raised by his father's sister, who was embittered
against the world and raised him with much the same attitude. He displayed scientific aptitude at an early age and used his inheritance for education
in various sciences in China and abroad. As an adult he became a high government official, or mandarin, and became renowned throughout China for his
However, with the success of mainland China's Communist revolution, the Mandarin was deprived of his position, his palace and his wealth. Hoping to
find a means of restoring himself to a position of power, the Mandarin explored the forbidden "Valley of Spirits," where no one had dared set foot
for centuries. There he found the skeleton and starship of Axonn-Karr, an intelligent dragon-like alien from the planet Maklu-4, who had come to Earth
centuries ago and died. Over the following years, the Mandarin studied Makluan science until he had mastered it. He also learned how to use the ten
rings he found within the starship which were apparently its propulsion source, among other things. The Mandarin then subjugated the villages around
the Valley, and, through his super-science, rapidly became a power that not even the Chinese Army could successfully challenge. He then embarked on a
long series of attempts to achieve world domination.
For a complete look at "Mandarin," please see Mandarin (wiki)
Information On "Iron Man" From the Comics...
Tony Stark enters the undergraduate engineering program at MIT while only 15 years old and graduates at the top of his class. When he was 21, he
inherits his father's company, Stark Industries, after his parents are killed in a car accident. One of the first things Stark does is to buy out the
company that made the faulty brakes on his parent's car and correct the mechanical problem.
While on a visit to Vietnam to see how his new mini-transistors could assist the American war effort, Stark is caught in a booby trap. Captured by a
Vietnamese warlord named Wong Chu, and dying from a piece of shrapnel lodged in his heart from the booby trap, Stark is pressed into building weapons
for Wong Chu, along with a fellow prisoner, the famed physicist Yin Sen (later called Ho Yinsen). However, Stark and Yin Sen use the workshop to
secretly design and construct a suit of powered armor — an iron exoskeleton that gives Stark tremendous strength as well as other abilities — that
will not only keep Stark's heart beating, but also allow him to escape. Yin Sen sacrifices himself to buy Stark time to charge the bulky suit of
armor, and as Iron Man, Stark makes short work of Wong Chu and his men. On the way back, Iron Man encounters a wounded American Air Force helicopter
pilot, Jim Rhodes. Introducing himself as Stark's bodyguard, Iron Man and Rhodes manage to defend themselves against the pursuing North Vietnamese
before making it back to American lines. On his return to the US, Stark continues to improve the armor, establishing a dual identity as the adventurer
and superhero Iron Man. He also greatly expands his father's company, Stark Industries, eventually renaming it Stark International.
For a complete look at "Iron Man," please see Iron Man (wiki)
What Will "Iron Man" Look Like?
A bit of the answer may lay in the teaser poster. We only have a bit of the answer because Favreau said that the armor in the poster was not the
film's final design.
Who Will Screen-write The Film?
As of now, there are two current screenwriting teams working on seperate drafts for the script. Arthur Marcum and Matthew Hollaway are one of these
teams and Mark Fergus and Hawk Otsby is the other.
When Will Filming Start?
Based on what Jon Favreau said, filming for 'Iron Man' will begin in February.
Who Will Play "Iron Man?"
Jon Favreau stated that he wants an actor with experience, but not well known to the general public. To quote his exact words, he wants an actor with
"a low profile."
What Characters From The Comic Will Be In The Film?
Both "Pepper Potts," who is Stark's secretary, and "Jim Rhodes," also known as "War Machine," have been confirmed to be in the film. No casting
has begun for them yet. It should also be understood that it is not known if the War Machine side of Rhodes will be introduced in this film.
Additionally, a love interest for the film is being considered.
Who Is "War Machine?"
James Rupert Rhodes first met billionaire industrialist Tony Stark while flying combat missions in Vietnam. Rhodes' helicopter had been shot down
by Viet Cong rocket fire, and while trying to get the aircraft airborne again, he encountered Stark, who had just escaped from the prison camp of the
Vietnamese warlord Wong Chu in a bulky prototype suit of powered armor. At that moment the Viet Cong attacked, and Stark, in his suit, helped to drive
them off. Together, Rhodes and Stark made their way to a nearby enemy base where they stole another helicopter, flying it back to the American
After the end of the Vietnam War, Stark, who had secretly become the superhero named Iron Man, offered Rhodes a job as his personal pilot, and Rhodes
soon became one of Stark's closest associates and confidants as well as Stark Industries' chief aviation officer. As a result, he had numerous
adventures with his employer where his daring and skills were valuable assets.
For more information on James Rupert Rhodes and his transformation into "War Machine," please see War
What Types Of Suits Will Be In The Film?
Thus far, the gray suit will be the first suit Stark creates and soon dons, staying true to the character's first appearance. Then he will slowly
work his way to a more "modernized" appearance. In between the creation of the different armors, we may see more variations.
Will There Be Much Flying In The Film?
Yes. There will be a lot of flying scenes in the film. Additionally, the repulsor rays will make their debut from the comics to film. It is being said
that the repulsor rays play a huge part in the script.
How Will Stark Be Injured (As In The Comics)?
Favreau mentioned was that Stark would most likely be injured while in Afghanistan.
Will The Alcoholism Be Introduced In The Film?
No. Favreau first desires to introduce the character properly. However, he hinted that it might be best explored in a possible sequel. Here are his
exact views on the subject:
The Purpose Of This Thread...
"The alcoholism doesn't come into play until later on in the story of Iron Man," he said. "[The comic] started off in the '60s, where it was
about him as a successful manufacturer who developed this suit. Then, later, it spins off into that story about him fighting against himself. I think
we're going to lay the groundwork for it, but the first one's going to explore him taking on this alter ego of Iron Man, and developing the suit,
and what happens politically within the Stark Corporation."
The purpose of this thread is to get as much of the official information on 'Iron Man' as possible and to put it all into this thread. As stated
before, there is only a very little amount of official information available. That is why speculation and rumors will be allowed on this
If you want to post a rumor (anything that is not official), please just state that it is such so that this thread does not get confusing
ENJOY THE NEWS!!!
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