Kevin Feige, President of Production at Marvel Studios discussed the family appeal of Iron Man with About.com. They have added a new character to the storyline: a ten year-old kid named Harley (played by Ty Simpkins).
“Here he is in the middle of Tennessee with his hat pulled low, and he’s trying to do this investigation. And there’s this very sweet and funny relationship that he begins with this little boy.”
It sounds like they are trying to be more inclusive with the franchise. Most younger kids I know already liked Iron Man anyway but I suppose inserting a kid into the story helps them connect better.
Apparently they auditioned a bunch of kids and when they made their decision, actor Robert Downey Jr. broke the news himself. Feige said:
“…when he came out of school, his cell phone rang and it was Robert Downey, »
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