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Robert Downey Jr. recommended screenwriter Justin Theroux, who did Downey's Tropic Thunder (2008), to Jon Favreau to write the film's script.
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When Tony Stark asks Natalie Rushman if she actually speaks Latin, she responds with the phrase "Fallaces sunt rerum species," a quote from Lucio Anneo Seneca meaning "The appearances of things are deceptive."
A lot of Whiplash's identifying features were suggested by Mickey Rourke himself. He wanted to perform half of his role in Russian, and consulted on the character's tattoos and gold teeth as well as having a pet cockatoo. In fact, Rourke paid for the bird and the gold teeth out of his own pocket.
Although Mickey Rourke spent several months on treadmill and weight training, he initially was still unable to move around and use the whip prop in the Whiplash outfit test due to its sheer weight. To get around this problem, Rourke would wear heavy vests in subsequent physical training sessions to accustom his body in moving while wearing heavy armor.
Not being tech literate, Mickey Rourke found the most challenging part about playing Whiplash was pretending to know his way around a computer.
Scarlett Johansson dyed her hair red before she even got the part of Black Widow because she wanted the role so badly.
Samuel L. Jackson was promised that Nick Fury would be given more screen time by director Jon Favreau. Jackson almost didn't return to play Fury, due to problems with contract negotiations, but secured a landmark nine-picture deal to play Nick Fury not only in this film but in many other Marvel Studio productions.
To prepare for her role, Scarlett Johansson trained six weeks before the movie started principal photography and the entire six months of shooting the movie.
Robert Downey Jr. gained 20 pounds of muscle to reprise his role of Tony Stark.
Jon Favreau had a lot of friction with the Marvel higher-ups due to their constant intervention, to the point that they were having him rewrite the script as the film was still shooting. In particular, elements such as the increased prominence of the SHIELD subplot were the result of a need to establish the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe in preparation for The Avengers (2012), at the expense of the coherence of the film's own plot. These disputes got so bad that Favreau turned down directing Iron Man 3 (2013).
When first talking with Senator Stern Tony Stark says he would gladly accept the position of Secretary of Defense. In the comics, Tony Stark actually was appointed the Secretary of Defense.
Tony Stark's race car at Monaco was supposed to be Iron Man red, but Robert Downey Jr. insisted on driving the blue and white car.
Numerous news clippings shown in the film show Tony Stark and Ivan Vanko when they were younger men. Most of these are actual photos of Robert Downey Jr. and Mickey Rourke, both of whom came to fame in the 1980s.
According to Jon Favreau, the Asian man who hands Vanko false papers in order to get to Monaco is a member of the Ten Rings, the terrorist organization Stark encountered in the first film. This organization is reportedly headed by Iron Man's nemesis, the Mandarin.
Scarlett Johansson had an initial freak-out moment when she first saw her character's cat-suit, wondering how she was going to be able to move in such a tight costume.
The dance Sam Rockwell does before presenting the drones at the Expo is improvised and something he does to help him get into character. It may also be a nod to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who is known for his energetic stage presence.
Mickey Rourke almost dropped out of the film when Marvel's initial pay offer to him was just $250,000.
Don Cheadle replaced Terrence Howard as Rhodey, due to a falling out between Howard and Marvel Studios. The two actors worked with each other in Crash (2004).
Ivan Vanko originally had a tattoo of Loki on his neck. The film's producers feared it would cause confused fans to believe that Vanko would have a connection to this other villain from the same Marvel Cinematic Universe, so the tattoo was removed in post-production using CGI.
According to Mickey Rourke, he carried out a lot of research in Russia choosing what tattoos Ivan Vanko should carry on his body. He wanted authentic Russian tattoos, which would represent Vanko's Russian heritage, prison societies, and special clubs he might be in.
According to Jon Favreau, the technology in this film was portrayed as more futuristic: "After the first film (Iron Man (2008)), a number of tech companies talked about how uncanny a lot of our depictions of technology had turned out to be, and how many different films and videogames ended up being inspired by the imagery we used. This forced us to go a bit further into the future and try and change the nature of this technology; if we'd just duplicated what happened in the first one we would be behind the curve. So now we're dealing with holograms, the interface within the suit and the suit being upgraded too."
Writer Shane Black recommended that Tony Stark's characterization be inspired by J. Robert Oppenheimer, the scientist who led the team that developed the atomic bomb. After witnessing his creation's destructive potential, Oppenheimer defamed himself as "the Destroyer of Worlds" and sank into depression.
To prepare for his role as Ivan Vanko/Whiplash, Mickey Rourke paid a visit to Butyrka Prison, Moscow: "I tried to incorporate the whole Russian philosophy. It's a culture of its own and I really enjoyed doing the research and meeting the people and they were very gracious there at the prison." Rourke also commented that Vanko's dialogue is in a Slovakian accent.
When Marvel first hired Samuel L. Jackson to play as Nick Fury in Iron Man 1 and 2, they wanted to keep it very secret. They actually drove Samuel's car onto the middle of the set and they surrounded it with dressing trailers so that no one could see Samuel get out of the car and get into character until the first Iron Man (2008) was released in theaters.
Near the end of Tony Stark's fight with Rhodes, he says "You wanna be a war machine? Then take your shot!" This is a homage to War Machine, Rhodes's superhero alias in the comics.
In the comics, Tony Stark possesses a suitcase containing a portable suit of armour. This famous "suitcase armour" has been revised for the film: the suitcase converts into a series of plates that slide over a wire framework.
Hammer says, "If it were any smarter, it'd write a book, a book that would make 'Ulysses' look like it was written in crayon." The writer James Joyce's eyesight was failing so badly during the writing of 'Ulysses' that he had to write in large letters with a crayon on huge sheets of paper in order to see what he was writing.
Though Black Widow is a Russian she is given an American accent for the films, as the character is a flawless linguist.
Director Jon Favreau stated that the role of Senator Stern was a nod to Howard Stern, as was the casting of Garry Shandling, of whom Stern is a big fan, for the part.
Two identical Rolls-Royce Phantoms built especially for the film were destroyed during filming.
Black Widow's alias of "Natalie Rushman" is inspired by "Nancy Rushman", a S.H.I.E.L.D. cover identity she has used in the comics.
Mickey Rourke complained that many scenes that made Ivan Vanko more sympathetic were cut out of the film.
The year in which Anton Vanko is said to have defected to the US, 1963, is actually the year in which Vanko first appeared in the comics (as the Crimson Dynamo) and defected.
While filming the fight scene in Monaco, Mickey Rourke couldn't get the hang of the whips so they played Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" loudly for him to get the rhythm.
Hammer's factory is really Elon Musk's SpaceX facility. The people walking in the background are actual employees even though filming there took place at night.
Tony Stark refers to the suitcase armor as "the football," a reference to the briefcase with nuclear launch codes that accompanies U.S. President.
A tattoo on Vanko's torso shows a Russian schooner, bordered with Russian script reading: "Give me a blonde, a bottle and a boat and I'll sail away..." This particular tattoo is Mickey Rourke's favorite.
According to Don Cheadle, he tried to make the role of Stark's right-hand man Rhodes his own, but eventually stole as much as possible from Terrence Howard's performance in the first film to bring him to life.
Terrence Howard was replaced in the part of Rhodes for no perceived reason. The actor claimed that his contract wasn't honored. Entertainment Weekly stated that Jon Favreau did not enjoy working with him, often re-shooting or cutting his scenes. There was also speculation that Marvel had gone to Howard, asking him to accept a pay-cut for appearing in the sequel. As Howard had been the first actor cast for Iron Man (2008), he was paid the most.
When Agent Fury first shows up, the numbers 91:5 are written in the dust on the sidewalk. Psalm 91:5 reads: Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day.
Kenneth Branagh directed the post-credits scene that sets up Thor (2011).
The character of Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) is a combination of Iron Man's enemy the Crimson Dynamo (Dr Vanko, who wears weaponry/armour that can control electricity) and the supervillain Whiplash (who possesses a specially-designed razor/acid whip). In addition, the character is portrayed as the son of Anton Vanko, who was the original Crimson Dynamo in the comics, and assumes the identity of B. Turgenev (Boris Turgenev, in the comics the second Crimson Dynamo).
Inspired by their use on The Dark Knight (2008), director Jon Favreau considered the possibility of shooting some scenes using IMAX cameras, but eventually decided against it as he figured that the film's visual effects would not look convincing at such high resolution.
The layout and many of the buildings of "Stark Expo 1974" were based on the 1964-65 New York Worlds Fair. In the Expo promo film outtakes shown in the movie, young Tony Stark picks up the Bell System Pavilion.
In an interview with MTV.com, Don Cheadle revealed that before Iron Man (2008) was released, he thought the hero was a robot.
Don Cheadle only had hours to accept the role of Rhodes. Although a comic book fan, Cheadle had never made one before, due to the lack of black superheroes in the comic book universe.
Sam Rockwell, who was one of the original choices for the role of Tony Stark/Iron Man in Iron Man (2008), plays Stark's antagonist Justin Hammer in the film.
Tony making Pepper the CEO of Stark Industries is taken from The Invincible Iron Man comic, though in different circumstances.
Jessica Biel, Gemma Arterton, Natalie Portman, Jessica Alba and Angelina Jolie were considered for the role of the Black Widow. Alba had played Susan Storm in the "Fantastic Four" series, and Portman played Jane Foster in Thor (2011).
In the comics, Justin Hammer was a shrewd but elderly businessman. He was re-worked as a younger character in the film to make him a contemporary rival to Tony Stark. The original purpose of the character in the comics was to explain why the various enemies Iron Man fought somehow gained unique and extremely advanced weapons, but usually kept them for themselves to commit violent crimes instead making money by bringing them to market. Iron Man eventually discovers the reason is because Hammer gives the weapons to various criminals as part of their contracts to become his mercenaries with the agreement that they hand over a percentage of the loot from their crimes.
This is Scarlett Johansson's third foray into comic book films; her previous comic-book films were Ghost World (2001), and The Spirit (2008), in which her character worked for the Octopus (played by Samuel L. Jackson). In this film, Johansson is again working under Jackson (as Nick Fury). Johansson had earlier expressed interest in playing the Marvel supervillain Moonstone.
Justin Hammers' company logo resembles an exterior picture of Thor's home world, specifically the great hall. This and the company name could be a foreshadowing of Thor's involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Tanner Foust took the role of driving Stark's racing car.
When Hammer pitches his weapons arsenal to Rhodey he calls the Minigun "Puff the Magic Dragon." Aside from the movie and song references, during the Vietnam War the Douglas AC-47 "Spooky" attack plane was armed with similar Miniguns and was nicknamed "Puff the Magic Dragon."
Sam Rockwell accepted the role of Hammer without even reading the script as he had enjoyed filming Made (2001) with Jon Favreau while screenwriter Justin Theroux is a long-term friend of Rockwell's.
Emily Blunt was set to star as Black Widow but had to pull out due to scheduling conflicts with her movie Gulliver's Travels (2010).
In total, 11 different visual effects studios worked on the film.
Mickey Rourke's Oscar-nominated performance in The Wrestler (2008) was the main reason why the producers wanted him to play Vanko.
The 35mm prints were shipped to US theaters with the code name "Glow." There were 3 separate cans shipped. Can #3 held reels 1 & 8 and was locked. The combination to the lock was not sent until a few hours before the midnight premieres.
Al Pacino was considered for the role of Justin Hammer.
As Justin Hammer is introducing each group of Hammer Drones, the anthem of each respective branch of the military plays in the background: The U.S. Army's "The Army Goes Rolling Along (The Caisson Song)," the U.S. Navy's "Anchors Aweigh," the U.S. Air Force's "The U.S. Air Force (Into the Wild Blue Yonder)," and the U.S. Marine Corps's "Marines' Hymn."
Howard Stark's (John Slattery) presentation of his idea for a futuristic city is heavily influenced by Walt Disney's television revelation of his new EPCOT Center and the accompanying Florida Project. The 3D map of the city closely mimics that of EPCOT's, and the posters behind Stark are from World's Fairs in which Disney had a great influence, like Stark may also have been. In addition, one of the very few real-life 1964 World's Fair buildings included in the Stark Expo is a replica of the General Electric pavilion, which famously featured Disney's Carousel of Progress. Richard M. Sherman contributed the song "Make Way for Tomorrow Today" to the movie, a song similar to "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow," which Richard and his brother Robert B. Sherman composed for the Carousel of Progress, among many other classic Disney tunes.
Edward Norton was rumored to reprise his The Incredible Hulk (2008) role as Bruce Banner, in a cameo for this film, as a foreshadowing of The Avengers (2012).
Composer John Debney recorded the score in only four days.
When Tony is building the arc reactor, Coulson pulls out a circular piece of metal that has a partial star and red, white, and blue on it, like Captain America's shield.
The final confrontation takes place in the Oracle dome. The decor resembles a Japanese tea garden, including a Japanese gate (that gets destroyed). Oracle's CEO, Larry Ellison, has a well-known affinity for all things Japanese, especially landscaping and decor.
In the scene showing Vanko's collection of covers and articles about Tony Stark, there is one article about Iron Man stabilizing East and West relations that has the byline attributed to "Rob Down" - an obvious reference to Robert Downey Jr.. The text of the article is actually an obituary for Howard Stark, Tony's father.
The vintage automobiles seen in Stark's private collection, the 1953 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe by Ghia, once owned by Rita Hayworth (a present from Prince Aly Khan); a 1949 Mercury "lead sled" customized by Sam Barris (brother of George Barris, was provided by the Petersen Automotive Museum. The 1932 Ford flathead roadster there belonged to Jon Favreau.
One of the very few Marvel Cinematic Universe films that has a full opening credits sequence, which plays over footage of Ivan Vanko building an arc reactor.
During Stark's birthday party, partygoers begin throwing items into the air for a drunk Stark (suited up as Iron Man) to blast; one girl throws a watermelon, and Stark comments "Oh, you want the Gallagher." This is a reference to Gallagher, whose famous Sledge-O-Matic comedy routine splatters produce (usually juicy items, like melons and tomatoes) onto the front rows of the audience.
This film has cameos for two actors that will star in future movies based on Marvel Comic characters. Kate Mara plays a U.S. Marshall that serves Tony Stark with papers. She went on to star as Susan Storm in the 2015 reboot of the Fantastic Four. Also making a cameo is Olivia Munn, who plays the TV show presenter at the Stark Expo. Olivia is starring as Psylocke in X-Men Apocalypse.
Eliza Dushku actively campaigned for the role of Black Widow.
Renowned animator Genndy Tartakovsky was hired to storyboard the film's action sequences.
Five authentic vintage formula one race cars were used in the Monaco race. Among them is a 1976 Lotus type 77 owned by collector Chris Locke. In the starting list of drivers shown on the television, one of the drivers names is Locke while another is Chapman, after Colin Chapman, founder of Lotus and their F1 team manager until his death in 1982.
Curiously, every instance of the word "Russian" was made inaudible in the Chinese version. No explanation was given for why, although theories abound in the comments ranging from China thinking viewers would be distressed by a Russian villain, trying lend a courtesy to their longtime ally nation, or instead trying to distance themselves from Russia by obscuring all mention of it.
Pepper Potts' (Gwyneth Paltrow) line "The fundamentals of our company are strong" regarding the Stark Technology stock crash is a parody reference to Sen. John McCain's comment "The fundamentals of our economy are strong" made after the 2008 stock market crash which is widely believed to have contributed to McCain's loss of the 2008 United States Presidential Election.
Six Formula One cars were provided by the Historic Grand Prix Association.
The character Rumiko Fujikawa was initially going to appear in the film, with Marvel reportedly wanting Ziyi Zhang for the role. Her part was cut due to the film already having too much going on, but viral marketing showcasing her Stark-Fujikawa subsidiary was still used to promote the movie.
Jon Favreau's first sequel as a director and as an actor.
The photo Tony Stark views in his research, of Ivan being arrested, is an actual media photo of Micky Rourke being arrested on a drugs charge when he was younger.
The action sequence of the Historic Grand Prix of Monaco had to be shot at the parking lot of the Downey Studios in California as though initially allowed to film at the Grand Prix circuit, Bernie Ecclestone retracted permission. By the time permission was retracted, one Rolls-Royce Phantom was sent there where driving sequence on the circuit was filmed.
Chapter Three of Phase One in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Tim Robbins was considered to play Howard Stark, Tony's father. Robbins later appeared as a father character a year later in Green Lantern, another superhero film but based on a DC Comics character.
The names seen on the blueprints for the arc reactor that Tony removes from his father's box are the names of crew members associated with the Iron Man films - William J. Law III, Sharon Davis, and Walt Hadfield. They all worked in the art or construction departments.
Principal photography took place over 71 days.
According to the January 2012 Air And Space magazine, Tony Starks's character was also inspired by South African born SpaceX (and PayPal co-founder), Elon Musk. A statue of Iron Man, complete with company ID, "stands guard" at SpaceX along with a Battlestar Galactica (2004) Cylon.
Black Widow's false identity is named Natalie Rushman, bearing the same initials as her real name, Natasha Romanoff.
Stark's Grand Prix racer was partially based on a 1978 Walter Wolf Formula One car. Of the 19 built, two were running models powered by a 320 bhp, 350ci Chevrolet small-block engine.
The slate on the film of his father that Tony watches lists "Johnny Libatique" as the cameraman. Matthew Libatique is a cinematographer on the Iron Man films.
At the start of the Monaco racing scene. Ivan Vanko is wearing an orange jump suit with the name ' B Turgenov' which is in reference to Boris Turgenov the Crimson Dynamo. Boris' armour was designed by Anton Vanko. He was also the partner to Black Widow
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The Navy Hammer drones are marked "VX-23." VX-23 is a US Navy Aircraft Test Squadron out of Naval Air Station Patuxent River that conducts research, testing, and evaluation of fixed wing tactical aircraft and UAVs.
The big fight in Monaco is supposed to take place between turns 12 ("Tabac") and 13 ("Louis Chiron") of the Monaco Grand Prix circuit.
In Stark's mansion, Alberto Giacometti's bronze sculpture entitled "L'Homme qui marche I" can be seen. On February 3rd, 2010, the second edition of the cast of the sculpture became one of the most expensive works of art ever sold at auction to Brazilian philanthropist Lily Safra, who paid US$107.3 million for it.
In one scene Tony Stark refers to the government who wants his suit technology as the 'Freak Brothers.' This is a reference to a 1970s underground comic called 'The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers', a drug culture comic with three brothers named Phineas, Franklin and Fat Freddy.
Palladium is actually rated as a heavy metal with low toxicity-it couldn't poison the person using it as Tony does.
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The idea of being poisoned by the suit is a reference to the Mark XVI in the comic, where Tony had to abandon because it created health problem.
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When Tony gets out of the race car damaged by Whiplash, his arm is set on fire as he wears a blue track suit, making him resemble the Human Torch of the Fantastic Four, another Marvel comic book.
To keep various aspects of the production secret, the official fake working title from Marvel Studios was "Rasputin." Two more fake titles were also used during additional photography: "Murphy's Law" (named after John Francis Murphy, the recently-deceased father of Susan Murphy) and "The Adventures of Angus McDonald" (named after William Angus McDonald, the great-great-grandfather of Scott Trimble).
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The Dallas Record newspaper describing Anton Vanko's defection is dated Wednesday October 16, 1968.
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The US Marshal who serves Tony the subpoena is played by Kate Mara. Tony asks the Marshal where she's from and she replies "Bedford", which is where Mara herself is from.
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Features two actresses who have appeared in non MCU Marvel movies: Kate Mara (appeared in Fantastic Four (2015)) and Olivia Munn (appeared in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)).
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It is ironic that Scarlett Johansson was cast as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow. In the film and in the Marvel comic books, Natasha Romanoff has red hair and scarlet is the colour red.
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Emily Blunt whom was the original choice for Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow would later star Chris Hemworth whom would join the cinematic Marvel comic book universe as Thor in the 2016 film "The Huntsman: Winter's War", which was released the same year as "Captain America: Civil War". Thor did not appear in that film.
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During the scene where Agent Coulson visits the lab with the under construction accelerator, part of the coils are sitting on a generator marked "Lincoln Electric". Coulson later works with a character on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013) with electric powers named Lincoln.
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The film was panned by critics due to the film's lack of action and Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell's performances.
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Kate Mara later succeeded Jessica Alba as Susan Storm in the 2015 reboot of the 2005 film "Fantastic Four".
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DJ AM: The DJ at Tony's birthday party is DJ-AM who died after principal photography had wrapped, making this his last film project. During the end credits, the film is dedicated to him.
Larry Ellison: The CEO of Oracle Corporation (a billionaire playboy, who has often been compared to Tony Stark) is glimpsed briefly at the Stark Expo. As he walks past, Stark says, "It's the Oracle of Oracle." Oracle's brand is prominently placed at several points in the film, including the climactic showdown at a fictional "Oracle Biodome."
Stan Lee: The man wearing suspenders who Stark identifies as Larry King.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Scenes in the film explicitly foreshadow The Avengers (2012):
  • When Tony goes through his father's case an old Captain America comic book can be seen inside; later he uses Captain America's shield (a prototype) to build a reactor

  • when Tony is watching the old reels of his father and going through his notebooks, one of the sketches is of a tesseract, drawn in the form of a so-called "Schlegel diagram." The Tesseract is a very important item in both Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and The Avengers (2012)

  • a news report of The Incredible Hulk (2008)'s campus battle is seen near the end of the film

  • Stark and Fury discuss Stark's membership throughout the film

  • and Agent Coulson finds Thor's hammer in a crater in the post-credits scene.

In Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Garry Shandling reprises the role of Senator Stern. In Winter Soldier, it is revealed that Stern is a sleeper agent of Hydra, which explains why the character was trying so hard to take Tony Stark's Iron Man suits and technology in Iron Man 2 (2010).
When Hammer starts berating Ivan for failing to complete the drones, Vanko replies in Russian to Hammer's frustration. Vanko's comment roughly translates to "you talk too much."
The film's basic storyline (Stark must cope with the government confiscating his armor and a mid-life crisis of depression and alcoholism, with his manipulative rival Justin Hammer scheming to ruin him) is inspired by the Iron Man comic 'Demon in a Bottle'.
In the original ending, Whiplash is revealed to have survived the explosion and attacks Tony and Pepper before being killed by Rhodey. The ending was changed to a more ambiguous situation in case Marvel wanted to bring back Whiplash for future movies.
The map locations on the monitors in the Shield headquarters at the end of the film correspond to characters and event from the Marvel Comic books. The location in Africa is a reference to Black Panther. Other locations refer to Thor, Captain America, Hulk, and others.
Tony Stark creates a new arc reactor with an item that resembles Captain America's shield. This shield was earlier seen lying on a desk at Stark's office in Iron Man (2008). This is an easter egg to reference Captain America who was a founding member of The Avengers along with Iron Man in the films (although Captain America didn't appear in the Avengers comics until issue three, when they found him frozen). In the movie, Nick Fury refers to something called "The Avenger Initiative." Contrary to popular theory, it is not actually the shield of Captain America.
The medals presented to Rhodes and Stark at the end of the film are actual military medals: Rhodes is awarded a Meritorious Service Medal, and Stark is awarded the Army's Distinguished Service Medal.
Seth Green: while Tony is leaving the Expo and meets Larry King and Larry Ellison. Seth Green made several spoofs of Iron Man (including "Little Iron Man") in Robot Chicken (2005). Green later made another cameo in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the voice of Howard the Duck during the post-credits scene in Guardians of the Galaxy.
The rooftop where Tony and Pepper kiss at the end of the movie is located on an apartment building overlooking Flushing Meadows where Jon Favreau lived as a child.
In the comics, Tony Stark would drive on a racetrack and suffer a car crash, from which Happy Hogan rescued him. This event has been replicated in the film, with the minor change being that Whiplash's attack causes the crash, and Hogan saves Stark by getting to him his suitcase armor.
When brainstorming the location for scene when Nick Fury meets a hungover Tony Stark eating donuts, Jon Favreau wanted something that was distinctly Los Angeles as Stark is the first onscreen Marvel superhero on the west coast. Favreau was figuring out where a character like Stark would visit after being hungover from partying all night and figured Randy's Donuts, the 24 hour L.A. donut shop with the giant landmark donut on top was perfect. Favreau was relieved that Stark wasn't going to be on a giant sign belonging to a national chain restaurant. When meeting with the shop owner, who liked the idea, the owner initially suggested Stark fly through the donut.
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The new element Stark creates comes from the Zeeman effect (a magnetic field) and the Stark effect (static electric fields).
The film's plot has a resemblance to a storyline in the comics called Armor Wars II, which was published in 1990. In the comic, a man named Kearson DeWitt accused Tony Stark of stealing his father's designs and uses technology given to him by Desmond and Phoebe Marrs, owners of the Marrs Corporation, to infect Tony with a techno-organic virus and eventually battles Stark in a large armored suit. James Rhodes also helps Stark in the final battle. In the film, DeWitt is replaces by Ivan Vanko and the Marrs siblings are replaced with Justin Hammer. The comic story also utilized remote-controlled empty armored suits, which appear in Iron Man 3 (2013).
The post credit scene shows Mjolnir, a hammer in the open land of New Mexico. Teasing the next film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor (2011).
The only solo Iron Man film (as opposed to superhero team up films) that doesn't end (post-credit scenes excluded) with Tony Stark saying "I am Iron Man."
Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow has red hair and is played Scarlett Johansson. Scarlet is the colour red.
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