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Next Time, Baby

Thankfully, I did get the chance to watch Iron Man. The recent typhoon which hit us, my work shortly thereafter, and my many other activities just delayed this entry. Anyway, here goes:
First, it might be too early to say this but I think Iron Man will be the best movie of 2008 - at least for me, that is. Iron Man is really an awesome film. I got to read a handful of positive reviews about it before i even saw it so I was really filled with great expectations. Watching the movie didn’t just meet those expectations - it even surpassed them! I didn’t find any reason to be disappointed at all.

I really liked the way Robert Downey Jr portrayed Tony Stark. He had the right looks and the right attitude to make the character as human as possible. Downey did great in portraying Stark’s intelligent, funny, and arrogant sides very naturally. He really makes a perfect fit to the character as known by long-time comic book fans (let’s face it, although I have always been a Spider-Man fan, Tobey Maguire’s portrayal of Peter Parker was simply too dorky compared to the angst-ridden, sarcastic character we read in the books).

The Iron Man suit looked really cool, too. I loved the way the suit evolved from mark 1 to Mark 2 to Mark 3. Audiences like me aren’t simply excited to see the red suit in action but also to understand how Iron Man really came to be. The development didn’t appear to happen in a rushed way and that makes it all better. Aside from that, I also liked the fact that while every version of the armor was powerful, each one also had its imperfections. I think that factor makes it a lot more realistic than having something that’s entirely indestructible.

The Captain America shield that appeared near the scene when Stark told Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) that “This isn’t the worst thing you caught me doing” was an obvious preview to a future Cap film. However, what excited me more was when James Rhodes (Terence Howard) watched Iron Man fly into action and then, before leaving, stared at the silver Mark 2 armor and remarked “Next time, baby.” For non-comic book readers, Rhodes is actually War Machine’s real name. That’s really something to look forward to. An Iron Man and War Machine team-up would surely double the impact of the sequel. It makes me wonder about who the villain/s will be.

Samuel L. Jackson’s post-credit appearance as Ultimate Nick Fury, agent of S.H.I.E.L.D, was an additional delight, too. He was there to talk with Stark about the Avenger Initiative. Now, this is another dream come true for every Marvel reader - an actual Avengers movie, not just an animated one. As I scanned the web about this, I found out that Marvel’s planning to release this around 2011.

When that movie finally hits the theaters, I’ll surely watch that one, too - storms, work schedules, and other activities aside.

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