Although I disagree with those who feel “Iron Man” is the best Marvel hero movie to date (for my cash, that’s still “Spider-Man 2”), it’s still very solid.
Robert Downey makes the movie as Tony Stark, and Director Jon Favreau does a good job keeping his film’s visuals and action taut despite the whole running a tad long. Co-stars Gwyneth Paltrow (as Pepper Potts) and Terrence Howard (as Rhodey) clock in good supporting performances, but Jeff Bridges shines even better as Stark Industries’ shadowy partner Obadiah Stane.
(I also enjoyed the idea of Stark’s A.I. assistant being named “Jarvis,” after the Avengers’ longtime butler).
Stick around after the credits for a 30-second scene at Stark’s oceanside home sure to make fanboys squeal.