The Avengers Primer: Iron Man

With The Avengers coming out this Friday, I thought I would give you a recap of the movies that led up to it.  Since I’m a nice guy and all.  Well that, and me and the wife are watching all of the movies before going to see The Avengers.  Now, these aren’t going to be full summaries and reviews, bur rather, passing along the main information that the movie presents.  Tonight, we start with Iron Man.  It is the most logical one to start with, since it did come first.  Tomorrow will be The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man 2.  Thursday will feature Thor and Captain America.

Tony Stark is your average billionaire, playboy, genius inventor.  After a weapons demonstration in Afghanistan, Tony Stark is captured by a group called The Ten Rings.  They show him an impressive collection of weapons made by Stark Industries, and ask him to make the new Jericho missile.  He instead builds the Mach I Iron Man suit, and is able to fight his way out.  He is spotted by the U.S. military and taken back to the States.  At his first press conference, he declares that they’re not going to make weapons anymore.  Agent Phil Coulson with the Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement Logistics Division tells Pepper Potts that they need to set up a meeting.  His business partner Obadiah Stone isn’t happy.  In his own workspace, Stark decides to build a modified Iron Man suit.  Meanwhile, members of The Ten Rings find pieces of the first suit.  At a charity event, Stark absent-mindedly sets up a debriefing with Agent Coulson.  Later on, someone informs him that The Ten Rings are still using his weapons.  Stark confronts Stone about it, and Stone tells him that he’s the one that locked Stark out of making decisions for the company.

With the suit complete, Stark takes matters into his own hands, and fights The Ten Rings as they are killing people in a village.  After dealing with them, Iron Man gets picked up on radar, and attacked by the Air Force.  As a last ditch effort, he calls James Rhodes that the object they’re chasing is him.  When Iron Man gets home, Pepper sees him trying to get out of the suit.  Stone meets with the leader of The Ten Rings, tells him that he should have killed Stark when he had the chance, and is shown Stark’s original suit.  Stone double crosses him, and has him killed.  Stone returns to start building a new suit.  Stark sends Pepper to the office to get information.  Stone catches her, but Agent Coulson arrives and walks out with her.  Stone’s scientists tell him they can’t power the suit, so he incapacitates Stark, and steals the arc reactor from his chest.  Rhodes finds Stark and helps him out.  Pepper and Coulson, along with other agents go to find Stone, but Stone attacks them first.  Stark suits up, flies to Stark Industries, and fights Stone.  Eventually, Iron Man is able to defeat Stone.  At a press conference the next day, Stark tells everyone that he is Iron Man, instead of the statement Agent Coulson told him to read.  Nick Fury, the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. is waiting for Tony Stark to return home to talk to him about the Avengers Initiative.

Stuff specifically related to The Avengers:

  • Tony Stark is Iron Man.
  • Agent Coulson is a member of S.H.I.E.L.D., and has been keeping an eye on everything that has happened with Stark since his return.  Coulson is also known to Pepper Potts, Stark’s assistant.
  • Nick Fury has approached Iron Man about a project called the Avengers Initiative.
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