Iron Man is, without a doubt, one of the most popular superheroes in the MCU ever. Over the years, he appeared in many movies and greatly impacted each. Tony’s charisma, intellect, and boldness always guaranteed great entertainment, and his character is a joy to watch. With that in mind, let’s remind ourselves of all Iron Man movies and appearances.
How many Iron Man movies are there?
There are three standalone ‘Iron Man’ movies. However, Tony Stark played a big part in the MCU and was also one of the key characters in six other movies in the franchise. Iron Man appeared in 9 movies and had one uncredited cameo. Overall, Tony Stark went down in history as one of the most popular Marvel superheroes ever appearing in live-action movies.
Iron Man movies in order – at a glance
We saw Tony Stark creating his Iron Man suit for the first time in 2008 when the movie ‘Iron Man’ was released. Robert Downey Jr. embodied the titular character well and was praised by the critics. The fans also loved him, and soon, everyone started to connect the actor with the Iron Man character.
Here is the list of all Iron Man movies:
- ‘Iron Man’ (2008)
- ‘Iron Man 2’ (2010)
- ‘Iron Man 3’ (2013)
He also appears in:
- ‘The Incredible Hulk’ (2008)
- ‘The Avengers’ (2012)
- ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ (2015)
- ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (2016)
- ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ (2017)
- ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (2018)
- ‘Avengers: Endgame’ (2019)
Iron Man’s journey in the MCU ended with his sacrifice in ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ but his legacy remained. It is fair to say that he was one of the main characters that marked a decade of superhero movies in general. All the movies mentioned above showcase Iron Man in a decent screentime except for ‘The Incredible Hulk,’ where Tony had a brief uncredited cameo, so that movie won’t be mentioned in the following paragraphs.
Are Iron Man movies connected? Do you need to watch them in any specific order?
The best way to watch Iron Man’s standalone movies and his other appearances is by watching them in order of their release date. All Iron Man movies are connected, including all his other appearances. By watching the movies by their release date, you’ll experience Tony Stark’s journey and character development in the best possible way. So, you should start with ‘Iron Man’ and conclude with ‘Avengers: Endgame.’
Iron Man movies in order by release date, including all appearances
Iron Man movies and appearances are released as follows:
1. ‘Iron Man’ (2008)
The first ‘Iron Man’ movie poses as the titular character’s origin story and also starts off the entire franchise. Tony Stark is severely wounded and kidnapped by the terrorists. The only way to survive is to escape from captivity, and he does that by creating a suit made of iron like it was never seen before. When he returned home, his true journey began.
2. ‘Iron Man 2’ (2010)
The world is familiar with Tony Stark being Iron Man in the second installment. The US Government is adamant that he needs to hand over his technology to them, and another power-hungry inventor, Justin Hammer, is trying to replicate Tony’s technology. Iron Man also has to face Ivan Vanko, a vengeful physicist with his own powerful energy whips, all while the arc reactor in Tony’s chest, which powers his suit, is slowly poisoning him.
3. ‘The Avengers’ (2012)
‘The Avengers’ assembled the Earth’s mightiest heroes to stop Loki and Chitauri’s invasion of New York. The movie showed us a team-up of legendary superheroes like Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Thor. All of them have to work together and put their different opinions aside. Tony witnesses for the first time where the Earth’s true threat lies when he carries a missile through the wormhole in the sky.
4. ‘Iron Man 3’ (2013)
This movie showcased Tony Stark as more vulnerable than ever. When his mistakes from the past came after him in the present, he almost lost everything he ever cared about. Following the event in ‘The Avengers’, Tony is struggling and tries to occupy himself by creating as many suits as possible, only to sacrifice them for a greater cause.
5. ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ (2015)
In this one, Tony’s own creation turns against him and threatens to destroy humanity as we know it. Avengers are forced to confront the villainous artificial intelligence known as Ultron, and it is up to Iron Man and his teammates to stop Ultron before he takes control of the world and reshapes it to his own liking.
6. ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (2016)
When the world governments decide it is time to put superpowered individuals in check so they cannot operate according to their own liking, two opposing sides are created among the Avengers. One is led by Iron Man, and the other by Captain America. All of it culminates in a grand clash between two friends and brothers in arms.
7. ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ (2017)
Even though this movie is centered around Peter Parker and his will to prove himself worthy of being an Avenger, Iron Man poses as Peter’s mentor and guides him through his first superhero steps. Tony sees much potential in Peter but worries that he is still too young and reckless to be part of the ‘big league.’
8. ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (2018)
When Thanos comes looking for the Infinity Stones, the Avengers respond and confront him. Iron Man ends up on Titan with Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, and the Guardians of the Galaxy, and they devise a plan to defeat Thanos and steal the Infinity Gauntlet from him.
9. ‘Avengers: Endgame’ (2019)
The Avengers failed, and Thanos managed to fulfill his plans. All that resulted in half of the universe’s population being wiped out of existence. However, five years later, a new opportunity to undo Thanos’s actions arose, and Avengers decided to take it. There was only one outcome in which the mightiest heroes came victorious, including Tony sacrificing himself and ensuring everyone else’s survival.
Where to watch Iron Man movies?
You can watch all Iron Man movies on the Disney+ streaming platform. The same is true for all other movies where Iron Man appears.
Will there be more Iron Man movies?
There won’t be any more Iron Man movies. Tony Stark’s journey ended in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ with his sacrifice. However, some future Marvel projects will be based on Tony’s legacy, so in that way, his legend remains to be a part of the franchise. The upcoming projects like ‘Ironheart’ and ‘Armor Wars’ will tell us more about it in the future.
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