In an interview with ABC’s Nightline, Robert Downey Jr. said, “I feel like I could do one more.” Pointing at the fourth installment of the standalone Iron Man flick.
While Iron Man 4 is yet to be confirmed, Downey Jr will reprise his role in the next two Avengers films as well as in Spider-Man: Homecoming, with the web-slinger making an appearance in Civil War.
Still before the incredibly popular movies were made, Iron Man was and is still a comic book character. He has an immense library of tales up his sleeves. Here are some of the best Iron Man stories ever told.
The Iron Age
Tony Stark was first introduced in 1963’s Tales of Suspense #39, in an origin tale that was faithfully retold in the first film. Stan Lee did a great job crafting this story like he did while crafting his other major characters. Yet if you are one of those who need to re-examine the origin story but with greater detail, the Iron Age is what you’ll should be reading. We get to see the death of Tony’s parents, meet many of his friends and later foes, and the development of some of his demons. The Iron Age is a good read that takes elements from Tales of Suspense and the early Iron Man comics and spins them into an engaging story.
Demon in a Bottle
The kind of lifestyle Tony Stark lives surely has its consequences. Demon in a Bottle takes Stark’s alcoholism for a spin. It’s perhaps Iron Man’s most iconic storyline. It’s a story from a period of time when comic books were really growing up in a big way, trying to tackle concepts and stories that went beyond bang bang.
Extremis was kinda like a new start to the Character, not an origin story but like face-lifting. The story rarely mentions any of Iron Man’s past, and references to the rest of the Marvel universe are limited to brief, passing mentions of the Avengers and Fin Fang Foom. It showcases a really powerful Iron Man. It also inspired all three Iron Man movies so take a clue.
Imagine if the supervillians find a way to make Iron Man’s suit. It would be a disaster. This Arc features countless bad guys wearing their own armour as powerful as Iron Man’s to take down Tony. Now it becomes the battle of brains rather than physical power. A really fun action packed read.
Crash and Burn
Tony Stark runs Stark Industries and unlike Batman or other heroes his identity is public to the world. So villains have it easy targeting Tony on his softspots like his company. This time somebody nicks a load of Stark Industries records, burns them, and suddenly it is accused of fraud. Iron Man finds his affairs being investigated by everyone from Captain America to Spider-Man’s nemesis Venom, forcing him to come to blows with friend.