Iron Man is one of the most beloved Marvel characters but there are some things you surely don’t know.
Iron Man has inspired generations. Almost everybody, child or adult, wishes to have an indestructible armor and to be as rich and famous as Tony Stark.
So, let’s see what are the things you might not know about Marvel’s Iron Man.
Tom Cruise was almost cast as Iron Man
Would you have loved the Iron Man trilogy if the leading role would have been played by Tom Cruise instead of Robert Downey Jr. ? Indeed, Tom Cruise was the first choice to play Iron Man.
However, Tom Cruise turned down the role because he didn’t liked the script. Rumor has it that there were also some misunderstanding about his salary.
J.A.R.V.I.S. has a boring and long name
You surely know who J.A.R.V.I.S. is if you watched at least one Iron Man movie. In the Marvel universe, J.A.R.V.I.S. is the name of Tony Stark’s virtual assistant and the most advanced artificial intelligence system.
J.A.R.V.I.S. is short for “Just a Rather Very Intelligent System”.
In Avengers: Age of Ultron, J.A.R.V.I.S. gets materialized and in Avengers: Infinity War he is the key character to save the universe because he holds the last stone, the Infinity Stone. He fails in his task.
The Iron Man suit can lift up to 100 tons
When charged at maximum capacity, Tony Stark’s suit can lift up to 100 tons. It is an impressive force considering that The Hulk, considered the strongest Marvel character can also bench 100 tons.
The Hulkbuster suit, which Tony Stark created to put The Hulk to heel when he goes mad, can bench up to 175 tons.
Iron Man turns 56 years old this year
We’re not talking about the actor or the character, but about the Iron Man story. Iron Man first appeared in the Tales of Suspense comic book, issue number 39 in 1963.
Iron Man was a superhero created to fight against communism ( like almost all superheroes actually ) but that Tony Stark became addicted to technology and alcohol.
He stayed on as a member of the Avengers and continued to fight villains such as Skull or Dr. Doom.
The Iron Man suit became a reality
It doesn’t look as advanced as the Iron Suit you see in movies but it’s about to same almost the same functionality.
Companies such as Lockheed Martin have created exoskeletons for soldiers. Soldiers can use them to lift heavy equipment and run with speeds of up to 16 km/h.
The exoskeletons are useful in medicine because they can work as prosthesis. The problem is that such a “suit” has a price tag of approximately $70,000.
Tony Stark existed. Kind of.
According to Stan Lee, the creator of Iron Man, Tony Stark was somewhat inspired by American Howard Hughes ( 1905 – 1976 ).
According to Stan Lee, Hughes was one of the most colorful people of our times. He was an inventor, adventurer, billionaire, womanizer and, by the end, a bit crazy.
It appears that for most of his life Howard Hughes showed OCD symptoms. Happily, Stan Lee didn’t cared about that and used Hughes as inspiration for Tony Stark.