Top 50 Iron Man Movie Details

While searching the internet for Iron Man movie facts, I found some interesting little known details. Obscure enough that most people could miss it, I want to make you a favor by creating ordered lists with the most intriguing hidden details.

Most of them are not blatantly obvious to be observed at first sight, so take your time and read carefully. We have extensive definitions that accurately explain any behind the scene meaning or famous dialogues.

The cheeseburger motif was Robert Downey Jr.'s idea because it was a disgusting Burger King order that helped him kick his drug addiction.
The cheeseburger motif was Robert Downey Jr.'s idea because it was a disgusting Burger King order that helped him kick his drug addiction.
Tony Stark references the film 'A Christmas Story'. The guy who plays the main character in said movie, is also the guy Obadiah Stane yelled at in the first Iron Man
Tony Stark references the film 'A Christmas Story'. The guy who plays the main character in said movie, is also the guy Obadiah Stane yelled at in the first Iron Man

Trivia

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  1. Soundtrack you can hear composer Ramin Djawadi wrestling with the notes that will three years later become part of the Game of Thrones theme tune

  2. For the entire final scene in Iron Man 3(2013), a cgi Robert Downey Jr. was constructed by face-capture & vfx, imposed onto a body-double, because RDJ was injured in shooting.

  3. Tony tells Pepper to wear a surgical mask because she's sick. This is an ad-libbed line made up by Robert Downey Jr. on the spot because, in this scene, Gwyneth Paltrow was actually sick.

  4. After returning to America Tony gets a cheese burger from Burger King and then holds a press conference and turns his life around. The day RDJ got off drugs and turned his life around he went to a Burger King to throw his drugs into the ocean

  5. Cap's shield is being made as the scene plays out.

Easter Eggs

Finding Easter Eggs in movies is one of my favorite hobbies. Hidden objects, characters, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • 1 - Obadiah tells Tony that the arc reactor is his 'ninth symphony.' In the classical music world, there is a belief that after a composer writes their ninth symphony they would die. He was implying that the arc reactor would be the last thing Tony created before Obadiah kills him.
    Obadiah tells Tony that the arc reactor is his 'ninth symphony.' In the classical music world, there is a belief that after a composer writes their ninth symphony they would die. He was implying that the arc reactor would be the last thing Tony created before Obadiah kills him.
  • Obadiah reveals himself as the antagonist while playing the piano. The piece he plays is by Antonio Salieri, a rival of Mozart who was believed by many to be jealous and bitter of his rival's success.

  • 1 - When discussing Tony's involvement with the Avengers, a map pinpointing every future movie location is shown in the background, including Wakanda and possibly Atlantis.
    When discussing Tony's involvement with the Avengers, a map pinpointing every future movie location is shown in the background, including Wakanda and possibly Atlantis.
  • 1 - (I am not sure if this fits here) In Iron Man (2008) when pepper is looking through the under the table shipping manifest which were set up by Iron Monger (Jeff Bridges) the vessel is called the MSC Lebowski.
    (I am not sure if this fits here) In Iron Man (2008) when pepper is looking through the under the table shipping manifest which were set up by Iron Monger (Jeff Bridges) the vessel is called the MSC Lebowski.
  • 1 - During Fury and Stark's meeting, you can see a map of locations where each future Avenger was located. (Malibu - Iron Man; New Mexico - Thor; Greenland - Captain America; etc). Even Namor was hinted this early, since a location in the south Atlantic is encircled.
    During Fury and Stark's meeting, you can see a map of locations where each future Avenger was located. (Malibu - Iron Man; New Mexico - Thor; Greenland - Captain America; etc). Even Namor was hinted this early, since a location in the south Atlantic is encircled.
  • 1 - When Pepper Potts is going through Obadiah Stane's computer, played by Jeff Bridges, there is two references to Bridge's Big Lebowski character. A vessel called 'MSC LEBOWSKI' and a barcode that includes 'THE00DUDE'.
    When Pepper Potts is going through Obadiah Stane's computer, played by Jeff Bridges, there is two references to Bridge's Big Lebowski character. A vessel called 'MSC LEBOWSKI' and a barcode that includes 'THE00DUDE'.

Hidden Details

1 - In Ironman 2 they address the elephant in the room immediately (Rhodey actor change)
In Ironman 2 they address the elephant in the room immediately (Rhodey actor change)

The watch Tony Stark uses to pay for strawberries is the watch gifted to him by Obadiah in Iron Man 1

Stane is playing a piano piece by Salieri. Salieri is long rumored to have sabotaged and killed Mozart. A foreshadowing of what Stane attempts to do to Stark.

1 - The ExWife fizzles out when used on Vanko. The duo chastises Hammer's inferior tech, but it actually failed because Rhodes was standing still, and too close. The ExWife is a "Kinetic-kill" missile, which requires the added velocity of its supersonic firer, and time to get up to speed.
The ExWife fizzles out when used on Vanko. The duo chastises Hammer's inferior tech, but it actually failed because Rhodes was standing still, and too close. The ExWife is a "Kinetic-kill" missile, which requires the added velocity of its supersonic firer, and time to get up to speed.
1 - Stark criticizes the design of Vanko's Arc Reacter, he says Hz are a little low and it's not very efficient. You can see that when he analyzes Vanko's reacter that the energy output is 1.81 GJ/sec whereas the reacter Tony developed in a cave with a bunch of scraps could output 5 GJ/s.
Stark criticizes the design of Vanko's Arc Reacter, he says Hz are a little low and it's not very efficient. You can see that when he analyzes Vanko's reacter that the energy output is 1.81 GJ/sec whereas the reacter Tony developed in a cave with a bunch of scraps could output 5 GJ/s.
1 - Miss Brown calls Tony Stark the merchant of death, the same nick name was given to Alfred Nobel, after he invited dynamite.
Miss Brown calls Tony Stark the merchant of death, the same nick name was given to Alfred Nobel, after he invited dynamite.

"Ten Rings" the group the Mandarin controls in Iron Man 3 (2013) is the same group that takes Tony Stark hostage in Iron Man (2008).

1 - We see the MARK I labeled as a reconstruction because the original was never recovered by Stark
We see the MARK I labeled as a reconstruction because the original was never recovered by Stark

Near the end of the movie, Agent Coulson tells Stark that he has 90 seconds before it's his turn at the press conference. Said scene takes exactly a minute and a half before cutting to the podium.

1 - In this scene Tony tells Pepper "I've got a group of guys coming over tomorrow to blow out that wall". The next day, The Mandarin attacks Tony's house and blows out the wall he was pointing at.
In this scene Tony tells Pepper "I've got a group of guys coming over tomorrow to blow out that wall". The next day, The Mandarin attacks Tony's house and blows out the wall he was pointing at.
1 - The amount of detail in this movie is amazing. There are areas with dust and finger marks on the cg face plate
The amount of detail in this movie is amazing. There are areas with dust and finger marks on the cg face plate
1 - Neither Rhodey nor the props team knows how to properly use an around-the-neck microphone headset.
Neither Rhodey nor the props team knows how to properly use an around-the-neck microphone headset.
1 - When Tony Stark is being drowned for refusing to build the Jericho missile, you can briefly hear Pepper Potts yell "Tony!", revealing just how much she matters to him in what seems like a near death experience
When Tony Stark is being drowned for refusing to build the Jericho missile, you can briefly hear Pepper Potts yell "Tony!", revealing just how much she matters to him in what seems like a near death experience
1 - Immediately after Tony and Rodey crash from the ceiling, Black Widow goes into a fighting stance, hinting to us her real identity.
Immediately after Tony and Rodey crash from the ceiling, Black Widow goes into a fighting stance, hinting to us her real identity.
1 - There is a drawing of a Tesseract (4-D cube) in Howard Stark's notebook, possibly foreshadowing the coming of the Tesseract in The Avengers which came out the year after
There is a drawing of a Tesseract (4-D cube) in Howard Stark's notebook, possibly foreshadowing the coming of the Tesseract in The Avengers which came out the year after
1 - The last thing Tony says before being attacked are his anti-peace views as he profits off war. The first thing he does after escaping and being rescued is throwing a peace sign up, showing his complete change of view.
The last thing Tony says before being attacked are his anti-peace views as he profits off war. The first thing he does after escaping and being rescued is throwing a peace sign up, showing his complete change of view.
1 - When Tony reveals that he is Iron Man, Christine Everhart isn't shocked, and stays seated while the press goes mad, because she knew all along, and refused to believe whatever the official story was.
When Tony reveals that he is Iron Man, Christine Everhart isn't shocked, and stays seated while the press goes mad, because she knew all along, and refused to believe whatever the official story was.
1 - The Mark 2's UI shows the speed in Mach. This is because the suit is capable of reaching speeds faster than sound, which is at Mach I. This is evident later in the film when the suit breaks the sound barrier while in flight to the Middle East
The Mark 2's UI shows the speed in Mach. This is because the suit is capable of reaching speeds faster than sound, which is at Mach I. This is evident later in the film when the suit breaks the sound barrier while in flight to the Middle East

The Mark V "Football" Suit has two footholds so it can be deployed on either side.

1 - Tony Stark has a statue in his house containing pieces of the Formula 1 cars that were destroyed in Iron Man 2
Tony Stark has a statue in his house containing pieces of the Formula 1 cars that were destroyed in Iron Man 2
1 - When the Mk 2 shuts down due to icing you can see Tony's eyes
When the Mk 2 shuts down due to icing you can see Tony's eyes

Tony's fist bump hurts the DJ's hand

When Happy hits Ivan with the Rolls-Royce, the Spirit of Ecstasy can be seen retracted. That's because any physical contact with it will cause it to retract into the car, preventing theft.

Whilst Tony is looking through his father's notes a two page spread can be seen dedicated to the mathematical concept of a Tesseract. Two films later a cube called the Tesseract is introduced which goes on to play a major role in several MCU films.

1 - The doctor who performs surgery on Tony at the end of the movie is the same doctor who Tony ignores at the beginning of the movie at the party in Switzerland.
The doctor who performs surgery on Tony at the end of the movie is the same doctor who Tony ignores at the beginning of the movie at the party in Switzerland.
1 - Agent Coulson wasn't kidding when he tells Stark he has 90 seconds before his press speech.
Agent Coulson wasn't kidding when he tells Stark he has 90 seconds before his press speech.
1 - Wakanda can be seen highlighted behind Stark and Fury during their discussion about Stark's lack of reccommendation for the Avengers
Wakanda can be seen highlighted behind Stark and Fury during their discussion about Stark's lack of reccommendation for the Avengers
1 - Obadiah brings Ray's Pizza to Tony from New York. In Elf (2003), Santa tells Buddy about Ray's Pizza and how many there are in New York. Both films are directed by Jon Favreau.
Obadiah brings Ray's Pizza to Tony from New York. In Elf (2003), Santa tells Buddy about Ray's Pizza and how many there are in New York. Both films are directed by Jon Favreau.

Not 2004), a news clipping highlights Tony's accomplishment in designing AI robotic arms that are responsive to the personalities around them, and can shape their personalities based on how they're treated. This sets up why Tony makes fun of them and why they are so personable.

1 - Tony has a Christmas stocking for Jarvis
Tony has a Christmas stocking for Jarvis
1 - While Jarvis is turning on all the UI in Tony's workshop , you can see that the Iron Man suit mark I is actually only a reconstruction.
While Jarvis is turning on all the UI in Tony's workshop , you can see that the Iron Man suit mark I is actually only a reconstruction.
1 - During the montage of Tony's accomplishments before his award, there's a pic of him as a kid with a young bill gates, replacing paul allen who was in the original picture!
During the montage of Tony's accomplishments before his award, there's a pic of him as a kid with a young bill gates, replacing paul allen who was in the original picture!

Tony Stark throws up a peace sign to his rescuers after escaping a terrorist encampment. Paying homage to the young soldier who died defending him.

Justin Hammer's tech guy couldn't fix Vanko's hacks because it is in a different language, Justin suggests to try using Russian. Later Black Widow was able to un-hack Rhodey's War Machine because she can understand Russian, presumably can code in Russian too

1 - Iron man 2 and The Avengers, AC/DC songs play whenever Iron man is on screen. But after the battle on new york. AC/DC songs don't play anymore, telling that Tony changed his very confident attitude after the traumatic experience.
Iron man 2 and The Avengers, AC/DC songs play whenever Iron man is on screen. But after the battle on new york. AC/DC songs don't play anymore, telling that Tony changed his very confident attitude after the traumatic experience.
Iron Man poster
Iron Man poster

Iron Man Plot: After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil.

I am pretty sure that you've watched Iron Man, maybe in a theater near you or on the small screen, but probably not many of the small details have taken your attention. Most of the previous facts are hidden for some reason, but still, there is plenty of randomly forgetten stuff that makes the movie unique and interesting. The more you know, the more fascinated you'll be about Iron Man and will watch it online, download or stream it again and again.

Genre Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Director Jon Favreau
Main Actors Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow
IMDB score 7.9