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The Invincible Iron Man (2007)

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Action & Adventure movie directed by Frank Paur, Jay Oliva, and Patrick Archibald

Marvel Comics' armor-clad superheroIron Mangets another update in this animated feature, which incorporates much of his mythology in its energetic storyline. Here, millionaire Tony Stark (voiced by Marc Worden, who performed similar duties for Marvel'sUltimate … see full wiki

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Lackluster Origins Re-telling.

  • Nov 16, 2008
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After having seen the live action version of Iron Man, I figured I would check out this animated feature released in 2007. I wasn't aware upon renting THE INVINCIBLE IRON MAN that this film was going to be a revised telling of Iron Man's origins and those of his arch nemesis, The Mandarin. The action of the film is set in modern day China. Billionaire Tony Stark is raising an ancient Chinese city from below ground, against the advice of the board of directors of his company, Stark Industries. In doing so, he inadvertently awakens some evil ancient magic that starts to cause chaos. Tony's best friend and leader of the excavation, James "Rhodey" Rhodes, is kidnapped and disappears. Tony travels to China in search of his friend and to oversee the end of the excavation. However, the armored unit that Tony is a part of is attacked and Tony is taken prisoner by the Jade Dragons, the same people who kidnapped Rhodey. In the attack Tony is mortally wounded. He is saved by the magical powers of a Chinese wise man and the medical quick-thinking of Rhodey. The Jade Dragons want Tony to build a weapon to destroy the Chinese city. Instead, he crafts a suit of iron armor that he uses to help himself and Rhodey escape. When Tony and Rhodey return to the U.S. agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. attempt to "arrest" the duo. They escape and they plan on how to get into Stark Industry headquarters to get the equipment they need to bring down the ancient Elementals awakened from the excavation site who are now causing havoc across the four corners of the globe.

I was disappointed by THE INVINCIBLE IRON MAN. As I mentioned at the beginning, I was not aware that this was a updating and revision of the Iron Man origins story. I don't have a huge problem with updating the story. As times change it sometimes makes sense to update a character's origins, ala the recent IRON MAN live-action movie. Therefore, I didn't have a problem with moving the main setting of the Iron Man's origins from Vietnam to China. Also, the action sequences were okay, especially the battle between Iron Man and the elementals below the ocean and inside the volcano. It was all the other little things that the filmmakers did to the story. For instance, having Rhodey with Tony and being one of the people responsible for saving his life; the iron suit Tony makes while a prisoner is not his first and is really just a improved version of many he has already created; Howard Stark did not die in a car accident and is still alive and well and is chairman of the board of Stark Industries; the rather lame "appearance" of The Mandarin; etc. Overall, the animation is a typical action-animated piece with nothing that really stood out in terms of style, tone, or appearance. There's also an incredible amount of time spent with the person of Tony Stark, yet there is very little development of his character at all. I don't have a problem with Tony being the focus of the feature, but if that's going to be the case there should be some real character growth and there's just not.

Viewers are better off watching the live-action version of IRON MAN instead of sitting through this dissatisfying mess.

The DVD includes several extras including an alternate opening sequence, the origin of Iron Man featurette (which is a making of piece), the Hall of Iron Man Armor, sequence of concept art, the first scene from a Dr. Strange animated movie from the same company who made THE INVINCIBLE IRON MAN, and several trailers for other films. The Hall of Iron Man Armor is very interesting. It has pictures with detailed information about almost every different Iron Man suit that Tony Stark has worn over the years. I learned some things about the character from the Hall of Iron Man Armor. I also really enjoyed the DR. STRANGE preview. It interested me enough that I wanted to find the movie and rent it.

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September 14, 2010
I agree. this was disappointing.
September 15, 2010
It could have been so much better. Here's an instance where Marvel could have taken a few lessons from DC. Of course now Marvel's firmly in the grip of Disney's hands.
 
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