The Marvel Cinematic Universe has a lot of movies and series to its name, showing the fan-favorite superheroes mightily fighting the bad guys and saving the world. However, there had to be a beginning to it all, and that beginning came in the form of the 2008 movie, Iron Man, starring Robert Downey Jr. as everyone’s favorite Avenger, Tony Stark.
It has almost been fifteen years since the world was introduced to the “Genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist,” in the movie that practically began it all. Now, Iron Man is getting much-deserved recognition as it was recently added to the National Film Registry, along with twenty-four other movies.
Iron Man Added to National Film Registry
The Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, recently announced the names of movies selected for the National Film Registry. Her decisions were aided by members of the National Film Preservation Board, among other experts. The movies that are selected for this recognition are ones that have either, cultural, historical, or aesthetic significance. Iron Man is one of the twenty-five movies honored in the list this year and sits among a total of 850 movies.
Kevin Feige, President of the Marvel Studios said in a statement that the movie was the first MCU film that the studios had complete control over and was a “make or break for the studio.” He continued that it gets added to the list meant that the movie stood the test of time.
“Iron Man was the very first film Marvel Studios independently produced. It was the first film that we had all of the creative control and oversight on and it was really make or break for the studio. … The notion that here we are, almost 15 years after the release of Iron Man, and to have it join the Film Registry tells us it has stood the test of time.”
Of course, MCU fans were delighted to hear the news that the movie that began it all was being recognized so highly. Soon enough, Twitter was flooding with tweets praising the decision and stating that the spot was quite well-deserved.
Work it, king 👑 pic.twitter.com/kvJDw2I0z6
— ۞ ghina ⎊ — ᴹ♚ᴶ ° mr. huerta's everything 💖 (@strangelyir0nic) December 14, 2022
It's a shame we'll probably never get this type of quality in the MCU ever again.
— techagek (@TechaGek) December 14, 2022
As it should 🔥🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/ErFsZ8Cidb
— Shaista Khan (@ba_Aqla) December 14, 2022
Say what you want about the MCU, it has changed the movie industry. And this is what started that. Well deserved.
— Kyle (@kylefan173) December 14, 2022
The film that started it all. Who would've thought where it was all leading to? Totally deserved to be remembered
— Adarsh Mishra (@AdarshMishraTM) December 14, 2022
it may not be the best film but it's insanely impactful. the beginning of the largest and most successful film universe
— Wizzy (@d2_splashy) December 14, 2022
Along with Iron Man, other movies that received recognition include, When Harry Met Sally, Carrie, The Little Mermaid, and more. Iron Man is the first and only name in the 850-movies-long list from the MCU.
Why Fans Love Tony Stark’s Superhero
It goes without saying that Iron Man is one of the most important movies in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Robert Downey Jr. starrer set the pace for the superhero universe which eventually turned into a Hollywood giant.
The movie gave superhero fanatics a personality that was so self-absorbed, it made him lovable. Among superheroes like Captain America, a super soldier, Thor, a literal God, and Hulk, an accidental invention, Tony Stark was the one people could relate the most to. He wasn’t given his powers, nor did he inherit them, he went out and got them for himself.
This is why even after almost fifteen years of being introduced to the character and him meeting his heroic end in Avengers: Endgame, fans still aren’t over him. Theories about how and when they can see Tony Stark back in action are everywhere on the Internet. It’ll have to take a miracle, and then some, to make fans forget about the human in the red suit.
Iron Man is available to stream on Disney+.