The film that gave Marvel Studios credibility. The film that started the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe saga. The little film that could.
Rewatching this film made me happy. I’d forgotten how awesome Pepper Potts was (“I do anything and everything Mr. Stark requires, including occasionally taking out the trash.“), and how hilarious it was when Tony Stark trained himself to be Ironman, and how much I’d enjoyed Terrence Howard as Rhodey (although Don Cheadle more than handled the role in the rest of the films).
So much fun happened in this film. Major kudos to Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr, but also to Marvel Studios for having the foresight to trust Favreau & RDJ with this outing. After 9 years of MCU films, this one is still in the top 5.