4. Iron Man
If you haven’t at least heard of Iron Man…I don’t know what to tell you. How was Mars because that’s where you’d have to have been to not know at least one or two facts about Tony Stark. The film that started the whole Marvel craze and skyrocketed Robert Downey Jr.’s career is Iron Man.
In this first film, we get to meet Tony for the first time and he is far from the superhero he becomes. He’s a defense contractor, making money off of the war in Afghanistan. But after his convoy is ambushed and Tony is fatally wounded, he is captured by the terrorist group, the Ten Rings.
One of his fellow captors is a doctor that implants an electromagnet into Tony’s chest to keep him alive. Together, they then make a prototype suit of powered armor and that helps Tony escape. Although, unfortunately, his friend doesn’t make it.
Returning home, he ceases manufacturing weapons and builds a more powerful suit. With his new suit, he attacks the terrorist that ended up killing the man who saved his life and defeating a man called Stane who has built a suit similar to Tony’s. After his victory, he has a press conference where he names himself Iron Man.
While Tony stays arrogant, charming, and smart with a bit of an ego, he uses his powers, his company, and money for good instead of evil. At the end of the film, Nick Fury shows up to tell him that he is not the only superhero in the world and that he would like him to join something called the Avengers Initiative. And so it begins.