10 Epic Facts About Iron Man

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Ever since the release of the first 'Iron Man' film in 2008, the Marvel character has become a certified cultural icon. Here are 10 things you should know about Tony Stark and his armored alter ego.


1
Both Tom Cruise and Nicolas Cage were almost Iron Man instead of Robert Downey, Jr.

2
In the Iron Man films, J.A.R.V.I.S has a lengthy name, "Just a Rather Very Intelligent System."

3
The Iron Man suit can lift over 100 tons.

4
Robert Downey, Jr. is one of the world's oldest superheroes. He just turned 50 years old.

5
Tony Stark is a very rich man. He bought Area 51 from the military!

6
Tony Stark has a serious drinking problem. It’s something which Marvel has avoided dealing with.

7
The Mandarin was supposed to be in 2008’s Iron Man.

8
In the comics, Iron Man joined The Guardians Of The Galaxy.

9
In 1981 at the age of 16, Robert Downey Jr. received a one day suspension from school for snatching a comic book from the hands of one of his classmates and calling him a nerd. It was an issue of Invincible Iron Man.

10
Stan Lee modeled Tony Stark on famed businessman Howard Hughes, with all of the real-world industrialist's playboy habits.