Iron Man: an Analysis of Theme

English 223 Final Paper
Joseph Fontana Prof. M. Parish

Iron Man
An Analysis of Theme

I The movie begins with Tony Stark visiting soldiers on duty in the Middle East. Tony’s convoy is attacked and the soldiers fight to defend themselves but are quickly killed. Stark flees and is severely wounded in his chest. He is then captured by a group of terrorists and taken to a secure location.
The next scene begins with a flashback sequence at an award ceremony. It shows a video of Tony’s history as a child prodigy before taking over his father’s tech company at age 21, which he later turned into the world’s leading weapon manufacturing company. Colonel James Rhodes is a long time friend of Tony’s and is due to present Stark with an award for his work. However, Tony is not in attendance. The award is accepted by Tony’s right hand man, Obadiah Stane, on Tony’s behalf. Later, Tony arrives at a military outpost in the Middle East to demonstrate a new weapon missile system called “Jericho.” After the demonstration, Tony leaves with the convoy that is soon attacked by terrorists.
Much later, Tony awakens in a cave. His chest is hooked up to a device powered by a car battery. The device was made by Yissen, another captive in the cave, to keep shrapnel from entering Tony’s heart. The terrorists try to force Tony to build his Jericho missile for them. Instead, he builds a giant robotic suit equipped with a few weapons. With a new device, the mini arc reactor Tony built at its heart, it will have about 15 minutes of run time. He uses this suit to escape his captors and is later found by Rhodes and a search party.
Tony returns to America after 3 months in captivity and greets his assistant, Pepper Pots, who is in charge of any aspect of his life that is of any importance or significance to him. She has arranged a press conference in which Tony announces Stark Industries will no longer manufacture weapons. Also, Pepper has scheduled an appointment with Agent...