Once considered a B-List character, Iron Man's popularity exploded when he made his big screen debut played by Robert Downey, Jr. in the 2008 movie which kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Created in 1963, Tony Stark had always been well liked by comic book fans, but Jon Favreau and Kevin Feige's risky casting decision paid off in a big way for the character in all forms of media. Iron Man may now even be bigger than Spider-Man!
Iron Man's rise from obscurity has been a quick one, and no one could have guessed a decade ago that he would be a character who makes a big enough difference at the box office to ensure Marvel pays Downey, Jr. an insane amount of money to keep him on board. Throughout the course of his 50+ year history, Iron Man has gone on all manner of adventures.
With a history which is nowhere near as high-profile as that of Batman, Superman, or even Wolverine, Stark has done a lot of strange stuff, and there's a lot which hasn't and never will make it into one of his movies. The character is still just as fascinating though, and Iron Man has been a pivotal part of the Marvel Universe since day one.
Here, you will find just twenty of the most weird and wonderful facts about the Armoured Avenger both in the comic books and on the big screen. Who really created Iron Man, and what did Robert Downey Jr. do as a youngster which could really upset fans?