Prepare For Civil War: 25 Greatest Iron Man Moments In The Marvel Cinematic Universe

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#1 – Escaping the Ten Rings — Birth of a Hero

From: Iron Man (2008)

Kidnapped and held hostage by the Ten Rings, Tony Stark’s life is saved by Yinsen, who removes shrapnel embedded around his heart. Tony later finds out what his captors want — build them their own Jericho missile. Though they say that they’ll release him once he’s done, Tony knows that it’s all a lie. With motivation from Yinsen, Tony gets to work.

The first thing Tony builds is an arc reactor to replace the makeshift electromagnet inserted into his chest by Yinsen. As days pass, Tony and Yinsen work together to construct something that looks nothing like a missile — the MK I armor. The Ten Rings, catching on to their hostages’ plans, enter the cave prison unannounced, causing a booby trapped door to explode.

Both Tony and Yinsen, well into their escape plan, start the power-up sequence for the MK I — but it’s taking a bit too long. Yinsen runs off and attacks their captors to buy Tony more time. When the sequence finally finishes, Tony unleashes the MK I onto the Ten Rings.

The unstoppable Tony pauses his advance when he runs into Yinsen, who’s dying from being shot. Still hopeful that Yinsen will live to see his family, Tony urges him to move. Yinsen finally comes clean, revealing that his family is already dead and he’s going to go see them now. With a mixture of both sadness and gratitude washing over his face, Tony thanks Yinsen for saving him. Yinsen’s last words to Tony are to not waste this second chance at life.

An angered Tony, more determined than ever, emerges from the cave and releases a full range assault on the awaiting terrorists. After destroying their camp and artillery, Tony launches into the sky with the MK I’s rudimentary flight system. As he clears the danger zone, he comes crashing back down to the desert, destroying the MK I in the process.

Tony’s befriending of Yinsen and his experience with the Ten Rings affected him deeply. A changed man, Tony Stark would later be known to the world as a hero … as Iron Man.

Do these align with your favorite Iron Man moments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Do you have other favorite moments that weren’t listed? Let us know in the comments, we’d love to hear from you!

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Captain America: Civil War – Official Synopsis: Captain America: Civil War picks up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain.

Captain America: Civil War has a United States release date of May 6, 2016.  It will be directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, star Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America, Robert Downy Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes / The Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson / Falcon, Paul Bettany as Vision, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye, Don Cheadle as James “Rhodey” Rhodes / War Machine, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch, Paul Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant-Man, Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter / Agent 13, Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man, Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow / Crossbones, William Hurt as Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther, Daniel Brühl as Helmut Zemo, John Slattery as Howard Stark, Kerry Condon as F.R.I.D.A.Y., Martin Freeman as Everett Ross, Alfre Woodard as Miriam Sharpe, Marisa Tomei as May Parker, John Kani as T’Chaka, and Hope Davis as Maria Stark.