Every Iron Man MCU Appearances Ranked By Letterboxd

Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man might be one of the most iconic characters to grace the big screen. Ever since Iron Man launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans were captivated by him and followed his journey all the way to its end in Avengers: Endgame.

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Robert Downey Jr. appeared in ten movies as Tony Stark before he bid the character farewell. Letterboxd is often a good measure of what the more hardcore movie fans are interested in. Even though A Few Iron Man appearances aren’t as well-received as others, Letterboxd still points to a pretty epic run for the character.

10 The Incredible Hulk (2008) – 2.5

Robert Downey Jr. and William Hurt in The Incredible Hulk

The Incredible Hulk was the second MCU film released and rebooted the character of Bruce Banner. Banner is looking to cure himself of The Hulk and General Ross is hot on his heels. When Dr. Samuel Sterns manages to seemingly cure him, Emile Blonsky becomes the Abomination to lure the Hulk out. After the battle, Tony Stark approaches Ross about the potential team he and Nick Fury are putting together.

Robert Downey Jr. really only has a cameo in this film but it was a game-changer at the time. The movie was only released a few weeks after Iron Man. Letterboxd users sadly do not find a lot to love in this film, however. The action looks good but for the most part, people have found it forgettable. Luckily, Hulk would go on to have many more and better-received appearances.

9 Iron Man 2 (2010) – 2.9

Tony creates a new element in Iron Man 2

The second Iron Man, aptly titled Iron Man 2, sees Tony Stark suffering from palladium poisoning due to his arc reactor. Justin Hammer, a rival of Starks, also comes into play as he teams up with Ivan Vanko, the son of Howard Starks’s old business partner to not only make new Iron Man armors but kill Stark himself.

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This movie has a bit to like, such as the introductions of War Machine, Justin Hammer, and Black Widow, but there’s really not much else here. It mostly retreads familiar ground for most Letterboxd users since it ends with people in metal suits fighting a person in a metal suit. Sadly, it failed to live up to the first one.


8 Iron Man 3 (2013) – 3.1

The final film in the Iron Man trilogy, Iron Man 3 saw Tony dealing with PTSD from his near-death experience in The Avengers. While the Mandarin and his Ten-Rings terrorist group begin to launch attacks on American soil. Turns out, it’s actually a man named Aldrich Killian who fabricated everything and co-opted the Ten-Rings to cover up his experiments with Extremis.

This was an improvement over the second film though most people tend to feel it’s still not as good as the first one. While the Mandarin twist continues to be controversial, even after Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Ringsa lot of people agree that Shane Black made a really fun and thoughtful blockbuster.

7 Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) – 3.1

Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer 1 - Robert Downey Jr Reacts

Avengers: Age of Ultron picks up with the Avengers as they take down the final Hydra base that holds Loki’s scepter. With the Scepter in hand, Tony wants Bruce’s help to initiate the Ultron program. Unfortunately Tony unwittingly creates an AI program that feels the only way to save the world is to destroy it.

While it does not hit the heights as the first film, Avengers: Age of Ultron still has plenty of fans on Letterboxd. Some find the action to be well made and the character interactions really sell the movie in the end.

6 Captain America: Civil War (2016) – 3.6

Captain America: Civil War - Steve (Chris Evans) and Tony (Robert Downey Jr.)

After being confronted for his actions in Sokovia, Tony thinks it might be a good idea for the government to take control of the Avengers. Captain America, having been disillusioned with the government, does not believe that’s the right move. This, the reappearance of the Winter Soldier and the revelation of who killed Tony’s parents puts the two Avengers at odds.

While Robert Downey Jr. is a co-lead of Captain America: Civil War, he does not overshadow Captain America, which helps the movie also be one of Letterboxd’s favorite Captain America appearances. Even though Zemo’s plan is confusing and Letterboxd users still have trouble figuring it out, the movie sits on pretty solid ground with a powerful emotional ending.

5 Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) – 3.6

For Spider-Man: Homecoming, Iron Man plays a small but substantial role in helping Peter Parker come into his own. Spider-Man wants to try and impress Tony so he can be part of the Avengers but Tony feels he made a mistake in pulling Spider-Man into his mess. It is not until Peter steps into his own to take down Vulture that Tony begins to see things differently.

Letterboxd considers Spider-Man: Homecoming one of the best live-action Spider-Man movies. Some reactions can be kind of mixed with this film since some users feel there’s too much Iron Man influence. But at the end of the day, the majority of people feel like the film sits in a good place with the Spider-Man character. The film was able to revitalize Spider-Man and ends up being a fun lighthearted film.

4 Iron Man (2008) – 3.7

MCU Trailer Edit Iron Man Robert Downey Jr

Probably one of the most important superhero movies of all time. Iron Man introduced the world to Robert Downy Jr.’s Tony Stark. After he was captured by terrorists he returns to build his Iron Man suit to help save the world from the weapons he created. When his business partner turns on him, he has to become the hero to stop him.

Iron Man continues to hold up as well today as it did the day it came out. Robert Downey Jr. was pitch-perfect casting and the smart script and well-shot action carry the movie to greater heights. Iron Man even has one of the best name drops in the MCU.

3 The Avengers (2012) – 3.7

Chris Evans as Steve Rogers Captain America and Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark Iron Man in Avengers

Loki has come to Earth in The Avengers to steal the Tesseract for Thanos, and in return, the Chitari will help Loki enslave the planet. Fury calls upon Tony, who’s been working on a new form of self-sustaining energy that will power his new tower in New York. After the death of Phil Coulson, the Avengers unite in New York under the shadow of Stark Tower to save the planet.

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Tony Stark is such a dominating presence in the film since Downey was so popular as the character at the time. Luckily he still leaves room for the other Avengers to shine. While some have criticized the movie does not stand well on its own, its place in history is no doubt solidified.

2 Avengers: Endgame (2019) – 3.9

Avengers Endgame Spider-Man hugging Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. Tom Holland

After Scott Lang returns from the Quantum Realm, Tony discovers the secret to time travel. Avengers: Endgame caps off the Infinity Saga with a time heist where the Avengers retrieve the Infinity Stones from various points in their history. The final battle that ensues after Thanos makes his way to the present ends with Tony’s final sacrifice.

Iron Man’s sacrifice was a long time coming, and most Letterboxd users agree that it made sense for the Infinity Saga to end with the death of the one who started it. It’s a heartbreaking and exciting film that’s filled with tons of incredible moments to look back on.

1 Avengers: Infinity War (2018) – 4.0

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark at the end of Avengers Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War sees Bruce warn Tony and Doctor Strange of the impending threat that Thanos poses to the Earth. When one of his children takes Strange from the planet, Tony and Spider-Man go after him. They meet up with the Guardians of the Galaxy on Titan, Thanos’ former homeworld where they begin the fight of their lives.

There’s plenty to love in Avengers: Infinity War. Iron Man teaming up with the Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange create some fun character interactions that resonated really well with Letterboxd users. It’s got some inventive action and a heartbreaking ending that culminates in a movie that’s hard not to love.

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