This week, the time has finally come, as Friday marks the release of the highly anticipated CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. The reviews so far have been outstanding (you can read ours here), with some going so far as to call it the best installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date. Before Tony and Cap go toe to toe, though, let's go back to the beginning. IRON MAN and CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER showed us how two of the original Avengers came to be, but which one did it better? Let's find out!
Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts
Leslie Bibb as Christine Everhart
Shaun Toub as Yinsen
Faran Tahir as Raza
Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson
Paul Bettany as Jarvis
Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan
Jon Favreau actually chose to take Tony out of the East Coast, where he primarily presides in the comics, to give IRON MAN a unique feel and separate it from so many New York-based superhero movies.
Marvel wisely took the opportunity of an origin story to set THE FIRST AVENGER in the past, allowing a unique, stylized period piece but also bringing Cap into present day by the time the credits roll.
"Don't waste it... don't waste your life, Stark."
"They say that the best weapon is the one you never have to fire. I respectfully disagree. I prefer the weapon you only have to fire once. That's how Dad did it, that's how America does it, and it's worked out pretty well so far. I present to you the newest in Stark Industries' Freedom line. Find an excuse to let one of these off the chain, and I personally guarantee, the bad guys won't even wanna come out of their caves."
"If you douse me again, and I'm not on fire, I'm donating you to a city college."
"Yeah, I can fly."
"Tony Stark was able to build this in a cave! With a box of scraps!"
"It's an imperfect world, but it's the only one we got. I guarantee you the day weapons are no longer needed to keep the peace, I'll start making bricks and beams for baby hospitals."
"Have you ever lost an hour of sleep in your life?" "I'm prepared to lose a few with you."
"Next time, baby."
"The truth is... I am Iron Man."
"I know this neighborhood. I got beat up in that alley. And that parking lot. And behind that diner."
"Whatever happens tomorrow you must promise me one thing. That you will stay who you are. Not a perfect soldier, but a good man."
"I thought you were dead." "I thought you were smaller."
"Arrogance may not be a uniquely American trait, but I must say, you do it better than anyone."
"My weapons contain enough destructive power to decimate every hostile capital on Earth. Quite simply, gentlemen, I have harnessed the power of the gods."
"Who are you supposed to be?" "I'm... Captain America." "I beg your pardon?"
"You know for the longest time I dreamed about coming overseas and be on the front lines. Serving my country. I finally get everything I wanted, and I'm wearing tights."
"I had some ideas about the uniform."
"I had a date."
Rotten Tomatoes: 94% (Audience Score: 91%)
Metacritic: 79 (User Score: 8.5)
Domestic Total Gross: $318,412,101
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