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Robert Downey Jr. stars as billionaire industrialist Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, in “Iron Man,” a Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios production.
Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment will present “Iron Man,” set for release on Friday, May 2.
The big screen adaptation of Marvel’s legendary superhero will star Oscar nominee Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man. The story centers on a billionaire industrialist and genius inventor who is kidnapped and forced to build a devastating weapon.
Instead, using his intelligence and ingenuity, Stark builds a high-tech suit of armor and escapes captivity. When he uncovers a nefarious plot with global implications, he dons his powerful armor and vows to protect the world as Iron Man.
As any faithful comic book afficionado can cite, the character first appeared in “Tales of Suspense,” issue 39, in 1963. Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Don Heck and Jack Kirby share the credit for creating Iron Man.
The film also will star Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow and Oscar nominees Terrence Howard and Jeff Bridges and is directed by Jon Favreau.