After watching Avengers: Endgame it's safe to say that Iron Man was the beginning and the end of the current Marvel era that span over eleven years.
But the charming Tony Stark didn't just win our hearts and give us the Avengers, he has changed the whole superhero industry.
Because of the success of the first Iron Man installment, we now have superhero films that are linked to each other through inter-universe references and cameo appearances, something that has never been done before.
However, the most important thing that Iron Man has done is introduce the "modern superhero."
But none of that would have ever happened without Robert Downey Jr. - the face and voice of Iron Man.
His performance in Avengers: Endgame was so brilliant that fans have started a movement on Twitter, asking the Academy to nominate Downey for next year's Oscars.
Keep reading to find out why Iron Man was the birth of the modern superhero and why people believe that Robert Downey Jr. more than deserves an Oscar for it.
Avengers: Endgame came out a week ago.
Comic Book's Patrick Cavanaugh says that the first Iron Man movie is the reason that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the way it is today.Iron Man's success is all thanks to Robert Downey Jr.'s incredible performance as Tony Stark.
And the movie's had a huge effect on the whole superhero industry, too.
For the man who started it all. @RobertDowneyJr @Avengers 💕 #AvengersEndgame https://t.co/jkFUSgGqef— Risa 🦋🌹 (@Risa 🦋🌹)1557063683.0
It was definitely a "flash of brash brilliance."
My son fell in love with @Iron_Man when he was 1 years old. He’s now 6, just finished watching @Avengers!… https://t.co/0V7HqNsjld— Mike Bartlett (@Mike Bartlett)1557039075.0
Remember this scene?
If you just got chills, so did we.
Disney and Marvel Studios have made more than thirteen billion dollars from the nineteen movies that they've released.
Big budget superhero movies were getting their sequels even before Iron Man came out.
This used to be much more common in comic books than in movies.
But there's an even more major thing that Iron Man did for the superhero industry.
Iron Man tells the story of a "billionaire playboy genius who builds a suit of powered armor to escape from terrorists."
"There are no civil wars fought, no city takeovers and hostage threats, no galactic beings intent on destroying the planet," Crump writes.
Considering that he lives in a world full of "green-skinned rage monsters" and "gods" with superpowers, Stark's powered armor seems quite normal...
"Stark isn't quite relatable, per se — few among us can truly relate to a guy with bottomless resources and Robert Downey Jr.'s good looks," Crump continues.
robert downey jr. that's it. that's the tweet https://t.co/u4WLgDXCkQ— eriKa (@eriKa)1557003683.0
"Stark is the template for a number of characters brought to screens."
"So it turns out Tony Stark has a superpower after all," Crump concludes.
He played Iron Man in ten different films!
They have even started a movement on Twitter claiming that Downey should at least be nominated for an Oscar.
The same has happened with Black Panther.
So Downey is actually unlikely to get the Oscar that we really feel he deserves.
Downey has been previously nominated for an Oscar in Best Supporting Actor for Tropic Thunder.
So it seems that Downey is doomed to follow Leonardo DiCaprio in his journey towards the Oscar.
Some say that compared to some previous Oscar winners, Downey is a pretty good option.
An Oscar for Robert Downey Jr. in Avengers: Endgame would be a huge stretch but it'd still be more deserving than l… https://t.co/shHGDbn2Ag— Jaime Rebanal (@Jaime Rebanal)1556979787.0
Rey said, "Robert Downey Jr. kickstarted the MCU and impacted millions of lives in such a positive way. He deserves it just for that."
im just gonna be chilling here and wait for robert downey jr get that oscar okay bye https://t.co/bAitC7cSTj— G (@G)1557144656.0
@TheMrZippie: "His performance was especially incredible in endgame I hope they at least give him a nomination."
who deserves an Oscar based on your sign: aries \ taurus gemini \ cancer leo… https://t.co/3TaPD5Gh8E— ,,, (@,,,)1557108830.0
@karate_girl: "I don’t understand how people say he doesn’t deserve it for Tony."
“He deserves an Oscar perhaps more than anyone in the last 40 years because of the way that he has motivated popula… https://t.co/ecNDZUPaGD— MCU Fan Show - Marvel Studios News (@MCU Fan Show - Marvel Studios News)1556911168.0
@CanISingYet: "YES, I've ways thought he deserved an Oscar for his performance."The fan also added, "@RobertDowneyJr performance as Tony Stark brought me to tears more than once. He should AT LEAST be nominated."
However, others believe that Iron Man's fans are still a little emotional over the Avengers: Endgame ending and can't think straight.
@ComicBook https://t.co/Bnx5dQD1yE— ReadyPlayer2112 (@ReadyPlayer2112)1556901256.0
How about Groot?
@GwinTeresa said, "I’m not saying he doesn’t deserve one but I definitely think this performance was not Oscar worthy."
@GeeksGamersCom I can't help but think that the Academy Awards became so discredited and irrelevant that I sincerel… https://t.co/V2tR0XhChS— Jakub Sedlák (@Jakub Sedlák)1557087211.0