Dark Iron Man Details From The MCU That Demand A Rewatch

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Vote up the details you missed the first time around.

When Iron Man hit theaters in 2008, nobody could have predicted the film would launch what came to be the biggest film franchise of all time. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a beast - it's bigger than Star WarsHarry Potter, and James Bond combined. It's that big, but it probably wouldn't even exist were it not for the shot in the dark that was Iron Man. From there, Tony Stark and Iron Man became the core of the MCU, and throughout his time battling bad guys, Tony has had some sincerely dark moments.

While most fans know a lot about his appearances, there's plenty the average viewer may not realize while watching Tony slug it out with Ultron, Thanos, or whichever bad guy shows up at his doorstep. This list compiles some of the darkest details about Iron Man from the MCU that'll make you want to sit through Phase I through III for the 50th time! Take a look down below, and don't forget to upvote your favorites before you head back to the couch to chill with Tony Stark for a little while.


  • 1
    125 VOTES

    Tony Gives Away Obadiah's Present To Buy Strawberries In 'Iron Man 2'

    From Redditor u/philth_:

    In Iron Man 2, the watch Tony Stark uses to pay for strawberries is the watch gifted to him by Obadiah in Iron Man.

    125 votes
  • 2
    107 VOTES

    Hydra Targets Tony Stark In 'Winter Soldier'

    From Redditor u/james___uk:

    One of the targets in Captain America Winter Soldier is Iron Man himself.

    107 votes
  • 3
    133 VOTES

    Tony's Bruises Carry Over From One Movie To Another

    From Redditor u/xPKx:

    Tony Stark’s bruises from Civil War match perfectly with his bruises in Homecoming.

    133 votes
  • 4
    135 VOTES

    Obadiah Calls Tony To Check On Him Because He's Late To His Assassination (Attempt)

    From Redditor u/AhhBisto:

    [In Iron Man], Tony's fateful trip to Afghanistan is delayed by 3 hours so the attack on his escort is also delayed. Obadiah couldn't sleep because of the delay and called Tony to check on where he is.

    135 votes
  • 5
    84 VOTES

    Tony's "Peace In Our Time" Quote Has Historically Dark Connotations

    From Redditor u/MagicJoshByGosh:

    In Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), when Tony Stark and Bruce Banner are crafting the Ultron AI, Tony says “Peace in our time,” almost the exact words of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain after meeting with Adolf Hitler for the first time, which ultimately led to the beginning of World War II (not a cause of it), foreshadowing the upcoming war between the Avengers and Ultron.

    84 votes
  • 6
    105 VOTES

    Obadiah Stane's Comment About Tony's Arc Reactor Is Pretty Telling

    From Redditor u/Stormageddon789:

    In Iron Man (2008), Obadiah tells Tony that the arc reactor is his 'ninth symphony.' In the classical music world, there is a belief that after a composer writes their ninth symphony they would die. He was implying that the arc reactor would be the last thing Tony created before Obadiah kills him.

    105 votes