The sprawling Marvel Cinematic Universe got its beginning on this day in movie history.
Iron Man was released in theaters across the United States on May 2nd, 2008. The film was written by Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Art Marcum, and Matt Halloway. It was directed by Jon Favreau.
The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges, and Terrance Howard.
Based on the Marvel Comics franchise dating back to the 1960s, with a modern twist, the film tells the story of egotistical billionaire inventor who finds himself captured by enemy forces. He builds a suit of armor to escape, but faces another threat inside his company when he makes it back to the US.
The film was a big hit, making over half-a-billion dollars. Aside from two direct sequels, the Iron Man character as well as other supporting characters appeared in other films in the connected Marvel Cinematic Universe, including the upcoming Spider-Man Homecoming.