Iron Man (2008 film)

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I had my eyes opened. I came to realize that I had more to offer this world than just making things that blow up.

Iron Man (2008) is a superhero film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character Iron Man, and is the first installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film's sequel is Iron Man 2.

Tony Stark/Iron Man[edit]

Mr. Stark, you've become part of a bigger universe. You just don't know it yet.
  • [Stark is presenting a new missile system to a group of high-ranking military men] "Is it better to be feared or respected?" I say, is it too much to ask for both? With that in mind I humbly present you the crown jewel of Stark Industries' Freedom Line. It's the first missile system to incorporate the latest in proprietary Repulsor Technology. They say that the best weapon is the one that 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. Find an excuse to let one of these off the chain, and I personally guarantee you the bad guys won't even want to come out of their caves. [one of the missiles launches and heads for the mountains in the distance, when it nears, the missile launches a large number of smaller warheads] For your consideration…the Jericho. [missiles warheads detonate with a massive explosion and kick up a massive shock wave]
  • [to Rhodey] I'm sorry, this is the Fun-vee. The Hum-drum-vee is back there.
  • Yeah. I can fly.
  • "Iron Man." That's kind of catchy. It's got a nice ring to it. I mean, it's not technically accurate, the suit's a gold-titanium alloy, but it's kind of provocative. The imagery, anyway.

Obadiah Stane/Iron Monger[edit]

  • We're iron mongers. We make weapons.
  • Just because I brought pizza back from New York doesn't mean it went bad.
  • [to a paralyzed Tony] When I ordered the hit on you, I was worried that I was killing the golden goose. But you see, it was just fate that you survived it…leaving one last golden egg to give. [removes the mini arc reactor from Tony's chest] You really think that just because you have an idea, it belongs to you? Your father, he helped give us the atomic bomb. Now what kind of world would it be today if he was as selfish as you?
  • How ironic, Tony! Trying to rid the world of weapons…you gave it its best one ever. And now I'm gonna kill you with it!
  • Hold still, you little prick!

Virginia "Pepper" Potts[edit]

  • You're all I have too, y'know. [to Tony]
  • "Proof That Tony Stark Has A Heart" [plaque on the preserved arc reactor she gives to Tony]
  • I thought it'd be bigger… [looking at the recovered Mark I suit in Stane's lab, mistaking it for Stane's suit]

Lt. Col. James "Rhodey" Rhodes[edit]

  • [to the just-rescued Tony] How was the Fun-vee? Next time you ride with me, okay?
  • [looking at Tony's Mark II suit] Next time, baby.


Christine Everheart: Mr. Stark, you've been called the Da Vinci of our time. What do you say to that?
Tony Stark: Absolutely ridiculous, I don't paint.
Everheart: What do you say to your other nickname, "The Merchant of Death"?
Stark: That's not bad.

[After Stark's one night stand with Christine]
Pepper Potts: I have your clothes here; they've been dry cleaned and pressed. And there's a car waiting for you outside that will take you anywhere you'd like to go.
Christine Everheart: You must be the famous Pepper Potts.
Pepper: [smiling] Indeed I am.
Everheart: After all these years, Tony still has you picking up the dry cleaning.
Pepper: I do anything and everything Mr. Stark requires. Including, occasionally, taking out the trash. [still smiling] Will that be all?

Tony Stark: [To a dying Yinsen, as he attempts a breakout in his new battlesuit] We gotta go. Come on, move with me. We have a plan, and we're going to stick to it.
Yinsen: This was always the plan, Stark.
Stark: Come on, you're going to go see your family. Get up.
Yinsen: My family is dead, Stark. And I'm going to see them now. [sees Tony is upset] It's okay. I want this. I want this.
Stark: Thank you for saving me.
Yinsen: Don't waste it. Don't waste your life, Stark. [dies]

[Tony Stark addresses a press conference]
Tony Stark: I never got to say goodbye to my father. There's questions I would've asked him. I would've asked him how he felt about what his company did, if he was conflicted, if he ever had doubts. Or maybe he was every inch of man we remember from the newsreels. I saw young Americans killed by the very weapons I created to defend them and protect them. And I saw that I had become part of a system that is comfortable with zero accountability.
Press Reporter #1: Mr. Stark, what happened over there?
Stark: I had my eyes opened. I came to realize that I had more to offer this world than just making things that blow up. And that is why, effective immediately, I am shutting down the weapons manufacturing division of Stark Industries. [reporters become agitated]

[after successfully testing the Mark II suit's hovering capabilities]
JARVIS: Test complete. Preparing to power down and begin diagnostics—
Tony Stark: Uh yeah, tell you what. Do a weather and ATC check, start listening in on ground control.
JARVIS: [realizing what Tony plans to do] Sir, there are still terabytes of calculations required before an actual flight is—
Stark: JARVIS, sometimes you gotta run before you can walk.

Tony Stark: [After seeing the gold 3-D render of what will become the Mark III suit] A little ostentatious, don't you think?
JARVIS: [dripping with sarcasm] What was I thinking? You're usually so discreet.
Stark: Tell you what. Throw a little hot-rod red in there.
JARVIS: Oh yes. That should help you keep a low profile. [seconds later] The render is complete.
Stark: [upon seeing the new render] Hey, I like it. Fabricate it, paint it.
JARVIS: Beginning automated assembly. Estimated completion time is five hours.
Stark: Don't wait up for me, honey.

[after returning from his personal mission to Gulmira, Tony tries to get out of the Mark III]
Tony Stark: Hey, ow, ah ah ah ah ah ah ah—
JARVIS: It is a tight fit, sir.
Stark: Hey! Aah!
JARVIS: Sir, the more you struggle, the more this is going to hurt.
Stark: Be gentle, this is my first time. I designed it to come off, so…hey! I really should be able to—
JARVIS: Please try not to move, sir.
[Pepper walks in, stunned and confused]
Pepper Potts: What is going on here?
Stark: [deadpan] Let's face it, this isn't the worst thing you've caught me doing.
Pepper: [looking at the suit] Are those bullet holes?

James Rhodes: You're not a soldier.
Tony Stark: Damn right I'm not. I'm an army.

Engineer: Mr. Stane? Sir, we've explored what you've asked of us and it seems as though there's a little hiccup. Actually, um…
Obadiah Stane: A hiccup?
Engineer: Yes, see to power the suit…sir, the technology doesn't actually exist. So it…
Stane: Wait, wait, the technology? [gestures towards the Arc Reactor] William, William…here is the technology! I've asked you to simply make it smaller.
Engineer: Yes, sir, and that's what we're trying to do, but…honestly, it's impossible—
Engineer: Well, I'm sorry. I'm not Tony Stark.

[Stane pursues Stark to high altitudes. Iron Monger grabs Iron Man's thruster moments later.]
Iron Monger: You had a great idea, Tony, but my suit is more advanced in every way!
Iron Man: How'd you solve the icing problem?
Iron Monger: Icing problem?
[Ice forms over Stane's suit, its "eyes" flicker and go out, and its thrusters shut off]
Iron Man: Might want to look into it. [Thumps Stane on the helmet and sends him tumbling back to Earth]

[a government agent wants to debrief Tony after his return from captivity]
Phil Coulson: I'm Agent Phil Coulson with the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.
Pepper Potts: That's quite a mouthful.
Coulson: I know. We're working on it.
. . .
[Coulson finally meets Tony]
Coulson: Mr. Stark?
Tony Stark: Yeah?
Coulson: Agent Coulson.
Stark: Oh yeah yeah yeah, the guy from the…
Coulson: Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.
Stark: Whew. God, you really need a new name for that.
Coulson: Yeah, I hear that a lot.
. . .
[after Iron Monger's destruction]
Pepper: Agent Coulson, I just wanted to say thank you very much for all your help.
Coulson: That's what we do. You'll be hearing from us.
Pepper: From the Strategic Homeland—
Coulson: Just call us SHIELD.

[last lines; Tony calls a press conference after his battle with Stane]
James Rhodes: And now, Mr. Stark has prepared a statement. He will not be taking any questions. Thank you.
[Tony takes the podium]
Tony Stark: Uh, been a while since I was up here in front of you, I think I'll stick to the cards this time. [laughter] There's been speculation that I was involved in the events that occurred on the freeway and the rooftop—
Christine Everheart: [raising her hand] I'm sorry Mr. Stark, but do you honestly expect us to believe that that was a bodyguard in a suit that conveniently appeared? Despite the fact that—
Stark: I know that it's confusing. It's one thing to question the official story, and another thing entirely to make wild accusations, or insinuate that I'm a superhero.
Everheart: I never said you were a superhero.
Stark: Didn't? [she answers with an "Mm-mm"] Well good, because that would be outlandish and, uh, fantastic. I, I'm just not the hero type. Clearly. What with this laundry list of defects, all the mistakes I've made, largely public—
Rhodey: [whispering in his ear] Just stick to the cards, man.
Stark: Yeah, okay. Yeah. [holds his note cards and pauses] The truth is…
[he drops his cards]
Stark: I am Iron Man.
[Everheart, smiling, remains seated as the rest of the press rises and storms to the podium in a frenzy]

[post-credits scene: Tony returns home after the press conference]
Tony Stark: Jarvis.
JARVIS: [distorted] Welcome home, Sir. [Jarvis cuts out]
[Tony notices a figure by the window looking outside]
Unknown Man: "I am Iron Man." Think you're the only superhero in the world? Mr. Stark, you've become part of a bigger universe. You just don't know it yet.
Stark: Who the hell are you?
Unknown Man: [walks into the light] Nick Fury. Director of SHIELD.
Stark: [nonchalantly] Ah.
Fury: I'm here to talk to you about the Avenger Initiative.


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