Cast of Iron Man: where are they?
Where is the cast of Iron Man now? Every success story has to start somewhere, and for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, its starting point was the 2008 film, Iron Man. The first Marvel Phase One film, Iron Man grossed over $585 million at the worldwide box office, received two Oscar nominations, and introduced the world to some of the superhero genre’s most beloved characters.
Directed by Jon Favreau, many of the actors who appeared in the original film went on to successful careers. From becoming one of Hollywood’s highest-paid stars, working on award-winning films, and appearing on hit TV series, it’s safe to say that the cast of Iron Man – much like the MCU itself – even – has been pretty much unstoppable since Tony Stark’s first big outing.
Although Iron Man met his end in the Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame, the character’s 2008 solo film still holds a special place in the hearts of many fans. And with Disney Plus’ next series about Tony’s spiritual successor – Ironheart – on the way, you might be looking to revisit the film that started it all. Well, The Digital Fix has you covered. Here is all the info on the OG The cast of Iron Manexplaining where they are now and what they have planned for the future.
Who is part of the cast of Iron Man:
- Robert Downey Jr – Tony Stark
- Gwyneth Paltrow – Virginia ‘Pepper’ Potts
- Don Cheadle – James “Rhodey” Rhodes
- Jeff Bridges – Obadiah Stane
- Paul Bettany – JARVIS
- Jon Favreau – Harold “Happy” Hogan
- Samuel L Jackson – Nick Fury
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr played none other than the titular hero of the 2000s film, Iron Man. From Tony Stark – the brilliant playboy billionaire – by day, to the armored superhero by night, Downey would steal hearts as the character for several years to come.
Fans would see Downey become an MCU staple after Iron Man, returning for the franchise’s two sequel films and appearing in the Avengers movies alongside Chris Evan’s Captain America. The actor was even at one point the highest-paid star on Marvel’s roster, earning millions in income for every movie, until he left the franchise after his death in Endgame (I’m Not Crying). not, you are).
In recent years, following his exit from the MCU, Robert Downey Jr has been busy. Currently, he is set to appear in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming drama about the father of the atomic bomb – Oppenheimer. The actor is also set to return as the world’s greatest detective in Sherlock Holmes 3.
You know the saying, behind every great man there is a woman pulling the strings. And in the case of the smart but irresponsible Tony Stark, let’s be honest, he’d be pretty much lost without his personal assistant Pepper Potts – played by Gwyneth Paltrow in the Iron Man movies.
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Like Downey, Paltrow’s Pepper Potts was a central figure in Iron Man, meaning the actor would go on to reprise the character for all of the 2008 film’s sequels and the Avengers movies as well. Pepper was not only Tony’s confidante, but also proved to be another important person and love interest throughout her time in the MCU.
Besides Marvel, Paltrow had a thriving acting career that earned her numerous accolades such as an Academy Award for her work in the romance film Shakespeare in Love. However, following Endgame and appearing on The Politician TV series, Paltrow is on a hiatus from acting and is now focusing on his “lifestyle brand” – Goop.
OK, I know what you’re thinking. Yes, technically Don Cheadle wasn’t cast in the first Iron Man movie. But considering he’s now synonymous with the role of James Rhodes, we thought it would be just silly not to include him in our list.
Originally, the role of Rhodes, Tony’s friend and future Avenger, was first played by Terrence Howard in Iron Man. According to Entertainment Weekly, Howard and Marvel had contract disputes, which ultimately led to his character being recast and cast by Don Cheadle – who still plays the role to this day.
After his first appearance in Iron Man 2, fans saw Cheadle in a number of Marvel projects, including Disney series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and What If…?.
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The star will also be back as James (aka War Machine) in the upcoming Armor Wars show. So yes, unlike Downey and Paltrow, Cheadle is still firmly on the MCU bandwagon with plenty of appearances planned!
Jeff Bridges was the main big bad, named Obadiah Stane, in the first Iron Man movie. Obadiah was a family friend of the Starks, who in a stunning act of betrayal turns on Tony in an effort to take over Stark Industries. Bridges is a man who hardly needs an introduction, thanks to the more than 90 acting credits behind his name.
The actor has starred in a number of acclaimed movies over the years including Seabiscuit, Crazy Heart and one of the best Westerns of recent years – True Grit. Since Obadiah Stane, sadly, met his very last end in Iron Man, Bridges hasn’t reprized the character or returned to the MCU (I know, we’re devastated too).
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In 2020, Bridges revealed he had been diagnosed with lymphoma, but luckily the actor is now in remission. Since his announcement, Bridges has been healthy enough to return to the acting seat – and appeared in the 2022 TV series The Old Man as Dan Chase.
The only character who is perhaps as iconic as Iron Man himself in the 2008 film is the AI JARVIS Paul Bettany, voices the robotic butler designed by Tony Stark, who saved the superhero’s life in many many times.
Bettany would voice the role of JARVIS for all Iron Man sequels, up to the movie Avengers: Age of Ultron, where he would next play the role of Vision in the MCU. As Vision, Bettany appeared physically in three films and was one of the protagonists in the famous Marvel series Wanda Vision.
As many Marvel fans already know, after breaking her heart at the end of Wanda Vision, it looks like Bettany won’t appear much in the MCU going forward.
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However, the star has exciting projects ahead outside of Disney. Moviegoers can expect to see the actor again in the film, The Collaboration, where Bettany is to play legendary artist Andy Warhol.
In addition to directing Iron Man, Jon Favreau also appeared in it as Tony Stark’s close friend and chief security officer at Stark Industries, Harold “Happy” Hogan.
Happy has a pretty successful run in the MCU, appearing in all Iron Man sequels, surviving 2019’s Endgame movie, and even moving on to another superhero franchise – Spider-Man. That’s right, in addition to Iron Man, the star has appeared in all three of Tom Holland’s releases as a web-slinger. But besides acting, Favreau has an incredible career behind the camera.
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Recently, alongside his few appearances in Marvel films such as No Way Home, Favreau has focused on his work as a filmmaker. He produced the hit sci-fi series The Mandalorian, the Book of Boba Fett, and is now set to direct the upcoming Disney movie Jungle Book 2.
Samuel L Jackson
Yes, it’s just an appearance, but I mean come on, we couldn’t not talk about the first time the world was introduced to Samuel L Jackson’s Nick Fury, could we? As I mentioned above, we first meet Nick Fury in the Iron Man post-credit scene, when the agent seeks out Tony Stark to discuss what he calls the “Avengers Initiative.” .
Jackson is one of the hardest working actors of our generation, with an incredibly impressive 201 credits behind his name. Some of his notable films include Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, and Oldboy.
As for his future projects, Jackson is still in the MCU and will appear in the upcoming Secret Invasion series, and The Marvels action movie. Outside of the MCU, the star is set to voice a character in the animated film Garfield and is set to star in The Piano Lesson.
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