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  • Ability over Appearance: Robert Downey, Jr. was hired for having pretty much all of the traits that the character of Tony Stark had in the comics, with the exception of one: his height. Thankfully, there's the Scully Box to get around that problem.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: As the first phase of the MCU culminated with The Avengers (2012), many fans remember back to Nick Fury in The Stinger wanting to talk about "the Avengers Initiative", however the actual line is "I'm here to talk to you about the Avenger Initiative." (No "s".)
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  • California Doubling: The Mojave Desert and Antelope Valley are used to double for Afghanistan. The rocks where Tony's military transport is ambushed are the Alabama Hills near Lone Pine.
  • Deleted Scene:
    • An extended version of the ambush at the beginning of the film.
    • An extended version of the Caesars Palace scenes where Tony Stark loses 3 million dollars playing roulette.
    • An extended version of the flight to Bagram Air Base.
    • James Rhodes talks to General William Gabriel about his desire to return to Afghanistan to search for Tony Stark.
    • Tony Stark and Ho Yinsen play a board game. Abu Bakaar comes in and demands to know when he will be finished. He is referring to his laundry, not the Jericho. Bakaar talks about the game with Stark and Yinsen and appears to bond with them.
    • Raza enters and shoots Bakaar dead, and tells Stark that he has until tomorrow to finish the missile.
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    • Stark returns home after being abducted and speaks to J.A.R.V.I.S.
    • Stark begins construction on the Mark II armor.
    • Stark and Pepper Potts throw a party in Dubai in his mansion there. Before Stark can have sex with three of the women there, he leaves in the Mark II. The morning after the party, Pepper finds Stark drinking in his Iron Man armor.
    • When Obadiah Stane visits the scientists creating his Iron Monger Armor, he gives them a speech about what is at stake.
    • While Obadiah Stane repeatedly kicks Stark during their battle, James Rhodes arrives and rams him with a car.
    • Instead of immediately falling into the Arc Reactor at the end of the fight, Stane hangs on and Stark grabs him. Stane tries to pull him in, but Stark releases his grip and Stane falls.
  • Directed by Cast Member: Jon Favreau directs the movie and also plays Happy Hogan.
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    • Jeff Bridges grew a goatee and shaved his head, which he said was something he'd always wanted to do.
    • Peter Billingsley has a cameo as the lead Sector 16 technician (aka the guy Stane chides for not being able to reverse-engineer the Arc Reactor). He had his hair shaved to appear as male pattern baldness.
  • Harpo Does Something Funny: Apparently a good deal of the dialog was like this; not just Tony Stark's. It's reported that most of the script was a brief summary of what the actors needed to say, and from there they were allowed to pretty much improvise the finer details, which is why the dialogue feels a lot more naturalistic. This is how everyone discovered Robert Downey Jr. is a witty bastard, hence Iron Man's new characterization as a Deadpan Snarker. Jeff Bridges described the experience as a if he were working on a $200 million college film.
  • Inspiration for the Work: Jon Favreau drew inspiration from Tom Clancy, James Bond, and RoboCop (1987).
  • Promoted Fanboy: Jeff Bridges read the comics as a child
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  • Throw It In!: The iconic ending with Tony Stark revealing that he is Iron Man was actually improvised on-set by Robert Downey Jr., as revealed by Kevin Feige 10 years after the film first aired in theaters.
  • Uncredited Role: J. J. Abrams did a uncredited script polish.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Besides the fact that Tony is in Afghanistan during The War on Terror, as he prepares for a picture with the soldiers, he says to them "I don't want to see this on your MySpace Page." At the time of filming, MySpace was the social network, but by the time that the movie premiered, Facebook had usurped its title. Avengers: Endgame features a subtle Call-Back gag toward the beginning of the film, where Tony says not to release a recording on "social media" instead of mentioning any specific social network, as if to future-proof that movie from running into the same issue.
  • What Could Have Been: Enough for its own page.
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: The script was not completely prepared when filming began, since the filmmakers were more focused on the story and the action, so the dialogue was mostly ad-libbed throughout filming and scenes were laid out to the actors in concept via outlines rather than scripted lines; Jon Favreau acknowledged this made the film feel more natural. Some scenes were shot with two cameras to capture lines improvised on the spot; Robert Downey Jr.. would ask for many takes of one scene since he wanted to try something new. Gwyneth Paltrow, on the other hand, had a difficult time trying to match Downey with a suitable line, as she never knew what he would say.

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