March 11, 2007

Jeff Bridges joins cast of "Iron Man"

Noted actor Jeff Bridges has signed on to Marvel's "Iron Man" flick due out next year. Bridges will play Tony Stark (Iron Man's secret ID) business rival Obadiah Stane:

Currently bald and sporting a silver goatee, Bridges said Stane (comicbook version at right) plays mentor to Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and would not divulge whether he was also the villain. However, Iron Man fans know that Stane (who, like Stark, is a billionaire industrialist) becomes our hero's bitter rival -- drawing Stark back to the [alcoholic] bottle -- which causes him to lose everything, including his company.

In the climactic issue #200, Tony Stark totally recovered from his bout with alcoholism, donned a totally new suit of armor (the only armor -- aside from his original suit -- that was not red and gold ... it was a striking red and silver) and went to confront Stane. Stane had assembled his own armored outfit while Stark was drinking his brains out, and the two go at it in a royal donneybrook. When it's apparent that there's no way he can win, Stane removes his helmet, puts his gauntlet blaster (repulsor) to his head, and blows his own head off:

Posted by Hube at March 11, 2007 11:44 AM | TrackBack

Comments  (We reserve the right to edit and/or delete any comments. If your comment is blocked or won't post, e-mail us and we'll post it for you.)

Back when I was getting Iron Man, Stark was still using the Silver Centurion armor. I can understand why people don't like it, it isn't a sleek suit especially compared to the red and golds that preceded and followed it. But it always seemed to be a very practical suit to me.

I still don't like Robert Downey, Jr as Stark though. Stark always struck me as Clark Gable (or Cary Grant) in armor. Downey doesn't do that.

BTW have you seen the animated Iron Man DVD yet? It was pretty good. Not great, but pretty good.

Posted by: Jeff the Baptist at March 12, 2007 09:03 AM

Jeff: Have not seen the DVD yet, unbelievably!

Posted by: Hube at March 13, 2007 07:21 PM