3. “Iron Man” (2009)
No one knew what to expect that fateful first week of May when “Iron Man” hit theaters. But critics, movie-goers and comic book junkies alike were blown away. The true hero of the film is Jon Favreau, who rose from directing “Elf” and writing “Swingers” into directorial greatness. Favreau stayed faithful to the source material and took a serious risk in casting Robert Downey Jr, a 40-plus actor, as the lead. But the movie turned out pure gold, or you know, pure iron. “Iron Man” revived Downey’s career and launched the Marvel universe onto the big screen. “Iron Man” may be the best origin story superhero movie, and definitely one of the finest comic book films to date.
Best Scene: That entire first hour of the film where Iron Man builds his suit in Afghanistan. Legendary.