The Library of Congress announced their list of movies to be inducted into the National Film Registry which includes the feature that launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the 2008 film ‘Iron Man. ‘
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said in a press release, “Films have become absolutely central to American culture by helping tell our national story for more than 125 years. We are proud to add 25 more films by a group of vibrant and diverse filmmakers to the National Film Registry as we preserve our cinematic heritage.”
“We’re grateful to the entire film community for collaborating with the Library of Congress to ensure these films are preserved for the future,” she added.
The adaption of the character co-created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby starred Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, Gwyneth Paltrow as love interest Pepper Potts, Jon Favreau as assistant Happy Hogan, Terrence Howard as James Rhodes, and Jeff Bridges as Obadiah Stane. Paramount Pictures handled the production while Favreau directed the film and its 2010 sequel ‘Iron Man 2.’
‘Iron Man’ would go on to be nominated for Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects at the 81st Academy Awards and would be listed in the top 10 lists of 2008 by the American Film Institute.
After the conclusion of his tenure as Iron Man with ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ CinemaBlend reports that Robert Downey Jr. said, “I’ve done all I could with that character and can do other things now. Now, being middle-aged, you start looking at the back nine and realize this is all part of the journey and things end. I am fortunate and eternally grateful to have wound up where I have.”
“Each project is different. Playing Tony/Iron Man was hard and I dug deep. I had an incredible 10-year run that was creatively satisfying,” he added.
You can watch the trailer for ‘Iron Man’ below:
CNN notes that others on the list include the films ‘The Little Mermaid,’ the musical ‘Hairspray,’ the romantic comedy ‘When Harry Met Sally,’ the Stephen King adaption ‘Carrie,’ and the 1950 film version of ‘Cyrano de Bergerac.’
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