10 Things You Definitely Missed in Iron Man

Who doesn’t love Iron Man?

Iron Man 2008 Film by Marvel played by Robert Downey
Iron Man 2008 Film played by Robert Downey

The 2008 film produced by Marvel Studios is based on an American Superhero of the same name. The film revolves around how Tony Stark, a world-famous industrialist, and master engineer, escaped from captivity by a terrorist group. In his escape, he builds a mechanized suit of armor and later refines it to become the titular superhero, Iron Man.

Today at Watch Tank, we’re going to take you through the 10 Things You Definitely Missed in Iron Man.

10. Captain America

Have you noticed anything related to Captain America in the movie?

If you take a closer look, then you might see it.

In the movie, there is a scene where Tony Stark removes his damaged armor, and then the camera shifts to Stark’s table. If you have a magnifying glass and take a closer look at the shot, you can see Captain America’s shield in the background.

That’s right! Captain America made its first film debut in 2011.

But the director made sure that the audience got a glimpse of the shield three years before just to entice people for what was to come.

9. Ten Rings

We all remember the Ten Rings in the Iron Man 3 movie. But did you know that it was referred to in the first Iron Man film?

 Iron Man - Suit up Scene
Iron Man – Suit up Scene

Iron Man’s arch-nemesis, the Mandarin, was shown in the final movie franchise, Iron Man 3. But his organization, the Ten Rings, plays a prominent role in Iron Man.

The group leader, Raza, can be seen fiddling with an ornate gold ring on occasion. Well, Tony Stark, Obadiah Stane, Raza, and James Rhodes all wear rings in the film. Each ring symbolizes the power each character wields.

Also, the end credits series highlights an animation of the Ten Rings logo.

That’s a clue for the audience.

8. Burger King

Who doesn’t love American Cheeseburger? Everyone does, except Robert Downey Jr!

Robert Downey Jr Admits ‘Disgusting’ Burger King Saved Him From Addiction
Robert Downey Jr Admits ‘Disgusting’ Burger King Saved Him From Addiction

The cheeseburger that he has is from Burger King. This part of the film was actually inspired by some real-life events related to Robert Downey Jr.

In 2003, he thanked Burger King for helping him get clean after his struggles as an addict. The story goes like this: once Downey was having a burger in his car, which was full of drugs. The burger tasted so repugnant that it made him have thoughts about his life and dump all the drugs in the ocean.

7. Press Release

Tony and Pepper / Robert Downey and Gwyneth Paltrow
Tony and Pepper / Robert Downey and Gwyneth Paltrow

Before that iconic shot, there is a scene where Tony holds a newspaper in his hand while he talks with his assistant (and future wife), Pepper Potts.

If you looked at the newspaper closely, you would see that the headlines read, “Who Is the Iron Man,” with a blurred image of him in his suit.

The picture was actually taken from one of the videos the videographers took. This picture was used to publicize the film in the initial stages.

The photo seems quite amateurish, but that is what the producer and the director wanted.

Who is the Iron Man, according to you?

6. Spoiler Alert

There is a scene where Tony Stark is held captive by the terrorist group.

Do you know what the terrorists were saying?

Before the intended reveal, the terrorists actually shared their plans on how to make the attack and their alliance with Tony’s friend Stane, which could be considered a massive spoiler for the viewers since the alliance isn’t supposed to be revealed until far later in the movie. The upside with this is that the plans were discussed in Urdu. Unless you know Urdu or there were subtitles translating the words before the intended reveal, you wouldn’t understand what they were talking about!

The scene was spoiled for some, but massively just a spoken foreign language for others.

Was it a spoiler for you?

5. A Christmas Story

Did you know that there is a link with the movie ‘A Christmas Story’ in Iron Man?

At the beginning of the movie, you will find Tony Stark talking to a young boy about how he looks exactly like A Christmas Story’s main character Ralphie.

To the audience’s surprise, the actor who played Ralphie, Peter Billingsley, is actually the executive producer of the first Iron Man.

Also, Peter has played the role of the Stark Industries scientist who attempts but breaks to recreate the Arc Reactor technology for Obadiah Stane.

That is not a coincidence.

4. Ray’s

Whose pizza do you love the most? Everyone has their favorite pizza brand. For the Iron Man director, it was Ray’s Pizza.

In the movie, Obadiah gives Stark pizza which has Ray’s Pizza written on the top of the box.

Well, every New Yorker might know that Ray’s the most famous chain of pizza places in the Big Apple.

But the thing that you don’t know is that this is the second time in Jon Favreau that you see Ray’s been mentioned.

In the 2003 Christmas Movie Elf, Jon had made it a point that Ray’s been mentioned. In the film, there is a scene where Santa Claus promotes Ray’s Pizza to Buddy the Elf.

3. MIT Ring

Who doesn’t know that Tony Stark and Lt. Col. James “Rhodey” Rhodes graduated from MIT?

They both are MIT buddies, and their bond has been stable since then. They both respect MIT a lot.

There is a scene where Stark and Rhodes are having a conversation with each other over the phone. If you see properly, you can spot a big gold ring on Rhodes’ hands in which he holds the phone. Take a closer look at the ring, it shows the symbol MIT.

Well, it is MIT’s class ring, otherwise known as the “brass rat.”

2. S.H.I.E.L.D

In the movie, we have been introduced to the S.H.I.E.L.D.

Do you remember the full form of it?

Agent Phil Coulson refers to S.H.I.E.L.D. as the “Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division.”

This is what the film teaches us. But if you read into the Iron Man comics, you would find that S.H.I.E.L.D. stands for ‘Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage/Law-Enforcement Division.’ Later, in 1991, it was changed to ‘Strategic Hazard Intervention/Espionage Logistics Directorate.’

Maybe for the film, they changed the full form once again.

Let’s check some other facts related to Iron Man that did not make its way into the Top 10.

The Dude

Jeff Bridges is known for his performance as lousy guy Obadiah Stane in the original Iron Man movie. But that is not what he is remembered for.

Do you know the most famous role by Jeff?

It’s The Dude from The Big Lebowski. There are small tributes to The Dude in Stane’s secret computer data. Also, the weapons which Stane sends to the villains are on a ship called Lebowski.

Well, a lot of connections with The Dude.


In the comics, you would find that Roxxon is actually one of the notorious petrochemical companies involved in illegal activities. In the movie, the company has been introduced as a fictional version of the real company Exxon.

Is it Roxxon or Exxon? Both sounds are similar.

During a fight with Iron Man and Stane, you can find a Roxxon poster that can be seen on one of the buildings.

Now, let’s check the number one on the list.

1. Theme song

You might think there are no songs in Iron Man, but there is one. While not a song, it is music. Can you guess it?

Even before Iron Man made his debut in the 2008 film, there was a cartoon named Invincible Iron Man, which was first aired in 1966. However, Iron Man became a much more common household name after the first movie was released.

Despite this, the background score that you hear in many of the scenes is actually part of the cartoon’s theme song, which is likely very nostalgic for older viewers.

For example, you can hear it when Tony Stark is in the casino at the start of the film and Stark’s bedroom at one point in time.

Trying to listen out for it one more time.

Iron Man has its own fanbase, but there are some things that the fans have also not noticed yet. Did you miss any of these points? Let us know in the comments!