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Iron Man (2008): A Hero's Journey

Ms. Churchill Spring Semester 2014 Extra Credit
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Benjamin Tat

on 19 May 2014

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Transcript of Iron Man (2008): A Hero's Journey

Iron Man
A Hero's Journey
Ordinary World
The main protagonist in this story is Tony Stark, a Playboy, philanthropist, and genius, billionaire, and master engineer.
After his father's death, he inherited an expensive military defensive company called
Stark Industries
.
The hero's normal world before the story begins.
The movie starts off showing Tony Stark going on a business trip to speak about and demonstrate a weapon, called the "Jericho Missile" to United States soldiers in Afghanistan.
Call To Adventure
On the way back from the presentation, Tony Stark's convoy is ambushed and he is critically wounded from on of his own missiles.
Tony Stark is captured and imprisoned in a cave by the terrorist group the Ten Rings.
The Ten Rings leader, Raza, offers Stark freedom in exchange for building the "Jericho Missile" for the group.
The hero is presented with a problem, challenge or adventure to undertake.
Refusal of the Call
The hero refuses the challenge or journey, usually out of fear.
Tony Stark has learned that some shrapnel trapped in his chest is inching towards his heart with every passing second and is only being delayed by a mechanical device called an electromagnet built by another captive prisoner named Yinsen.
Stark admits defeat and refuses to build the missiles and is willing to await death.
Meeting with the Mentor
The hero meets a mentor to gain confidence, advice or training to face the adventure.
Known
Unknown
Crossing the Threshold
The hero crosses the gateway that separates the ordinary world from the special world.
Challenges
The hero faces tests, meets allies, confronts enemies & learn the rules of the Unknown World.
The Ten Rings Attack
At a charity event held by Stark Industries, reporter, Christine Everhart, informs Stark that his company's weapons, including the Jericho, were recently delivered to the Ten Rings and are being used to attack Yinsen's home village, Gulmira. Enraged, Stark uses his new armor and flies to Afghanistan, where he saves Yinsen's village.
Obadiah Stane
Tony discovers that Obadiah Stane, a coworker for of Tony, has been supplying the terrorists supplies, weapons, and the "Jericho Missile."
Tony also learns that Obadiah was the one who hired the Ten Rings to kill Stark in the beginning.
Lastly, in an effort to rid Tony once and for all, Obadiah begins to work on a robot suit which will be used to kill him.
Mark II
After perfecting the Iron man arms and legs, he is able to complete the rest of the Iron man suit.
He then perfects how to use the suit and how to fly with the suit.
Iron man Legs and Hands
Tony Stark beings to build a newer, stronger, better Iron man.
He beings to build Iron man legs and hands which he uses to fly around with.
Replacing the Arc Reactor
After everything has settled down, Tony builds a better Arc Reactor using the better tools and materials he has.
The new reactor is more powerful and more energy efficient.
He asks his assistant, Pepper Potts, the trickster in the story, to help Tony replace the Arc Reactors.
Pepper then saves the old Arc Reactor and makes it as a gift for Tony.
While building the robot suit, Obadiah is unable to power it because none of his workers know how to construct and build a mini Arc Reactor like Tony had done.
With his plan starting to fall apart, Obadiah forces his way into Tony's home and takes the Arc Reactor from him.
This scene would be known as the Abyss because he loses his Arc Reactor and without it, he is unable to live.
The Return
Tony Stark has survived the events in Afghanistan, built a device to sustain his life, and a technological masterpiece in the form of the Iron Man Armor.
During a press conference, Tony no longer feels the need to hide his identity and he announces to the audience and cameras, "I am Ironman. "
This shows us that he has full transformed from the a selfish, prideful, egoistic person he was into a loving, caring, humanitarian, avenger who is ready to use his life for the good of the world.
This is the Return for the hero has proven himself and as found a purpose in his life.
The Atonement
After being suited up, Tony Stark goes after to fight Obadiah as Iron Monger, his iron suit.
There is a long battle scene but, Obadiah dies and Iron man is able to rise as victor.
This scene is the Atonement because Tony finally must trust himself to do the right thing and right the wrong.
He is the only one who can save and protect others.
The Transformation
In the Transformation, the hero will be reborn.
He will see the loss he experienced in The Abyss as a inspiration for action and responsibility.
He accepts his “new” self and goes after to achieve his goal
The Message
1. You can always build something with nothing!
2. Follow your heart, and you will always make the right choices!
Bibliography
Tony Stark
Raza
Tony meets his mentor, fellow prisoner Dr. Yinsen, who saves him by giving him a new heart and gives him a new perspective on the effect his weapons have on the world.
Yinsen gives advice to Tony saying that even if he builds the "Jericho missile," Raza will not set him free.
At this point Tony accepts the call of the hero and starts working on building a robotic suit to help him escape.
Mark I Blueprints
Dr. Yinsen
The iron suit is created and Ironman has been born. Tony Stark uses this newly created iron suit to escape captivity and make his way back to civilization.
Stark’s months of captivity have altered his view on the world causes him to stop his company from manufacturing of weapons.
He realizes that is own weapons are not helping people but rather endangering them.
After stopping the weapons industry, Tony focuses on building a better secret design of Iron man to help people around the world and fight against evil.
In this scene, the Ten Rings soldiers would be the Threshold Guardians.
Iron Man Trailer
Tony remembers the gift that Pepper had gave him and he goes to get it.
He then reinserts the old Arc Reactor into his body.
Iron man is reborn and he realizes that he must fight against Obadiah with confident, understanding, and determination.
Call to Adventure
Ordinary World
Refusal of the Call
Meeting the Mentor
Crossing the Threshold
The Challenges
The Abyss
The Transformation
The Atonement
The Return
The Message
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