I don’t remember everything about going to see Iron Man 1 in theatres as a child, such as the circumstances which led me there, but here are some thoughts/things I remember very vividly about the experience:
- Covering my ears during the explosions in Afghanistan
- Seeing Tony charm Christine into a one night stand: “Wow, he’s so good at that! I wanna be like that with guys when I’m older!” (Now it’s girls too babey)
- Seeing the Malibu Mansion, Tony’s pool, and the cars in his workshop/garage: “I love this! This is what I want my house to be like when I grow up!”
- Hearing/seeing JARVIS for the first time: “HIS COMPUTER CAN TALK? THAT’S SO AMAZING! I WANT THAT!”
- I definitely cried when Yinsen died
- Pepper: “I love her. She’s amazing. I hope they end up together at the end!”
- MK2 Test flight: “This is literally the best thing I’ve ever seen in my entire life! I really, REALLY wish I had that!” and the just..general feeling of complete euphoria, which I still get watching that scene these days
- BTW I figured out Obadiah was the bad guy the moment Tony got back to America. I felt it in me 10 year old bones. I was right.
- “Anything else?” “Keep the skies clear for me.” My dad leaned over to me and said “Rhodey gets a suit too in the comics! He’s called War Machine.” My brain: I will remember this fact for later
- I cried a lot when Pepper pushed the button and Tony almost died on the roof
- I remember losing my mind at the press conference reveal. Like, bruh. I clapped a lot and went home very happy.
The funny thing is I pretty much forgot all about it after seeing it, until Iron Man 2 came out. It was such an incredible movie and experience and I forgot about it until then? So weird. Then again there’s a lot of blank spots in my memory because of trauma and what not but..yeah.That one day literally changed the course of my life and made me who I am today. Wild.