Continuity mistake: When Pepper is watching the television program about Stark Industries' stock troubles, after Tony's press conference, notice she has a wireless headset in her left ear. When Tony calls her down to the lab, the camera flashes back to Pepper and the ear piece is gone.
Visible crew/equipment: In the extra footage after the credits, the reflection of the crew is visible in the picture frames around the apartment.
Continuity mistake: When we first see Tony Stark arrive at the benefit, his car doesn't have a front plate. When we actually see him pull up to the entrance though, his personalised "Stark" plate has appeared.
Trivia: The first terrorist to be killed by Iron Man is none other than Tom Morello, guitarist of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave. Audioslave's song "Cochise" was used in previews.
Continuity mistake: In the montage of Stark designing the Mark II suit on his computer, he picks up a coffee mug to his left and absent-mindedly drinks it, then gets a not-good expression as the liquid was presumably not what he was expecting. A second earlier, the coffee mug had been shown completely upside-down on the desk.
Trivia: Stan Lee makes his usual cameo, this time seen as a man who Tony Stark mistakes as Hugh Hefner.
Continuity mistake: In the shot just before Obidiah paralyzes the guy that held Tony prisoner, the ear plugs are not in his ears and when he paralyzes him they are.
Character mistake: There is a misspelling on the cover of the issue of Forbes magazine shown in the presentation about Stark's life. It reads "Tony Stark takes reigns at 21". The correct spelling of the word is "reins". Stark may "reign" at Stark Industries but he would take over the "reins" of the company.