Iron Man

Corrected entry: 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.

Correction: You can see Obidiah put them in his ears as he walks behind the man.

Corrected entry: Before the final press conference ("I am Iron Man"), Tony Stark's collar is unbuttoned and tie off-centre while getting ready and talking with Pepper, but immediately during the press conference his collar is buttoned and tie much neater (it doesn't seem to be in Stark's character to suddenly bother to button up his collar if he needs Pepper to help him get ready with his jacket and pocket square - which also disappears throughout the whole press conference - and with his tie already on). (01:54:05 - 01:56:10)

Correction: The pocket square "mistake" has already been corrected as a joke in the film. However, Tony is extremely vain and would certainly be capable of buttoning his shirt and straightening his tie, and it doesn't take that much time to do so. He would certainly do so and has plenty of time. He didn't need Pepper to help dress him, she was simply caring for him in a loving way. The same way a mother might brush her child's hair down with her hand doesn't mean the child is incapable of combing his own hair.


Corrected entry: When Pepper was helping Tony with replacing his mini reactor she yanked out the electromagnet. lf she did that then simply putting the new reactor in his chest (like Tony did) would do him no good.


Correction: The copper wire was wrapped around a permanent magnet hence why it is obviously a black ferrite ring. The casing the arc reactor is going into either has an electro-magnet at the bottom or is in itself an electro-magnet. The permanent magnet is a just in case solution that only has enough strength to keep the metal particles from shifting for a short while.

Corrected entry: Iron man rescues a man who is about to be executed in front of his family. Before the relieved son runs up to his father you see a shot of the wife with her two children. The scene takes place in an poor afghan mountain village. Still the mother manages to display a set of perfectly manicured fingernails. (01:17:55)

Correction: Poor does not mean dirty or scruffy and there is no need to assume an Afghan woman will necessarily have soiled fingernails. Grooming fingernails is not a particularly hi-tech task unless you are perhaps a refugee and it is perfectly conceivable in quiet mountain village prior to an armed militia raid. Not a movie mistake.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Tony is trying to get out of the suit and just before he says "Lets face it, this is not the worst thing you have caught me doing", you can see Captain America's shield under his right arm.

Cam Slusser

Correction: Already submitted as trivia.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: In Tony's workshop is a silver clock resting on a shelf with his model airplanes. At one point, this clock is stopped reading a little after midnight (a stopped clock is a common technique used by filmmakers to keep continuity problems to a minimum between shots,) and it is rational that Tony would display the clock for its artistic or sentimental value even if it was broken, but later the clock reads about ten past nine, showing that someone has changed the time.

Correction: If it's later, it is possible someone changed the time for whatever reason. Since it is later, and not the same series of shots, it's not a mistake. Or, it just doesn't work properly. I have a clock on my wall that reads slow, and I just got tired of always correcting it, so it usually shows the wrong time. It's just decorative.


Corrected entry: Tony has a news conference after his escape and is handed a burger as he gets out of his Rolls Royce. As he walks into the room he eats the last bite of the burger.We can tell that there's nothing left in the paper bag. When he sits on the floor in front of the podium he pulls a burger out of his pocket and eats it. The second burger appeared out of nowhere. This mistake can not be explained by saying he bought more than 1 burger because when Obediah asks him if he brought a burger for him Tony says it's the last one left.


Correction: Tony claims that it's the last one left. That doesn't have to be the truth. He's been craving cheeseburgers for months - hardly unreasonable that he wouldn't want to share.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: At the beginning of the film Tony Stark's Hummer is ambushed. When the soldier sitting to Stark's left leaves the vehicle, closes the door and is immediately shot, many of the rounds fired at him puncture holes in the side of the car. If these rounds were powerful enough to punch holes through a flack jacket, the soldier's body and a car door, how is it that Tony Stark leaves the Hummer completely unscathed considering how close he is sitting to the holes they made? Given the distribution of the holes in the side of the car, he would almost certainly have been riddled with bullets and killed.


Correction: "Almost certainly" is not a mistake. As improbable as it seems, the bullets missed him. Since we cannot prove the trajectory of the bullets or that he was directly in their path, it is impossible to say that he must have been hit.

BocaDavie Premium member

Corrected entry: At the beginning, when Stark is talking to the female soldier driving the Humvee, the communications radio inside the vehicle beside her is not connected to the vehicle's antenna. If it was, you would see a coax cable connected to the antenna connector on the front upper right corner. The radio will not transmit properly without the cable connected.

Correction: When a military radio is mounted in a vehicle the antenna is connected through the mounting rack as this contains the power amplifier for extended range. The antenna connection you are refering to is used when the radio is dismounted from the vehicle and is stuffed in the top of a soldier's rucksack with the antenna sticking up over his/her head.

Corrected entry: During Stark's construction of the Iron Man Mark II suit, a line of 4 cars can be seen in his garage: a grey Audi, a blue Cobra, an orange Saleen and a grey Tesla Roadster. Later, when Stark falls through the roof of his house and lands on the Cobra, a fifth car can be seen between the Saleen and the Tesla: a 30's convertible. (01:01:00 - 01:04:40)


Correction: The two scenes occur with quite a lot of time between them. Stark could have moved the car there from some where else, or even have only just bought it within that time.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: When Iron Man is creating his miniature arc reactor, he takes apart a missile's core. The kidnapped scientist asks him, "what is that?" Robert Downey says, ".15 grams of palladium. I need at least 1.6 grams. Why don't you start on the other 11?" .15 x 11 = 1.65. But he already has .15 from the first one he took apart. He only needs 10 more to have enough. 11 more would give him a total of 1.80 grams. With a particle as powerful as the movie makes it out to be, that could be the difference between blowing the crap out of yourself and a working product.

Correction: He could be asking the scientist to open up the other 11 cores in case one of the samples is unusable, for whatever reason. Besides, his wording, as you stated, was "at least 1.60 grams". That means he calculated that to be the bare minimum. He does not indicate that more is a problem. In fact, he specifically implies, by saying "at least" rather than "precisely", that more is NOT a problem at all.

wizard_of_gore Premium member

Corrected entry: When Iron Monger throws Iron Man into the bus and it explodes, an Audi R8 suddenly appears on the road. This is explained in the deleted scenes, where Rhodes drives an Audi R8 into Iron Monger to help Tony, but still a mistake in the finshed movie.

Brad Premium member

Correction: Though explained in deleted scenes this could also be seen to the audience as just someone else with the car in the wrong spot at the wrong time.

Corrected entry: When Pepper Potts is in Obadiah's office going though his files, she stumbles upon the video filmed by the terrorists when they captured Tony Stark. Obadiah Stane's name is mentioned by the terrorist in his read-out in the presence of Stark, so shouldn't that raise Stark's suspicious that Stane is somehow involved with his capture? (01:32:00)

Correction: Not really, no. Stark doesn't speak the language, so he has no idea of the context of what's being said. He's an extremely rich industrialist, so it's entirely reasonable that he would simply assume that they were making the video as a ransom demand. Stane, as his number-two at the company, would be the obvious receipient of such a demand, as Stark has no living family, so hearing Stane's name mentioned would be unsurprising.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: In the opening scene when Tony Stark is riding in a non up armored HMMWV in Afghanistan with several members of the US Air Force. You can tell the HMMWV is not armored by looking at the holes in the side of the vehicle when its attacked. An up armored HMMWV has 1-2 inch thick glass and armor and the holes look dramatically different. There is no way the US military would allow someone of Tony Stark's profile to be riding around in a non-armored vehicle. Months after the US military attacked Afghanistan a General Order prohibited these types of vehicles from leaving protected bases.

Correction: The Army has never, at any point in its history, had enough new equipment to supply everyone, at once. 90%-plus of the up-armoring kits for Humvees are going to Iraq. Whoever was in charge of his security simply didn't have one available.

Grumpy Scot

There is an entry stating that that is no longer like it was a few years ago.

Corrected entry: The broadcast of the news conference at the end of the movie has Lt. Col. Rhodes listed as "Col. James Rhodes". He is a Lt. Col, because of the silver oak leaf cluster. In an official capacity a Lt. Col. would not be referred to as a full Colonel. (01:48:50)

Correction: News broadcasts in the real world frequently make mistakes, so it can't really be considered an error when the news media in a movie makes a mistake as well.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Iron Man is shot at by a tank, only a few hundred yards away. Iron Man side steps the shot - which passes by at about chest level then destroys the tank with an arm-mounted missile. However, when the tank fired first, it fired downwardly (based on level of turret). Therefore, when Iron Man side stepped the shot, the round that flew by should have exploded some short distance behind him. It never does.

Correction: Modern tanks are generally between 2.2 and 2.5 metres in height, putting the main cannon at about the two metre mark. If the shell passes Stark at chest height (let's say 1.2 metres), then it's only lost an altitude of eighty centimetres in several hundred yards of flight. To travel the remaining 1.2 metres to impact on the ground would take it a considerable distance, more than enough that we would not see the impact occurring.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: In the scene where Tony is paralyzed, his shirt covers his RT chest plate (repulsor transmitter)). This remains consistent until Obadiah is about to take the RT out of his chest, in this shot a circle around the RT is cut out of the shirt.

Correction: There's no hole until after Obadiah extracts the reactor. The dark shadow of the extraction device is briefly visible on Tony's shirt just as Obadiah applies it; this could be mistaken for a hole, but the shirt is still fully intact.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: When Obediah inserts the arc into his suit, he twists it and a sound effect is heard that denotes that it's locked into place, yet when he moves his hand away, you can see that the arc moves, almost as if to fall out.

Correction: I watched for this and could not see it, even in slow motion.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: When Ironman lowers the Audi SUV back to the ground, the female driver accelerates away in a panic with Ironman trying to hold onto the hood. After he loses his grip you see him slide along the pavement, as the driver continues to drag Ironman along underneath the SUV. When he finally lifts up the end of the rear of the SUV to free himself, he is being dragged in the same direction of travel as the vehicle. However, when he frees himself, he begins to roll back toward the camera. Once he gets free, momentum should have continued to cause him to roll forward/away from the camera, in th direction he had been travelling, not back towards it.

Correction: Incorrect. The camera is not stationary - it's following the SUV at approximately the same speed as the vehicle is travelling. Once Tony frees himself from under the car, friction between his armour and the road surface slows him rapidly, allowing the camera, which is still moving at the same speed, to catch up and overtake him.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: When Stark escapes from his captors wearing the first Iron Man suit, towards the end of the scene he is shot up by a .50 caliber machine gun. Those bullets would have gone straight through the improvised suit, which is only made of those common metals that Stark had access to in the cave and weapons cache, and out the other side.

Correction: We don't know how the suit is designed. He had access to a great deal of advanced technology, as the reason he was there was to build an advanced weapon. He obviously designed the suit with the intention of repelling the weapons he knew they had.

Stark may have had access to a great deal of access to advanced technology, but the only metals he had were metals that are relatively common on earth. Metals that are relatively common on earth are not strong enough to stop bullets from a 50 caliber machine gun bullets, and there is no way to melt common metals on earth, and mix them to create an alloy strong enough to stop 50 caliber machine gun bullets even with advanced technology.

And there's no way to make an arc reactor either, or create much of the technology we see in the movies. Ultimately some degree of suspension of disbelief is necessary.

Jon Sandys Premium member

Other mistake: When Iron Man and Iron Monger are fighting, Iron Man catches the SUV, and you can see the family inside the car. Although the car is completely vertical, the hair of the people in the car seems to defy gravity.

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Tony Stark: My old man had a philosophy: Peace means having a bigger stick than the other guy.
Christine Everheart: That's a great line coming from the guy selling the sticks.

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Trivia: Notice they don't play the lyrics with the "Iron Man" song in the closing credits. That's because the Black Sabbath song was not about the comic book Iron Man. There are many theories about what the song means, but the most popular is that it is about a man who travels to the future and sees the apocalypse. They couldn't use the lyrics to describe the Iron Man in the movie: He was turned to steel - In the great magnetic field - Where he traveled time - For the future of mankind. Now the time is here - For Iron Man to spread fear - Vengeance from the grave - Kills the people he once saved.

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