Iron Man

Continuity mistake: When the pilot ejects as he is falling, up close he is trying to pull the eject handle, but when it zooms out his arms are out to the side.

Continuity mistake: When Pepper is changing out Stark's arc reactor chest piece, in one shot she pushes the device in, then in the next shot she pushes it in again.

Continuity mistake: When Tony escapes and crashes in the desert, he is then shown walking and holding his arm, then in the next shot he is holding the opposite arm, but when the plane passes over him it's back to the original arm. (00:41:00)


Continuity mistake: In the scene where Tony Stark is in the cave building his mini arc reactor He tells the Dr. what it is, then the scene cuts to Tony laying down the papers for the Mark 1 and you can see the glow of the arc reactor in his chest. Immediately after that the scene cuts to the terrorists tv monitor and seeing the Dr. putting in the new arc reactor.

Factual error: A tank's main gun could not blast Iron Man out of the sky, as depicted in this film, and the "lucky shot" theory holds no water. In military history, there are only a couple of instances of tanks using their main guns to shoot down aircraft by chance, and those involved tanks repeatedly firing their main guns on known flight paths until an aircraft literally ran into a tank round. However, in this movie, Iron Man comes out of nowhere on no known flight path, he's not recognizable as an aircraft, he's traveling at hundreds of miles per hour, and he's only airborne for about 4 seconds before he's hit with a tank round. The tank gunner could not possibly identify Iron Man as a new target, elevate the main gun, track him and fire in 4 seconds. Modern tanks do not have the ability to acquire and track fast-moving targets with the main gun, nevermind fast-moving aerial targets.

Charles Austin Miller
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Suggested correction: All that might be true in the real world but in this movie we know that the forces of the Ten Rings have been supplied with advanced weapons from Stark Industries. A retrofitted tank weapon that can engage a superhero in a flying suit is no more fanciful than a hand held paralyzing noise device or an arc reactor.


Yes, it's a fantasy film. You could even fairly say that no fantasy film can be in error by virtue of its fantastical premise. That does not negate a factual error.

Charles Austin Miller

Tony Stark is an extremely intelligent inventor that makes advanced weapons for the military. A targeting system for made for tanks lies entirely within the realm of possibility presented within the world of this franchise.

Phaneron Premium member

And, yet, it is established in this first movie that the Ten Rings terrorists only possess as much Stark technology as Obediah Stane allows them (which isn't much). Obviously, the tank is not very advanced technology, as Tony merely sidesteps the second tank round and he utterly destroys the tank with a wrist-rocket. There is no indication in the film that the Tank is advanced Stark technology.

Charles Austin Miller

No one is saying that the tank itself is Stark technology, only that it's weapon can be retrofitted with a targeting system. It wouldn't be much different than retrofitting an older model car with a GPS system. The reason Iron Man is able to sidestep the second shot is because he's expecting it, and even then, he barely dodges it.

Phaneron Premium member

No way the single-shot main gun of ANY style tank would be "retrofitted" to track and fire on high-speed aerial targets. Any refit would require rebuilding and automating the tank and turret and replacing the main gun (which fires only single rounds) with an automatic repeating cannon, essentially turning it into an advanced mobile anti-aircraft platform. The tank in the movie is recognizable as a standard, slow, single-shot British Chieftain MK10, so it's not Stark industries.

Charles Austin Miller

Well you definitely know a hell of a lot more about tanks than I do, so I concede my previous points.

Phaneron Premium member

It takes a man to admit he's wrong. I doff my cap to your courage.

Charles Austin Miller

Continuity mistake: When Iron Man is shot down by the tank, he creates a crater in the ground from the impact. He proceeds to climb out of the crater towards the tank with the crater behind him. He shoots the tank then walks away from the explosion without needing to avoid the hole he just made.

Audio problem: When Tony is breaking down the test run to Jarvis, a note-perfect transcript of what they say appears on the screen in the right corner. But when Jarvis says "Shall I render using proposed specifications?" the screen says "Shall I render utilizing proposed specifications?" Also the words that Tony says appear on screen before he says them. (01:06:25)


[Pepper catches him in Iron Man suit.]
Virginia 'Pepper' Potts: What's going on here?
Tony Stark: Let's face it, this is not the worst thing you've ever caught me doing.

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Trivia: The first terrorist to be killed by Iron Man is Tom Morello, the guitarist in Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave. Audioslave's song "Cochise" was used in previews.

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Question: What music is being played in the end credits?

Answer: Iron Man by Black Sabbath (minus the lyrics).

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