New Iron Man 2023 Trailer Released by Disney+ for Movie Anniversary

By Jennifer McDonough Updated:
Robert Downey Jr's Ton Stark in Iron Man HUD

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of both the first Iron Man movie and the dawn of the MCU, Disney+ released a freshly edited trailer honoring the trilogy.

It’s hard to believe that Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau’s Iron Man hit theaters 15 years ago. Downey’s Tony Stark was the face that launched a franchise as Iron Man served as Marvel Studios’ very first project back in 2008.

Of course, even though Tony’s time in the MCU came to a close (for now) in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to be mega-popular.

Disney+ Celebrates Iron Man’s Anniversary

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in Iron Man
Marvel Studios

Disney+ took to Twitter, posting a newly-cut trailer for the Iron Man trilogy. It was done to salute 15 years of Iron Man, which first landed in theaters on May 2, 2008.

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in Iron Man 2
Marvel Studios

“I’m the best,” Tony cockily declared once he finished suiting up in his fresh-off-the-line Mark XLII suit during the opening act of Iron Man 3.

Tony Stark in Iron Man 3
Marvel Studios

Here’s the full trailer as posted by Disney+:

Tony Stark’s MCU Legacy Lives On

Iron Man met an untimely demise in Avengers: Endgame when he nabbed the six Infinity Stones off of Thanos’ gauntlet and snapped his fingers, ending the Mad Titan’s threat once and for all. The sheer power of the Stones was too much for Tony’s body to handle and he passed away.

But Iron Man’s legacy is still felt, both in and out-of-universe. Don Cheadle’s War Machine and Dominique Thorne’s Riri Williams will continue to bring armored action to the MCU in their various future appearance including the Armor Wars movie and Ironheart on Disney+.

And Stark’s onetime protégé Peter Parker aka, Spider-Man will try to live up to the example set by his mentor in his future appearances (even if no one remembers him.)

In the real world, fans flocked without fail to any MCU movie that featured Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, and his absence is still greatly felt among audiences who grew to love Tony’s snarky, heroic exploits. Downey has indeed mentioned that he misses playing the role, so perhaps there’s a still chance for a comeback at some point?

Setting all that aside, it’s pretty crazy that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been around for fifteen years. There are some viewers for which the MCU has been around their entire lives. And with numerous films, series, and specials on the horizon, things have shown no signs of slowing down.

- About The Author: Jennifer McDonough
Jennifer McDonough has been a writer at The Direct since its 2020 launch. She is responsible for the creation of news articles and features. She also has a particular affinity for action figures and merchandise, which she revels in discussing in the articles she writes, when the situation calls for it.