1. Early Options
April 1990. Superman has been powering along for a while and Batman has hit huge. The studios are scrambling to find any comic book property they can find to develop into the next big franchise.
Some things never change, eh?
Universal announces that it has bought the rights to develop an Iron Man feature film. The man it chooses to make the movie happen is Stuart Gordon, who at this point is mostly known for creating Re-animator, From Beyond and writing Honey, I Shrunk The Kids.
But despite plans to make a low-budget film happen, nothing comes of this attempt.
It’s not until February 1996 that Tony Stark pops his head up again – when 20th Century Fox nabs the rights from Universal and begins its own development cycle.
Which is where the first big name comes into play…