Ironman – Joseph Campbell’s 12 stages of a hero’s journey

Awesome summary of Iron Man following the Joseph Campbell Hero Journey here.

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Ironman is a 2008 blockbuster based on the Marvel Comics superhero of the same name. It stars Robert Downey Jr,Terrence Howard, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeff Bridges. Tony Stark, (Robert Downey Jr), an industrialist, playboy, billionaire and master engineer builds a technologically advanced super suit and becomes the superhero known as Ironman. This film is the perfect example of Joseph Campbell’s 12 stages of a hero’s journey and in this post i shall go through each step and how it relates to the action packed blockbuster.

1. Ordinary World.

The movie starts off showing Tony Stark on a business trip (so to speak) in Afghanistan with the United States Army, showing us the normal world of which Stark is accustomed to. In this scene we are given an insight into the character of Stark, his textbook narcissism and his flamboyant public image.

2. The Call to Adventure.

Stark is captured and held…

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