Not a hoax! Not a dream! Not an imaginary podcast! It's Iron Man

Plus, the Scarlet Witch whispers three words: "No more Micros."

Jon Favreau's Iron Man turned 10 this summer, which doesn't just make it valid as a Retronauts topic—it's prompted quite a number of retrospectives and think pieces on the movie across the media. This is not one of those. Instead, this episode centers around Iron Man-based classic games.

"Iron Man-based classic games?" you wonder aloud. "I don't remember those."

Well, right. That's because there weren't very many of them. And that's what this episode is about.

I guess you could put this down as another one of those Retronauts episodes that barely touches on actual video games, but in this case, that's the entire point of the episode. We can't go into great detail on classic Iron Man games, because the guy barely showed up in games before the movie despite being one of the pillars of Marvel's comics and licensed-character empire. He even got sidelined for Marvel Vs. Capcom in favor of War Machine.

So this is an episode about why so few Iron Man-centric games existed back in the day—why no one loved him until Robert Downey Jr. rehabilitated the character for the screen. And to lend some real substance to the conversation, I brought in... well, two Retronauts East regulars, but they have a lot to say! Benj Edwards is one of the seemingly few who genuinely loved Iron Man way back when, and Chris Sims just knows a lot about comics. I mean, a lot.

You'll also notice that this Friday episode is not designated a Micro like Friday episodes usually are. That's because Micros tend to be an hour long. This one goes on for 80 minutes. That ain't Micro, so Bob and I agreed Micros should just become standard Retronauts releases. They're good enough, they're smart enough, and gosh darn it, people like them.

Retronauts Episode 170
Iron Man
MP3, 39.3 MB | 1:21:05

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Episode description: To mark the 10th anniversary of the movie that changed the face of modern cinema (for better or worse), Jeremy talks Iron Man—the character, the games, and the weird lack of games—with comics expert Chris Sims and long-time Iron Man superfan Benj Edwards.