Few movie heroes undergo a success-to-significance arc fueled
by their crucible more dramatically than Iron Man – and maybe even
more so, his alter ego, Tony Stark. In his first movie appearance,
Tony is a glib, hedonistic billionaire playboy who has a lot to
live with, but not much to live for. That all changes when he’s
attacked with some of the same missiles his company makes and is
nearly killed. As he emerges from that crucible, given a second
chance by one man’s surgical skill and self-sacrifice, he becomes
an entirely new man – and not just because he builds himself a suit
of super-powered armor.
Be sure to listen for how Robert Downey Jr., the actor who
brought the character to life over nine films in the Marvel
Cinematic Universe, describes his journey: it sounds like something
straight out of Crucible Leadership.