tek's rating: ½

The Invincible Iron Man (PG-13)
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Tony Stark (Marc Worden) is a billionaire industrialist playboy (a role he seems to enjoy far more than Bruce Wayne ever did). His current project is using some new technology to raise an ancient sunken city in China. His friend Rhodey is in charge of the project, and keeps calling him to complain about troubles his team is having, mainly caused by a radical group called the Jade Dragons, who don't want the city to be raised. They steal some weapons Rhodey has ordered to defend his team, though the shipment was kept secret from Tony, who never would have approved it. Meanwhile, Tony is having troubles of his own back home, because his company's board of directors disapproves of the way he does things, and his father, who founded the company, takes their side over his son's.

After Tony is removed as head of Stark Enterprises, he gets word that Rhodey has gone missing and his team are all dead. So of course he flies to China to look for his friend, and ends up getting captured and nearly killed by the Jade Dragons... who are clearly bad guys, but their motives are good. There is a prophecy about the city being raised, and the return of some ancient evil called the Mandarin, and the Dragons want to prevent this. But one of them, a woman named Li Mei helps Tony and Rhodey escape. Oh, and of course, it doesn't hurt that Tony has secretly built a suit of armor with some cool weapons and jet boots and stuff.

But when they return home, it turns out that they're wanted by the FBI for selling weapons to the Jade Dragons, so they become fugitives. However, Tony's assistant, Pepper Potts, helped them get into a secret lab just off Tony's old office, which has a bunch of different suits of armor he'd been secretly developing for various purposes. None of this involved superheroics, but now the suits will come in handy for just that purpose, as Tony will have to fight a group of Elemental beings that have been revived and are now seeking five rings that will resurrect the Mandarin. Tony will once again encounter Li Mei, however, there's a destiny she's been wishing to avoid, but knows she can't... and it's not what you think.

Don't really know what else to say without giving anything away. But I'm sure you won't be surprised to learn that everything turns out pretty good in the end. Anyway, it wasn't bad, though I'm not sure whether I'll buy the DVD or not. Maybe. I'm also not sure whether or not this is supposed to be directly related to the Ultimate Avengers franchise, but it very well could be. (Tony has the same VA in those movies as in this one.) I didn't like this quite as much as the Avengers movies, but it was still pretty good (definitely better than Doctor Strange), and it had a surprising level of violence for an animated film like this. At least, I was a bit surprised at some of the stuff they got away with showing when I watched it on Toonami....

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