Hasbro: Marvel Legends Infinity Saga: Iron Man - Iron Monger Action Figures
Joining the Marvel Legends Infinity Saga collection of figures later this Summer is the impressive Hasbro: Marvel Legends Infinity Saga: Iron Man – Iron Monger 6-Inch Scale Action Figures, complete with a figure of its pilot Obadiah Stane.
Tony Stark helped create the first villain he faced in the MCU. Obadiah Stane was a friend of the Starks. However, when the heir took over the industries, Stane didn’t like being sidelined. After a few twists and turns, Stane became the Iron Monk and went after revenge.
The Iron Monger set features Obadiah in his suit, complete with a briefcase and Tony’s arc reactor. Thankfully, the impressive Iron Monger is not a repaint of the original 2008 release and looks to stand somewhere around 9-inches tall. It comes with a rail gun and ammunition and a shoulder cannon, alternative hands, and a repulsor blast FX.
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In 2008, when the Marvel Cinematic Universe was still in its early stages, we had the first great Iron Man villain. The Iron Monk, immortalized by the talented Jeff Bridges, although the villain was very well accepted by the public and especially by the fans, did not survive for a new appearance.
But according to the character’s interpreter and Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, these were not the initial plans.
Bridges revealed what his role in the film would look like:
“No, in the script, the script that I hired onto, my character lives! They open my suit up and I’m gone. But then when we got to shoot that scene, they didn’t open my suit up!”
I said, “Aren’t you going to open my suit up?” They said, “No.” I said, “You’re going to kill my guy?” And they say, “Well, it’s a comic book. You could come back. Who knows?”
So what was the reason they made this last-minute change in the character’s future? In an interview with Uproxx, Kevin Feige commented on his desire to see the Iron Monk again on the big screen.
“Well, it would be amazing to have [Bridges] back. That would be amazing.”
Regarding the character’s death, Feige explains the studio’s initial plans:
“Well, that would be awesome to have him come back. That would be great. As you may recall, when he was hired, he was a secondary villain to the Mandarin.
And as we were prepping the movie we realized we didn’t want to do the Mandarin in that movie.
And when we took him out and made Obadiah the lead villain, Iron Man became what Iron Man became. But what was required is that Iron Monger [Obadiah Stane] had to go down into that arc reactor.”
Looking at Feige’s decision, it makes sense to imagine that the character’s return was vetoed after earning an entire major film. Either way, both the actor and the studio seem open to a return, which leaves us with hope for the future.