Thank you for the memories, thank you for the joy, thanks for the laughter, thanks for the heartache, but thanks for helping us believe we can all fly.
It’s been 11 years since Robert Downey Jr. donned the Iron Man suit and flew into our hearts and imaginations. 11 years since he, director Jon Favreau, costars Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Shaun Taub and Paul Bettany sparked something in the our collective social conscience and spawned a creative movement the likes we’ve yet to see.
When I was younger, one of my favorite things to do was to head to the local Walden Books or Barnes & Nobles, find a comfy spot, grab a comic book, and lose myself in a universe of heroism and villainy. It was an escape to a world of my own where colors, speech bubbles and sound effects leapt out of pages and engrained themselves into my brain. It was a world I wished everyone else could see and be part of. I felt that comics were more than just ‘escapist fantasy’, but windows to our potential and imagination.
I want to thank Iron Man and everyone involved for realizing my ideas. For sharing with a much larger audience what I thought comics and superheroism could be about! And thank you for letting us all in on the club.