iron man 2 was heavily criticized upon release, and one person who criticized the film was Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. He was pretty blunt with his feedback as he felt it was rather lackluster and fell short of his expectations.
In Bob Iger’s 2019 memoir, The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company, he mentioned that after seeing the film starring Robert Downey Jr., Steve Jobs had told him in no uncertain terms that that he didn’t like the film immensely. Jobs, who was also one of Disney-Pixar’s largest shareholders, had taken his son out to see the film and, like other fans, had returned quite discouraged. “When Iron Man 2 came out, Steve [Jobs] took his son to see it and called me the next day. “I took Reed to Iron Man 2 last night,” he said. “It sucked.” Bob Iger had to tell Steve Jobs that he was not the intended audience and emphasize the film’s potential success.
Despite being one of the lowest-rated films, Iron Man 2 still grossed $623.9 million worldwide. However, Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Love and Thunder, Eternals, The Incredible Hulk, and even Doctor Strange in the Multiverse Of Madness later made the list as well.
Iron Man, starring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Over a decade-long span, the MCU peaked with Avengers: Endgame, Downey Jr.’s definitive farewell to Iron Man. Endgame also became the highest-grossing film of all time, dethroning James Cameron’s Avatar. However, the current Phase 4 is yet to see such an empowering success – and has had more misses than hits with Thor Love And Thunder, The Eternals.