Call to adventure
Iron man catured by terrorists
Refusal of the call
Instead of accepting his capture he resists by building a high tech suit of armour which he will use to escape.
Tony meets his mentor, fellow prisoner Dr. Yinsen, who saves him by giving him a new heart and gives him a new perspective on the effect his weapons have on the world.
Crossing of the first Threshold
Tony uses the first Iron Man suit to escape but experiences an early Death of the Mentor moment. The Threshold guardians are his captors and he must defeat them to escape
Road of the trials
Building the Iron Man suit. And keeping it secret from Pepper, the government and Obediah.
Belly of the whale
He calls on Pepper to help ‘change his heart’ and in the process has a close call with death.
Meeting of the Godess
Initially, Tony doesn’t see Pepper Potts as a romantic interest, however, after the change that occurs in his priorities after his capture they become attracted to each other. She even gives him a gift ‘proof that Tony Stark has a heart’
Tony Stark Industries are getting hammered in the stock market. He is warned by Obadiah if he continues on this quest he will go broke.
Atonement with the father
Tony acknowledges Dr Yinsen was right. He suits up and returns to protect and liberate the oppressed people that Governments have abandoned.
“I shouldn’t be alive… unless it was for a reason. I’m not crazy, Pepper. I just finally know what I have to do. And I know in my heart that it’s right.”
The Ultimate boon
He’s learnt how to be Iron Man but before he can be completely free from his past he must defeat Obediah as Iron Monger
Refusal of the return
This stage is flipped onto Obediah – he doesn’t want Tony Stark or Iron Man and attempts to kill Tony with the paralysis ray.
Iron Man lures Iron Monger dangerously high into the sky so that he freezes and falls to the earth.
Crossing the Return Threshold
He fights as Iron Man trying to save Pepper and Stark Industries
Rescue from without
As his Iron Man suit breaks down he relies on Pepper to activate the reactor to help save him against Iron Monger
Master of two worlds
He can be both a hero and a billionaire
Freedom to live
“I am Iron Man”
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