This July, in preparation for the end of Marvel’s Phase Two, Bear Reviews is looking back at the Phase One films.

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There are again no bears to be found in Iron Man, but watching the movie through a bear lens one cannot help but think of the Iron Man armor and Iorek Byrinson, the great bear from Phillip Pullman’s 1995 novel The Golden Compass. A bear wearing normal armor alone is a terrifying thought, but a bear wearing Iron Man armor? Such a creature would be almost too terrifying to put on film, but if after the Infinity War Marvel decided to do a series of “What If…” movies and one of them happened to be “What if Tony Stark ended up in the Golden Compass universe and lost his armor to a bear, I’d be there opening night.

Grade: Zero/Five Bears

Written by Daniel Mizell