After the darker, more serious superhero likes of
, Robert Downey Jr and director Jon Favreau set the screen alight with colour, humour and masses of entertainment value.
Buzz was low, but after a famously successful bow at Comic Con,
quickly became the superhero flick that everybody had to see in 2008. Light without being flyaway, fun without resorting to ridiculousness,
cements itself in strong (but not over-egged) moral questioning while keeping the explosions coming thick and fast.
As a franchise starter, this one's hard to beat.