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Series The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
Release Date September 22, 2010 (Online)
October 11, 2010 (Television)
Episode Number M 01
Writer Brandon Auman
Director Vinton Heuck
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Not to be confused with the similarly named episode "Iron Man is Born".

The fears of Tony Stark's closest friends are justified when Iron Man has to defeat HYDRA. (Series Premiere)


Perhaps the Beach Boys were right

In California, a man with a camcorder walks along a pier videotaping the other people. He checks out a cute girl passing by but his friend thinks he is embarrassing himself. He turns the camera to look back at the beach.

Suddenly a energy beam strikes the beach. The camera pans by and sees a man looking up at the ferris wheel, which gets blasted. The camera man runs to the end of the pier and is splashed by a wave of water caused by the beam.

Beaches, girls, and giant robots. Just another day in sunny California

He reaches the end and sees a giant robot standing in the water. It is surrounded by mist and something flies around it blasting it. The smaller object flies around and above just as the giant robot blasts the water.

The man's friend suggests leaving immediately. Meanwhile the robot and object continue their fight. A large blast consumes the robot but it shakes the smoke away. It then catches the smaller object in its hands and drops it.

And they weren't running before...why?

The robot then starts walking towards the pier. Then it is caught in an electrical field. It tries to fight the electricity but then blows up. The camera man looks up to see a large piece coming straight at him. He and the other people still watching quickly turn and run.

He sees one piece crash into the water next to the pier. He turns to see more debris strike another pier. He then looks up to see another piece heading right towards him. He tries to run but trips and falls over.

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Iron Man!

He looks up to see people running by and the debris almost on top of him. Just then Iron Man flies in and catches the debris. He boosts his boot jets and lifts the debris away.

A reporter then explains that the footage was taken earlier that day. She goes on to say that Iron Man saved the city.

In their car, James Rhodes turns off the news report. Rhodey wishes Tony had told him. Tony Stark, driving, brags that the robot was actually much bigger. He then races his red sports car down the freeway.

Tony doesn't want to be part of the war machine

Rhodey feels that Tony should let S.H.I.E.L.D. handle things like oversized robots he should help them. Tony points out that he got out of the weapons making business and is going for a better image. But Rhodey doesn't like that he's fighting supervillains. Tony then speeds up and races around a semi truck.

Rhodey then suggests that he help out the Hulkbusters take down the Hulk. But Tony ignores him, claiming the robot was more fun, and speeds away to Stark Tower in the distance.

Inside the garage Pepper Potts waits for the two men to arrive. She blows some hair out of her face then checks her watch. Just then Tony's car pulls into the garage and the two get out.

Getting Tony to do anything is like trying to corral cats

Tony jokingly tells Pepper that although she's a great assistant she doesn't need to park the car, and reminds her that they have valets. Pepper tells him that he should answer his phone, especially since he makes a living off technology. Tony asks if it was because she missed him. Pepper tells him that HYDRA just attacked the United Nations.

The three watch news footage of a large octopus-shaped robot leaving the East River. It walks onto shore and the bottom opens up releasing a squadron of HYDRA soldiers. As they leave down the lines they fire their guns towards the ground.

Tony asks where S.H.I.E.L.D. is and Pepper states they are forty minutes away. She then explains that while the UN has a military detail there, they are in full assembly with every world leader, including the President of the United States of America, attending.

Tony then turns to leave. Rhodey asks him where he is going. Tony simply states that Pepper should reschedule his lunch meeting.

From one suit to another

Tony changes into an undersuit for the Iron Man Armor and enters the Iron Man Armory. He approaches the center and tells JARVIS to fire the suit up. JARVIS then activates the Mark VI Iron Man Armor.

The Mark VI rises out of the floor allowing Tony to step in. Tony steps into the boots and the suit builds itself around his legs. It then attaches itself to his arms. The chest assembles itself then the helmet is put on. Iron Man's eyes begin to glow.

Outside Stark Tower Iron Man flies up and away. As Iron Man flies through the skies Rhodey radios in telling him to be careful. Iron Man says he won't start now and feels it will only take him ten to fifteen minutes to deal with the situation.

Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum. I smell the blood of an Iron Man.

Back at the UN, the military tries their best to stop HYDRA but is unable to do anything. The robot walks around the building and slams one of its tentacles into the side. It readies a large weapon at the armored vehicles that the detail is using as cover.

The battle's just beginning

Just then a power beam strikes the large robot in it's skull-shaped head. It looks up to see Iron Man firing it from his chest. He stops and the robot crashes backwards into the river.

Iron Man then asks JARVIS for an update. JARVIS tells him that the suit is down to forty percent because of using the unibeam. Iron Man then asks about the soldiers on the ground. JARIVS scans the ground and concludes that there are fourteen heavily armed HYDRA soldiers.

Iron Man then uses his external speakers to tell them that after many years of trying that HYDRA probably won't actually take over the world. One of the soldiers readies a rocket launcher and fires at Iron Man. He easily dodges the attack as they all start firing at him. He then decides to do it the hard way.

More gadgets than a Swiss Army knife

Iron Man flies forward and fires an arm mounted rocket. The rocket splits apart as Iron Man flies up. Each individual projectile then attaches itself to a HYDRA gun and explodes knocking out several of the soldiers.

"Now I'll hide and you seek."

More hide behind a vehicle and watch the action. Just then the vehicle is lifted up by Iron Man. He holds it with one hand and fires his repulsor beam with the other.

With all the soldiers knocked out Iron Man throws the car to the side and comments on how easy it was. Just then three projectiles launch themselves from the fallen HYDRA robot. Iron Man braces himself as three large spheres crash besides him. As the dust clears Iron Man asks JARVIS for an update. He explains that the suit is down to thirty-two percent power and suggests recharging.

Time to rethink that whole "No sidekick" thing

However, three large robots stand up and surround Iron Man. The eyes of one begins to glow, another opens its mouth revealing fire inside, and the third raises and activates a large drill on its arm. The three recognize Iron Man and find that their objective is to destroy it.



"Checking out the beautiful scenery. Well hello."
"Come on man, you're embarrassing yourself."
"Dude, would you relax?"

-Camera man and his friend, first lines of the season

"Iron Man. That incredible footage coming in from California as Iron Man saved the city from what witnesses called..."
"A giant robot. Really? You could've told me."
"I don't like to brag but that footage didn't capture how big the thing really was. I mean huge."

-Reporter and James Rhodes, and Tony Stark, first lines

"Look, that just makes my point for me. S.H.I.E.L.D. should be fighting giant robots, not you. They're not the bad guys, Tony, and they need your help."
"I'm out of the weapons making game, Rhodey. You're looking at a kinder, gentler Tony Stark."
"That fights supervillains."

-James Rhodes and Tony Stark

"We've been over this a million times. You're starting to bum me out."
"What about the Hulkbuster unit? Even if you won't build weapons for S.H.I.E.L.D. you can still help them take down that monster."
"I am not listening to Rhodey anymore. La la la. I still can't believe this is what you wanted to meet about. The giant robot was more fun than you."

-Tony Stark and James Rhodes

"Pepper. I already know you're a great assistant, okay. You don't have to park my car too. We got valets for that."
"For someone that makes their living off of technology you should try answering your phone. I've been calling for the last twenty minutes."
"Ah, because you miss me so much?"
"Because HYDRA just attacked the United Nations."

-Tony Stark and Pepper Potts, first lines

"This is happening right now? Where's S.H.I.E.L.D.?"
"Forty minutes out. There's a military detail at the UN, but Tony, it's a full assembly. Every world leader is attending. Including the President."

-Tony Stark and Pepper Potts

"Hey! Where are you going?"
"Pepper, reschedule my lunch meeting. I'm gonna be a few minutes late."

-James Rhodes and Tony Stark

"JARVIS, fire it up."
"Very good sir, initiating the Mark VI."

-Tony Stark and JARVIS, first line

"Be careful, man."
"Why would I start now? I'll ten minutes, fifteen minutes max. Trust me."

-James Rhodes and Iron Man, first line


-Iron Man

"Whatta we got, JARVIS?"
"Armor power is down to 40% after using the unibeam, which I recommended against."
"I meant on the ground."
"Ah yes. Fourteen HYDRA targets. All heavily armed, sir."
"Hmm. Maybe I should've brought Rhodey along."

-Iron Man and JARVIS

"JARVIS, activate external speakers." [Uses external speakers] "Attention HYDRA goons: you've been trying to take over the world for sixty years, it's not happening."

-Iron Man

"He actually shot at me!? Fine! We'll do it the hard way!"

-Iron Man

"Hi there."

-Iron Man

"Ha ha. Wow, they just don't make bad guys the way they used to."

-Iron Man

"Warning! Incoming projectile!"


"Wow, what was...JARVIS?"
"Armor power down to 32%. Recommend recharging."

-Iron Man and JARVIS


-HYDRA robot, last line


A quick cameo?

  • The giant robot at the beginning could possibly be Iron Man villain Ultimo.
  • Tony Stark's sports car looks like it was based off a newer Lamborghini.
  • Tony Stark uses the Mark VI armor. In the film Iron Man 2 Tony finishes the movie with the Mark VI, though it contains the triangle symbol while this suit has the circle symbol on the chest.
  • Iron Man's comment about bringing James Rhodes along could mean that he is at this point already War Machine. This would fit in with the film inspirations, as he donned the armor in the film that came out earlier in the year.


  • Iron Man says that after sixty years HYDRA won't be taking over the world. However, they were shown to be a major part of World War II, which started in 1939, where they tried to take over the world. Assuming that the episode takes place in the year it was released, 2010, that would mean at least seventy years. Also, given their strong presence in the war, they probably were active for several years before even then. Making his mistake even worse, in the comics HYDRA actually dates back to ancient Egypt.
  • In the last shot Iron Man's faceplate stretches to make his eyes squint, something a solid piece of metal could not do.


  • First appearance of Iron Man, James Rhodes, Pepper Potts, JARVIS, and HYDRA.
  • In "Meet Captain America (Micro-Episode)" the audience would learn that HYDRA was responsible for World War II.
  • First mention of the Hulkbusters. They would not be seen until the next episode, "The Coming of the Hulk".


The micro-episode first aired online on September 22, 2010. It would not debut on television until October 11, 2010.

This micro-episode along with "HYDRA Lives!", "Behold, the Mandroids!", and "Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D." are to be combined into the full length episode "Iron Man is Born", which would air October 24, 2010.

Many of the series voice actors were chosen because they sounded similar to their movie counterparts

The episode contains several references to the two live action Iron Man films. Most notably that JARVIS is an artificial intelligence as in the films rather than the butler as in the comics and other media. Given the references throughout the series, it would most likely take place after the second Iron Man film, much in the same way that Spider-Man: The New Animated Series followed the first Spider-Man film.



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