Episode Number: 1
Season Episode Number: 1
Production Number: M01
Airdate: September 22, 2010
Writer: Brandon Auman
Director: Vinton Heuck
Eric Loomis (Iron Man), Bumper Robinson (Jim "Rhodey" Rhodes), Dawn Olivieri (Pepper), Phil LaMarr (JARVIS), Unknown (Cameraman), Unknown (Newscaster).
Plot: Iron Man attempts to save the United Nations from a HYDRA attack! But can he do it on his own?
Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Fans who have been waited eagerly since the announcement of this series two years ago finally have their first look at the animation, characters and voice acting. This five and a half minute episode begins Iron Man on his journey to joining the Avengers.
Based on the promo art, I wasn't too impressed with the design of Iron Man's suit, especially his helmet. But upon viewing this episode, it wasn't distracting at all, in fact, I didn't even notice it.
Tony's character draws heavily from Robert Downey, Jr.'s portrayal from the Iron Man movies, and he even quotes one of the lines. Rhodey, who works for SHIELD, Pepper Potts, and even JARVIS the home security system, also appear similar to their movie counterparts.
The animation is not quite Justice League quality, but it is still quite good aside from a bit of stiffness from the characters as they are chatting. I'd put it on par with maybe Ben 10. However, the big battle sequence was handled really well.
The title was a bit of a misnomer, seeing as Iron Man wasn't really born in this episode. But it does leave us on a cliffhanger, so maybe they'll back up in the next episode and get to Shellhead's origin.