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Every sports reference in Iron Man

“This was always the plan.”

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It’s Marvel Cinematic Universe Week at SB Nation and across our team brands! We’re using the superior superhero franchise to guide our coverage for this week, as we pass the two-month mark without sports.

Here at Fear the Fin, I’m going to take on a very stupid mission: to watch every film in the MCU and document every reference made to sports throughout. I’m playing a little fast and loose with my definition of “sports reference,” but I’m going to try to avoid making the same jokes more than once in this series. You’ll see what I mean.

That’s 23 films, totaling 50 hours, by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 10.

(I’m aware the week starts on Sunday, but the next theme week doesn’t start until Monday and I got a late start on this, okay? I’m cutting myself some slack to make this ridiculous thing a complete project.)

I’ll be watching in a chronological order (some films take place around the same time, so it doesn’t matter too much) that is dubbed the “spoiler” version, as post-credit scenes will contain spoilers for movies further along in the timeline, as opposed to release order.

I’ve set up a storystream to help you keep track of each post as they go up — which won’t be on any kind of set schedule, since I’m gonna be putting some weird hours into this thing in order to pull it off. No worries, though — that’s the whole point of having a centralized location. I’d suggest reading them in order, but hey, I’m not your mom.

Reminder that time stamps are approximate, not exact, and may vary based on streaming services.

Let’s meet Tony Stark, shall we?


Iron Man (2008)

Director: Jon Favreau, Written by Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Art Marcum & Matt Holloway

There’s not a single god damn reference to any kind of sport in this movie. I have hated this pro-billionaire propaganda film for over a decade and now I’ve just wasted two hours of my life re-watching it to find out they couldn’t even throw me the smallest of bones in the form of a throwaway comment about how Tony Stark regularly forgets he owns the New York Rangers or something? Were they afraid of scaring off the nerds in 2008 by daring to have sports anywhere near this set?

Additionally, I would like to point out that not once did Tony Stark do parkour. He’s now the worst of the Avengers.

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