Iron Man Read aloud online practice exercise 32
Look at the text below. In 40 seconds, you must read this text aloud as naturally and as clearly as possible. You have 40 seconds to read aloud.
Iron Man is a 2008 American Superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It is the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film was directed by Jon Favreau, with a screenplay by the writing teams of Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby and Art Marcum and Matt Holloway.
The film had been in development since 1990 at Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox, or New Line Cinema at various times, before Marvel Studios re-acquired the rights in 2006. Marvel put the project in productions as its first self-financed film, with Paramount Pictures as its distributor. Favreau signed on as director, aiming for a naturalistic feel, and he chose to shoot the film primarily in California.
Iron Man premiered in Sydney. On April 14, 2008 and was released in the United States on May 2, 2008. The film grossed over $585 million on a $140 million budget, and received critical acclaim. Praise went towards the film’s acting, particularly Downey’s performance as Tony Stark, as well as the visual effects, action sequences, musical score and humor. The American Film Institute selected the film as one of the ten best of the year.
Genius, billionaire, playboy and philanthropist Tony Stark, who has inherited the defense contractor Stark Industries from his father is in war-torn Afghanistan with his friend and military liaison Lieutenant Colonel James Rhodes to demonstrate the new “Jericho” missile. After the demonstration, and the convoy is ambushed and Stark is critically wounded by one of his own company’s rocket-propelled grenades, used by the attackers.
Stark and Yinsen secretly build a small, powerful electric generator called an arc reactor to power Stark;s electromagnet and a prototypical suit of powered armor to aid in their escape. Although they keep the suit hidden almost to completion, the Ten Rings discover their hostages ‘intentions’ and attack the workshop. Yinsen sacrifices himself to divert them while the suit is completed.