How to watch Iron Man

Best way to watch Iron Man

Gracing theaters for the past decade, Tony Stark’s Iron Man is one of the most-loved characters of The Avengers. And if you’re planning to watch the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) from the very beginning, you’ll need to start with his story. Wondering where to watch Iron Man‘s superhero stardom? Well, Disney+ is the only streaming service to house all three Iron Man movies, and a subscription will cost you either $6.99/mo. or $69.99/yr. 

All the ways to watch the Iron Man movies online

If Iron Man had failed, the world may never have got to see how The Avengers, including Thor and Captain America, assembled. Thankfully, the story of how wealthy playboy, Stark, transformed into a metal-clad superhero pleased Marvel comic fans (and everyone else) across the globe. Robert Downey Jr.’s performance as Iron Man is a realistic interpretation of a hero with plenty of human flaws, whether that’s drinking alcohol or spouting sarcastic one-liners.

Thanks to Disney+’s love of all things Marvel, it’s the only streaming service that has the rights to all three Iron Man titles. But you can catch Iron Man 2 on Amazon’s streaming service, Amazon Prime Video, too. Whichever option you choose, streaming online will mean you don’t have to wait until a cable network decides to air the first saga of The Avengers.

Here’s how much the two Iron Man streaming options will cost you.

Streaming servicePrice
Amazon Prime VideoStarting at $8.99/mo.
Disney+$6.99/mo.

Streaming Iron Man

Disney+ is the main place to catch Iron Man, but you can Amazon Prime Video does offer the second installment in the series.

Disney+

If you’re a hardcore superhero fan, you won’t want to turn down a Disney+ subscription. As well as housing all of the Iron Man films and pretty much every Disney and Pixar title known to mankind, the millennial-friendly streaming service also has rights to the vast majority of Marvel movies. (In fact, the only Marvel titles you won’t find on Disney+ are ones produced by a different studio, like Spider-Man: Homecoming.) The platform is also likely to be the only one to stream upcoming Marvel productions, including Black Widow, and it already has the rights to several spin-off series, such as WandaVision and Loki.

Disney+ has attempted to please everyone with its price, including those who are trying to save up for a big investment like a house or who have the likes of student loans to pay off. The service only charges a single price of $6.99/mo. Alternatively, you can save a little by paying $69.99 for an annual subscription. Four simultaneous streams are given to each user, and each account can create up to seven user profiles for kids and adults to customize. Plus, subscribers can download as much content as they want for offline viewing — perfect for when your Wi-Fi’s playing up.

Amazon Prime Video

The only other place you’ll find an Iron Man movie is Amazon Prime Video, and only Iron Man 2 is available via this particular streaming service. Owned by Amazon, the platform gives you two different subscription options. Either sign up for the full Prime membership and receive movie, TV and music streaming perks along with online shopping discounts and free next-day delivery, or sign up for sole access to the streaming service. A full Prime subscription costs $12.99/mo. or $119/yr., while an Amazon Prime Video membership is $8.99/mo. or $108/yr.

A few other Marvel films, such as Thor and The Avengers, can be found in Amazon Prime Video’s library. Plus, there are several superhero shows like The Boys to soak up. Just like Disney+, Prime Video allows up to six user profiles, so you and your housemates can reap the benefits of personalized recommendations. Plus, up to three devices can stream content at the same time to avoid any TV disputes.

Renting vs. buying Iron Man

Another way to watch Iron is to rent or buy the film. Luckily, you have a few more options if you want to try this.

Amazon Prime Video

As well as streaming one of the Iron Man films, Amazon Prime Video also allows any person, even non-members, to rent or buy the Iron Man franchise. The first movie costs $2.99 to rent in standard definition (SD) or $3.99 in high definition (HD) and $19.99 to buy in both SD and HD. Iron Man 2, meanwhile, costs $3.99 to rent in SD or HD and $22.99 to buy in either definition. Iron Man 3 is only available to buy — it costs $19.99 in SD or HD.

Google Play

Android users will flock to Google’s store, Google Play, for all of their entertainment and app needs. Choose between renting each Iron Man title for $3.99 or buying it for $19.99. Google Play only offers each movie in 4K, which is the sharpest definition available. But if you don’t own a 4K-compatible device, the movie will play in whatever quality’s available.

iTunes

iTunes is the place for Apple users to stream everything from songs to TV shows. It also houses plenty of movies to buy or rent. Buy any of the three Iron Man titles for $19.99 or rent them for $2.99 each. Again, only 4K options are available. 

Microsoft Store

Rent or buy thousands of titles from Microsoft Store — you’ll even find new episodes of TV shows the day after they air. Thankfully, the site has all three Iron Man movies, and they all cost the same. Rent each title for $3.99 in SD, HD or ultra HD. To buy one of the movies in any definition, you’ll pay $19.99.

Vudu

Rental and purchase platform Vudu charges a similar price to all the rest. All three Iron Man movies are available to rent or buy in 4K. Rent each one for $3.99 or buy a film for $19.99. Added bonus: you can also use Vudu to watch certain titles for free.

Our hot take

To get the full Iron Man stream experience, you’ll want to head straight for Disney+. The only streaming service to feature the entire Stark trio, it’s also the only way to watch most of the MCU from start to finish. But remember that things change frequently in the streaming world, so there’s always a chance that Iron Man could disappear from the Disney+ library in the future. Although Disney+ no longer offers a free trial, you can still quickly sign up to the platform to avoid missing out and cancel at any time.

Lauren Sharkey