Well if you were looking forward to owning Iron Man at the end of the month, you may be interested to know that the version being released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 30th is not quite identical to what was shown in theatres earlier this year. It has come out recently that there was a small edit made towards the end of the film as a result of a pending lawsuit between movie website IESB and Paramount/Marvel. Alright, now settle down… it’s not as big a deal as you might think, but still a story worth telling.
According to Collider, there was some controversy last year when IESB posted some leaked spy photos of the Iron Man suit in action, prompting Paramount’s legal team to pull their website offline temporarily. Eventually the two sides made amends and IESB was granted an exclusive visit to the set of Iron Man to make up for it. Just to prove that there were no hard feelings, Jon Favreau eventually inserted a clever easter egg in the movie, reprinting one of the spy photos in a newspaper article shown near the end of the film under the headline “Who Is The Iron Man?”. At the time, Robert Sanchez of IESB posted about this little inside joke and called it “pretty fuckin’ cool”, but apparently he later filed a lawsuit against Paramount and Marvel for using the image without permission. WTF?
In the DVD release they have supposedly replaced the image in the newspaper with some other generic Iron Man photo, which in the grand scheme of things is such a minor change that I can’t see anyone actually caring. However, the fact that this lawsuit was even filed is very questionable indeed. I guess it’s an opportunity that one would be foolish to pass up, but talk about biting the hand that feeds you! Who do you think is in the wrong here?