Ah, the holiday season. The time of year when the family comes together sits around the fire and argues over what movie to watch. Or at least some households do. The tradition of watching a Christmas or Holiday themed film is always something audiences enjoy doing but what about a fictional character?
What kind of Christmas oriented film would a genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist like Tony Stark, Iron Man, sit down and watch with either Pepper, Morgan, or the rest of the Avengers? And the biggest question of all: would he be having hot cocoa or popcorn during the movie?
10 Krampus (2015)
So, it goes without saying that Tony’s taste in things is a little… darker. That’s not to say he doesn’t have a light side to him or enjoys a good comedy but it also means that he can appreciate some good old horror in a movie like Krampus.
A dark horror comedy that brings the legend of Santa’s darker half to life, Krampus would probably enjoy Tony to no end, with some decent scares, plenty of dark humor, and a decent ending that may even make Stark chuckle a bit.
9 Home Alone (1990)
There’s no doubt that Tony is an inventive and intelligent guy. After all, he’s the man who built a suit of armor in a cave with nothing but a bunch of scraps. It wouldn’t be surprising then that he would appreciate someone offering similar levels of inventiveness like in Home Alone.
While Kevin McAlister isn’t anywhere close to tony’s level of intelligence, his ability to create some truly devilish and creative traps to give Harry and Marv some truly terrible injuries may inspire Tony to make a new and cheaper home defense system.
8 Gremlins (1984)
Honestly, the idea of Gremlins being little monsters that become evil if fed or multiply because of water sounds like something Tony would actually create. Perhaps as an alternate to Ultron, Stark considered making little monsters that could take down evildoers with their cuteness or evil nature.
Either way, maybe Gremlins would inspire that forbidden idea in Tony’s mind or he’d just have a good time watching Gizmo go ham on the evil gremlins and all the goofy mayhem unfold on this tiny town during the Christmas season.
7 Scrooged (1988)
Ok, so it should be no surprise that Tony Stark knows how big of a jerk he can be. After all, his awareness is the whole entire reason why he became Iron man and as such, Stark can probably appreciate someone else going through the same thing, in a comedic way.
Scrooged, one of Richard Donners best films and a modern take on Dickens’s novella, A Christmas Carol, with a businessman(much like Stark) being visited by several ghosts and realizing his past mistakes and life, a lot like Tony did all those years ago.
6 National Lampoons Christmas Vacation (1989)
It shouldn’t be too surprising that National Lampoons Christmas Vacation would appeal to Tony. The epic comedy, iconic lines, moments and not to mention just Chevy Chase giving it all in one of his best performances make it a worthwhile film.
However, there may be another reason. For most of his life, Tony didn’t have a real family. His parents died when he was young and his dad was always caught up in his work. For Tony, seeing the Lampoons vacation could be a window into a life he desires and perhaps tries to do the same with the Avengers.
5 The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Now, everyone knows that Tony Stark is a unique individual. Anyone who can make a suit of armor and use it to fight villains and save the door is granted a bit of uniqueness to them. So, it’s no surprise that he’d be a fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas.
The Nightmare Before Christmas has been debated as being either a Halloween or Christmas film but Tony would see it as an animated Christmas treat full of fantastic imagry, great songs, and a truly unique story like Iron Man himself.
4 Jingle All The Way (1996)
Arnold. A toy. The holiday season. What better combination does one need? Jingle All The Way is a bit more of an obscure Christmas themed film (though not as obscure as it’s sequel, full of details everyone missed) that almost takes a different look at the holiday season, one Tony may appreciate.
Instead of being about the joy of being together, it’s about Arnold fighting off everyone for a toy. It’s the kind of twisted humor that Tony embodies and appreciates in this modern-day and age of the world where Jingle All The Way’s become more truth than fiction.
3 How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Everyone likes the classics… unless your someone like Tony Stark. Sure, Tony enjoys a good pop culture reference and film every once and a while but chances are while he likes the original, the live-action How The Grinch Stole Christmas might be more to his liking.
Despite not being the best that there is, Jim Carey’s take on everyone’s least favorite green guy is entertaining enough and the visual style could pull Tony in and perhaps inspire him to call the Hulk “buff Grinch” the next time he sees him.
2 Bad Santa (2003)
Picture this: Peter Parker’s in the Avengers compound on Christmas, sneaking around, getting ready for the h0lidays when he comes across Tony laughing at a movie. One peek and Peter’s child-like innocence would be shattered by the likes of one of the 2000s best holiday movies, Bad Santa.
Bad Santa is an incredibly irreverent film that shows the other side to all those mall Santas… and as such is hilarious. It’s the kind of film with dark comedy and inappropriate humor that Tony could get behind while also shield kids like Morgan and Peter from.
1 Die Hard (1988)
Yes, there is an ongoing debate about Die Hard and whether it can be seen as a Christmas movie or not. The fact that it came out during the summer doesn’t help but the themes, story, and setting put it into the Christmas category for some.
One of those people could be Tony. Tony could find the idea and story of Die Hard enjoyable as well as some truly badass moments from John McClane puts out. If anything, Tony Stark may end up advocating for Die Hard as the greatest Christmas movie.