For years, America's skylines have been at the mercy of the elements - subjected to tornadoes, earthquakes and hurricanes that wreak havoc to city structures directly in their firing line. No building has been truly safe from Mother Nature's fury... until now.

Building Invincible goes inside what it takes to keep these structures surviving and thriving in the face of the worst Mother Nature can throw at them. From the Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago, a tornado-proof skyscraper reinforced with enough concrete to fill 57 Olympic-sized pools; to Miami's Marlins Park, an aerodynamic stadium built to endure the ravage of hurricanes; to the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, built with shock absorbers so large it can withstand the power of a massive earthquake, "Building Invincible" explores the most innovative and radical structures technology has to offer. Through revealing their clever design and construction techniques specifically engineered to combat ferocious weather, these giants have proven themselves a rival to Mother Nature's wrath.

Building Invincible - Netflix

Type: Documentary

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2014-03-30

Building Invincible - Iron Man - Netflix

Iron Man is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by writer and editor Stan Lee, developed by scripter Larry Lieber, and designed by artists Don Heck and Jack Kirby. The character made his first appearance in Tales of Suspense #39 (cover dated March 1963). A wealthy American business magnate, playboy, and ingenious scientist, Anthony Edward “Tony” Stark suffers a severe chest injury during a kidnapping. When his captors attempt to force him to build a weapon of mass destruction, he instead creates a powered suit of armor to save his life and escape captivity. Later, Stark develops his suit, adding weapons and other technological devices he designed through his company, Stark Industries. He uses the suit and successive versions to protect the world as Iron Man. Although at first concealing his true identity, Stark eventually declared that he was, in fact, Iron Man in a public announcement. Initially, Iron Man was a vehicle for Stan Lee to explore Cold War themes, particularly the role of American technology and industry in the fight against communism. Subsequent re-imaginings of Iron Man have transitioned from Cold War motifs to contemporary matters of the time. Throughout most of the character's publication history, Iron Man has been a founding member of the superhero team the Avengers and has been featured in several incarnations of his own various comic book series. Iron Man has been adapted for several animated TV shows and films. The character is portrayed by Robert Downey Jr. in the live action film Iron Man (2008), which was a critical and box office success. Downey, who received much acclaim for his performance, reprised the role in a cameo in The Incredible Hulk (2008), two Iron Man sequels Iron Man 2 (2010) and Iron Man 3 (2013), The Avengers (2012), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and will do so again in its untitled sequel (2019) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Iron Man was ranked 12th on IGN's “Top 100 Comic Book Heroes” in 2011, and third in their list of “The Top 50 Avengers” in 2012.

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The rapper Ghostface Killah, a member of Wu-Tang Clan, titled his 1996 debut solo album Ironman, and has since continued to use lyrics related to the Iron Man comics and samples from the animated TV shows on his records. He has adopted the nickname Tony Starks as one of his numerous alter-egos, and was featured in a scene deleted from the Iron Man film. Paul McCartney's song “Magneto and Titanium Man” was inspired by the X-Men's nemesis and the original version of the Iron Man villain. Another Iron Man villain, the Crimson Dynamo, is mentioned in the lyrics to this song. The British band Razorlight mentions Tony Stark in a verse of their song, “Hang By, Hang By”. The character of Nathan Stark on the television show Eureka is inspired by Tony Stark. In 2011, IGN ranked Iron Man 12th in the Top 100 Comic Book Heroes. Two Iron Man-themed trucks compete in the Monster Jam monster truck racing series. Debuted in Atlanta on 9 January 2010, they are driven by Lee O' Donnell and Morgan Kane. In 2015, University of Central Florida engineering student Albert Manero, who builds and donates affordable 3D-printed bionic limbs to those in need, constructed a bionic arm based on Iron Man's suit for 7-year-old Alex Pring, a superhero fan who was born with a partially formed right arm. He then delivered the Iron Man arm to Pring with the help of Robert Downey Jr. in character as Tony Stark.

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