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The Mandarin

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Subj: Tony Stark 18
Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2019 at 01:47:04 am EST (Viewed 320 times)


I don't like that Stark was largely passive while the cat did the heavy lifting. The thing is, Stark isn't the dumb action hero with the scientist support character.

He's more like Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes: the super-genius with the soldier or clever everyman support character.

This issue plays him more like Buffy the Vampire Slayer or that sort of intellectual second-rater whose support-characters are smarter than she is. I don't think Stark works when you try to play him like that. Because Stark wears a set of scientific tools that does most of the fighting for him, playing him as a dumb action hero never feels authentic. He feels like a very passive character when you try to play him as a dumb action hero, essentially someone who is just along for the ride while a robot surrounds him and fights for him. And no, putting him in an armor that doesn't have an AI does not fix that.

Whereas playing him as the smartest man in the world synergizes nicely with the armor. Yes, the armor is doing most of the action stuff for him, but that's just to buy him time to figure out a scientific solution to a problem that is beyond the ability of the armor to simply blast or punch.

This way of writing Stark effectively makes the armor just another Watson, or, to put it another way, it makes the armor like the Tardis: something whose near indestructablity buys the Doctor time to think of a scientific solution to the problem.

In short, when you rob Stark of his role as the finder of scientific solutions, you've really robbed him of a role in the story completely. He becomes someone who really could be replaced by any random pilot and really makes the armor the star of the show.

As a side-note; they seem to be running with the idea that Tony can't inherit the company. Which is dumb, because the company Tony inherited is long since destroyed. The company Tony currently owns is one of multiple iterations that he has created completely on his own. So even if Arno's case is completely justified, all he can inherit is very old ashes.

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