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Subj: Re: Mandarin stories should begin with the premise that he's already won
Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 at 07:42:03 am EST (Viewed 167 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Mandarin stories should begin with the premise that he's already won
Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 at 07:12:18 am EST (Viewed 171 times)



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    I would make the Mandarin and the Titanium Man global terrorists. The War on Terror is today's Cold War.


No, we are already past that. The present enemy is the corporation. You can see that in Iron Man 3. You can see it in all of the Netflix superhero shows except Jessica Jones, where the villain is toxic-masculinity. Really, Ledger-Joker was the last time I can recall the supervillain-as-a-metaphor-for-terrorism angle played straight.

I also saw this in Star Wars the Last Jedi. The story takes a detour to inform us that the rich are getting richer by exploiting both the Rebels and the First Order. The traditional supervillain is disposed of halfway through the movie and the real villain turns out to be the creepy guy stalking Rey.

The exploitative corporation and the embodiment of toxic masculinity are the two stock villains of this era. This time will be remembered for that as much as the seventies were remembered for bell-bottoms.

I believe The Mandarin fits better in this era than he did in the one he was created in. As the embodiment of both rich exploitation, and toxic masculinity, he is the perfect villain for this era. He is, when you get right down to it, a rich exploiter who used exploitation to build himself into what the toxically hypermasculine mind would consider the perfect man.






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