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Subj: Why I've always liked Iron Man
Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 at 10:27:53 am EST (Viewed 275 times)
Reply Subj: I've never really gotten why people liked Iron Man (before the movies)
Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 at 03:02:57 pm EST (Viewed 285 times)
I guess I've always been blind to what Iron Man is about. With Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Cap, Hulk, Wonder Woman etc...you have some sort of theme in there people can connect with.
Quote:I've always struggled with what that theme (or hook) is with Iron Man. Even his worst enemy the Mandarin...I really have zero understanding why out of all his enemies that one is somehow important. They're not overly similar or opposite. There isn't enough there for a strong comparison or contrast really.
Quote:I admit I just didn't get the character before they added the smarmy parts to him.
I've always liked Iron Man for a number of reasons, some of them personal.
In terms of personal reasons, I am asthmatic and although nowadays I suffer very little from it, in my childhood this disease debilitated me a lot. Seeing Tony Stark battling heart problems and being a hero nonetheless, inspired me a lot at the time. In addition, his origin borrows many elements from my favorite book, "The Count of Monte Cristo".
As for more general reasons, Tony used to be an arrogant and unfriendly person who had an epiphany and changed his way of being. Iron Man is a hero, not thanks to his virtues, but despite his faults. And this type of character has always interested me more than those who have always been examples of virtue. That's the same reason why I've always been a fan of Doctor Strange too. These elements have always been there and when used to their full potential, have generated the best stories the character has ever had.
He ended up getting popular with the general public, because Jon Favreau did at the time of the first movie, what you did now, which is to ask the fans why they like the character and used those responses in the production of the 2008 movie.
As for the Mandarin, I did never found him interesting either. I only realized how cool he is, thanks to the posts published in this forum by The Mandarin. But to me, the best archenemy for Iron Man, has yet to come. There were some false starts that didn´t work, like the third Crimson Dynamo. And Doctor Doom, which to me is the perfect character to play this role, unfortunately on the only occasion that it became possible to import him from the FF book, was wasted by Bendis.