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Alexandre Juliao

Member Since: Sat Oct 04, 2008
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Subj: Re: Why I've always liked Iron Man
Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 at 06:47:09 pm EST (Viewed 228 times)
Reply Subj: Why I've always liked Iron Man
Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 at 10:27:53 am EST (Viewed 254 times)


    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.

The heart problems were so fundamental to so many of the stories back in the day. Yet nowadays there are probably a lot of fans who never even knew Iron Man had heart problems at all - until the movies came out. The character has been missing something for a long time and maybe the constant threat of cardiac arrest is precisely that something he's been missing.

    In addition, his origin borrows many elements from my favorite book, "The Count of Monte Cristo".

Great book. What elements of that story do you see in the origin?

    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.

I had never considered the similarity between Tony Stark and Stephen Strange until you mentioned it just now. But yes, you're absolutely right. One of them is a technologist and the other is a sorcerer yet both were puffed up with ego and both had a conversion experience that popped the ego balloon and set them on a new path. I think there may actually be a parallel universe where these two men are villains. Take away the conversion experience, replace it with a downward spiral (and no, I don't mean alcoholism, I mean a descent into real depravity) and then provide the last little push into the heart of darkness. Frankly, this would make for two really good "What If" stories if that comic still existed. "What If Tony Stark Went Bad?" - "What If Stephen Strange Went Bad?" - They practically beg to be written!

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