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The Mandarin

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Subj: Re: Altered Carbon, and the absolute hatred of oligarchs/1-percenters
Posted: Sun Feb 04, 2018 at 03:12:38 pm CST (Viewed 293 times)
Reply Subj: Altered Carbon, and the absolute hatred of oligarchs/1-percenters
Posted: Sun Feb 04, 2018 at 12:08:47 am CST (Viewed 369 times)

    I just finished binging Altered Carbon and I once again noted the absolute hatred of the oligarchy present in modern writing. It is clear to me, more than ever, that Iron Man's enemies need to be richer than he is. It shouldn't even be competitive.

You lose me with comments like that. Tony is one of the richest men in the world. It doesn't matter if people love or hate the super-rich. Tony is super-rich. He just is. The writers need to find a way to make him beloved by the fans regardless. Nor is this difficult. Show him doing terrific things like saving people's lives and there you go: problem solved. Show him saving little babies from a fiery death in a burning hospital building. Show him saving puppies and kittens from being crushed underfoot by Fin Fang Foom. There you go: problem solved.

Once Tony puts on the armor he becomes Iron Man, defender of the defenseless and rescuer of the imperiled. Show him catching and safely landing a 747 that was about to crash. Show him yanking free an unstable nuclear core from its place in the reactor and flying it up to the stratosphere where it can explode safely. For maximum melodrama have the explosion knock him unconscious and show him toppling helpless into the sea.

The difficulty isn't that the readers dislike Tony Stark, industrialist. The difficulty is that the writers don't like him. And this problem too is easily solved. Don't hire these writers for the Iron Man comic. Let them write something else.

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