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May. 24th, 2010 | 09:56 pm
mood: bouncybouncy
music: Institutionalized//Suicidal Tendencies

So, as I mentioned in my last post, I recently saw Iron 2 Man (in Dublin!) and am excited enough about it to require a separate post. Now, previously I had seen the first film only twice, and one of those was by accident on television in the PEG commonroom. I thought it was pretty damn cool, but did not actually get that into it, for as much as I found Tony himself rather appealing and firmly shipped him with both Jarvis and the Goddamn Batman. Still, I did think it was begging for a sequel and was flailing with joy gratified to find out my predictions were right.

The buildup could have something to do with my current state of heavily perseverating fanboyish glee, but in any case. I am happy to report I am now sporting a serious hard on for Tony (apparently he was the impetus behind the term 'man curves' and I find myself whole heartedly in favor), and possibly developing a crush on Pepper and Natalie/Natasha. My favorite AI butler had sadly little screen time (if you can still call it screen time when he makes no actual appearance aside from a disembodied voice) as did the fairly interesting, heavily tattooed main villain with the awesome hair, but I really have no complaints.

So drawn in was I by the film, I went straight out to the aetherwebs to do some research. First I found this which covers basic background of the Iron Man canon and also features helpful links, one of them to this, which repeats a lot of the same text as the first essay, but is nonetheless an excellent explanation of just how gayandtotallymarried Tony and Captain America actually are. Now, I always assumed I did not like Captain America because, well, he's Captain America. But upon coalating this new information, well. I will give him another shot. In fact, I will give him a shot he never had a chance of before because I am going to read the comics. Yes, you heard that correctly. I am making a fully informed decision to develope yet another expensive and debilitating habit, and I am doing it all for Tony Stark and the Avengers.

Who, by the way, are getting their own movie. Both Iron Man films are working as setup it, as well as the last Hulk film, which I am actually going to watch as soon as I can. It looks like Tony is in it!

In another interesting developement, however, my very dear long time friend blueorca91  had this to say about the latest Iron Man:
Iron Man 2 wasn't that good. (Stop brooding, Tony, no one cares about your problems. Shut up and fight robots.)

Now, I feel a need to express my feelings on that here, and I want to be clear about this, not to rekindle an argument with my friend, but just as an open response to what I am sure is the attitude of plenty of other people coming away from this movie whose facebook statuses I don't happen to read.

First of all, it turns out the Iron Man of the comics is not the fun, light hearted, low drama a lot of people saw in the films. He is, in fact, basically the most depressed superhero out there. Yes, worse than Batsy. In fact, he has canonically admitted to trying to commit suicide by drinking himself to death.

Secondly, ignoring the comic canon, since the film is set in a markedly different universe, did you really not notice the angst in first one? Because I have been rewatching it a lot lately, and Tony was kidnapped by terrorists, nearly lost his heart, watched the man who was his only friend for three months go the suicide-by-armed-guard root, and when he finally got home, he was betrayed by a man he grew up with. Now, you might say that, while all that did suck and did indeed happen to him, he did not show a lot of melodramatic angst over it. To which I would say, he did not show a lot of melodramatic angst in the second film, either. He showed some angst, but in his down-played, occasionally humourous Tony Stark way. As he did in both films.

And if you want to see Tony angst about something, do you remember a scene in the first film that went something like this:
Pepper: Tony, you know I'd help you with anything, but I cannot help you if you're gonna start all of this again.

Tony: There is nothing except this. There is no art opening. There is no benefit. There is nothing to sign! There is the next mission. And nothing else.

Pepper: Is that so? Well then, I quit.

Tony: You stood by my side all these years while I reached the benefits of destruction, and now that I'm trying to protect the people that I put in harm's way, you're gonna walk out?

Pepper: You're gonna kill yourself, Tony. And I'm not gonna be a part of it.

Tony: I shouldn't be alive. Not unless it was for a reason.


Anyway. In other news, I have started a blog, Don't Kill Your Television, dedicated to fighting with TV instead of against it, to accepting that modern mass media is here to stay and working to improve it in every way.

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