So I just saw **Iron Man **last night. I had to wait for it to be on DVD, since there is no english dialogue theater near me. Iron Man was always one of my favorite superheroes when I was kid, but I hate the wya they turned into a gigantic asshole in the *Civil War Storyline. *
But about the movie. I enjoyed it, I loved seeing Iron Man in live action. A few things bugged me though.
Once seeing his weapon designs in the hands of the bad guys, Iron Man flies from California to Afghanistan to deal with it. Even in the comic book I don’t think IM could fly that distance on his own power. How long would that take? He apparently can’t fly faster than a modern aircraft. (or else he would have outrun the fighters sent to intercept him when he was trying to get away.) I think once I read a comic where he traversed the globe by going into orbit and coming down at the desired location, but in the movie they established that he couldn’t maintain flight in the upper atmosphere. Sure, Tony Stark realized he’d have to deal with that issue while modifying his armor but they didn’t actually show that he had solved it by the time the flight to the mid east began. Couldn’t he just have taken a plane to the area then suited up? (Hmmm…maybe not. In the movie its more complex to don the armor than in the old comics where he basically just suited up like Batman or Spider-Man.) Still that kinda bugged me.
Secondly, I know that in the current comics (at least as current as I’ve seen) everyone knows that Stark *is *Iron Man. I never liked that. It seems downright stupid to let everyone know that you’re the guy with the most sophisticated powered suit in the world. I think it was really dumb for Stark to tell everyone he was Iron Man at the end of the movie. Isn’t that just inviting everyone to try to kidnap you or steal the suit or its specs? FTR I always hated the cover story in the comics that Iron Man was Stark’s personal bodyguard, too. Stark could have just said Iron Man is the spokesperson/PR/Rep guy for technology in his company…a corporate symbol, really. In the 80’s there was a story where he faked Iron Man’s death with a phony employee record of who was wearing the suit. Then when Iron Man resurfaced he just claimed that he had hired a new guy to be Iron Man.
Those are minor nitpicks to be sure, I’m just saying they bugged me a little bit.
After the credits though, we see Nick Fury played by Samuel Jackson tell Stark about the Avengers Initiative so I’m guessing this movie is in the “Ultimates” universe. I’ve heard rumors that there is to be an Avengers movie. I’d love to see it, I just want to know how they plan on showing several not-well-known heroes and have it make sense. Outside of Thor and Captain America none of the other Avengers were particularly famous unless you are/were a total comic book geek like myself. (Who the hell knows about Giant-Man*? Or the Wasp?)
- I’ve always though Giant Man was one of the dumbest heroes ever created, like Ant-Man…who actually is Giant-Man in another identity.