I’m wondering if the shower in my house is reliable
This is another movie that I had come into not really expecting a whole lot and I spent a good portion of the last few days deciding whether I actually even enjoyed the movie all that much. The movie has a great cast but doesn’t manage to achieve a lot with it. It does create a good step to the greater plot of the MCU with the introduction of Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson). Anyways this will probably be a shorter one because I really don’t have a whole lot to say about a majority of this movie.
Iron Man 2 starts with an easy premise to grasp, Tony Stark has created a super weapon that he believes nobody else could perfect faster than he has time to advance the technology. The main villains being jealous arms dealer Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) and revenge seeking scientist Whiplash (Mickey Rourke) who try desperately to fell the empire Tony has built on the idea that nobody could ever stand up against Iron Man. I think that Sam Rockwell is an amazing actor and his charm adds a good amount of flavor to an otherwise dull character but it doesn’t save him from becoming anything but a plot device. Whiplash on the other hand is an awesome villain that uses big ambition to fuel ego-eccentric visions. The whole of the first four fifths of the film revolves around Tony finding a suitable element to perfect his arc reactor that has become a part of him. This is supposed to be a little suspenseful because he is dying but is ultimately overshadowed by a slightly more interesting power dynamic between himself and Pepper Potts taking hold as CEO of Stark Industries. Even this plot is pretty average being again overshadowed by the introduction of SHIELD and the reveal of Natasha as the nimble Black Widow and I’m going to say that it is probably because I already knew from the beginning but even that reveal fell flat for me. Even when Tony goes through the reconcile of finding out that his father actually did trust him to carry a legacy I felt like other lesser plots blended it into something I barely had time to process. Iron Man 2 starts and finishes at least 3 major plot lines that all get swirled into something that is hard to fully comprehend. I was watching this film with 3 other people and they all fell asleep 30 minutes into it which to me is where I say, maybe as a movie that sets out to be entertaining they should put more focus on keeping the audience engaged.
There are two parts of the movie that I thoroughly enjoyed however, these being the fight scenes with Whiplash and War Machine. The fight scene with War Machine is a really fun fight because Tony is actually finally revealed to be the villain and you are exposed to this huge grey area of character development where Rhodes (now Don Cheadle) is learning to trust in his friend more, and Tony is learning to finally weigh the gravity of the danger he has put the world in and finally act like he is not wearing a suit, but a gun. This fight is not only a badass fight between two equal opponents but also a moral climax of the film that puts characters in positions of real growth. The fight with Whiplash is just awesome, it doesn’t make sense and it doesn’t have to at this point. We have made it to some cherry blossom garden for some reason and Whiplash appears after a swarm of military drones fail to kill Iron Man and Whiplash is dressed in a cool suit that is armored like a samurai. This is an awesome fight that uses character development from the War Machine fight to come around in full circle to help Tony defeat his the ghosts of his fathers past. In the end, it doesn’t matter how ridiculous the final confrontation is because it puts such a worthwhile battle at the end of an otherwise subpar experience.
Iron Man 2 is a big bittersweet episode in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A shame in that it is possibly the best acting of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Marvel career and that it shows off great talent like Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell only to be bogged down by underwhelming plot advancements. The movie is awesome in its incredible fights but refuses to let any of it really amount to any building over arching plot. Iron Man 2 tries and succeeds to tell a lot of Iron Man stories in short and underwhelming ways. This movie will always be welcome as an important chapter in the MCU but won’t be praised as an achievement in superhero story telling.
30 DAY AOS CHALLENGE- DAY 9: FAVORITE GUEST STAR
(couldn’t find any GIFs of him on AOS, but he’s a BAMF)
Who else thinks Nick Fury should make an appearance in the last season? Coulson DIED Goddamnit!
Marvel Comics over the decades has created characters that have had a war-time past
As America in the 20th century got involved in various wars, their influence made way into comic book publishing which led to stories about fighting fascism at home and abroad, PTSD or loss of hope in the system
Some characters had moved on from their wartime past such as Ben Grimm (World War 2), Professor Xavier (Korean War), Carol Danvers (Cold War) and James Rhodes (Vietnam War) while characters like Captain America, Wolverine, The Punisher, Bucky Barnes, Namor and Nick Fury still find themselves in a war but against either a different enemy or an enemy with a new face
Some of the best War-time series or titles which are a must read are:
- Sgt. Fury & the Howling Commandoes
- Captain America: The Golden Age
- Marvel Comics: The Golden Age
- The Invaders
- Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D
- The ‘Nam
- Wolverine: Madripoor Knights
- Punisher: The Platoon
- Punisher: Born
- Fury Max: War Gone By
In honor of all those who served, this post is dedicated to them
Day 9 - Favorite Guest Star
No explanation needed. Just Nick Fury.
nick fury is a badass and if you don’t stan him we can’t be friends.
There was an idea
This is the ultimate Clint Barton move.
Tony: Alright Fury, I think you should play the role of my father.
Fury: I don’t want to be your father.
Tony: Oh, see, that’s perfect. You already know your lines.
You guys I bought these today and the rest are on my hard drive. I’ve seen them all but got them on film today!