Does everyone have daddy issues in Marvel?

Because it seems like all the Marvel characters have some kind of issue with their father or father like figure.

Movie: Iron Man 2
Released: April 28, 2010
Director: Jon Favreau
Writers: Justin Theroux
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke

The whole movie starts with a “previously on Iron Man” recap and uses it to dive right into Ivan Vanko’s (Rourke) daddy issues and need for vengeance because everyone’s dads are a-holes in the Marvel Universe. Stark’s daddy (Marvel capitalizing on the success of Mad Men uses Slattery for this role) never said “I love you,” Vanko’s dad pulled a dick move by selling secrets and had to nerve to be mad when he was caught and punished for it, then he lied to his son about the details. Justin Hammer (Rockwell) does not have the daddy issues Stark and Vanko battle with, but he is like a less talented, not quite as liked younger brother type to Stark. General Ross really takes the prize for worst dad ever in The Incredible Hulk for using his daughter to lure out an uncontrollable rage monster because of a hurt ego. If Stark keeps with the inflated ego he has in this movie, his children are going to have super fun daddy issues of their own for Marvel to exploit in later movies.

Speaking of Stark’s ego… I found the whole “I saved the world with a cool suit and no one can match my intelligence” thing he has going through out this movie really annoying. It takes the character that was so fun and interesting in the first movie and turns him into a narcissistic jerk. He gives all these big speeches about how he made world peace happen all by himself and his tech is his own and he is the only one that should use it doesn’t keep me on his side. The speeches make me want the government (a group of people I trust just slightly more than I trust a rambling homeless person) to just go in his house and take all of those suits from him. Someone with that much unhealthy self-love, who is self-destructive, and profits off of the tech from the suits really should not be in charge of world peace. Luckily Vanko comes in and knocks Stark around with the tech Stark thought no one could replicate and Rhodes (Cheadle) steps in to knock him around some more.

I wish Vanko and Hammer were the only plot lines in the movie. The plot with the ark-reactor that is keeping him alive is also killing him with palladium poisoning is just adding too much to the mix and it’s in there only so Stark can have a moment to work thru the daddy issues and Fury gets a chance to yell at him. I’m sure there are better ways to bring up Avengers Initiative without the “I’m dying so I’m going to do everything I can to destroy all relationships” story. It pulls focus from a much more interesting plot line that had action in it.

I don’t want to spend this whole post complaining about the movie. I did enjoy it and there are many things I do love about the movie. Paltrow acts like she grew her spine back and her Pepper Potts makes a great counterpoint to Stark this time out. I really enjoyed Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow. She was equal parts tough and sexy and she also worked well opposite Starks big ego. It was fun to see Samuel L. Jackson and ScarJo together in another comic book movie. The Spirit was okay, but I loved how weird their Octopus and Silken Floss were, it took things to a balls-out bizarreo place which made the movie worth watching. The use of AC/DC songs throughout the movie works for the annoying plot line because they are mostly about excess and the destructive nature of it. Shoot to Thrill was the most on the nose song for Tony Stark’s intro to the movie and Stark Expo.

On to the Avengers Initiative and what is in store for the next set of movies! Why would they just play around with the notion of Stark being a consultant to the Avengers? We all know that when the shit hits the fan in The Avengers, Stark is going to suit up and kick ass. How does Rhodes/War Machine fit into the Avengers? He is not unlike Stark at this point, he has a suit and knows how to use it, plus he is already working in the DOD so why wouldn’t they put him on loan to S.H.I.E.L.D.? The outline for the Captain America’s shield was a nice way to foreshadow his movie coming up in the next year. I’m sure a big reason why it was in the movie was due to the moment the shield is visible in The Incredible Hulk was cut. The after the credits scene was Agent Coulson finding Thor’s hammer in New Mexico letting us all know that Thor will be the next one up. My big question was why New Mexico? Isn’t Thor a part of Norse mythology? I guess we will find out in Thor.

What did you think fellow dwellers in Nerdom? Talk at me in the comments section. On to Thor!

To read UberApe’s review of Iron Man 2 click here

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