Off My Mind: Iron Man's Acting Immature Lately
In Matt Fraction's Invincible Iron Man, we're seeing the result of Tony Stark erasing and losing a couple years of his memories as a result of preventing Osborn from obtaining all his Starktech secrets. Now he's on a new mission to make the world a better place with a new energy source that will replace the need for oil and fossil fuels.
Yet in the Avengers books, Stark seems to be acting like an immature douche once again.
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Tony Stark should be an arrogant...jerk. It makes sense that he should act like this. My problem with this is that he hasn't really acted quite so immature before. Perhaps I haven't fully noticed it in the past but it's almost distracting. It just feels like it's standing out when compared to his actual solo book. Stark's speech is coming across and immature and not as intelligent as it actually should be. There was also his "pony" line to Noh-Varr in Avengers #2 that bothered me.
Maybe it's just me, but instead of sounding arrogant or intelligent, Stark's just coming across as an idiot. "I'll buy you a pony"? Why does he think Noh-Varr would even care about a pony? I suppose Stark is attempting to be funny when he's really strong-arming a kid into doing what he wants him to do.
What I've always liked about the Avengers book was seeing the different heroes working together as a team in a single book. It's great for continuity and makes sense that the heroes would band together to face the evil threats. The problem is when a character isn't written in a completely similar manner from book to book. I suppose you can say that being in a team environment might bring out the best or worst in a character.
Has anyone else noticed a difference in Stark's behavior? How should Tony Stark behave? Do you prefer the way he's behaving in Invincible Iron Man or his attempts at humor in the Avengers books?
Yeah, I think it's the influence of the movies at work. Unfortunately the sort of douchebag comments he gets away with in the movies only work because a) they are well-scripted, and b) Robert Downey Jr. has the ability to make even the most pig-headed comments sound charming in his delivery.
Those examples on the page here unfortunately don't seem to benefit from either good scripting, OR Downey's flawless delivery.
That dialogue screams of Bendis' horrible writing. Of course this came out of Avengers, because Bendis just loves to destroy characters that others have worked to make better. I can't wait till he leaves Marvel then I can enjoy some of the other Avengers books as much as I am enjoying Secret Avengers.
I'm not sure if it's immaturity, or just Tony being a loose cannon
it's hard to say
but if he really can't remember most of the past 3 years and his company is on the outs, I suppose now would be the time to start appreciating the little things: like jokes
To me it just seems like Bendis doesn't fully understand who these characters are when reading Avengers, I still enjoy the book, I just feel like he can't grasp who some of those characters, like Bucky-Cap and Maria Hill for example, are and how they act and talk in other books.
1. He writes Bucky completely different from how Brubaker writes him in Captain America, like G-Man has mentioned multiple times before on how he sounds like a jock and doesn't seem to read any files when he's living in Steve's house that's full of Avengers/S.H.I.E.L.D. files in Avengers, but will read up on some random C-List Nazi guy in his own title, plus in Avengers #3 he's surprised that Nick Fury has so many hideouts and yet just a few issues back in the Two Americas storyline in Captain America, he's IN one of Fury's hideouts and acting like he's visiting a buddies house.
2. Maria Hill and Tony are totally different in Invincible Iron Man, in Avengers Maria just feels out of place, just randomly telling them basically "hey, there's the bad guy, he's bad...fight him!" and not helpful at all, where in Iron Man, she's running Avengers Tower as if she was still running S.H.I.E.L.D. like keeping an eye on the whole planet and getting made when Tony and Rhodey run off and do something stupid.
And getting to Tony, like G-Man just pointed out, yes he's written like a jerk, but it's an annoying jerk, like when he's saying he'll buy Noh a pony, or like in Avengers #3 where he tells Spider-Man that he could kiss him after Spidey saves him, kiss him? Really?? -__- Where in Invincible Iron Man, he's written to how he acts in the movies, where yeah he's a jerk, but he's so smart and sarcastic but it's because he IS so smart that you don't mind it.
I just see it as Tony acting a little more cavalier and immature in front of his "friends".
People tend to act differently depending on who's watchiing...I know I'm a lot more outgoing and even immature in front of certain people.
When he was running SHIELD, he had a lot more respondsibilty, making the SHRA work was all on him, so he frequently came off as "douchey". Now it's more like he's got nothing left to lose so he's going to joke around, be comfortable, and himself more.
I follow you, Bendis definitely plays up Stark's immature, playful side here to it's fullest but I don't see it as a break from character really.
Can I just say that I was fully behind Tony during Civil War. He was doing what he believed a superhero should do, looking out for the people he swore to protect. It was Cap who was being irrational and he didn't realize it until the people he thought he was protecting stood up against him.
i like them both. If i had to chose one i would choose the solo book version but i actually thought the pony line was really funny, he treats this genius (probably smarter then tony himself) as a child probably it works with every other person not in the illuminati.
I don't see him being a jerk as much as I see him being written like Robert Downey Jr's portrayal of Stark in the movies. The quick humor, the sarcasticness. It's doing something right, it won and Eisner, and for good reason. There wasn't a lot of action, but a lot good written Tony. Makes the movies that much better now too.
"I just see it as Tony acting a little more cavalier and immature in front of his "friends". People tend to act differently depending on who's watchiing...I know I'm a lot more outgoing and even immature in front of certain people. When he was running SHIELD, he had a lot more respondsibilty, making the SHRA work was all on him, so he frequently came off as "douchey". Now it's more like he's got nothing left to lose so he's going to joke around, be comfortable, and himself more. I follow you, Bendis definitely plays up Stark's immature, playful side here to it's fullest but I don't see it as a break from character really. "
I can agree with that. People have different faces that they show depending upon who's watching. The problem I have with the portrayal of Tony across the different books that he's in is his financial situation. In his book, he's broke. But in the Avengers & the new issue of Uncanny X-Men, he's portrayed as rich.
So which one is it, Marvel?
Peter Parker does not joke out of costume and leads a serious life full of problems... yet when he's fighting Doc Ock the squid jokes come out...
Stark might be doing the same thing... out of his environment his actions seem more immature...
I hate how Bendis writes Iron Man. It's insulting to Fraction's awesome run on "Invincible Iron Man." Fraction still writes an arrogant Tony, but it is tempered with self-doubt and humility...it makes sense given what the character has gone through. Bendis doesn't care and does what he wants. It's one of the reasons I can't stand "Avengers."
Iron Man has been very inconsistent lately. Isn't he supposed to be... you know... BROKE? When I read Iron Man, it showed that he had almost nothing. In Avengers, he has all his tech again.
Also, he appeared in Uncanny X-Men without the.... gah, I forget the term. I believe he called it a "man-made sun" or something like that. The thing in his chest.
It is almost as if Asshole Tony is really an extrapolation of Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark in the movies. Tony's been glib in the past but also straight-laced like in West Coast Avengers, but hasn't the swell in popularity from the films extenuated that behaviour?
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