The problem is that people need to pick one Tony Stark and stick to it. He's humble in Invincible Iron Man but then he acts like a teenager in the Avengers book. Its kinda like no one except Matt wants to show off the new Tony Stark
Tony has always been the kind of person to joke and act a little immature. Also, he'd only get "intelligent" when someone asks him a question worth answering. A question, though, when is the Avengers set, in comparison to the Iron Man series?
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.
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.
That may be a little immature but still tony under the armor, like one version of Antman stole the suit, so would I steal the suit, if Im capable of blowing up a single tank with a missile smaller than a Sharpie, I would even SLEEP with the armor on
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 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 like this Tony too because we are seeing him in a different light and for him to act or say more humorous things whether he is being sarcastic or not is refreshing after all the drama and darkness he went through during the past couple years.
"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. "
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."
Well in his stand alone titles, he acts the same way he always has, Bendis however has changed the way he approaches him now for some reason, in Mighty and new at their early runs, he did a great Tony, now.... No idea what's going on.
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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