Who asked for a teenage Iron Man?

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All Marvel fans know how important Iron Man is to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and now that Tony Stark has since been gone. Avengers: Endgamewe will have to see who will fill his iron boots. In the meantime, if your Iron Man sentimentality sets in, let me bring you a little show called Iron Man: Adventures in Armor.

Armored Adventures came out in 2008, around the same time as the first Iron Man movie. And no, it’s not the classic ’90s Iron Man cartoon that I watched as a kid. Although, in hindsight, the ’90s Iron Man cartoon hasn’t always been the best, even though it improved dramatically in Season 2 before it was canceled. Season 2 also had a great introductory song.

By comparing, Iron Man: Adventures in Armor looked sleek and modern, and I thought it was worth a look in the name of Iron Man’s nostalgia. But what I didn’t realize until I started watching is that all of the familiar faces in the Iron Man movies are teenagers.

This is Tony:

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Pepper:

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And Rhodey:

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It’s confusing. Why does Iron Man suddenly have to be a sixteen-year-old high school student? Has anyone actually asked to see brilliant tech genius Tony Stark go through puberty?

I watched the two-part pilot episode to help me understand the principle. Tony is a sixteen-year-old prodigy who works for his father, Howard Stark, the current director of Stark Industries. It is clear that Tony is not attending high school as he is clearly too advanced for a typical education. In the very first scene, Tony has already invented the Iron Man armor. Why? Without reason. Just for fun. You know. Children’s stuff.

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While on a business trip with his father, Tony is about to tell Howard about his latest creation when their private plane is attacked. Howard goes missing and is presumed dead. Tony survives the crash, but when we move on to the next scene he’s in bed, carrying his infamous electromagnet in his chest because the plane crash damaged his heart. The rest of him seems to be fine, just his heart is a mess!

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So, I guess we’re really going through the whole Iron Man origin story here, but it’s not a very interesting origin. The creation of the Iron Man costume is what’s really interesting, but this show throws it at us from the first minute. After all, which story would you rather see? A brilliant businessman and scientist captured by terrorists who is forced to build powerful armor to escape? Or a smug young prodigy who randomly builds a costume to impress Daddy?

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With Howard Stark suddenly gone, young Tony is packed to live with his best friend, James Rhodes. Tony is then forced to go to high school while the evil Obadiah Stane takes over Stark Industries until Tony can turn eighteen.

Stane’s undisguised malice strongly suggests that there won’t be any more businesses for Tony to take over in two years.

Left with no parents or a business, Tony, 16, must use his new Iron Man suit to fight Stane’s corruption, find his father, and foil other villainous ploys, all while facing the pitfalls of high school and college. ‘adolescence.

Except I don’t understand why Tony has to go to high school. The show clearly shows that he has moved beyond the high school curriculum. It just seems pointless to force him to go through this. Guess it’s a good thing Tony was able to save his Iron Man costume from Stane, so he’s got something to do. Otherwise, I could imagine Tony becoming his classmates’ Ritalin dealer just for the fun of it because he would be so bored.

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Plus, in the comics (and in the MCU) Tony was considered such a prodigy that he was able to enter MIT at age fifteen. Shouldn’t he at least be in college at this point?

Either way, Tony goes to high school with his lifelong friend Rhodey where they also meet Pepper Potts. Of course, the three must form a Harry potter-like a team where two of them will inevitably have a romantic tension. I’ll give you a hint. It’s not between Tony and Rhodey. I know you are disappointed.

And what about Pepper? I have so many conflicting emotions about the character of Pepper.

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Let me start with what I really like about her. I love that she is described as a computer genius and an expert hacker. This gives him an active role in the fight against crime and allows him to make a tangible contribution to the team. This is a step up from portraying Gwyneth Paltrow (okay, it doesn’t take much to top a performance by Paltrow).

The other part that I liked about Pepper in this series is that she ends up spending a lot more time in her own armor as the hero, Rescue. Again, far better than the five or so minutes Paltrow spent in an iron suit at the end of Avengers: Endgame before disappearing from the MCU forever.

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Now for the bad things. Pepper can be so boring. The cartoon portrays her as a wacky, hyperactive and fast-paced madwoman. Pepper isn’t stupid at all, but my god makes his high pitched voice irritate the nerves. He’s the kind of person you just want to push into a padded room for a few hours. Not because you think she is going to hurt someone, but because you feel confident enough that someone is very likely to kill her. Apparently, there is an unnamed law that there must always be an honorary relief character from the comics on a team, and Armored Adventures assigned this role to Pepper.

Pepper also mentions that her father is with the FBI and that she too aspires to join the Bureau one day. However, her father seems to have a habit of passing confidential information on to his daughter who has no problem sharing classified information with Tony and Rhodey right after meeting them for the very first time.

Pepper’s character here is a pretty clean deviation from her more modern portrayals where she’s a sane, level-headed presence unlike Tony. She’s more of a foil for Tony who historically tends to be reckless and over-excited.

Oh yeah, and did I mention that Happy Hogan is actually making an appearance? He’s in high school too, and he’s a big silly jock.

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And Mandarin! We can’t forget Iron Man’s famous nemesis. Yes, the Mandarin is there and he too is becoming a teenager!

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The Mandarin (aka Gene Khan) infiltrates Tony’s high school in order to befriend Tony and manipulate him to help him find Rings of Magical Power (the Makluan Rings) that will allow Gene to rule. the world – and will also allow him to solve his problems with his father. with his warlord stepfather.

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I mainly focused on the first few episodes of the show, but checked out a few more. SHIELD’s Nick Fury even makes a cameo appearance on the show. Damn, Fury has had enough trouble with adult Tony, I can only imagine his joy at being forced to face punk-ass teenager Tony.

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I know this series was supposed to be pretty popular, but I struggled to get into it. Teenage Tony Stark just seems totally useless. For a superhero like Spider-Man, it makes sense to have a show where he’s in high school because he’s a teenager when he gets his powers. Also, it looks like some of these newer superhero cartoon creators think appealing to a teenage audience means all of their characters have to be teenagers as well. As if that was the only way for teenagers to look and relate to a character.

Look at the 90s X-Men the Animated Series. It’s a classic superhero series that kids of all ages have loved. And almost all of the X-Men were adults and perfectly relevant and interesting characters.

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The only teenage character was Jubilee who was cast to represent ’90s youth culture. So guess who was the most universally despised character on the show?

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Yeah.

I do not think that Iron Man: Adventures in Armor is a bad direct show. The animation is pretty good, and it actually seems to have some decent storylines. The show features most of Iron Man’s classic villains, including The Mandarin, Madame Masque, Justin Hammer, and The Ghost.

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So why not bring everyone back to adulthood? The premise could be similar to Armored Adventures: Tony and his dad Howard could be partners in the business (despite how well Tony and his dad got along in canon). They could both be attacked and separated from each other, Tony could invent the captive Iron Man costume, break free and return home to find that Stane has taken over the family business. So Tony has to take back control of his business (because everyone is going to insist that he is physically and mentally unstable) while trying to find out what happened to his father, and fight the bad guys with the genius. of technology Pepper and his liaison / best buddy Rhodey who is in the Marine Corps.

This concept just sounds more interesting and compelling than the “Let’s make everyone teenagers and watch them fight crime and manage their hormones!” Premise we have. After all, there’s no shortage of teen-centric programming, and if you really want to watch hormonal teens fight off the evil, Riverdale seems to have this area pretty well covered.

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