Originally Posted by Spider-Who?
Yes the scene as a whole was meant to be an intense, dramatic scene, but as these are family films, they can never really go fully into such drama. There were definitely moments within the scene done for laughs to offset the darker nature of the scene.
The scene was long enough to contain several moments. It was gross but funny right until Pepper could not take the micro from Tony, and escalated to nightmarish very quickly, that with shooting in the direction of civilians ( nothing to laugh about there). It winded down a bit during IM / WM fight, mostly because that part was done from Tony's point of view and he still found the thing hilarious. The ending was pretty poignant, again, with Rhodey believing Tony did not deserve his friendship and basically betraying him / stealing his tech, and Tony just watching him go. Just because there were no tears shed and by the end of the movie both brushed off their respective apologies, did not mean the entire scene was there for laughs. It is a good example of a fairly deep issue narrated in a lighthearted way, and it worked very well for me, boh the complex moments and the humor touches.