LAME: the new iron-man cartoons are about a teen iron-man!

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  1. Superhero 101

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    Thanks for the link Gamer Really liking the 2nd season so far Pepper is still annoying though. i kind of like the way they are taking notes from the Movies making Hammer around Tony's Age and i like how they had the same War Machine and Iron Man Back to Back fight with Ghost. It is really cool seeing all the other References they are making to other Marvel Heroes like Captain America and Punisher and Moonknight can't wait to see more of this.
     
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    kedrell Fork&SpoonOperator

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    Liked the new Black Widow episode. Ghost is still being a bad-ass.
     
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  3. GamerSlyRatchet

    GamerSlyRatchet Well-Known Member

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    A bit late to comment on this, but the last two episodes of 2011 were pretty cool. Iron Monger's, especially.
     
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  4. CaptainJustin97

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    The formula worked for Superman with Smallville so it should work with Iron Man Armored Adventures. I liked it and found it entertaining.
     
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    http://marvel.toonzone.net/ironmananimated/interviews/auman3.php

     
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  6. dru-zod2501

    dru-zod2501 Well-Known Member

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    this is a pretty interesting take on the standard IM mythos, and the animation is solid. Here's to season 3!!!
     
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  7. GamerSlyRatchet

    GamerSlyRatchet Well-Known Member

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    Episodes for March:

    http://marvel.toonzone.net/news.php?action=fullnews&id=769

     
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  8. RaZaTrOn

    RaZaTrOn Well-Known Member

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    Mallen and Extremis was fantastic love this world they've created that has the Marvel Universe in it... hopefully we get to see Fury's Avengers eventually in the show, really looking forward to the next episode with Magneto.
     
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    Magneto's episode was pretty good. I like the nod to chris claremont with Jean's alias. I don't mind this show, though their version of Mandarin is annoying.

    And please, DO NOT give pepper any armor.. she is hard enough to put up with in that show as it is, for me at at least.

    Overall though, its a solid show, I enjoy watching it.
     
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  10. GamerSlyRatchet

    GamerSlyRatchet Well-Known Member

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    "Iron Man 2099" was a pretty fun episode. I liked how it got pretty dark at times. I also liked the references to Spider-Man as well.

    Too bad the show went on hiatus all of a sudden.
     
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  11. steelio2006

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    when i first heard bout this show, i was relatively unimpressed with it. however, yesterday i started watching season 1. and it's actually not bad. it's a pretty solid show, imo. definitely an interesting take on the character. sort of the Ultimate Iron Man comic in regards to Tony being a teenager.

    do we think the show will be cancelled so that Disney can make an Iron Man show?
     
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  12. Gotham22

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    I heard it got cancelled recently and Disney plans to make a kiddy Iron Man show just like The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes and Ultimate Spider-Man.
     
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  13. GamerSlyRatchet

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    EMH is anything BUT kiddy.

    So, thanks to our Australian brothers, I managed to watch both "Iron Monger Lives" and "The Dragonseed". Here are a few thoughts:

    "Iron Monger Lives" review
    "Iron Monger Lives" picks up on the tragic ending of "Heavy Mettle", where Obadiah ends up on a coma and Whitney swears revenge on Tony, thinking he was responsible for his fate. It seems Obadiah has woken up, and now is playing mind games on Tony and friends, jeopardizing their hideout and their family. Tony's identity is in risk as he must figure out who is behind these attacks.

    Rather predictably, it turns out to be Whitney, who has returned as Madame Masque to make Tony and his friends pay. I must admit, I was kinda disappointed that the events of this episode unsurprisingly led up to Masque being the villain behind it. I was hoping to see Ghost being the true culprit, since it could have fit logically with how the story was set up, and would have closed a much bigger plotline than Whitney's little revenge tease. Not to mention it's sort of contrived how Whitney's amnesia specifically allows her to remember she was Madame Masque and Tony was Iron Man, but not how she was obsessed with killing her father and protecting Stark, rather than the other way around.

    Still, she is one of the more interesting villains in the show, and her return did have her as a huge threat, impressive for someone who is not an armored villain (brief control of the Iron Monger armor aside. The suspense and tension were actually good, and Whitney's arrest and further descent into madness and villainy are genuinely heartbreaking. Despite the show now being cancelled and this plotline possibly left hanging, her villainous tease does make her a welcomed, hopefully permanent addition to this show's rogues gallery.

    Overall, though somewhat disappointing for personal reasons, a very strong episode, and one of the season's best.

    "The Dragonseed" review
    "The Dragonseed" features the resolution of three major story arcs this season: the Mandarin's possession of the final Makluan ring, Pepper's constant requests for her own armor, and Tony keeping his secret identity hidden from his father, Howard. How do these fare?

    The final ring, unlike the others, does not seem to have a specific ability beyond giving the Mandarin full control. The final guarding is also not a reinvented Iron Man villain, but an alien soldier, a Makluan, who exposits that Gene and his family is half-Makluan, and shares the full backstory and origin of the Mandarin dynasty. He correctly assumes that Gene is too corrupt to wield its power, but is ultimately killed by him for his heroic effort. Iron Man and War Machine are joined in this mission by Pepper, who now has a stealth-specific and rather sleek armor and has codenamed herself "Rescue". Despite her initial air-headed behavior, she fits in rather quickly to the armored group. Finally, Howard, in a rather predictable fashion, reveals to Tony that he knows his son is Iron Man, and is surprisingly understanding of their deception.

    For the most part, this is another strong episode after the nearly-horrific "The Hammer Falls". The backstory behind the Makluans is interesting and does not conflict with earlier information given. I was a bit shocked that Gene wasn't even half-human. Rescue, again, is a welcome addition to the group, and Howard and Tony being open with each other provided some relief. The one nitpick I did have was the manufactured drama provided earlier by Tony, who came off as overly angsty and whiny about his dad building a "weapon". It does make him seem kinda stupid, as well as an obvious Checkov used later on.

    Still, this was another good one, and sets the stage for the show's grand finale.

    Looking forward to tomorrow's final two episodes.
     
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  14. GamerSlyRatchet

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    "The Makluan Invasion" review:

    After the Mandarin has obtained all ten rings and it doesn't take long before he goes on a power-mad rampage, declaring himself ruler of mankind and going after S.H.I.E.L.D.....and it's on Tony's 18th birthday, too! However, Gene's rule is short-lived when the activation of the rings serves it's true purpose: acting as a homing beacon for the Makluan Empire to arrive and take its rings back, and prepare for an invasion of Earth. And so begins Tony and co,'s final battle as they team-up with previous allies, and even one foe, go through a gladiator ring and a rematch against Ultimo, and a final showdown against the ring-powered Makluan Overlord.

    So, this is the grand finale, and it's just alright. Nothing to really nitpick and complain about this two-parter. The Makluans were fun, even if they didn't look as cool as in the comics, and I'm glad they finally resolved Gene's plot, even if his redemption felt very sudden and rushed. I enjoyed seeing all the heroes from throughout the season team-up, and was especially nice to see more of Gray Hulk. Pepper and Tony's pay-off, though, was kinda weak, but as shown through Tony's romance with Whitney, love stories are REALLY not this show's strong suit.

    Of course, there are still some unresolved stories. Technovore, Mad Thinker, and Madame Masque are still on the loose. Despite Tony and friends' identities being revealed, it's still odd that Ghost wouldn't do anything about it. Even the Mandarin's sudden realization that he shouldn't "rule" doesn't necessarily translate to him being less of a threat. But overall, most of the major plots are resolved.

    All in all, this was a solid, but predictable, finale. No major hooks, and concludes the show successfully.

    Overall series overview:

    Iron Man: Armored Adventures is an adequate show, and probably better than its premise made it seem to be. Thanks to Christopher Yost and Brandon Auman, it does a good job making the controversial premise of a teenage Tony work. Not to mention there are some ideas and villains that work, such as the Mandarin's design, a more compelling and dangerous foe in Madame Masque, and the overall coolness of Ghost. Some of the more serious moments worked, and had the right tone. Tony himself is a flawed character who retains some key elements from his comic book self, such as his inability to fully understand people and his obsessive drive to end the misuse of his creations. Rhodey is the voice of reason that does loosen up, and Pepper is.....Pepper, the only static character in the show. This trio, however, is still likable enough, and I did care for them as friends, which is FAR more than what I can say for Ultimate Spider-Man.

    However, the CGI animation would manage to make the show's strong designs very bland, and when it comes to humor and romance, this show did fall flat. Not to mention it also had some downright stupid moments, like Living Laser's pointless revival and Hammer's whole deal with the zombie gas. Not to mention some episodes did manage to be boring filler, even with the strong continuity, and Stane's characterization was all over the place.

    Overall, this show is fine, and probably the best animated show Iron Man has. Despite it's premise, it manages to be mature at times, and is loyal to the spirit of the Iron Man comics than it seems. But it does have it's share of bad ideas and bland moments. The current Marvel Animation regime is coming up with a new Iron Man show, and while it will most likely feature an older Tony Stark, Loeb and Man of Action's current work and philosophies makes me worry it will be the most immature take on the Shellhead yet.
     
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  15. C_Carmichael

    C_Carmichael Nerd Herder

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    I actually like IMAA, because it allowed me to introduce an otherwise very "adult" hero (drinking, womanizing, more drinking) to my son, which was only possible because of the kid-friendly nature of the "teenage" Tony Stark.

    Additionally, I am finding I like the different portrayals, and the references to "stock Iron Man lore" in a slightly different setting and format.

    Oh, and I loved the first Hulk episode. It was like "Oh holy crap! The HULK!!!!"

    Then the Hulkbuster armor comes out. :)
     
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