Where does Iron Man 2 stand among other superhero sequels?

Discussion in 'Iron Man 2' started by DACrowe, May 8, 2010.

  1. Spider-Fan

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    She may have unlocked Rhodey, but that doesn't make her really useful. What it means when people point that out is would the film be effected if they were removed entirely. In her case, no it wouldn't. Now, had other minor roles like Fury been removed, the film WOULD have been effected. He was essential to the father angle. However, she really had no true purpose in the film. When you're putting characters in a movie, big role or small, all characters should have a purpose for being in the film. Widow seems more like a distraction than an addition in IM2, and given for all her screentime she has no character and basically hits a few buttons, they was useless.

    I am not saying that to make IM2 out to be bad. I like the movie, but her lack of things to do and overall purpose passed being hot is something that sticks out about it.


    I still say BR gets unjust hate. I like it. I don't use RT unless it is something I am on the fence about seeing, and even then, I don't let reviews sway me if I end up watching the movie. However, too many people use it as a way to justify their opinion, and that is not how you should use it.
     
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  2. VenomVsSpidey

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    Iron Man is awesome.
    Iron Man 2 is awesome.
    Spider-man 3 is awesome.
    Batman Returns is awesome.

    /discussion
     
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  3. Mr. Earle

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    Coulson couldnt have spied on Stark because his cover was already exposed in IM1. Also, it seemed that nobody could hack into Vanko's systems unless they were using his computer. Which makes sense since he was supposed to be good with computers. So someone had to go there and do that and i doubt that Coulson could have done it. Its not mentioned in the movie so i dont know if it applies, but in the comics Natasha is enhanced like Captain America is. And it was cool, so what's the problem?

    I dont see why you guys whine about Natasha. This is the most stupid bandwagon to jump on. "Without Natasha, the film would have been the same. Many posters claim that so i must agree!"
    No it wouldnt have been the same and i just explained why. Now if you want to go and change the script so that Natasha wouldnt be needed, fine, but dont pretend that she was useless.

    But even if she was, they found a way to use one more comic book character and use her well. What the hell is people's problem? I'm pretty sure that TDK would have been the same without Scarecrow, Maroni, etc. And seeing how Ironman had those lasers, Warmachine wasnt needed to take down the drones! Warmachine shouldnt have been in the movie! The movie sucks! :whatever:

    Get used to superheroes guest starring in each other's movies. Its how its going to be from now on.
     
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    Maroni was essential in TDK. He was the face of the mob that Gordon/Batman/Dent formed the alliance to stop. As for Scarecrow, it is not a great comparison. He didn't get NEARLY the screentime Widow did, and even there, he served the purpose of showing how Gotham was changing from typical thugs/gangs to freaks and people more willing to stand up to the Bat (he said Batman took out all other people to buy from).

    Coulson could have spied on Stark from afar. As for tech prowess...we had hackers working for Stark trying to break in at the expo. Someone could have broken the connection there, as opposed to having to go to Hammer's building. Or, Iron Man could have did it by defeating Rhodey and doing some kind of high impact move that broke the connection. There were ways around it.
     
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  6. Mr. Earle

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    Whatever.

    Even if Natasha was not needed, her presence was definitely not offensive so i dont see why so many of you whine about it. Could it have been some other agent? Sure. But why would you use some random agent when you can use her, a character so loved by all the fans? And lets not forget the added bonus of Scarlett's looks and her great fighting scene that puts Nolan's Batman to shame.
     
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  7. Mrs. Sawyer

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    Now you're trying to completely change story aspects to write her out. I can still say the same for Maroni. We could've gave those scenes to Chechen, or we could've gotten rid of him from the script completely as Gamble and Chechen were examples of the change too. Its a little ridiculous to suggest alternatives when she worked for the film. You act as if she was getting major focus in the film.

    She didn't ruin the movie so I wonder why people are complaining about this. People act like she had gotten more screentime than Stark.
     
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    I'm not trying to say IM needs to be more like the Batman's or make this a TDK discussion. I only even commented on TDK cause you cited examples from it.

    I wouldn't mention anything about her if it wasn't for the amount of screentime she had. She had too much screentime to not get more development or be used for things less developed characters could have done and been less distracting.

    Like I said before, I enjoyed IM2. But, just because I liked it doesn't mean I didn't see flaws.

    Gamble and Chechen served other purposes.

    I really don't want to make this a TDK discussion, please don't ask me to go into more detail on it :csad:

    I didn't say she ruined the movie. But, she was a flaw. She either needed character development (given the amount of time she had on screen) or written out completely.
     
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  9. Mr. Earle

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    Why did she need character development? Did Fury have any? Did Coulson or Tony's mentor (cant remember his name) have any in IM1?
    She was there to spy on Tony and she did that. She was a supporting character to the story and she did just fine.

    Does a character have to have development in order to be in a movie? Cause i know thousands of good supporting characters who dont get any development.
     
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    I think the problem is that people were expecting more than they got of BW. I was fine with how she was used. She wasn't the focus of the film, so why are people complaining that she had too little to do. The main focus was on Stark, Pepper, Rhodey, Hammer, and Vanko. Like I said several times, she served her purpose.
     
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  11. Son of Coul

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    In a movie that had so much going on, her inclusion took up too much space away from the rest of the bits that were essential and could've been replaced by very minor plot adjustments. That was the one major flaw I thought walking out of the movie.
     
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    So people are saying that she didn't get much development, and others are saying she took too much space away from other parts of the film. Which one is it guys?

    I disagree that she took too much space. I think there could've been other scenes that could've been taken out.

    For example (and this pains me because I actually love the scene), the drunk Tony-Rhodey fight could've been taken out or shortened. And the press conference scene could've been shortened too imo. There could've been things that were shortened.
     
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  13. Son of Coul

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    We don't all have one stance. People didn't think her character was necessary for differing purposes. We share an opinion for different reasons, don't act like we're flip-flopping.
     
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    Okay, my mistake man. I still liked Iron Man 2, but at the same time I just think that there were bigger problems with the movie than BW.
     
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    When you're in as much of the film as she was, YES! Yinsen and Fury have valuable screentime and move the plot along, while at the same time revealing things about themselves and Tony. Widow doesn't do that. She is just...there. Look at Fury. You got feel for his character and learned things about him and his history with SHIELD, and he is in the film no more than 5 mins. Same with Yinsen in IM1. There is being in the movie for a reason and to bring something out of a character, and then there is just being in the movie. Widow is just in the movie. I would have preferred she had a moment in the film like Fury had when he discussed his father and asked if he was the man his father described. I wish she had 1 moment like in IM1 like ANY of Yinsen's scenes that challenged the man Stark was and to bring him to change. With all the screentime she had in the movie, she should have had a moment like that. Coulson is in the film for like...1 minute, while Widow is in a good portion of the film. She needed more to do.

    She was given too much screentime for such a minimal purpose. I never felt like Stark, Pepper, Rhodey, Hammer, or Vanko had wasted screentime. Nor Fury. Nor Yinsen. Just her.

    This is exactly what I am saying. With the amount of screentime she was given, she didn't contribute enough to the film. If you give a character that much screentime, they need developed.
     
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  16. Brother Jack

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    There are, but Black Widow is certainly one of them. I think it would have been better to minimize her role if not make it a cameo, because then the lack of a character arc would make more sense and be less distracting.
     
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    Maybe she did need one scene to show who she really was, with Tony using his usual charm to charm it out of her. She did help get Tony drunk :hehe:

    I just want to say that that I hope Fav's gets a better screenwriter for IM3 and realizes that less is more. It will be post a post Avengers film so he won't have to worry about building up to that. I just hope that Therox guy gets replaced.
     
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    That was the point. She was there to spy, not steal the scenes.

    She had a reason. SHIELD needed someone to spy on Stark now that Coulson has compromised his identity. And who could have been better than a super spy hottie that would instantly get Tony's attention and he would give her a job next to him?
    She reported back to Fury about everything going on, so they came when Tony lost it, and then she helped him by rebooting WM.
    Why, why, why, why? :cmad:
    Why does a character need to change the protagonist to be in the movie? Did the Chechen or Maroni do that to Batman? She had a role and her role was to spy and help Tony. And she did that. She was part of SHIELD along with Coulson and Fury and SHIELD had a bigger role this time. Dont look at her as "Natasha", but as Shield. It could have been any other agent because the plot required someone to be there and report to Fury so that he could come and save Tony later.

    Not every character has to tell us about his/her childhood or affect the protagonist.
    But she was just there spying while other things were happening. She didnt take the scenes to herself and do nothing with them. She was there in the background with Happy while Tony was talking with Pepper, she was there to help Pepper leave the mansion when Tony was duking it out with Rhodes, she was there when Tony and Pepper were talking in her office, etc.
    She never had a scene to herself other than two occasions:
    1) "How would you celebrate your last birthday?"
    2) Her fight scene.
     
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    So we're back to Black Widow wasn't necessary? lmao

    There was nothing wrong with Black Widow in the movie. She there to spy on Tony.

    She didn't hog up screen time or take screen time from anyone.

    Sheesh, like I said a while back maybe Iron Man 3 should just be about Tony Stark and no one else, just a camera fixed on RDJ and following him around for two hours.

    Maybe that would stop the whining and complaining.
     
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  20. The Batman

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    I swear, fanboys complain about the dumbest things.

    Black Widow served her purpose, as well as serving as a nod to Iron Man's history and as a character that will be in Avengers. What would REALLY be unnecessary and distracting would be giving her screentime and "development" she didnt need.

    Its funny. Fillmakers do these things for fans, try to replicate the comics in movies, and then fans complain. Sigh
     
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    It seems to be following in the vain of the Blade series, where the First film was insanely good and the sequels just couldn't compete. Which doesn't make them bad movies, just not as good as the their predecessor.

    IM2 seemed too concerned with setting up the Avengers spinoff then actually building its own stories with key characters like Rhodey/WM.

    Gives you the feeling that Incredible Hulk 2 or even Thor will just simply be platforms to build on the Avengers film.
     
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    I thought Blade 2 was generally considered better than the first, and the third was terrible? So right in line with most franchises...
     
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  23. DonnyLebeau

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    You must be thinking of X-Men or Ninja Turtles.

    Blade 2 was confusing and forgettable to mainstream audiences where as Blade was pretty cut and dry, resulting in it being the catalyst for the Marvel Superhero Movie Frenzy.

    Blade 3's only highlights were having Ryan Reynolds and Triple H steal the show.
     
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  24. Son of Coul

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    I know it's tough for geeks to admit but the Ninja Turtles movies were all pretty bad.
     
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    Blasphemy!

    One of the only successful cartoon to live-action film series of that time period. And just a fun fight flick if you were a kid during that time. The first two films are easily cult classics.
     
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