Stephanie Sounders is taking a look at Marvel’s Main Man. Here we have the first of her articles:
The first thing I need to mention? Tony is funny. Consistently funny. There’s a reason YouTube is filled with compilations of the guy cracking wise; even as his story deepens, you can still count on Tony to break up the tension with some gallows humor. One memorable illustration of this is the “have you ever tried shawarma?” moment at the end of The Avengers. I’m about to cover a lot of deep stuff in the paragraphs below, but we should never forget that that scene defines the character too. Besides, it’s not as if the humor isn’t deep in itself. It is, in fact, Tony’s principal coping mechanism. It’s how he overcomes. Shit, I almost died! Where’s my cheeseburger?
The second thing I love about Tony is his self-awareness. He doesn’t have a perfect understanding of his own psyche, mind you, but at the very least, he knows he’s a handful, and his appreciation for people who willingly subject themselves to his mercurial personality is 100% genuine — even if he screws up trying to show it. This is the quality that makes the strawberry scene in Iron Man 2 so irrepressibly endearing. He gives Pepper the one thing in the world she’s allergic too, but his heart is absolutely in the right place: he knows he hasn’t given Pep her due and sincerely wants to make it up to her.
Which brings up the third thing I love about Tony: he has interesting relationships with other characters. Read more…