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Finally got around to watching the Iron Man movie last. Yeah, I know, it's been out for a year and what kind of self-respecting comics geek am I to wait that long. I'll let you know when I finally get around to seeing Batman Begins.
Anyway, the film once again raised for me a point I'd always wondered about in older Iron Man comics, which is why Tony Stark ever bothered with the old "secret identity" routine. The rationale Smilin' Stan Lee would give in those old stories doesn't hold water if you think about it for even a nanosecond. Stark would always be thinking to himself that if the world knew that he and Shell-Head were one and the same, Iron Man's enemies would be attacking Stark International facilities all over the world seeking revenge. Yet at the same time, Stark invented the fiction that Iron Man worked for him as his bodyguard, which invariably resulted in Iron Man's enemies attacking Stark International facilities all over the world seeking revenge.
I know, it's not an earth-shatteringly important thought, but it has been on my mind ever since reading Essential Iron Man volume One, and I had to write something here.
Or did I?
Maybe next week, I'll talk about that.

- Posted by wastedpotential on May 31st, 2009, 8:45 am    -   0 comments


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