Iron Man

Black Cat #11

by Alan Rapp on June 18, 2020

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Black Cat #11 comic reviewThe comic’s opening arc continues as Black Cat has managed to steal all the pieces for the Randall Gate. Now all that’s missing for Black Fox‘s planned heist of the Thieves Guild is the key to turning the thing on. In a comic that has featured Felicia breaking in to the who’s who of the Marvel Universe, could there be anywhere else to retrieve it but Stark Unlimited?

Despite my having serious doubts about Stark security not being able to recognize Felicia Hardy in a wig, I’ll admit the comic has fun with Felicia playing on Tony Stark’s weakness for both redheads and women who enjoy verbally sparring with him. With the help of a little tech allowing her to temporarily pass for Stark where the building’s automated systems are concerned and a patsy to drag Iron Man’s attention elsewhere, Felicia is able to work her way to the Stark Nanoforge and forge the Dimensional Resonator.

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Lessons from the Screenplay examines the character arcs of Iron Man vs. Captain America.

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Avengers: Endgame

by Alan Rapp on April 23, 2019

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  • Title: Avengers: Endgame
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Avengers: Endgame movie reviewMore than the culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that began back in 2008 with Iron Man, Avengers: Endgame is the coda to the series that climaxed in the last chapter and now offers an opportunity for one last hurrah, for heroes to take their final bow, and for Marvel to usher out one set of lead characters and set the stage anew.

For my money, the most successful films of the past 11 years have been The Avengers, Avengers: Infinity War, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Excluding Winter Soldier, a great standalone film which cares nothing at all about larger continuity (it basically wrecked Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. after all), both Avengers and Infinity War faced enormous obstacles in pulling together various threads of the MCU into a single story. And both succeeded brilliantly. Avengers: Endgame comes off like their less-successful younger brother. I’m not going to call Endgame the Frank Stallone of the Avengers franchise as it may outshine Avengers: The Age of Ultron, but it’s a messy final chapter that offers plenty of memorable moments while failing to live up to what has come before.

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Invincible Iron Man #600

by Alan Rapp on May 31, 2018

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Iron Man #600 comic reviewThe final comic from Brian Michael Bendis for Marvel before moving to DC is something of a mess. Featuring a number of different artists and a plot that seems to condense about six months worth of story all into a single issue, Iron Man #600 announces the return of Tony Stark to the Marvel Universe. Not satisfied with one miracle, Tony also brings back another friend from the dead with him.

The issue also includes Riri Williams, along with other heroes like Miles Morales, getting recruiting into a super-secret S.H.I.E.L.D. like agency whose members include vampires by Leonardo da Vinci. Oh, and Tony’s parents are alive and his father has been working for Hydra for years. Okay…

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Avengers #1

by Alan Rapp on May 8, 2018

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Avengers #1 comic reviewAvengers Reboot! With the release of Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel Comics decides to reboot the Avengers. Again. For like the 19th time. I maybe be exaggerating. The new comics starts off with a flashback to the elder Avengers featuring Odin and characters I don’t care enough to look up in a comic concept I hate with a fiery passion (hey, you know the hero/team/villain you really like, well, let’s strip away everything unique about them ’cause somebody else did it first).

From there we jump to modern times with Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man all sitting around a bar thinking how great it would be to get the old band together. And then Celestials start falling from the sky. Wow, good thing they didn’t wait until next week to get drunk and nostalgic. We also get appearances by Black Panther and Doctor Strange, She-Hulk, Carol Danvers, and… Ghost Rider? WTF is Ghost Rider doing in an Avengers comic?

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