The first Iron Man movie landed like a bomb blast in my personal pop culture universe, making me believe that superhero films could find their own voice while forming a dialogue with comics. Strict adaptations hadn’t been that great in the past and there needed to be another approach, one that had a deeper understanding of heroes in films in terms of visual film language including pacing and dialogue. I was a big fan and it made me start taking superheroes in other forms of pop culture aside from comics seriously.
Iron Man 2 did not disappoint me, though I heard mixed reactions from friends and fans. I liked seeing Tony Stark’s troubled personality popping up again- becoming a hero doesn’t solve everything, and it was believable that he’d go off the rails and find himself ill equipped to handle the stress of becoming a good guy rather than just an ego maniac. I was also very happy with the idea that Stark had developed a new element as an energy source because this suggested he could really change the world as a form of self-serving and society-serving hero.