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Ironman 2, very promising

January 11, 2010 by

Tip from the forum and also because I loved the first one:

{ 15 comments }

J Cortez January 11, 2010 at 2:46 pm

“I have effectively privatized world peace!”

I love that line.

I hope the storyline does not follow a traditional comics framework that sometimes crops up, a government (cough, hack, weeze) sponsored superteam.

Curt Howland January 11, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Openly telling a Senate committee to go away is such a wonderful thing.

The State exists because of the implicit “legitimacy” of its orders, and the explicit obedience of its minions.

To not obey. That feels so very, very good.

Russ January 11, 2010 at 4:07 pm

J Cortez wrote:

“I hope the storyline does not follow a traditional comics framework that sometimes crops up, a government (cough, hack, weeze) sponsored superteam.”

I have read rumors that they are going to work Downey’s Ironman into a movie called “The First Avenger” featuring Captain America, just like they did with the latest Hulk movie. I don’t know if the Avengers will be a government sponsored team, but the Super Soldier program that created Captain America was definitely government sponsored.

MBrown January 11, 2010 at 4:24 pm

There seems to be implications of the Avengers being a SHIELD-backed/run superteam, similiar to their setup in the Marvel Ultimate universe.

I did like Congress saying they wanted Stark to turn over his Iron Man suit (gee, I wonder why???) and him basically ignoring them.

Not sure I like the idea of him revealing his identity at the end of the first movie…

bob January 11, 2010 at 5:42 pm

i kind of think it looks ridiculous. i love iron man and thought the first was good, and i’m sure i’ll like the second, but thematically its ridiculous. stark becomes the military industrial complex, then turns against it, and starts building weapons with a public corporation’s money for his own personal use at no price. it seems there are a variety of vested interests that could easily have him a wanted man and to have most of his assets seized.

Einar Friðgeirs January 11, 2010 at 8:52 pm

bob: I am under the impression from the comics at least that Tony Stark, in addition to being CEO and main inventor of Stark Industries(a publicly traded corporation) is also personally, independently wealthy – he has plenty of resources to spend on whatever he sees fit apart from his stake in the company.

There is a great scene in the first movie between him and Obadiah Stern, his second in command, where Obadiah reacts poorly to Starks insistence on pulling out of the defense industry, remarking that they’ve always been a weapons company,but Stark is adamant that there are plenty of markets ripe for the picking that don’t involve making things that go boom for the government and he wants to go after them and make money there while making the world a better place at the same time.

Walking away from getting tax dollars for weapons, to getting private dollars for constructive goods and services? Sounds like a noble deal to me.

“it seems there are a variety of vested interests that could easily have him a wanted man and to have most of his assets seized.”

I have a sneaking feeling that this is going to be a part of the plot. If not in part 2, then most definitely in part 3. IIRC, in the comics there was a long plot arch in which Stark lost control of his company and had to fight to get it back.

Hard Rain January 11, 2010 at 10:13 pm

I’m not concerned with the economic or philosophical aspects of the story. The movie’s got Scarlett Johansson in it. I’m sold :)

LvMIenthusiast January 11, 2010 at 11:03 pm

When the movie comes out, one of the bloggers such write an article of Iron Man 2 from an “Austrian Perspective”. It seems like we’ve already made headway here inadvertently. But, I’m looking forward to the movie.

Einar Friðgeirs January 12, 2010 at 3:37 am

“I’m not concerned with the economic or philosophical aspects of the story. The movie’s got Scarlett Johansson in it. I’m sold :)”

Ah, the lovely miss Johansson. If anything can unite libertarians and statists of all stripes, a stunning blonde is probably it ;)

Caley McKibbin January 12, 2010 at 8:04 am

Gwyneth Paltrow, a main character in the first, once said that she prefers GB because Americans are stupid and capitalist.

Mark Payton January 12, 2010 at 8:51 am

Caley,

Well, she *is* a blonde.

Curt Howland January 12, 2010 at 10:14 am

Wonder how GP would react if she, choosing to live in Britain, had to deal with the 95% tax bracket that the George Harrison sang about?

Might change her tune. Or make her happy for Thatcher, that would be a funny thing to see.

The problem with limosine liberals, they never seem to get that they’re only rich because of capitalism.

Core January 12, 2010 at 11:51 am

@J Cortez

I hope your right.

Core January 12, 2010 at 11:51 am

@J Cortez

I hope your right.

Stacy Litz May 7, 2010 at 11:42 pm

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