Issue #80: Iron Man 3 Review


Issue #79: Iron Man 3 Review

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This week’s Talking Comics is all about Iron Man 3!  We begin with a non spoiler general discussion which is followed by a much more spoilery talk about the film, so if you haven’t seen it yet, make sure to pay attention to when we tell you to tune out.

We start off the show with lots of news talk including the latest sales figures, talks of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, some David Tennant rumours and more.

Then we talk about lots of comics get discussed this week, including: X-Factor, Red She-Hulk, The Movement, Dazzler, Firestar, Cloak and Dagger, Marvel Girl, Valkyrie, Ms. Marvel, Rescue, Avengers Arena, The Dream Merchant, Superior Spider-Man, Ten Grand, Habibi, Thanos Rising, Age of Ultron, Hawkeye and more.

We also mention a bunch of Kickstarter projects, the links for which can be found here: Lady Sabre & The Pirates of the Ineffable Aether Vol. 1, Amy Reeder’s Rocket Girl, Grek Pak’s potential upcoming comic book based on songs by Jonathan Coulton, Code Monkey.

Annnnnnnnnnd… we say it on the show, but just in case you missed it, the Talking Comics crew on Twitter are:

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Stephanie: @hellocookie
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2 thoughts on “Issue #80: Iron Man 3 Review

  1. I’ll admit, I don’t read Fantastic Four so on one hand, I don’t feel like I have a dog in the whole Michael B. Jordan fight. But the more you guys talked about it, the more emotional I got, especially when you started discussing family dynamics.

    First of all, I’ll say this about the race issue: I’m okay with a black actor playing a traditionally white hero because we need more heroic POC in our media. And changing the color of their skin does not change any instrinsic characteristics of the character. Using that argument, you could try and say, for instance, that there’s nothing wrong with casting Khan as a white actor in Star Trek – but only if the entertainment industry was not racist and only used color-blind casting. Which they don’t. Benedict Cumberbatch is a great actor, but was he cast because he was the best actor for the role or to further serve the interests of a racist industry? Intent DOES matter here.

    Secondly, I disagree with the whole “blood is thicker than water” argument when it comes to talking about preserving the family dynamics of the Fantastic Four. As Bobby pointed out, modern families in many instances are created and then re-formed time and again; they are not necessarily born. This is true of blended families, families with same-sex parents, adopted children, etc. To insinuate that they are somehow lesser than a family who had their own biological children is insulting and backward. I’m sure that’s not what you really think; that’s just how it came across. Having come from a blended family myself, I would much rather watch a Fantastic Four movie that is reflective of evolving families, not one that preserves the status quo purely for the purposes of staying close to the source material.

    I still love the podcast, and I think it was a thoughtful, spirited discussion overall. If Michael B. Jordan does get cast in the role of Johnny Storm and sucks at it, then I stand corrected. But until then, I’ll refrain from any judgment.

  2. Finally got around to seeing Iron Man 3 so I could listen to the whole podcast! Horray!

    Anyway, I enjoyed your discussion about “the twist” in Iron Man 3, which I did not see coming at all. Very glad this did not get spoiled for me. Without spoiling anything, I tended to agree with Stephanie’s opinion. I do not have any particular affiliation with the character so nothing that the movie did bothered me, but I can totally understand any disappointment from true fans (like Bob, who made a great analogy to The Joker). Personally the only trouble I had with “the twist” is that a majority of the audience probably won’t even realize that there has been a departure from the comics and just accept what happens as how it goes down in the source material. As a nerd, this bothers me. But as a filmgoer, the twist was unsuspected and I enjoyed how it played out.

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