May 19, 2010

Now that "Iron Man 2" is a huge success ...

... what about a third installment?

First, of course, there will be "Thor" (next spring -- see the scene after the credits in "IM2?"), "Captain America" (next summer) and then "The Avengers" (summer of 2012), but the Golden Avenger has proved to be such a hit that it'd be silly not to consider a second sequel. The question is, what would be the plot? Who would be the enemy?

1) The Mandarin. This is the most obvious choice since Mandy is IM's arch-nemesis, not to mention, he was sort of subtlely alluded to in the first film (the terrorist group "The Ten Rings," remember?). The 60s-style stereotyping shouldn't be a problem ('the evil Oriental!"); Mandarin won't even be [east] Asian as the apparent leader of The Ten Rings is of central Asian descent (Afghan, Pakistani, etc.). Still, it'd be easy enough to avoid an all-Muslims-are-terrorists motif since the character has already been used in the film. And just imagine the boffo F/X that we'd see with Mandy blasting away with his rings!

The Mandarin circa 2000.

2) Ultimo. How do you get beyond battling "fellow" Iron types like the Iron Monger and Whiplash? Really take it to the Nth degree, that's how. Ultimo is the huge robotic doomsday machine from another planet that even Rhodey and his "Iron Legion" couldn't stop (Iron Man #300). This would be another F/X bonanza.

Ultimo circa 2000.

3) Armor Wars. What better way to immortalize this classic Shellhead story and showcase myriad Marvel armored characters at the same time? You could even extend the Marvel film continuity by having Iron Man go after Dr. Doom from the Fantastic Four flicks! Baddies who definitely should be featured are the Titanium Man, Crimson Dynamo, and Firepower.

4) Raga, Son of Fire. Iron Man battles the hippie Raga, complete with his freaky "lava powers" and tag-along granola gang (see Iron Man volume 1, #52 and #53). This'd probably be what we'd get if Marvel stupidly let Stan Lee have creative control over the second sequel ... after all, this is the same Stan Lee who put forth what is most likely the worst movie I've ever seen in my life. Guaranteed to go straight to DVD -- if it was lucky!

From one of the least valuable Iron Man issues!

Posted by Hube at May 19, 2010 03:44 PM | TrackBack

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"You could even extend the Marvel film continuity by having Iron Man go after Dr. Doom from the Fantastic Four flicks!"

Except that Dr. Doom from the Fantastic Four flicks uses the Ultimates origin story. He's powered by cosmic rays and doesn't have high-tech armor underneath those robes. It would still be an awesome fight though...

I wish they'd broaden the antagonists to include people without armor/technological hooks in order to broaden the Marvel Movie Universe. All the comic movies have had a real tendency to give the heros and villians the same origin stories. Men in high-tech armor, exposure to cosmic rays in space, gamma ray experiments, etc. It's mostly because writing this way is expedient, but it really creates superhero stovepipes. You never feel like there are gamma ray powerhouses existing in the same universe as Stark.

Posted by: Jeff the Baptist at May 19, 2010 05:06 PM

Well, "The Avengers" will utilize the Ultimates version of their story so it could work!

Posted by: Hube at May 19, 2010 05:13 PM