SHAW THING: Soft sport for Iron Man

I WAS among the many who dashed to the cinema when Iron Man 3 was released a few weeks ago, and having marathoned Thor, Captain America, The Hulk, Avengers Assemble and Iron Man 1 and 2 in the days before, I felt prepared for the worst.

The film wasn’t anywhere near as upsetting as it could have been, especially considering I’m still in mourning for Phil Coulson who was killed off at the climax of Avengers Assemble.

That fact didn’t stop me from sobbing uncontrollably through the first 40 minutes of the film though.

I have something of a soft spot for superheroes, especially those featured in the comic-to-film remakes.

I love being handed a fully formed character and seeing the way Hollywood can present them.

This has its downfalls of course.

JJ Abrams, who directed the new Star Trek movies, has never actually seen Star Trek, and he remarked in a recent interview that he found the originals too complicated.

Many fans say that this lack of insight into the original material has meant that characters such as Spock lost their integrity and the characteristics that made them so beloved in the 1980s.

I’ve been lucky enough however, to be a pretty hardcore fan of Iron Man, whose role was filled by the wonderful Robert Downey Junior.

He takes true pride in embodying the role of Tony Stark, and many people joke that he transfers this to his everyday persona.

The film was magnificent, and it made some really fantastic points about the way we stereotype people in the 21st century.

I’m also really excited for the sequel to Captain America that comes out next year.

Knowing the comic book storyline, I think, gives you the great bonus of both being able to speculate about the plot of the film and also prepare yourself for the very worst of the EXTREMIS or Winter Soldier storylines!

Roll on the rest of Marvel’s films about superheroes!

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