The kids were torn between a LEGO Marvel flick and a real one, so we did both. Iron Man‘s on now, and they’re soaking up the ‘heroic engineer’ trope. Good times, good times.
And, honestly, I needed a break from the obsessive focus on the Kickstarter numbers. This is supposed to be the slow period, you know. And if I keep telling myself that, I’ll even maybe start believing it.
One of the most memorable moments in Iron Man came when the film jettisoned all of the baggage of a secret identity. When Tony Stark admits to a packed press conference that he is Iron Man, it flouted 40 years of Marvel Comics tradition, but fans didn’t seem to mind a bit. The line was not scripted — it was a Downey ad-lib — so it took a measure of courage to include it.
Or at least convince me to convince my wife to go see it.
Had to do that with Iron Man. “Honey. HONEY! Go see the movie. I’ll watch the kids. Yes, I know you don’t watch movies. This is about heroic engineering. Trust me on this.” …And then she came back, and conceded that I was right. It was a glorious moment.