If you've watched the new Ironman movie, you either Loved It, or Sort Of Loved It.
You loved it because it was everything you expected from an action movie that had villians, lots of good guys, love between two characters you REALLY like, and lots of witty banter. LOTS of witty banter.
You Sort Of Loved It because, well, they screwed with something. I can't say it straight away because some people haven't seen the movie yet. So, I'll do the cool Internet Blog Thing and hide it. All you have to do is hit the Show button, and all will be revealed.
Now, unless you really really want to spoil the movie for yourself, please, by all means, just click on the link below, and ruin the entire movie for yourself. I don't recommend it, but I'm giving you the button, and it took a little time to find just the right method, so don't let me efforts go to waste.
Go ahead. I dare you. I Double Dog Dare You.
No, really, you shouldn't do it. It'll ruin it for you. Really, when I saw the twist, well, I was floored, and I'd love for that to happen to you.
But if you want to spend $15 to get into the theater, and another $15 for popcorn and soda, and you just want to kill a couple of hours, mindlessly watching the film, see some really great trailers, then please, go on...
No, stop. I can't let you do this to yourself. Please, just walk away from this most now. Don't mind the fact that I spent good time on my day off to write this up for you.
Oh, wait, you insist? Well, OK, you asked for it:
The Mandarin really isn't The Mandarin. Aldrich Killian is The Mandarin
There. Are you happy now? Don't say I didn't warn you.
So what's the point? Why is it that some people are outraged by this twist? Well, it goes against Canon. We all know what this is. It's when you watch a movie based on a comic book character, or a book or series of books, or some other original media, and when it hits theaters to great fanfare, some small, minute, miniscule point is changed.
OK, it's not always miniscule. It's not always small. In this case, it's entirely against Canon. True Believers will NOT like this change at all. Because it's SO against Canon it's not even remotely funny, to the hardcore True Believers.
But this has happened before, right? Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban never once mentioned that Sirius, James, Lupin, and Peter made The Marauder's Map. Oh, wait, you never read the books, did you? You walked out of the theater wondering "Why in the hell did Sirius say 'Because the map never lies!'"? Well, he would know, because he helped make the darn thing. Doesn't that scene make a whole lot more sense now? Yeah, it did for the ex-wife, and once I told her that, she understood about half the movie.
OK, to be fair, that's different. They kept the story, the actual story the same. Peter Pettigrew was still the guy that betrayed Harry's parents and got them killed. Hermione still knocked out Snape and went ape shit when she did it. Ron still had a hard time believing that his pet rat was actually an animagus.
But this twist is nothing....NOTHING....like what was in Canon.
It always happens to the best stories. And it will keep happening. Do you think I'm OK with Bruce Wayne "dying", and giving away his mansion - stately Wayne Manner - to an orphanage, and then some guy that sort of is Robin but really isn't, finds the cave and, well, might become Batman, or Nightwing, or whatever? No, I hated that.
Sidebar - While watching the trailers before the film, someone saw a trailer and said "Wow, that looks totally ridiculous!" As if watching a movie about a guy that dresses up in metal suits and flies around at supersonic speeds isn't ridiculous.
The movie was entertaining. That's the point, right? take us out of reality for a while.
So True Believers, listen up: I get it. I really do. But, just let it go. They won't get Batman right, or Spider-Man, or any of them. They'll look really good, but they won't ever get it right. Not by our standards, anyway. Just let...it...go...
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