"Iron Man Three" Week: Favourite Iron Man Villain?
With Iron Man Three now available on Blu Ray/DVD, I thought it would be cool to celebrate all things Iron Man throughout the Marvel Animation and Comic Book Culture forums, with a new thread being posted everyday of the week, much as we did for The Wolverine release a few months ago. Please check back each day to talk about Marvel's armoured avenger.
Iron Man has always had a tricky rouges gallery to crack for the small screen. By the time Iron Man got his own full fledged show in the 1990s and later again in the late 00's, his villains origins and motivations had become obsolete and out dated following the end of the cold war. Some of the villains worked well, and some didn't.
What do you think about the Iron Man rouges gallery? Who is your favourite, who should've been done better?
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For being such an awesome superhero, the armored avenger has always had one of the worst rouge galleries. Ironically Iron Man Armored Adventures (a fairly disliked show for turning the protagonists into teenagers) did the best job with revamping his villains to the modern world.
I'm still of the opinion that Titanium Man is a very under used villain that could easily be re-written to be a major baddie.....just no one ever has.
I'm fairly partial to Ghost, as presented in Iron Man: Armored Adventures. He had some unique abilities, a cool personality, and really sold his role as a merc the best. It's a shame they didn't do anything with his storyline in the second season.
I also liked the build-up and first appearance of M.O.D.O.K. before they massively nerfed him to make the Controller and Justin Hammer look "cool".
I was always impressed with the improvements made to The Mandarin in season two of Iron Man, especially considering how lame he was in season one. His finest moment came in the closing moments of The Hands of The Mandarin Part One in which he effortlessly defeats Iron Man and uncovers his secret identity... it was refreshing to see a hero defeated so soundly with grave ramifications.
I also thought they did a decent job into making Justin Hammer an irritating foil by being an evil Tony Stark. I remember trying to do the same with Stane in Iron Man and it didn't work... he was a poor villain. I didn't stick around to see if he became anymore interesting in season two or if he presumably became Iron Monger. From what little I saw of Iron Man: Armoured Adventures,my favourite villain was Madam Masque.
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Originally Posted by Stu
Madame Masque was also one of the more interesting one. The way they handled her amnesia and memories was very sloppy, though.