MCU Mondays: Iron Man 2 - The Weight of the World
Every single person on the face of the earth broke the day they went to math class and were told that those little things they’d called “lines” their entire lives weren’t really lines. Oh no. Not even close.
They were “line segments.” Lines, you see, go one forever and ever in both directions. They never end. So to draw a proper line you have to finish it off with a little arrow on each end. If it has a proper start and end, it’s only a line segment.
Dummy (and don’t even get me started on rays).
Maybe I’m alone in this idea, but to me the best movie universes (lines) are made up of really good individual movies (line segments). Iron Man 2 tries to fit six-inches of line into a three-inch line segment. And also forgets to give Scarlet Johansson an actual character to play.
Wrapping-up a closer look at Iron Man 2 doesn’t include much additional plot-analysis because, honestly, there’s not much plot left to analyze. What’s left is a hodge-podge collection of scenes that fall into two categories. “Oh, man, that’s cool!” and “This is all about the Avengers!”
The absence of analyzable material, though, is something to talk about, at least briefly. Contrast, if you will, Marvel’s willingness to cannibalize Iron Man 2 for the sake of the grander universe with the Psalmists wonder in 139:13-16. Marvel butchered a film to lay the groundwork for its universe; the Creator, says David, knit us together in our mother’s wombs and wrote our days in a book before we were even conceived. Anything for the greater good of the universe, says Marvel; “you make my universe ‘very good,’ little ones,” says the Creator. Unlike Iron Man 2, which felt the need to bear the weight of the universe on its shoulders, we live in a world where One already did that for us and invites us to enrich our stories, our little line segments, by recognizing and rejoicing in its place in His never-ending saga of redemption. The ultimate line, if you will.
Maybe if Marvel built their universe a little more like God built his then Iron Man 2 would be a film worth watching on its own merits instead of one tolerated for the sake of appreciating a bigger, grander universe.