...as compared to the massive continuity of ducks.
Thoughts on why I have deep love for Tony Stark.

bitchwhoyoukiddin:

So, here’s a thing. It’s come to my attention that I’ve been liking/understanding/having resonant feelings for some problematic male characters lately. This is a bit of a shock for me because from my childhood, I’ve had zero interest in white boys with man pain. Hell, to this day I can’t tolerate Tom Paris (sorry good friends!).

And while I’ve really dug in on my attachment to Nate Ford (sense of self based on a desired ideal rather than reality) and Rumpelstiltskin (GIANT exemplification of the ills of Patriarchy and wealth inequality and abandonment issues), I haven’t been hugely critical of my love for Tony Stark. I’ve meta’d about specific scenes and interactions with other characters, but I’ve never really examined why he hits me in such a deep and specific way.

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Here, have two idiots just strolling around on the set.



And that, friends, is why you should love Ellen DeGeneres unconditionally (okay, yes, one of the reasons why, don’t go nitpicking). That is all we can say without making unintelligible noises of happiness. 

(via the-hierarchy-of-angels)



prettyboysdontlookatexplosions:

the thing about pepper potts is that she is, technically, the female love interest in a set of movies that are in significant part about the male hero’s pain, but she isn’t instrumentalized by the movies to be an aspect of that pain. tony’s not tortured about pepper; he’s tortured because he’s a fuck-up (and, across the course of three movies, (1) facing for the first time the carnage he has contributed to; (2) dying; and (3) traumatized). i look back sometimes at the first iron man in the context of, like, the superhero movie renaissance, following from raimi’s spider-man and batman begins, and like, compare not the female characters themselves but the role they play in (1) the life of the male character and (2) the context of the movie: they’re beautiful and unattainable and spend most of their scenes with the hero making him angstier. they’re a part of his burden. (especially once we hit the dark knight, lord.)

pepper is not, could not ever be, part of tony’s burden. pepper saves tony’s life in the first movie, twice. but she’s also not a vehicle for his salvation. she’s a source of stability partly because she frequently refuses to give him what he wants. he needs to change for them to be together, but she also isn’t his prize: their relationship is a blessing for him, but it’s also something he knows he needs to work at, and something we see him working at — you can tell me that saying, out loud, to pepper, “i’m a mess,” is not the actual hardest and most terrifying thing we ever see tony stark do, but i won’t believe you.

i mean: i love pepper, and septembriseur did a great job talking about why she’s so great, but i also really love their relationship and the way it’s depicted. there are so many ways, in the history of hollywood, of superhero stories, of fiction, for a relationship like this — especially given that she is technically his assistant! — to be depicted in a really hollow, sexist way, and it’s just so ??? nuanced and adult and grounded and real ?????? for a romantic relationship in a superhero movie????????????? i could cry about it basically forever, is what i’m saying.

(via spicandspan89)



PEPPER HAS HER ARM OUT AND WRAPS IT AROUND HIM AND THEN MOVES CLOSER TO HIM BECAUSE FUCK, SHE ALMOST LOST HIM; SHE NEEDS TO REASSURE HERSELF THAT HE’S ALIVE. AND THEN TONY BRINGS HIS ARM UP TO REST ON HER BACK, BRINGING HER CLOSER AND PRESSING HER AGAINST HIM BECAUSE HE MISSED HER, TOO. AND THEN PEPPER RUNS HER GENTLE HAND ALONG HIS CHEEK, CHECKING HIS FACE AND HOPING IT DIDN’T GET TOO BANGED UP FROM THE FIGHT. AND HE REASSURES HER HE’S OKAY WITH A KISS— YOU FUCKING SEALS.

(via captaintish)



shinyopals:

myopicfriend:

warcraftismagic:

surprisedbylife:

squireofgeekdom:

henrycalvill:

oh my god, that was really violent

     (via starksexual)

BUT NO SERIOUSLY CAN WE TALK FOREVER ABOUT HOW SHE STOLE THE ENDING. Because as soon as you get the idea that she’s alive, you think “oh, she’s going to come in at the last second and land a few punches and give Tony - the hero - enough time to get back on his feet and finish the battle, while she cheers from the side lines.” Just. Like. Every. Other. Movie. And then she FINISHES THE BATTLE. SHE KILLS HIM. 

#also can we talk about how one man in that movie treated Pepper as an Object#as a prize to be won#as a lure for Tony Stark#what happened to that man I wonder?#PEPPER POTTS FUCKING KILLED HIM#PEPPER POTTS IS A GODDESS

This is why this is my favorite of the Iron Man movies. It subverted everything you thought it would be and it was beautiful.

Yeah, I fucking loved this.

no but think about it: Tony Stark has never had a boss fight he could beat without assistance. And every movie the need for his bffs has only increased.

IM1: he fights Stane but it’s Pepper who has to overload the reactor and push the button

IM2: he and Rhodey share equally in producing the exploding ball of doom (also Pepper gets Hammer arrested)

IM3: HE JUST SITS THERE AND STARES AT PEPPER’S AMAZINGNESS

Compare to Thor 1, and both Cap movies, where the protagonist and main antagonist are separated from everyone else for the final boss fight. Not that there’s anything wrong with that happening occasionally (and obviously the other characters in those movies contributed a fuckload, I’m just talking about the Final Battle scene), but the IM trilogy is such a breath of fresh air for doing it differently!

(via alkja)







sweetpollypeptide:

stormxpadme:

"And all your distractions?"
"I'm going to shave them down a bit."

He loves her soon much. (Totally not a revelation, but still. I can watch this all day.)



captain-foulenough:

cthulhu-with-a-fez:

inspector-snuggles:

mcdownies:

the-bite-of-frost:

swingsetindecember:

that guy’s phone in the first panel became more high tech in tony stark’s presence

I am laughing so fucking hard

oh my god how did I miss that

omfg

tony stark literally upgraded a flip phone to a smartphone by being within three feet of it

People pass their old technology close to him for his blessing and lo! It is upgraded. The miracle of the flip into the smart shall be told unto the ages. 

(via tardisinfiore)