Superhero movies seem to struggle most when they aren’t helping anyone, because after all, isn’t that what a superhero is supposed to do? The recent past has seen its fair share of these films, and an increasing number fail to appease the crowds or the critics, seemingly most often when the fight is not clear. Daredevil was a complicated comic-book world where there were more odds of encountering another superhero or villain on the street as you would a normal citizen, Elektra became even more muddled with plot and the superhero’s intentions, Ang Lee’s Hulk had an escaping creature never given an opportunity to be selflessly heroic, and The Ghost Rider was about a man that stopped one criminal and spent the rest of the film fighting otherworldly creatures in a human-barren city. Although Iron Man is another film with a superhero who rarely if ever engages the people he is fighting for, due to the remarkably concise and well-constructed way in which the film was scripted and directed there is never any doubt of the superhero’s intentions or what he is fighting for.
The irony about the invention that powers Iron Man’s suit, as well as providing a necessary health service, is that the technology is made possible by an alternate fuel source, and yet everyone seeking the technology of the suit is far more interested in using it to advance weaponry. Although Iron Man never makes direct reference to the American’s involvement in the Middle East in regards to fuel, there are other indicators throughout the film suggesting the war mongers of this country are more interested in
being perceived as the most powerful nation than any of the means to be gained. This is proved once when the technology is used by Tony’s very own weapons company to create a larger and more aggressive suit with the alternate fuel source, and a second time when this larger suit throws Iron Man into a semi-truck with an advertisement for Hydrogen energy. The truck along with the advertisement is destroyed, once again showing the preference to power over real solutions. America