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  1. Considering what he survived in the Thanos fight,...

    Considering what he survived in the Thanos fight, I'm thinking Iron Man solos. He endures Palpy's attacks like he did Thanos', then unleashes his "drop of blood" combination of moves, which does a...
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    So Tony okayed an attack that involved a bomb...

    So Tony okayed an attack that involved a bomb near children? I don't buy that. That's either the Mandarin or some other villain, like Ultron.
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    Also, his shield was smashed in the fight with...

    Also, his shield was smashed in the fight with Thanos, wasn't it? So did he steal the shield from his alternate self? Did he thaw the poor guy out or just steal his shield and leave him there? If he...
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    I'd prefer that Shang be from the streets,...

    I'd prefer that Shang be from the streets, because then it becomes the everyman versus the purebred ‹bermensch from a long bloodline of purebred ‹bermenschen. The Mandarin is the product of centuries...
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    Death in the original movies shows no ability to...

    Death in the original movies shows no ability to automatically kill people. He has to set up Rube Goldbergian bad luck to do so. And that limitation is what makes the movies entertaining. Dropping...
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    Ulch. That sounds like the same kind of...

    Ulch. That sounds like the same kind of mood-destroying power-inflation that made me lose interest in Star Wars novels.
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    Well, of course not; Otto Octavious is an evil...

    Well, of course not; Otto Octavious is an evil Peter Parker. Otto is a socially awkward nerd who wants recognition and lacks empathy. He's pre-Uncle-Ben-death Peter Parker taken to a villainous level.
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    Stories about villains can work, but that villain...

    Stories about villains can work, but that villain must, at the least, deeply care about some individuals. Walter White truly cares about his son and Jesse. Harley Quinn truly cares about Poison Ivy....
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    The difference is that Arno and The Mandarin are...

    The difference is that Arno and The Mandarin are both very different takes on what an evil Iron Man IS

    The Mandarin is the hypermasculinity inherent in the very name "Iron Man". He's an...
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    Which didn't make any sense. The Mandarin is a...

    Which didn't make any sense. The Mandarin is a superhuman martial artist who has dodged bullets at close range before. He doesn't just stand around like a derp if you shoot at him.
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    Something calling itself Tony Stark is shown. But...

    Something calling itself Tony Stark is shown. But it looks more like the Mandarin than Tony, and does incredibly unethical things that Tony never would, so probably not.
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    Well Mandarin is a master of chi-mysticism, which...

    Well Mandarin is a master of chi-mysticism, which is to say weaponizing your spiritual energy, which is to say your soul. So maybe once he died his soul was too powerful to go to the afterlife, so he...
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    Depends on the villain. The British accent is...

    Depends on the villain. The British accent is usually used as shorthand for a villain being aristocratic or coldly intellectual. Brutish villains usually get Southern or Russian accents.
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    I don't think that's the real Tony, nor even his...

    I don't think that's the real Tony, nor even his perfect copy. That's the Mandarin. The art is the clue: they've given "Tony" the Mandarin's hair, and bone-structure. That's why "Tony" is willing to...
  15. I'm not ignoring, I'm repeatedly conceding it and...

    I'm not ignoring, I'm repeatedly conceding it and trying to move on to related subjects. Do you want it stated in really blunt terms? I concede that the version of the SHRA in most books was an evil...
  16. Well then I oppose that version of it, we are in...

    Well then I oppose that version of it, we are in agreement and moving on.

    Now, onto the issue of superheroes being unwilling to accept the regulations that keep policemen and soldiers from being...
  17. I wasn't talking about metahumans, I was talking...

    I wasn't talking about metahumans, I was talking about superheroes. Of course, this is hardly the first time the fuzzy line between a metahuman and a superhero has caused confusion. They are really...
  18. Depends on what you mean by "voluntary...

    Depends on what you mean by "voluntary registration". We don't allow policemen and soldiers to decide whether they will be regulated by democratic institutions. When cops and soldiers are free, no...
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    If you say so. He doesn't look like Tony at all,...

    If you say so. He doesn't look like Tony at all, especially not those eyebrows. Those are Mandarin's eyebrows. And that's Mandarin's forehead shape as well.
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    Can someone post a picture of the reveal when...

    Can someone post a picture of the reveal when Iron Man takes off his helmet and reveals that it is Tony?
  21. Of course, because Marvel doesn't reeeally want...

    Of course, because Marvel doesn't reeeally want the issue to be discussed in way that would lead to a logical conclusion they didn't like. So they flirt with the issue to make the story seem complex,...
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    It doesn't look like Tony. It looks like the...

    It doesn't look like Tony. It looks like the Mandarin with blue contact lenses.
  23. So if Cyclops types randomly develop their...

    So if Cyclops types randomly develop their uncontrollable powers in a schoolroom at puberty, and kill all the kids in front of them, and a line of kids in the room next door, and the room after that,...
  24. Some people think it's fun to create appreciation...

    Some people think it's fun to create appreciation threads.
  25. No, again, you're strawmanning me. I believe in...

    No, again, you're strawmanning me. I believe in the right to peaceful protest. That right is vital to a functioning democracy. I also believe that when cops and soldiers are free, no one else is. The...
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