Iron Man calls out DC’s Red Hood in a glowing speech

Warning: Contains spoilers for Iron Man #24!Marvel’s iron man can be a bit of a jerk at times, but his blunt honesty is usually conspicuous, and during a speech he delivers in a recent comic, he details the motives and actions of heroes like DC’s Red Riding Hood. He tells the hero/villain force that if he wants to be a hero, he shouldn’t act like a stubborn kid.

Clayton Wilson aka Force turned villain after stealing an experimental force field projector from Empire State University. After a loss to mutant hero Namor, Wilson continued working for Justin Hammer, where he was again defeated by Iron Man. Wanting to reform, Wilson faked his death with the help of Tony Stark and assumed a new identity as Carl Walker. He also became an ally of Iron Man until he was sent undercover to break up a black market for advanced technology called Source Control. During the operation he was shot and captured and aided with the help of the villain Spymaster, Wilson gave up the identity of Carl Walker and once again became the Force, blaming Tony for abandoning and betraying him.


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In comics Ironman #24, written by Christopher Cantwell and illustrated by Angel Unzueta and Frank D’Armata, sees Force and a group of other villains meet Iron Man and War Machine. Feeling particularly betrayed by Tony, Wilson attacks with abandon, but is defeated by the Armored Avenger, who then explains what it means to be a hero. It’s a speech that might as well have been aimed at Jason Todd’s Red Hood, as Tony debunks the notion that heroes let one another down when there are consequences to their shared missions that ultimately aren’t to protect one another , but to create the world a better place.

Risking friends’ lives and relationships is part of the deal

DC Comic’s Jason Todd shares a similar development as Clayton Wilson. Much like the man known as Force, Todd began his career as the hero’s assistant, Batman. During his career as the second Robin, Todd fought alongside Bruce Wayne until he was beaten to death by the Joker. Although Todd was revived in the Lazarus Pit, he harbored a deep resentment against his former mentor for allowing him to be in that position in the first place. This led to him adopting the identity of the Red Hood and becoming an enemy of the Bat Family, before eventually reforming under his new identity and reconnecting with Bruce.

In each case, fans are presented with a character who has been placed in a bad situation due to his association with another superhero, Iron Man and Batman respectively. Circumstances are unfortunate, but as Tony so rightly points out: “That was always the dealWhat Tony is saying is that ultimately it’s not his or Bruce’s fault that bad things happened to their partners because as heroes, that’s part of the risk. Moreover, part of that risk is straining the bonds between partnerships, because nothing should go beyond action.”the most correct.” Tony concludes by saying, “We try not to break anything. Some things still break… The only thing we can do then is try to fix them, but that comes after.

Essentially, Tony is telling disgruntled vigilantes like Red Hood that this is all part of the deal. It’s unfortunate when bad things happen to the likes of Jason Todd, but it really isn’t Batman’s fault. Because if someone cannot understand that by putting on the costume they are not only jeopardizing their lives but also their relationships, then they should not put on the mask at all. And in a closing statement that appears to be aimed squarely at DCs Red Riding HoodMarvel’s iron man Conditions, “If you’re not ready for that kind of mission statement, then you’re welcome to be a part of #$%& again.

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Ironman #24 is available now from Marvel Comics.


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