Tony Stark is a pretty complex character. The original comics see him battling more than just supervillains. Indeed, in the "Demon In A Bottle" storyline we see Iron Man tackling alcoholism and all the problems that it brings. In a recent interview with Comic Book Movie, writers and Drew Pearce explained why these important character elements have never made it into the films.
In response to a question concerning whether Marvel had ever vetoed any of Stark's comicbook story, Black explained:
The drinking. Even if you look at the websites of the mommy bloggers they say, you know, 'Watch out, moms! Tony drinks in this movie!' It's amazing. There's one or two scenes in this movie where he picks up a drink and it'll be in those blogs.
I think we were just told by the studio that we should probably paint Tony Stark as being kind of an industrialist and a crazy guy, or even a bad guy at some points, but the Demon in a Bottle stuff of him being an alcoholic wouldn't really fly. I don't blame that.
It's also kind of a 'pick your battles' thing; alcoholism is a massive problem but it's also not the best villain for a movie.
But Black didn't entirely rule out the possibility of a darker storyline in the future:
But I wouldn't be surprised if at some point someone wanted to make a movie and they'd run out of directions for the character, then they've still got Demon in a Bottle.
What do you think? Did Marvel and Disney make the right decision by omitting Tony's darker elements from the movies? Give me your opinion below.