I'm sure a lot of Marvel film fans are going to flame me for the title of this post, but please allow me to clarify that I do love the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The first Iron Man is a genius piece of filmmaking that is something both comic book fans and casual movie-goers can enjoy. This series of movies has a stellar cast, unique storytelling, and some very intriguing examples of weaving plot threads together.
However, there is a large problem I've noticed about these movies. After seeing [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035), I've come to realize that a lot of the plot threads we've seen throughout Phase Two have been dropped or made suddenly irrelevant. With the exception of mentioning the important thread that S.H.I.E.L.D has fallen and Hydra now has a visible presence again, almost none of the story threads throughout Phase Two that affected our beloved characters even matter at this point. Specifically, I will be focusing on where Tony Stark is at right now regarding his character development and how far (or supposedly how little) he's come.
1. Despite blowing up all his suits in Iron Man 3, Tony Stark suddenly returns with a new suit of armor.
Everything I've read about Tony Stark's character development in Iron Man 3 says that the movie's storyline was meant to push Tony in a direction where he realizes that he can't constantly rely on his suits to get him out of danger, and that he has to use his own 'inventor's mind' to get him out of certain situations. His suits were also proving to be a distraction from what's most important. That being said, after blowing up all of his suits at the end of the movie and finally getting the shrapnel taken out of him, thus making it so that he doesn't need the arc reactor anymore, why and how does he return in Age of Ultron with a new suit? To further reinforce this, in an interview on ScreenRant with Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, regarding the change Tony goes through in Iron Man 3, he goes on to say this:
"It’s almost like a parting of a relationship. He walks away from this thing which has literally walked beside him, which has kept tabs on his relationship almost like a jealous lover. By the end, he’s able to divorce himself from it, and give credit to what it’s allowed him to become."
2. Despite learning the error of his ways in the first Iron Man, Tony is completely fine with building another weapon to restore 'peace'.
In each of the three Iron Man movies, Tony learns something about the effects his creations have on himself and others. In the first Iron Man, Tony discovers that the weapons he's produced are being used by terrorists to target innocent people, thus he decides to halt the production. In Iron Man 2, Tony discovers how Stark Industries has even affected employees within the program, and in Iron Man 3, he learns that even the things he creates that are encoded only for him to use and are meant to protect the one he loves (Pepper Potts obviously) can distract him from the things that are most important.
That all being said, Tony's move to create Ultron in Avengers: Age of Utron goes against what we believed Tony learned in the previous films, because his idea is to create a weapon that's meant to keep the world at peace, but creating peace is actually a big theme in the first Iron Man because peace was what he believed he was restoring by producing the weapons. So after seeing what Obadiah Stane did with his 'toys', why didn't he think twice about creating Ultron? It's true that Tony's stubbornness is a large factor in his personality, but we clearly see him change throughout his own solo films, so why the sudden shift in Age of Ultron? And then, after seeing how Ultron becomes a threat, Tony decides to create another artificial intelligent being to fight Ultron, as if Ultron's madness wasn't an effective lesson to Tony enough.
What do you guys think? Do you agree that Tony's character development has some holes by the time of Avengers: Age of Ultron, or is it just fine and why? Also, if you'd like, sound off in the comments below what you think are other continuity inconsistencies we've gotten in the MCU by the time of Ultron.