MORE LIKE A GIANT BOMB

Iron Man is probably best remembered for being the movie which kick-started the Marvel cinematic juggernaut and reminding everyone that Robert Downey, Jr. hadn’t died in prison. The film’s supervillian is a regular, real-world bad guy (at first): Obadiah Stane, Tony Stark’s former partner and an unabashed war profiteer. However, since this is a summer blockbuster, he’s also responsible for more traditional villainy, like kidnapping, terrorism, bombs exploding, and a giant mech-suit battle in the sky. You know, the usual.

The audience doesn’t officially learn that Stane is secretly trying to kill Tony until the third act or so, but the movie actually reveals it way earlier, right after Tony gets back from being tortured in a cave and announces that he doesn’t want to build weapons anymore. After a hilarious montage of Tony injuring himself in his workshop with his new Iron Man equipment, he comes upon Stane playing a baby grand piano, because villains are irresistibly drawn to giant Steinways like bugs to lamps.

If you know your 18th-Century composers (you do, don’t you?), you’ll recognize the piece as Antonio Salieri’s Piano Concerto In C Major. If you also know your 1980s movies, you’ll recognize Salieri as the guy who killed Mozart in Amadeus, a movie about a bitter older rival insidiously destroying the young, brash upstart composer. Throughout the film, Salieri is tortured by the fact that he can’t do work on the same level as the young genius, just as Stane bemoans his inability to reverse-engineer Stark’s invention. (“Tony Stark was able to build this in a cave with a box of scraps!”)

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wow, i just thought the cluster would be a giant final boss type monster, or at least something the gems could fight. but apparently its gem alone is about the size of northeast usa. if that’s the size of its gem, just imagine how big its physical form is going to be.

it’s less like a giant final boss, and more like a ticking time bomb. its regeneration will tear the earth apart instantaneously. this just got a lot scarier.