hey remember after iron man 2 came out and everyone was like “lol tony and I are one, tony’s so relatable” and then when the first avengers came out and everyone was like “aww tony didn’t mention himself in the super power lineup poor baby :( I relate tho” and then Tony’s ptsd and depression stopped being so cute and relatable and starting being debilitating and his anxiety wasn’t a quirk it was an untreated mental illness that gave him hyper-paranoia and made him make questionable decisions and then he stopped being everyone’s quirky fave and became tumblr’s scapegoat and the embodiment of all that is evil because “remember how tony sold weapons, remember when tony was mean to Steve on the helicarrier” even though you guys completely ignored that like three years ago lol remember that those were good times
I want to talk about Iron Man 2 and what a badass Tony is in this scene. Tony is a civilian, not to mention someone who is incredibly aware that he’s already dying, and desperately scrambling to get his affairs in order. He had just decided, after Natasha’s recommendation, to try and enjoy the end of his life. That’s why he’s in a race car in Monaco in the first place, but at the first sign of a threat to the people around him, he’s ready to fight.
This is a man who’s painfully aware of how precious the time he has left is, and he’s willing to risk that to protect people. He’s 100% a hero in this scene, putting his life on the line to protect those around him.
He’s not at his best, he’s sick from the palladium poisoning, but damn if he’s going to let anyone else get hurt.