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.Fandom: Iron Man
movieverse Medium/Media: TV show? Book? Comic? Band? All of the above?
A movie adaptation of the Marvel comic books. Extent:What are newbies letting themselves in for - a single book or a fifteen-book saga? A fifteen-episode cancelled TV show, or nine seasons of twenty 45-minute episodes? A set of comics that'll need a truck to deliver?
If you're only in the movieverse section of the fandom, it's very easy to join; the Iron Man
saga is planned to be a trilogy, with the second installment being released this spring. However
, the movieverse fandom is very closely knit with the comics canon, and... Well, it's Marvel. Buckle up, kids, you're in a for a ride. Genre: Science fiction? Fantasy? Horror?
Like all Marvel comics, Iron Man
takes place in an alternate universe where super-heroes exist and Forbes 400
looks a little bit different. To what extent the movieverse tallies with this aspect of comics canon, only time will tell. As it stands now, Iron Man
is an action flick with sci-fi elements. It is, after all, about the engineering genius and playboy billionaire Tony Stark and how he builds a tailor-made tank to fight evil. There will be a lot of techno-babble and questionable science involved.Canon Main characters: Name the main characters with a brief bio.
Anthony "Tony" Edward Stark--played by Robert Downey Jr--is one of the richest and most brilliant men on earth. He is C.E.O. of the weapon manufacturing company Stark Industries and spends most of his time either among high society or in his workshop; one gets the impression he prefers the latter. His only real friends are his P.A. Virginia "Pepper" Potts and his military liaison James "Rhodey" Rhodes, as well as his A.I. JARVIS. Tony's pretty messed up and would probably be a shrink's wet dream, but his most prominent issues are his self-loathing and massive guilt complex. This is the man who builds a robot suit to fight every evil on the planet, because he feels it's his responsibility. Clearly, he'd benefit from some therapy, if only he would acknowledge his problems. Main plot: A brief explanation of the main plot of the story. Try to avoid spoilers! If you can't avoid major spoilers, warn for them in your cut-text!( For your convenience, an LJ-cut. )Setting: When and where is the story set?
In a slightly AU version of our world, either contemporary or twenty-minutes-into-the-future. Why I think you should watch/read/otherwise partake of this fandom: Reasons in canon that new people might be interested.
Because it's fun? The movie is really good, with humour, drama, action and believable characters, topped off with a plethora of prettiness. And it's Tony MF Stark -- how can you not
love him? Activity level: What's happening to canon at the moment? Is it finished, or ongoing, or debatable?
The Iron Man
saga is an on-going trilogy, with its second installment being released this spring. However, the first movie is pretty much a stand-alone, so don't let that scare you off. Shipping: Does the canon tend towards slash, het or gen? NB this means actual IN CANON pairings, not the sort you see through the goggles (yes, I am as guilty of this as the next ficcer, assuming the next ficcer is fiareynne).
Given that Tony Stark is a man-slut in canon, and that RDJ can have sizzling chemistry with a piece of wood, there is sexual tension in pretty much every scene. It's canon that there's some serious UST going on between Tony and Pepper, but it's not yet resolved, and it doesn't stop him from flirting with everyone else, including Rhodey. And, yes, JARVIS. Fanon and Fandom Communities: Places that new people can go for fic/art/fine dining and conversation - include LJ comms or off-LJ lists, whatever. Might be wise to mention how welcoming the comms are of new people.
There is one movieverse-centric Iron Man
community as far as I know, which is ironman_movie
is a Tony Stark-centric community.Recs: Recommend up to five fics/artses/whatever. (Limit suggested only so it doesn't go on forever.)( For your convenience, another LJ-cut. )Activity level: Roughly how active is the fandom? Can be expressed in terms of community posts per day/week/month/ice age, or just as a general vibe.
It's pretty dead now, sadly enough, but hopefully that will change as the release date of Iron Man 2
approaches. I'm keeping my fingers crossed, anyways. Shipping: Does the fandom tend towards slash, het or gen? Is there a majority-preferred pairing? Does it match up with canonically established pairings? Is the fandom generally welcoming of alternative pairings or will it bite your head off?
Tony Stark is pretty much considered the little black dress of the Marvel fandom. Movieverse most often pair him up with Pepper, sometimes with Rhodey, and occasionally JARVIS. There a few crossover pairings with Tony as well, and several authors have mashed comics canon and movieverse together to pair Tony and Steve "Captain America" Rogers up. Gen fic exists as well.Kink: What is the fandom's attitude towards kink? Is there a kink meme?
Again, it's Tony Stark
. He's the man who makes a hi-tech pace-maker look sexy. I have yet to see a someone complain about the idea of Tony and sexual fetishes. If you're not averse to read comics canon, I can even point you to several delicious fics with serious kink and BDSM elements. As for a kink meme, there is the marvel_kink