Crafting Compelling Character Arcs—Iron Man

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #008.

In Avengers: Endgame, Tony Stark utters the now-iconic words that first opened the door eleven years earlier to the flood of record-breaking content that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

What were they? “I am Iron Man.”

If you’ve seen the movie, you know exactly what moment I’m speaking of, as well as what a profound and moving moment it truly is.

If we look at it from a thematic standpoint, however, we find that it is more than just an emotional and heart-wrenching end to a three-hour-and-two-minute action extravaganza. It was the conclusion to a deep, meaningful, well-crafted character arc.

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One Quick Lesson – X-Men: The Last Quip

X2: X-Men United was one of the greatest superhero movies of the last decade. It set a high bar for X-Men 3: The Last Stand to live up to. Needless to say, if the Last Stand was a pole-vaulter, it would have slammed into the bar and then just barely manage to flip over it. It’s not the worst, but it’s far from what it could be.

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One Quick Lesson – Silly Bazam!

Shazam is without a doubt a fun and enjoyable entry in the DCEU. It shines even brighter when compared with the dark, bleak entries in this series of movies, such as Man of Steel and Batman v Superman.

Yet, in this movie, probably one of the biggest flaws is actually with the main character himself. Billy Batson is a serious young man who has dealt with feelings of abandonment and the struggle to belong.

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