Anime: Iron Man: Rise of Technovore
Iron Man: Rise of Technovore
is a 2013 Anime
film produced in collaboration by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Japanese animation studio Madhouse
, who previously handled the Marvel Anime
line. Based on the venerable Iron Man
comic book franchise, the film sees Tony Stark on the run from S.H.I.E.L.D.
after he is framed for a terrorist attack by Ezekiel Stane, the son of his deceased former nemesis Obadiah Stane. The movie features appearances from Iron Man's partner War Machine
, as well as Hawkeye
, Black Widow
, Nick Fury
, and The Punisher
The film was released as a tie-in to the live-action Iron Man 3
, and as such takes some inspiration from the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Iron Man: Rise of Technovore provides examples of the following tropes:
- Abusive Parents: Though Tony says Obadiah genuinely loved Ezekiel, Obadiah would denigrate Ezekiel unless he made perfect scores on his school work.
- Action Girl: Black Widow
- Adaptation Distillation
- Just going by the trailer, the film takes inspiration from the modern Iron Man comics, as well as the Ultimate Marvel universe and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- Comic-wise, it seems to be an adaptation of the first arc written by Matt Fraction, The Five Nightmares.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: The brunet Ezekiel of the comics is blond in the film.
- Advertised Extra: Punisher is only in the movie for about ten minutes and he has little impact on the plot. He gives Tony some intel and hangs around for one fight scene; that's it.
- Hawkeye is in the same boat- though he has even less importance in the story than Punisher.
- All Your Base Are Belong to Us: The Helicarrier gets attacked again when Ezekiel managed to escape and hacks into the ship's computers, taking control over it, the Howard satellite, and a number of Kill Sats in preparation for The End of the World as We Know It. And he manages to send the Helicarrier crashing into Shanghai when he loses control of his own body. Doesn't help that he used the same trick Loki used to get on the Helicarrier.
- Anti-Villain: Ezekiel, having been raised by a verbally abusive father that frequently shoot down his accomplishments and gave him severe Inferiority Superiority Complex and come to see adults and his values as "obsolete" to modern world. After he fuses himself with biotechnology, he seeks to improve the world by forcefully inserting it on the whole world, claiming to be on his "divine rights" to do so.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: Iron Man and War Machine.
- Badass: Many!
- Badass Normal: The Punisher, Hawkeye and Black Widow. Nick Fury too.
- Battle Couple: Hawkeye and Black Widow.
- Big Bad: Ezekiel Stane.
- Bigger Bad: Obadiah Stane. He appears for a grand total of one scene in person, but affects so much of the main plot.
- Big Damn Heroes: War Machine/Rhodes in the final battle.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Ezekiel Stane. Averted with Hawkeye, mostly a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- Body Horror: Rhody being riddled with shrapnel and covered in borns. Ezekiel's eventual transformation due to the technovores is just horrifying. He mutates into a horrific monster while crying out in pain.
- Clear My Name: The main thrust of the plot is about Tony trying to clear his.
- Continuity Nod: There's a flashback shot of Obadiah Stane's death in the first film.
- Two to The Avengers:
- The Helicarrier gets attacked again and crashes this time round.
- Tony pulls off another Heroic Sacrifice in the climax. He survived this one as well. Worth noting that this time he manages to talk to Pepper in his would-be final moments; he wasn't able to previously.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: To Ezekiel Stane.
- Deadpan Snarker: Iron Man/Tony Stark, as usual.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Ezekiel Stane
- Eleventh Hour Superpower: War Machine is as good as new and fully equipped with lots of guns, just in time to save Tony and beat the shit out of Technovore. This quickly gets subverted when none of his weapons work on the even more evolved Technovore.
- The End... Or Is It?: "The wind."
- Evil Brit: Obadiah Stane is changed into this, as JB Blanc is Not Even Bothering with the Accent.
- Fanservice: Pepper sunbathing in a bikini.
- For the girls, there's at least two quick shots of Ezekiel nude.
- Black Widow spends most of her appearance with tight Spy Catsuit which expose her cleavage.
- Fan Disservice: A half-naked Ezekiel mutating into a hideous bioweapon upon losing control of the Technovore.
- A God Am I: Ezekiel Stane, courtesy of his bio-technological upgrades.
- Heroic BSOD: Tony after witnessing Rhodes getting blown up. Later Rhodes in turn gets one when he becomes hesitant to shoot Tony with the Kill Sat.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Tony lets himself get caught and pulled into Technovore so that the laser satellite can be fired directly at his arc reactor, destroying them. He survived.
- Idiot Ball: In the wake of a terrorist attack of which Tony Stark is the only survivor, Nick Fury decides to devote all of SHIELD's resources to finding Stark instead of following the lead that Stark gives him, and thus Stark himself turns to the Punisher for help.
- The only reason Fury spends the bulk of the movie chasing Iron Man is that he needs to have a debriefing with Stark to get the facts of the terrorist attack. Tony would have saved himself a lot of problems if he'd debriefed Fury before impatiently jetting off to chase down Technovore.
- It's Going Down: This time the Helicarrier does crash.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Ezekiel's favourite method of killing. That and infecting seemingly normal surfaces and turning them into explosives.
- Kill Sat: A whole lot of them are in orbit. Ezekiel takes control of the Howard and uses it as a hub to direct the other satellites. Tony manages to take control of the Chinese laser satellite and uses it to destroy Technovore.
- Male Gaze: Again, Pepper Potts, when she's sunbathing.
- Meaningful Name: Ezekiel
- Mind Screw: Most of the movie plays out in a fairly normal manner, but the scenes focusing on Ezekiel and Sasha have a noticeably surreal dreamlike quality to them. The film's director previously directed Texhnolyze, a anime series noted for it's experimental style, it definitely shows.
- Mythology Gag: After saving the world, Tony suggests he and Pepper go skiing at Asgard or have a safari in the Savage Lands.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: There are no less than three occasions where Ezekiel is about to kill Tony and other main characters, but doesn't because the Technovore begins acting up.
- The technovores are nice enough to completely heal Rhodey when he wakes up.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Tony Stark successfully manages to hack Ezekiel Stane out of S.H.I.E.L.D. using his Arc Reactor, but unfortunately, this also makes Ezekiel lost control from his own bio-technological body, go insane and turn himself into a monster...
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: The technovores heal Rhodey (and presumably repair his armor) when he wakes up from his coma, allowing him to come to Iron Man's rescue in the climax.
- Noodle Incident: Not the first time Tony asked Pepper for help during her vacation.
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Despite being based on the MCU, JB Blanc doesn't try putting on an American accent, instead voicing Obadiah Stane as an Evil Brit.
- Not So Stoic: Ezekiel Stane.
- One-Winged Angel: Pulled TWICE by Ezekiel Stane. The first time after he loses control of his Bio-technological armor, he turns into a large, disformed and four eyed ogre-like creature capable of shapeshifting at will. Later, after fighting Iron Man and War Machine, he envolved into a full-blown Eldritch Abomination made of nano-technology.
- Physical God: Ezekiel Stane has rather god-like powers thanks to his technology, and he believes himself to be one.
- Private Military Contractors: Raiders, Mini-Mecha riding mercs hired by Ezekiel to aid in his attack on the launch pad.
- Reaching Towards The Audience: Iron Man, in the official poster.
- Revenge: Tony thinks that Ezekiel's terrorist attack was in retaliation of him killing his father in the first film. Subverted when Ezekiel tells him that he couldn't care less about his father and Tony was merely in the way.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Tony was genuinely pissed at Ezekiel for supposedly killing Rhodes and was not hesitant to actually hurt the child.
- Straw Nihilist: Ezekiel Stane. Sasha Hammer was reading a book about Friedrich Nietzsche to Ezekiel.
- Teens Are Monsters: Ezekiel, a child who thinks he's god and sees thats its his right to improve humanity, even if it means destroying it. He also tends to kill people without showing any emotion.
- Villainous Breakdown: When the Technovore takes over Ezekiel's body.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Ezekiel Stane.
- World of Snark: Almost everyone says something snarky at some point.