So, you’ve caught the Iron Mania after seeing Iron Man 3 and you’ve just realized that now you’ll have to wait until Avengers 2 comes out in 2015 to see Iron Man in action again. The melancholy has set in and you’ve just about settled on whether you’re going to need Robert Downey Jr. or Tony Stark levels of drunkenness to get yourself out of this funk. But I’m here to say you can put down that handle of Devil’s Creek, because there’s still some Iron Man fun to be had, albeit in a rather unexpected place: Nickelodeon’s Iron Man: Armored Adventures.
Centered around the adventures of a teenage Tony Stark, Iron Man: Armored Adventures takes a very different approach to the character than we’ve seen in other versions. Here, Tony faces many of the same problems that have typically challenged Peter Parker: balancing school with superheroing, being forced to lie to parents and teachers, making time for a love life… in short, surviving the jungle that is high school. Add onto that the fact that the company he will inherit on his 18th birthday is currently being run by Obidiah Stane, whose two main goals are to acquire the Iron Man tech and prevent Tony from claiming his birthright.
As Tony takes on the mantle of Iron Man and becomes New York City’s latest protector, his friends, Rhodey and Pepper, join him in his crusade to solve the mystery of his father’s death and locate the far more mysterious Makluan rings.
But David, you say, isn’t that just another silly kid’s show? After last week’s article on Iron Man, how can I be sure that Iron Man: Armored Adventures will fill this arc-reactor-shaped hole in my heart? Well, I’ve got 5 excellent reasons why it just might surprise you, and give you a whole new way to get your Tony Stark fix.
5. The Animation
Everyone knows that for any cartoon series to be successful, the animation’s style must match the show’s content (just ask the creators of Batman: TAS). Iron Man: Armored Adventures uses mostly computer animation, with a very bright color palate. This meshes perfectly with the show, given its technological slant, as well as setting the light tone for the show.
The character and armor designs are also quite slick, and there is a real variety in Tony’s armors. I also particularly like the way Tony’s suit expands from his backpack (a much nicer way to armor up than in Iron Man). And that doesn’t even go to mention the excellent action sequences, which are as thrilling as they are aesthetically pleasing.