Updated: Feb 10, 2022
So, this episode took a turn I wasn’t really expecting.
It’s beginning kind of makes it seem like the world without Tony Stark’s Iron Man will have Tony Stark Nillionare not learning from the explosion or being captor in the desert because those things don’t happen. You get the feeling that he will continue to make weapons as per normal and be just another problem for the remainder of the Avengers.
And that is the wrong way to think of this.
We get to see Killmonger again and get to see just how smart and manipulative he truly is. Tony Stark isn’t even really the issue in this episode as much as he’s the more gullible rich boy fueling someone else’s passions. And boy what passions he has.
Without going into too much detail, Killmonger ends up having just about everyone wrapped around his finger. He says all the right words at all the right times and plays everything two moves ahead. It was to the point where I thought for a moment he wasn’t as dark and vindictive as he was in the movie. But I couldn’t be more wrong.
Of course, there are people who are onto him and his schemes. There are always people who are onto the schemes. And they are never taken seriously which is honestly a trope that should be laid to rest. Or just never played seriously again. And yes, I know that can be real. That’s how things work in the real world and all that. But in the media, this is old hat. Like, very old hat.
Just, really? They didn’t think Pepper Potts had Tony’s best interest at heart? The moment she brings up a problem, it should have been addressed as a real issue. But it wasn’t and that kinda annoys me about this episode. It’s a little thing, but it’s a thing nonetheless.
Although, I would say it wrapped up beautifully. Very much in the reflection camp. I’ll watch it again if only for that scene.