First things first: This is awesome. (I’m glad we could get that out of the way.)
I don’t get the love for War Machine in the new movie, though, unless it’s simple recognition of a familiar character. It’s such a mid-90’s concept: take an established character, throw a bunch of guns on him or her, then sit back and profit. This is the thinking that gave us a mulleted Superman packing heat. Seriously. Superman. With guns (and leg pouches, apparently).
Here’s the thing, 1990’s: cool characters are cool characters. Adding guns does NOTHING. Which brings me back to War Machine. Iron Man is a billionaire playboy with a badass suit of rocket armor, full of gadgets, repulsor rays, and the like. You know what it’s missing? Not a chain gun! That adds nothing to the character but weight.
So when I read/hear/see all the applause for War Machine in IM2, all I can think is: “And?”