For the record, Iron Man
was a great sexy explosion of a movie, and the Tony Stark/Pepper Potts subplot was well done and one of the very few romance storylines I've actually enjoyed sitting through. I am glad that Pepper is getting so much love from fandom; she is awesome.
But. There's a lot of awesome in that movie to go around.
The other member of Tony's support team is Jim "Rhodey"* Rhodes, who gets labelled as Tony's best friend more or less by default. I assumed fandom would latch on after his... second?... scene, when ( Spoiler! )
. Although I guess you could wave that off as Tony being an asshole, but then ( More Spoiler! )
and it is very manly, I assure you, for whatever definition of manly you prefer. And then, later, ( Maybe you should go see the movie and then come back? It is great. )
And then there's that time in the hangar when... well, I think you see the picture I am trying to paint here. The shapes are helpfully numbered.
I'm not following any Iron Man Movie comms - my weakness for CGI machines is not quite a recipe for fannishery - but I'm subscribed to the LJ comm comicstore_news
, which has been collecting Tony Stark related fan-output. There's been quite a bit already, but running over the descriptions the last few days I found myself dwelling on the lack Tony/Rhodey fic. It's kind of perplexing, considering normal fannish behaviour in the face of a viable slash possibility. In fact, there's all but no Rhodey fic at all.
It'd be silly to compare character-love with Tony himself, but a quick count over the comicstore_news
posts since the movie gives 26
Pepper centric stories, maybe two or three of which are not Tony/Pepper.
For Rhodey? I've come up with 4
and a half
Rhodey/Tony, and one
where he's a voice over the phone.
Considering what a presence he is in the movie, that is sad. He's pretty and kickass and wanders around in a military uniform! What will it take to win you over, you guys; maybe if he borrows Pepper's seventy-two inch heels for the sequel? (That... actually? I wouldn't mind to see that.)
I do, obviously, have a theory, but it'd be nice if I was wrong.
]*Best I can tell, all Tony Stark's extra smarts are built out of brain cells meant to remember things like *names*. It's not his fault names are hard? Obie-blah-blah-something is excessively rich in syllables... and "Pepper" is way better suited than whatever Mr. and Mrs. Potts *actually* picked out of the baby book... and in Ton*y*'s opinion adding a "y" to someone's name is a deep sign of respect and a huge compliment about their facial profile, but strangely Rhodes threatened violence when Tony tried out "Jimmy" for a few weeks...
**There's actually an interesting echo of this bit near the end, when ( spoiler )
***well, okay, mostly Tony, but 4srs Tony brought enough emotional intimacy issues to share with the class.