A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Tony cuts school whenever necessary to suit up as Iron Man and save whomever needs saving; he has to lie about his activities to protect his secret identity. Obadiah is ruthless in his business dealings, especially in his efforts to secure the lucrative military contracts for Stark Industries (which Tony's father, the company founder, was against). Tony is secretly investigating Obadiah's activities and sometimes spies on the businessman and tries to hack into the company's computer systems.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of animated action, including lasers, explosions, and super-powered brawling. Plenty of buildings, vehicles, and other objects are destroyed, but nobody is seriously hurt. Tony's father's mysterious death is an ongoing plot point.
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Products & Purchases
The series promotes the Iron Man brand, a popular Marvel comic title and hit movie franchise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this animated series, which centers on a teenage version of popular comic book/movie hero Iron Man, is much more tween friendly than the big-screen version. There's still plenty of cartoon action -- including laser battles and super-powered fistfights -- but nobody gets hurt. Tony ditches class whenever necessary to don his special suit -- but he's doing it to save the world. He's also determined to find out the secret behind his father's death, an event that has a lot of impact on the series.
Is It Any Good?
IRON MAN: ARMORED ADVENTURES turns the popular superhero into an ordinary teen -- a common strategy for cartoons aimed at kids, but a harder transition here than for other well-known heroes. Superman had superpowers all his life and started using them as a youth; Spider-Man developed his own abilities while still a student. But Iron Man, according to comics lore, is a millionaire playboy/genius inventor who created the super suit in a secret lab. That origin story is a bit hard to adapt to high school, and the series ends up feeling a bit more implausible than other shows about young superheroes.
But really, it's a cartoon for kids, and plausibility is pretty much beside the point. So what if Tony's a teen instead of adult? He's got a flying suit and can shoot lasers from his hands. That's more than enough to capture the attention of young viewers, who are unlikely to wonder why Tony rarely attends class or how a kid managed to build the amazing Iron Man suit in the first place. The series delivers a pair of standard-issue villains -- corporate mogul Stane and the superpowered Mandarin -- and plotlines that won't tax the comprehension of the average 8-year-old, as well as plenty of action and excitement. For a more complex take on the Iron Man story, check out the movie version or the original comic books; this version is aimed squarely at kids -- and it hits the mark.
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