Originally Posted by raaj
I haven't read a single issue of any of the Marvel superhero comics, but am a big fan of many of them as movies. Not sure the relative order of coolness of these superheros in the Marvel Universe, but for me, Iron Man/Tony Stark is clearly the most interesting, funny and fascinating superhero. Not sure if avid Marvel fans agree if that is an accurate assessment, or if the RDJ portrayal of Stark is clearly tilting opinion in his favor.
A similar parallel is how Heath Ledger's portrayal of Nolan's version of Joker is the most menacing portrayal of villains in Batman's series - especially compared to the earlier versions like Jack Nicholson or the TV show's Joker.
Any long-time Marvel comic enthusiasts care to chime in?
I'm 60, so when these comics were new I was 12. Ironman to me was boring. Tony Stark wasn't funny he was a semi-tragic figure overcoming a weak heart. Favreau re-imagined the origin story as I recall and RDJ played to his strengths to make Ironman so popular. Fantastic Four was the No.1 A-list comic from Marvel at the time. Spiderman exclipsed it. Thor was one of my favorites because I loved mythology. Marvel weaned me off DC comics because their heroes had feet of clay and real world problems (and better stories), so I started reading them more and more. As I recall they all got better during my comic book window. I read all of them and enjoyed most. FF, Spiderman, Thor, Doc Strange, X men, but probably Ironman the least. I even preferred Antman and ultimately Giantman. The Hulk appeared in nearly all the series as a wildcard. I rarely read a Hulk centric comic. It was a big deal when Cap was brought back to life. I really wanted to like him, but he just never appealed. Shield grew out of Sgt. Futy and the Howling Commando (which I loved). Unfortunately, I lost interest as I grew older.
Of the DC heroes, both Supes and Batman became way too 2 dimensional. I perferred GL and the Flash...still 2 dimensional, but the SF based stories were better. JL and Legion of Super Heroes were never as good as the Avengers or Xmen.