Did Tony Stark Disparage Bloggers to Dissuade Peter Parker’s Vlogging?

A Fan Theory of the MCU

This post is part of a new series called Fan Theory Fridays, in which we share and explore a new fan theory about a film, television series, book, or other fictional narrative. For more on what a fan theory is—and what it isn’t—please read D. F. Lovett’s previous explorations of the subject.

One of my favorite films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is 2017’s Spiderman: Homecoming, starring Tom Holland as Peter Parker (Spider-Man) and Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark (Iron Man). While I haven’t yet seen the new Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse animated film, its release did inspire me to re-watch Spider-Man: Homecoming… which, in turn, inspired a new, minor fan theory.

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A theory about this guy and his sorta father figure

A Radically Condensed Summary of Spider-Man: Homecoming

Part of the film’s appeal is its relatively simple narrative. Unlike most Marvel films, it contains only two superheroes and a straightforward coming-of-age plot. There’s no convoluted storyline, no over-elaborate villain backstory, no shoehorning-in of extraneous characters. It doesn’t even bog itself down with an origin story or a montage dedicated to learning superpowers.

The plot is, more or less, this: Peter Parker tries to a) be his friendly neighborhood Spider-Man and stop a bad guy from doing some bad things b) impress a girl at school and c) impress Tony Stark enough to join the Avengers.

He succeeds in all three, to varying extents, enough so that the film ends with Tony Stark inviting Parker to the Avengers headquarters in upstate New York and giving him a “welcome to the team” speech. Said speech ends with one of the better lines Stark has had:

There’s about fifty reporters behind that door. Real ones, not bloggers. When you’re ready, why don’t you try that on [gesturing to a new Spider-Man suit] and I’ll introduce the world to the newest official member of the Avengers. Spider-Man.

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The scene in question. Which yes, while good, does remind one of Tony Stark’s terrible fashion sense. 

It’s a great line, both because it’s very fitting for Tony Stark and because of, well, the degree of truth to it.

The controversy you missed because only bloggers care

Since I first heard this line, I assumed one thing: “that probably hurt some feelings.” Continue reading “Did Tony Stark Disparage Bloggers to Dissuade Peter Parker’s Vlogging?”

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Why did the name of this blog change?

Some people have noticed that this blog’s name changed.  After over five years, it went from What Should Bale Do to What Would Bale Do.

Welp, there are three reasons.

1. People always think the name of it is What Would Bale Do.  They tell me that they tried to google it, and all they found was articles about Gareth Bale or just nonsense.  And I would correct them, “no, it’s What Should Bale Do,” but eventually I decided that it’s kinda easier to just change it.

2. What Should Bale Do is a good example of a joke that is too far removed from its origin.  What Would ____ Do is a commonly used expression, from Jesus to Tyler Durden.  But no one asks What Should?  It’s too abstract, too removed, too out there.

3. I forgot to renew whatshouldbaledo.com.  But whatwouldbaledo.com was still available.  So there you go.

And that’s that!  New name, coinciding with renewed effort to post on here more regularly.