Fans Are Debating If Iron Man 2 Is Better Than Batman V Superman

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On the surface, there doesn’t seem to be much shared ground between the MCU’s Iron Man 2 and the DCEU’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice other than the fact they’re the second installments in the respective cinematic universes and both ultimately suffered from trying too hard to expand the world around them instead of focusing on their own narratives.

However, because people will argue over just about anything on the internet these days, a debate has sprung up about whether or not Jon Favreau’s disappointing sequel or Zack Snyder’s overstuffed epic is the better movie. Iron Man 2 is widely regarded as one of the weaker entries in the MCU’s back catalogue, while DCEU supporters have always backed Batman V Superman as being underappreciated.

Both clearly have their supporters, but the more light-hearted return of Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark can’t be directly compared to the relentlessly grim and gritty aesthetic of Ben Affleck’s debut as Batman given the vast tonal difference between the two. Still, that hasn’t stopped folks from arguing over which is better and you check out some of the reactions to either side of the debate below.

Iron Man 2 has Tony Stark eating a donut inside of a donut…. Your argument is

— Marvelousrdj (@MarvelousRDJ) November 13, 2020

On the one hand, Iron Man 2 and Batman v Superman are both messy movies that were only memorable for the supporting female hero's badass fight scene. On the other hand, Sam Rockwell did the kooky villain so much better than Jesse Eisenberg. I'm torn.

— cojelo con (@teyquerisi) November 13, 2020

You're right, Batman V Superman puts not only Iron Man 2 to shame but the entirety of the MCU.

— STEusMOTus (@steusmotus) November 13, 2020

Be honest……Batman v Superman and Iron Man 2 were better than Captain Marvel ( the worst MCU movie ever)

— J-Naphtali (@JNaphtali1) November 13, 2020

I rewatched Iron Man 2 and it still holds up. Good movie. Not great, but good.

— In My Mind (@MeAloneInMyMind) November 13, 2020

Them: "BvS is better than Iron Man 2"


— Scott Thomas Voted Biden/Harris (@OGScottieT) November 13, 2020

Iron Man 2 Tony Stark the hottest Tony Stark

— 𝐫𝐢𝐚 (@van_dynes) November 13, 2020

Awesome MCU/DCEU Fan Art Sees Batman And Iron Man Facing Off

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The only thing we would like to add to the Iron Man 2 & Batman Superman discourse is Sam Rockwell.

That's it. That's the tweet.

— FilmsInBlackandWhite (@FilmsInB_W) November 13, 2020

Iron man 2 is better than endgame because Tony and Nat were alive

— 𝐫𝐢𝐚 (@van_dynes) November 13, 2020

Iron Man 2 is great but Batman v. Superman is the perfect comic book movie.

— d Dan (@daangerdaan) November 13, 2020

Batman v Superman is underrated and better than iron man 2. I said it!

— stevec911 (@campbells911) November 13, 2020

Name one scene from iron man 2 that isn’t iconic I’ll wait

— 𝐫𝐢𝐚 (@van_dynes) November 13, 2020

People rip Iron Man 2 like Thor: The Dark World doesn’t exist..

— Alex (@Alex49359778) November 13, 2020

There will be no Iron Man 2 slander in THIS house

— Earth’s Mightiest Fangirls (@EMFangirls) November 13, 2020

The Ultimate Edition of Batman V Superman results in a much better and more cohesive movie, while Iron Man 2 remains pigeonholed by a theatrical cut that relies far too heavily on hinting at what’s to come. Of course, both blockbusters fall into many of the same traps that come with trying to rush an interconnected mythology into existence without laying enough of the groundwork beforehand, but when they combined to earn almost $1.5 billion at the box office, you can’t argue with the results regardless of which side of the divide fans are currently falling on.