Never in my life did I think I’d see people on Twitter discussing the Iron Giant lore and its subsequent validity in the upcoming Smashlike fighter MultiVersus. However, here we are.
It’s been a hot second since I watched The Iron Giant, but as I recall the movie is largely about a giant alien robot fighting the very violence he was created to enact, a weapon that proudly proclaims “I don’t I’m a weapon.” That makes it a little surprising, then, that Warner Brothers saw the adorable piece of tin and said “yes, why not, shove it into a platformer.”
This sparked debate over whether someone whose goal is to hate violence has any place in a game where Super Saiyan Shaggy can defeat Bugs Bunny. I know. There’s a healthy mix of humor in its seemingly atypical inclusion, while others seem genuinely annoyed with Warner Brothers disregarding any canon.
Iron Giant: I am NOT a weapon… Warner Bros: it would be nicer if you wereMay 16, 2022
glad the multiversus will include my favorite iron giant quote (1999) pic.twitter.com/rlc5SlgBPqMay 16, 2022
I’m begging people to stop putting Iron Giant in combat situationsMay 16, 2022
You also have people pointing out that yes, this is a video game, one that is clearly not responsible for anyone’s wisdom. I’m sure when Arya Stark finished with Game of Thrones, her next step didn’t include fighting Batman. How Intro Specktive also pointed out, “Isabelle is murdering people in Smash but wouldn’t harm a fly in Animal Crossing but no one cared about her fighting in Smash lol”.
Despite the Iron Giant’s rant, there’s one thing everyone can agree on: his moment with Superman in the trailer was radical as hell. The most iconic moment in the entire movie is the Iron Giant muttering the superhero’s name as he sacrifices himself to save the world. It’s my most vivid memory of the entire plot, one that really touches my heartstrings.
The MultiVersus trailer combines the two, with the Iron Giant sporting his Superman emblem. Seeing him finally alongside his hero has fans going crazy in the best way possible. I’m not crying, you are.
IRON GIANT FINDING HIS HERO! pic.twitter.com/pExzhc7xENMay 16, 2022
Yes, Shaggy becoming Super Saiyan and PUNCHING BUGS BUNNY is absolutely crazy. But seeing Superman and the Iron Giant team up just BROKE ME. 🥲 pic.twitter.com/RJPY23GDtpMay 16, 2022
#MultiVersus Always happy to see the Iron Giant in action in movies or video games. pic.twitter.com/IwVX61EXpjMay 16, 2022
Canon is cool and I love the Iron Giant. But this trailer with cartoon violence had Superman looking at the mess, saying “I’ve got to stop all this fighting”, saying his traditional line, Iron Giant complete, Supes says “alright, you’re with me”. I cried tears of joy at that moment. https://t.co/9GRVVm3t56May 18, 2022
My biggest takeaway from this is that yes, speech can start from scratch. But I’m also strangely excited about MultiVersus. In many ways it’s downright ridiculous, but I get the feeling that a decent level of dedication and love is going into this crazy cauldron. I’m not as excited as Tyler Colp was to see Bugs Bunny gets absolutely full bodiedbut I wouldn’t mind giving everyone a good ol’ Jake the Dog slap soon.
You can sign up now for the MultiVersus closed alpha, which is set to begin on May 19, with an open beta planned for July 2022.