MultiVersus’ Iron Giant Controversy Explained

MultiVersus‘ official movie trailer is all about team-ups, as characters from various Warner Bros. properties are thrown into a shared multiverse. MultiVersus‘ cinematic trailer also confirmed three new characters for its roster: Looney Tunes‘ Tasmanian Devil, Scooby Doo‘s Velma, en The Iron Giant‘s titular sentient robot.

The Iron Giant appears last in the trailer, announcing himself as Superman in a touching tag team duo featuring DC Comics’ Superman — even wearing the red “S” symbol from the animated movie. This seems like a match made in heaven like this moment in MultiVersus‘ movie trailer finally brings the two together. However, some fans are upset about the inclusion of the Iron Giant and find issues with the way it is rendered.


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The iron giant of MultiVersus is potentially exploitative

The inclusion of The Iron Giant has caused some disappointment among devoted fans of The Iron Giant film and a thematic message that the titular character expresses through his actions. The Iron GiantThe character of the character is strongly opposed to violence and is taught not to use the built-in weapons, but Iron Giant is now used as a cameo mascot who recklessly goes into battle. Most recently, the Iron Giant was used as a character’s avatar at the end of Ready Player One, fighting entire armies in a virtual reality environment. This has annoyed fans who know this is what the original character was up against, and many believe it was included in MultiVersus to also grossly misrepresent the character’s morals.

It’s ultimately up to Warner Bros. which characters will be selected, and the choice of Iron Giant was likely due to brand awareness and the fact that fans would immediately recognize the character as part of MultiVersus‘ queue up. Still, fans doubt the decision it yields The iron giant‘s themes are void in terms of how the character is adapted. If it were up to them, the Iron Giant wouldn’t be part of a title that forces him into combat or violence.

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The iron giant of MultiVersus is also seen as healthy

Of course, not everyone has their moral compass aligned this way for a crossover fighting game inherently built on fan service, and some don’t care what the Iron Giant is used for outside of its animated movie canon. These folks seem to see the Iron Giant shot as a fun nostalgic trip to one of their favorite childhood movies. In this way it could be appreciated that they can play as Iron Giant in MultiVersus

Some fans have also indicated that Superman and the Iron Giant’s team is healthy, and that MultiVersus does not promote legitimate violence or a propensity for violence, despite being a fighting game. As a platform fighter, it’s hard to argue that actions or fights are purely violent or malicious, mainly because of: MultiVersuscartoonish style.

You can’t say SpongeBob SquarePants is inherently violent now that he’s part of it Nickelodeon All-Star Brawlfor example, so MultiVersus arguably offers the same levity. It is left to the discretion of each fan whether this character capture bothers them or not. But if the Iron Giant is in a Warner Bros. game, it might be the most healthy use of the character given that it ties into a canon interest in Superman. In the meantime, interested fans can now sign up for MultiVersus‘ closed alpha, which starts next week.

MultiVersus is in development for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

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