by: S. Scott Stanikmas
There is no one character more outspoken against government control than Tony Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That’s why it’s a little bit more than funny that it’s being hinted at that Tony Stark and the Star-Spangled Avenger, Captain America Steve Rogers, will be opposite sides of a possible Superhero Registration Act and that Stark would be on the pro side of the government control in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War.
In a recent interview with Empire Magazine, the man who currently portrays Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr, dropped some knowledge on us as to why that may not be as off-kilter as we may think it is.
“The idea of Tony being able to march into Washington and say, ‘I’ll sign up’, wouldn’t have made sense if the political climate in the real world hadn’t shifted the way it has,” Downey explained. “There’s always the bigger overarching question, that Joss brings up all the time — it’s kind of weird that these guys would have all these throw downs all over planet Earth and it looked like a little collateral damage happened over there, and yet when the movie’s over, it’s like nobody minds. You have to figure, ‘Were you to ask the question, what would the American government do if this were real? Wouldn’t it be interesting to see Tony doing something you wouldn’t imagine?’ ”
This leads me to believe that something drastic has to happen in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron to really tip Tony’s mental scale. After all, this is the government that hired S.H.I.E.L.D. as it’s peacekeeping force and they were secretly infiltrated by one of the worst terrorist groups the MCU has ever seen! If anything, Iron Man should be looking for some kind of autonomy where the heroes govern themselves.
Unless Tony proposes that he’s the only one who can truly lead a unified front of superheroes that report to him as the ultimate authority.
RDJ also talks about how he’s turning fifty and how the clock is ticking down on his credible involvement (i.e. he doesn’t want to be like the aging action stars in certain franchises who don’t know when to give up the ghost). A supporting role as head of a multinational security force would definitely take care of that.
For now, we can only wait until Age of Ultron and see what road the Iron Avenger will take.