In the hierarchy of Marvel comic book and cinematic universe characters, Tony Stark is one of its most high profile assets. His father was Howard Stark, genius and founder of Stark Industries and early adopter of helping to defend the planet against attacks.
Everybody’s favorite genius billionaire playboy philanthropist has saved the world many times over, both by himself and alongside his fellow Avengers. Yet at his core, Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, remains a deeply flawed human being. For every heroic trait he possesses, like loyalty to his friends, there’s an equally unsavory one that exists within him, such as his complete lack of humility.
Marvel Studios’ blockbuster movies starring Robert Downey Jr. have elevated Iron Man to incredible new heights, mixing snarky humor with know-it-all brilliance in just the right amounts that we always root for him. The actor’s impossible charm has made him far and away the most beloved adaptation of the character, but Tony hasn’t always been a good man in the comics. The movie version of Iron Man may cause audiences to overlook some of his comic book flaws, but you can’t look away for too long.
Tony Stark is the captain of his own destiny and responsible for his own choices. No one forced him to exile Hulk. No one said he had to build a prison and then capture his own friends and lock them away in the prison. Did Thor clone himself? No. Tony did that. He has more money than the universe combined and yet, went back to selling arms. Yes, Tony can follow the rules, but it seems only when it benefits him.