Who Is He?
Our beloved Tony Stark played to perfection by Robert Downey Jr. is a fictional superhero from the Marvel Universe also known as Iron Man because of his iron-plated suit. Owner of the famous ‘Stark Industries’ he is a rare combination of a genius, a philanthropist and a billionaire all built in one. He is not only part of the Iron Man trilogy but also one of the founding members of the Avengers.
With his superhuman strength and speed alongside the variety of weapons at his disposal in his armour, Iron Man is perhaps one of the most well-loved Marvel Superheroes. This affection for Tony Stark also stems from the fact that he has his flaws and like his other team members are inherently human. This appeals to everyone from eight to eighty and accounts for his immense popularity.
However, there is quite a bit in the character of this Marvel superhero that fans may be quite unaware of. Here are a few such details.
Indeed with the kind of lines that Iron Man often comes up with, launching him was a risk that Marvel Comics took because such lines in the mouth of wrong or lesser Marvel character would have been highly outrageous and could negatively influence its largely young readers. What makes it even more interesting is that Stan Lee came up with the idea of Iron Man during the cold war – a time when people detested the very notion of war, violence and revenge. Lee designed a character that represented the exact opposite of this and surprisingly enough, he became a huge hit!
Tony Stark set about building his first ever suite in that dark cave in Afghanistan right in the beginning. Since then, however, he has come up with fifty different versions of it, each more advanced than the last. In Iron Man three, Tony Stark came up with an Iron Man suit that he could control simply with his mind. Using the latest technologies and skin implants, this suit could be summoned from anywhere and would assemble itself on his body like a 3D jigsaw puzzle.
The creators based the character of Tony Stark on the figure of a billionaire of the times named Howard Hughes. They have similar personality traits which help to make Tony Stark a more humane character.
Not So Clever
The artificial intelligence which helps Tony Stark manoeuvre the intricacies of his suit is called JARVIS. While this may otherwise sound very cool, JARVIS simply expands into “Just A Rather Very Intelligent System” which is not such a clever-sounding fancy name after all.