That one scene in ‘Iron Man’ that captures the irony of the US military’s role in comic book movies – Task & Purpose

That one scene in ‘Iron Man’ that captures the irony of the US military’s role in comic book movies – Task & Purpose


Tony Stark tangles with an F-22 Raptor in 2008's 'Iron Man'

Welcome to That One Scene, a semi-regular series in which Task & Purpose staffers wax nostalgic about that one scene from a beloved movie.

Everyone was supposed to hate Iron Man. Before he was “genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist,” as he described himself in The Avengers, Tony Stark was basically a glorified arms trafficker who survived and thrived on the careful allocation of death and destruction that is the military-industrial complex. Introduced during the birth of the anti-war movement, even Iron Man creator Stan Lee — known for his socially-conscious and politically-inflected characters and storylines — thought Marvel Comics’ audience would hate him too much, rejecting Stark outright for the money in his pockets and the blood on his hands.

“I think I gave myself a dare. It was the height of the Cold War. The readers, the young readers, if there was one thing they hated, it was war, it was the military,” Lee once Source…

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