The Cape and the Cowl News presents this hypothetical interview with Iron Man.
The general conflict regarding registration depends on whose side you’re on. It’s the choice between liberty and security, and it is never an easy choice. I believe it’s a combination of both that Americans seem to be comfortable with. Tony Stark, however, does not.
He came to see me to explain why he is for the registration act. Despite the fact that everyone knows where he stands, Iron Man wants to give the citizens a deeper insight into his reasoning.
I’ll never forget “the lady’s man” standing in my doorway…. Oh those eyes….
After the awkward greetings that people give, Tony settles in and once he starts talking he didn’t seem to come up for air.
Stark recounts his conversation with Captain America reminding him of his problems with alcohol: “You know how dangerous a drunk is behind the wheel of a car? Imagine one piloting the world’s most sophisticated battle armor.”
Tony gets more animated as he reveals how Steve Rogers is not very idealistic: “See, that’s the problem here. It’s why Captain America can’t see things from my perspective. Because it’s predicated on the premise that superheroes make mistakes. And he’s the boy scout! Why he’s ‘Captain America!’ He don’t make mistakes. . . . If everyone were like him, we wouldn’t need registration. But they’re not.”
I’m thinking to offer some coffee or anything to calm him down but I couldn’t get a word in edgewise!
Stark continued speaking of the time where he was taken prisoner in the Afghanistan desert. After escaping, he experiences a type of metamorphosis in the way he now looks at the world and himself. “I saw young Americans killed by the very weapons I created to defend and protect them, and I saw that I had become part of a system that is comfortable with zero accountability. I came to realize that I have more to offer this world than just making things to blow up.”
He continues: “Did you hear about the son of Professor Yinsen? He helped me build the first Iron Man armor. And he also took control of my mind so he could use my armor to kill hundreds of people!”
I asked him if he talked with Sal Kennedy, his mentor, to come to terms with what happened.
“Yes. And I’ll tell you what i told him: Every superhero is a potential gun . . . and the last time I checked, guns required registration.”
After our interview I came to a greater appreciation of why Tony thinks the way he does. He definitely has an extremely intelligent and curious mind but sadly with a lonely and guarded demeanor. Our experiences have an impact on the type of person we become and while we may disagree with other people’s opinions, they should be understood.
This post originally appeared at The Cape and the Cowl News. Reprinted with permission.