Iron Man and Philosophy: Facing the Stark Reality

By Mark D. White, William Irwin

The 1st examine the philosophy at the back of the Iron Man comics and films, timed for the discharge of Iron guy 2 in March 2010

On the skin, Iron guy seems to be a simple superhero, one other wealthy man scuffling with crime with fancy contraptions. yet underneath the glossy armor and flashy know-how lies Tony Stark, tremendous inventor and whimsical playboy, suffering to stability his wants, addictions, and relationships along with his tasks because the Armored Avenger. Iron guy and Philosophy explores the numerous philosophical matters that emerge from the basic conflicts present in the a long time of Iron guy tales in comics and films. what sort of ethical compass does Tony Stark have? Is Iron guy liable for the loss of life of Captain the United States after the wonder Universe “Civil War”? may still humans like Stark run the realm? How does Tony’s alcoholism influence his functionality as Iron guy, and what does it say approximately ethical personality? eventually, what can Iron guy educate us concerning the position of know-how in society?

As soaking up as Iron Man comedian books and films, Iron guy and Philosophy:

  • Gives you a brand new standpoint on Iron Man characters, tale strains, and themes
  • Shows what philosophical heavy hitters corresponding to Aristotle, Locke, and Heidegger can educate us approximately Tony Stark/Iron Man
  • Considers matters akin to dependancy, own accountability, using know-how, and the function of government

Whether you have been interpreting the comedian books for years or have got into Iron guy during the videos, Iron guy and Philosophy is a must have significant other for each fan.

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Indd a hundred and one 12/29/09 1:35:39 PM 102 ANDREW TERJESEN “Force” armor encompasses a layout of Stark’s that Wilson obtained from palms broker Justin Hammer, Iron guy embarks on a campaign opposed to all people who has gotten expertise from Hammer. Tony is obviously disappointed that villains akin to the red Dynamo, Titanium guy, the Raiders, and Mauler have, in Tony’s phrases, “drawn blood with my sword. ”8 it may well appear that Tony is just disappointed that Spymaster stole his expertise and that he feels liable for the entire damage it prompted, yet Stark’s activities in the course of “Armor Wars” recommend a distinct underlying purpose. with a view to continue Hammer from getting his palms on Stark know-how back, Iron guy additionally neutralizes the armor of S. H. I. E. L. D. ’s Mandroids and undertaking Pegasus’s Guardsmen. those are armors he outfitted for these corporations to assist them trap superpowered criminals and hold them in criminal. it may look that this can be merely an extension of his project to maintain his know-how from inflicting extra damage, yet Stark can also be taking keep watch over of the expertise. His activities as Iron guy convey that he doesn't belief even the great men to exploit his expertise correctly and retain it from falling into the incorrect palms. the single one that may be capable of make sure who will get Iron guy know-how is Stark himself. This aspect is pushed domestic whilst Stark has a “tapeworm” malicious program created that erases his designs each time a person enters them right into a laptop. nine possibly, this system will hold humans from utilizing a layout like Stark’s, whether they got here up with it on their lonesome or stole it from him. Stark therefore makes himself the pass judgement on of who can use that expertise, even making plans to forgo use of the know-how himself, fearing that others may perhaps get their fingers on it. He builds one other go well with of armor, in spite of the fact that, to forestall an out-of-control Firepower, who's utilizing the final little bit of operating Iron guy know-how, yet Stark equips this armor with a self-destruct chip that he'll turn on whilst he’s performed with it. c07. indd 102 12/29/09 1:35:40 PM T O N Y S TA R ok A N D “ T H E G O S P E L O F W E A LT H ” 103 Tony’s cause of development the armor to forestall Firepower, instead of letting one other superhero do it, is that there are “very few humans robust sufficient to face opposed to them, to supply defense for the innocent and blameless. And with this armor I’m a kind of few. ”10 on the finish of the difficulty, Tony makes a decision to not break the hot armor simply because, he says, “I do have a accountability to maintain my innovations from evil palms— yet i've got a better accountability to oppose evil any means i will. ” Tony basically believes that he—and nobody else—has the mind and ethical judgment essential to use the Iron guy armor properly. but when keeping the blameless used to be so very important, couldn’t he a minimum of have left a few armor within the arms of Nick Fury and venture Pegasus? There doesn't appear to be any cause that he might be allowed to take hazards that they can’t, except one accepts the concept that Tony Stark has highbrow functions that these contributors lack, which provide him larger judgment.

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