10 Times Iron Man Was A Real Jerk

RDJ may play a charismatic Tony Stark on the silver screen, but the comics paint a different picture.

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If there's one thing you can say about Robert Downey Jr's portrayal of Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, it's that he was a beloved character. His charismatic performance helped make the MCU the most financially successful film franchise in history, and there wasn't a dry eye in the theatre when Tony died at the end of Avengers: Endgame.

While that's how the MCU opted to portray Iron Man, the comics have been a bit different. In many instances, Stark is a pompous ass who doesn't get along well with anyone who doesn't agree with his chosen courses of action.

Despite this, he's an effective leader who has commanded the respect of most of the superhero community. But that doesn't mean he hasn't rubbed more than a few the wrong way every now and again. Many of his actions are done without consultation from the heroes he's working with, and this has gotten him into trouble numerous times over the years.

To put it plainly, Tony Stark can be a real jerk to his friends and coworkers. He's said and done things only a megalomaniacal egomaniac would do. Despite this, Tony remains one of the most powerful and influential superheroes throughout the Marvel Universe, even if he's a jerk every once in a while.


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