9. Tony Stark Iron ManI am Iron Man. The suit and I are one. To turn over the Iron Man suit would be to turn over myself, which is tantamount to indebted servitude, or prostitution, depending on what state youre in.
Much has already been written about how Iron Man 2 channels Ayn Rands Atlas Shrugged, particularly the courtroom scenes in which a wealthy industrialist Tony Stark struggles to keep his intellectual property out of the governments hands. The above quotation could easily be written-off as just another of Starks sardonic quips, but pay special attention and you will see he is exploring one of the root arguments of Libertarianism, which is self-ownership. If he, Tony Stark, owns his body, it follows that he owns his time, and the things he creates with his body and his time the fruits of his labour. While it may seem obvious that a person owns their own body, many political philosophies and standing laws, when examined closely, are incompatible with this key concept.