Tony Stark. Billionaire. Playboy. Philanthropist. The guy casts quite the shadow. An "ordinary" genius with an infinite payroll is impressive enough, but this guy keeps up with gods, super-soldiers, and a Hulk!
So where does this persona come from? What shaped the concept of Tony Stark? Where and who did Stan Lee and all the creators draw their inspiration from?These are the titans of their industry who inspired the man, the myth, the legend that is Tony Stark. Vote up the men who you think are the closest inspirations for Tony Stark, in both the comics and the movies.
Eccentric billionaire, adventurer, and ladies' man who was heavily involved in the film industry and invented some of the most important flight equipment to date (sure, it's no Iron Man suit, but it was the early 1900s and the stuff is still darn impressive.)Howard Hughes is cited by Stan Lee as being his main inspiration for Tony Stark, even going so far as naming Tony's father Howard.8044Are they similar?
Another of the original inspirations for the comic book character (along with Howard Hughes) was Hugh Hefner. The mannerisms, the smarm, the suits, the attitude, and the ladies' man lifestyle, all Stark.Stan Lee (Iron Man/Tony Stark creator) even cameos as "Hugh Hefner" (Tony mistakes him for Hugh) in the first Iron Man film!10574Are they similar?
Life imitates art, art imitates life.C'mon, you guys. He is Iron Man!9173Are they similar?
The films and Downey, Jr.'s interpretation of Tony Stark is based on the ever-enthusiastic young tech billionaire. Director Jon Favreau and RDJ sat down with Musk several times to utilize his personality and mannerisms.
They even gave Elon Musk a cameo in Iron Man 2 as himself (the guy who pitches Tony the electric jet), and they used his Space X facilities as Justin Hammer's (Sam Rockwell) lab in the film!(He also owns and runs Tesla motors, which is relevant to another Tony inspiration.)8573Are they similar?