Stan Lee wanted Iron Man to be hated as a personal challenge

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For years now, Iron Man has been crowned one of the most beloved Marvel superheroes of all time. In addition, Robert Downey Jr. made him the favorite of millions and even the main face of the MCU, after all he was the one who started this successful universe and captivated us from the beginning. However, originally, Stan Lee thought of Iron Man as a character who was hated by readers. We explain.

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Iron Man was created to be hated

In the sixties, Stan Lee challenged himself and tried to create a character that readers would hate. At that time, the Cold War had caused everything related to warfare, weapons and greed to experience a negative response from society in general.

With this in mind, Lee created a character that would represent all the bad things about the war. The result? Tony Stark, aka Iron Man.

“The readers, the young readers, if they hated something it was the war, the military. So I made a hero who represented that to the hundredth power. He was a weapons manufacturer, he was supplying arms for the Army, he was rich, he was an industrialist. “

However, it was not only about Iron Man reflecting everything that in those moments – and in general – is frowned upon by people, but the real challenge was to make this ‘hated’ character win over the readers.

“I thought it would be fun to take the kind of character that no one would like, none of our readers would like, and shove him down their throats and make him like him.”

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A story of redemption, full of heroic acts and with a couple of questionable decisions but that at heart indicated that Tony was ready to embrace his superhero side more than that of a millionaire man who only seeks to achieve personal gain, little by little they took Stark away from the military and ‘bad guy’.

Today we have the favorite “genius, millionaire, playboy, philanthropist” who not only won the love of comic book readers but also the hearts of millions of people who loved every minute of Iron Man on the big screen and mourned his death. with the most heroic act of Stark and his memorable phrase “I’m Iron Man” (I am Iron Man).

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