As politicized as the plot of Captain America: Civil War is, the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe suggests (but neither asks nor answers) many questions about its characters’ political affiliations. Which is great, because no one wants to sit through a lengthy action movie that turns out to be a partisan sermon during an election year. But just in case you did, shock jock Howard Stern is here to ask these hard questions to satisfy you, the comic book movie fan-cum-politico. First up? Tony Stark/Iron man himself, Robert Downey Jr.
RDJ dropped by The Howard Stern Show on Wednesday to promote the third Captain America film, in which he reprises the role of the billionaire-turned-superhero that revitalized his film career back in 2008. Stark is a bit of a rich, eccentric egomaniac whose intelligence and wit only just help him stay out of most forms of trouble. For the most part, this sounds a bit like the apparent shoe-in for the Republican Party’s nomination, Donald Trump, but as Stern and his audience discovered, Downey sees things a bit differently.
“Don’t you think, as Iron Man,” Stern asked his guest, “you should come out and tell people what to do? Because a lot of people follow Iron Man. Don’t you think you should make an announcement, politically?”
Despite a brief giggle fit, Downey agreed with Stern that Stark should come out in support of one of the remaining presidential candidates. Stern mentioned both Trump and his primary Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, as options, though he skipped the apparent exit of John Kasich and Tuesday’s Democratic winner in Indiana, Bernie Sanders. Not that the two exclusions mattered, however, because the actor thought his onscreen alter ego would stand with her.
“I believe Tony, being a buddy feminist, he would say it’s time to have some feminine energy in the White House.”
RDJ has obviously forgotten about Stark’s past life, but forgive and forget, right?
(Via The Howard Stern Show)