Did anyone else think that Tony Stark’s father Howard seemed like two different people in Iron Man 2? I mean, we saw the Walt-Disney-esque Stark in that expo film, but then it turns out he also was a founding member of S.H.I.E.L.D. and hung out with ultra-cool Nick Fury in his off-hours, no doubt in any number of “swanky joints” surrounded by “hep cats”.
It turns out there was a reason for him to be part of S.H.I.E.L.D. beyond giving a reason for Nick Fury to have all of Stark’s junk to pass on to Tony. It was to set up Howard Stark being in the Captain America movie, as Dominic Cooper has been hired to play a young Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger. Here’s hoping he plays him just like a 1940’s Robert Downey Jr.
The boozing and womanizing would be period-specific!