February 07, 2013

Tony Stark -- atheist??

Avi Green informs us of an article where former Iron Man writer Denny O'Neil claims that Tony Stark is one of nine comicbook characters he considers atheists:

...Larry’s Google search revealed that there are at least 17 atheist characters on series television and – here comes the shocker! – nine in comic books. Among them is a fella I thought I knew pretty well because, for three years or so,I was his chief biographer. Tony Stark’s the name, and Iron Man’s the game.

Avi takes issue with O'Neil's characterization:

Oh good grief. So now Tony's been turned into an atheist? Now that is definitely contrived. If he doesn't believe in God, then he doesn't believe he worked alongside Thor in the Avengers, nor does he believe in Asgard. What next, will the Marvel staff claim he hired Bambi Arbogast as a secretary because she's an atheist too?

Unless I'm mistaken, hasn't it been established that Thor, and hence his homeland of Asgard, is/are actually "just" an advanced race of aliens? The Universe X series (a sort of future history of the Marvel Universe) used this premise, as did clearly the Thor and The Avengers films. Therefore, Avi's defense is moot. That, and it has been clearly noted many times throughout Iron Man's/Tony Stark's long history that he hates magic. Stark is the epitome of a pure scientist -- he defines reality with science. And, I cannot recall any explicit reference in Iron Man or The Avengers where Stark engaged in something religious. Feel free to correct me if I am in error, of course.

To me it is perfectly logical that Tony Stark is an atheist. And I've no problem with that. That is, until some hack "progressive" writer comes along and decides to turn Stark into what too many atheists seem to be today: Whiny, arrogant, holier-than-thou (an oxymoron, I know) quasi-sages who simply know better than you. Merely because they do not believe in a supreme being.


Posted by Hube at February 7, 2013 12:30 PM | TrackBack

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It doesn't surprise me that he's an atheist. I guess I always assumed that, since he was modeled after Howard Hughes, that he shared the same religion as him, Episcopalian.

Posted by: Carl at February 7, 2013 02:17 PM

Come to think of it, he DID tell the Goddess during the Infinity Crusade that he was a believer in science, not her.

Posted by: Carl at February 7, 2013 02:25 PM