Elon Musk and Iron Man- They Had it Backwards

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in Iron Man

That’s right- when new anchors who had obviously skipped their superhero homework cited Elon Musk as the inspiration for the Tony Stark character, true Iron Man fans laughed. Silly anchorman, Iron Man was around before Musk was born. They were correct, however, in that director Jon Favreau drew from Elon Musk’s life in the big screen adaptation of the superhero’s story, even sitting down with the man. The comparison was oft drawn between the two, pointing to Musk’s similarities to the fictional character, and touting him as the ‘real life’ version.

Well, according to Musk’s tweets on the night of August 23rd, the attraction goes both ways. Riding his recent waves of news headlines around the Hyperloop, the inventor says he has figured out how to design rocket parts just with hand movements through the air, and later elaborates that “We saw it in the movie [Iron Man] and decided to make it real”. Look for news next week, when Musk says he will release a video of designing a rocket with hand gestures that is then printed in titanium.

Because, at this point, lets face it: anything is possible, and dreams may just come true in the Musk world we live in,

 

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