Have you guys seen the Iron Man trailer released at this year's ComicCon? It looks pretty cool. As far as hard drinking womanizing heroes go, Robert Downing Jr. was an inspired choice.
I confess that I was more than a little skeptical that this could be pulled off. I thought the same about the Spider-man movies(first with Spider-man, then Doc Ock), and was proved wrong then. Guess it show's what I know.
Tony Stark has been getting a bit of a bum rap in the geek community of late. He was the driving force behind registration in the recent "Civil War" storyline, and now has to deal with one big green and pissed off Hulk, who has, in his own words, returned to Earth to "smash".
Leaving aside the Hulk thing, (and Dr. Strange leaving Earth high and dry by refusing to banish him again) most of the hate centers around Stark being a government stooge. Of course, the man now controls virtually every superhuman in the United States so it would be a bit hard for him to be anyone's stooge. That he was pushing for the right thing, creating a secure country(even in the midst of the Civil War with Captain America running around Stark's running of the show brought super-crime down to record levels) is lost on most guys because of the big bad government(tm). Then you have clowns like J.M.S. running around and claiming that Stark Industries is basically like Haliburton. This, of course, is a falsehood.
Let's be honest, Stark Industries gets shit done.