Originally Posted by Matarreyes
THIS. This so much. I have long since had suspicions that it will at least be a plot point. IM movies are known for being the most realistic of the bunch, and the Congress storyline in IM2 was a brave move.
First of all, we see the birth of this in Avengers: people asking for accountability. And who is the ONLY Avenger the public knows, the one who happens to be a billionaire to boot? They cannot go after SHIELD or any incognito heroes, they can only go after Tony, itīs a pretty obvious move. I also suspect that this may be the reason SHIELD is not looking out for Tony: Fury would only be content to leave him to the public lions if it meant protecting SHIELD from the same ****.
Second of all, in order for Tony to truly be vulnerable in this movie, he would need to lose his public support and his money - the two things he has going for him strongly right now. As long as he has money, he can keep making new suits no matter how many time his mansion is attacked. Now, tie Stark Industries in some litigation (this does not mean to be on screen except in passing) and there you have it.
Thirdly, the guy has been through some serious stuff in previous movies, so I doubt he will suddenly develop PTSD from nuking some aliens when he did not develop a hint of it after being waterboarded by terrorists. Now, if we have the Avengers stuff, some public ****storm he has to weather alone instead of getting his team support and maybe Pepper getting on his case for making 47 armors in a row, then I can buy him having nightmares.
BTW, Tony losing his company (multiple times) is a recurrent storyline in the comics. I donīt see why people argue so vehemently against this, while supporting some pretty obscure characters and cameos.
Well the comment by Tony in the trailer regarding him having trouble sleeping states it relates to the events of NY., as well as another scene describes his concern about not being able to protect the one thing he cares about most (which appears to be Pepper).
Now, I have always taken it as he has seen all these new things (Aliens and Gods) and forces at work (The Tesseract) beyond the scope of what he thought he knew, and he is left trying to process all of this new information as well as being left with a feeling uneasyness as to whether his Iron Man suit is really enough to protect everything that matters to him. So, he is left with a lot of self doubt is the way I saw it.
Now, I am not against them using something quick on the television regarding people coming after him with law suits and it effecting his money, and I am okay if they even have Mandarin as somehow connected to it, but while it can be part of the major plot point (Tony being ruined in every way possible), I don't want another court scene or something that lasts several minutes. Once again for me the other court room scenes went well because of the humor, but I think with this movie being darker it won't go over as well if they do.