Originally Posted by DrCosmic
Tony alone has access to all of SHIELD's secrets. Tony alone has been known to run a large organization with loose ties to the military. Tony is the only one whose walked onto the helicarrier and stared giving orders and trying to figure out how Fury runs things. Him being anti-establishment doesn't prevent him from giving
orders in establishments, or else he wouldn't have a huge company. It'd be a good story... too bad there's not a comic book story to draw from on that issue.
Yeah, but Tony can't *buy* his way into SHIELD. Just because he *thinks* he's the boss when he swaggers onto the Helicarrier bridge doesn't make him the boss. It's still a government agency and a bureaucracy, and Tony Stark isn't part of it. Nor would he want to be.