Originally Posted by cherokeesam
However, there *is* a possible continuity error there that needs to be addressed involving Howard Stark. In IM1, Tony Stark has no idea who SHIELD is; and that's a strange thing, considering that his own father founded the damn agency. Howard kept lots of secrets from Tony; but heading up SHIELD for all those years....? That's a pretty big secret to keep buried from your own family.
That's basically the second act of Iron Man 2 in a nutshell (which I just re-watched the other day). Fury tells Tony something about his father, and Tony quips that Fury must've known Howard better than he (Tony) did. To which Fury replies "You'd be surprised. Howard was a founding member of SHIELD." That leaves Tony all like "Wait, what?!" and Fury leaves Tony with a box full of Howard's old notes and footage.