Re: Captain America 2: News and Speculation - Part 10
Given the kind of friends he had, I could maybe see him finagling his way out of prison entirely, if he can push enough blame off onto Vanko, throw enough chaff into the air, and call in enough favors. His reputation would still be mud, though, and I doubt he'd be getting many juicy contracts. Of course, that would be a good enough reason for him to go into blackmarket technology supply.
To me, at least, Justin Hammer came off as competent, but not as competent as he thought he was, or thought he deserved to be. His casual, joking demeanor when dealing with Vanko was how he *thought* the All Powerful Business Titan should behave when trying to intimidate the peasants. . . Hammer just doesn't have the charisma to pull it off.