Illustration: Cold War Steve

As one in every of 4 credited screenwriters on 2008’s Iron Man, Mark Fergus had an enormous half in shaping the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s foundational superhero: Tony Stark, the inventor-billionaire-industrialist-playboy performed by Robert Downey Jr. In response to Fergus, the character was impressed by an amalgam of actual folks — however none a lot as Elon Musk.

Howard Hughes had blazed the path for all of the stuff that Elon is doing now. He established that turf again within the ’40s — the way in which he’s operating his firms, coping with the SEC, the federal government, politics, Hollywood, and buyers. That was our rock-star industrialist mannequin for Tony Stark. However Howard Hughes — I believe folks don’t know who the hell that’s. Again within the early 2000s, once we had been saying, “Who would be the Howard Hughes of now? Who’s an industrialist who would also be on the gossip pages? Is there even anyone like that?,” Elon’s title was positively within the dialog because the man who grabbed the torch.

Him, Trump, and perhaps somewhat Steve Jobs. Trump was enjoyable earlier than he grew to become president — he was truly sort of a goofy movie star. Steve Jobs was at all times severe and indignant; he by no means fairly had that present of the bullshit, the working the group that Musk has an actual pure expertise for. Musk took the brilliance of Jobs with the showmanship of Trump. He was the one one who had the enjoyable issue and the movie star vibe and precise enterprise substance. I’m undecided we talked about too many different folks; there aren’t many individuals like that round. It’s harmful to be a star businessman. One scandal and it’s billions of {dollars}. Folks need their CEOs to close up and be good, quiet figures who aren’t within the paper courting celebrities. As a result of shit can occur.

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