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"Iron Man" (2008)


Tony Stark Press Conference Revealing Iron Man Identity


Rhodey: And now, Mr. Stark has prepared a statement. He will not be taking any questions. Thank you.

Tony Stark: Been a while since I was in front of you. I figure I'll stick to the cards this time. There's been speculation that I was involved in the events that occurred on the freeway and the rooftop --

Reporter Everhart: I'm sorry, Mr. Stark, but do you honestly expect us to believe that that was a bodyguard in a suit that conveniently appeared despite the fact that... --

Tony Stark: I know that it's confusing. It is one thing to question the official story and another thing entirely to make wild accusations or insinuate that I'm a superhero....

Reporter Everhart: I never said you were a superhero.

Tony Stark: Didn't?

Reporter Everhart: Uh-uh.

Tony Stark:  Well, good, because that would be outlandish and fantastic. I'm just not the hero type, clearly, with this laundry list of character defects, all the mistakes I've made, largely public --

Rhodey: [off mic] Just stick to the cards.

Tony Stark: [off mic] Yeah, ok. Yeah.

[considers this for a moment]

Tony Stark: The truth is: I am Iron Man

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