10:18am PT by Graeme McMillan
Robert Downey Jr. Says Tony Stark Would Back Hillary Clinton
With Captain America: Civil War hitting theaters tonight, Tony Stark is moving from one highly controversial battle to another — and choosing Hillary Clinton as his preferred president of the United States. At least, that's what Robert Downey Jr. thinks.
The actor revealed his thoughts on his superheroic alter ego's political leanings during a promotional appearance for Civil War on The Howard Stern Show.
"I believe Tony, being a budding feminist, he would say it's time to have some feminine energy in the White House," Downey said. Asked if that could be taken as a sign that Tony Stark supports Clinton, he confirmed, "He does."
Whether or not Downey is correct about Stark's politics is open to question; in his comic book incarnation, he served as secretary of defense under President George W. Bush from 2004's Iron Man Vol. 3 No. 78 through 2005's Iron Man No. 89, before working with the Bush administration in the first comic book Civil War and as short-lived director of SHIELD, suggesting that he's at least open to a Republican government.
No one should read his Stark endorsement as a stealth announcement that Downey is a Clinton supporter, however; he said that he "one million percent" avoids making public endorsements, adding, "I'm going to vote. That's what's important."