The Stark Truth Shall Set You Free

, , , | Related | July 17, 2012

(Since watching ‘The Avengers’, my little brother has gotten interested in comics. I’m home from college and educating him on the subject. We’re looking at the Marvel Encyclopaedia online.)

Brother: “Why does it say Iron Man has feet of clay?”

Me: “It means he isn’t as good as he seems to be. That he has a weakness.”

Brother: “That doesn’t make sense. Why do they say that?”

Me: “Well, it comes from a bible quote, from the book of Daniel.”

(I show him the quote which describes idols made from gold, iron, brass with clay feet which then are destroyed.)

Brother: “What’s brass?”

Me: “It’s the type of metal the light switch is made of. So feet of clay means a weakness, or something not as good as it pretends to be, and with Iron Man it means he drinks too much.”

(The next day at dinner.)

Brother: “Iron Man’s in the bible!”

Mum: “What?”

Me: “No. No, he’s not.”

Brother: “Yes, he is. The king saw him and he had clay feet and arms made of light switches! You said!”

*awkward silence*

Mum: “What, exactly, have you been telling my son?”

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