Does that mean he’s never heard of “Science Bros,” an Internet subculture celebrating the friendship of Bruce Banner and Tony Stark, the characters Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. played in The Avengers?
“No, what is that?” he asked.
And then the giggles began.
“Yes! It’s me and Robert! Look at this! There’s thousands of them!” Ruffalo tried to contain himself. “It’s called the Science Bros. This is awesome. I’ve never heard of it. Why hasn’t anyone told me about that?”
“So, are they all quasi-homoerotic?” he asked. “Like tinged with … ” Yup. “That’s cute!”
Is he now a Science Bros shipper, then? “Yeah! I love it; it’s awesome,” Ruffalo enthused. “I endorse it 100 percent. You know what it is? It’s open-source creativity.”
Ruffalo couldn’t wait to drop his newfound knowledge bomb on Downey Jr. “I’m going to call him and tell him, and he’s going to laugh his ass off,” Ruffalo said. “He’ll love that.”
he’s the inventor and he’s the one who is flying too close to the sun, always always always. he invents and then he dons his invention, ‘the suit and i are one’ - which is why he will not fall, he will never fall because he’d just keep building as he goes on. similarly, all human progress narratives can be applied to this fucker - prometheus, for example. tony stark gives the technology of the gods to the humans (tho he’s upgraded from bombs to tesseract energy) and he gives humans the ability to point at a map and obliterate a city; a wrath that previously only gods in the time of heroes had been able to accomplish, via flood or fire. and his punishment is that humanity will never be enough for him. his punishment is that the eagle picking out his liver is living inside his head, and he’ll never be at peace until humanity reaches the stars.