Part II: Segue
Batman was first. Then came Iron Man. There is all kinds of Bloomian philosophy between these characters and story sets. But none of which will be a part of this activity. That’s not for you.
…Maybe Bloom is right. Still, not getting into that.
There is nothing definitive here. Nor is there any kind of direction yet.
Iron Man and Batman, Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne are not the same. Like reality, their worlds are as big as ours. With that many people, some characteristics can, and usually do, overlap. Like Disney making the same dance moves for the characteristics in his early movies, creators can sometimes run out of ideas. Not only that, there’s a lot of thievery that is supremely unintentional. But sometimes those kinds of details don’t matter.
Any difference as minute as a freckle on a cheek or which parent(s) or yours is/are dead can change all kinds of things in any radical manner. Think of time travel – that shit’s complicated – specifically, look at time travel in The Simpsons. Homer goes back in one of the TreeHouse of Horror episodes and with each slight variance, the future is a bit different. But time travel is also irrelevant here.
Tony Stark – Bruce Wayne
They’re both rich. They’re both awesome. They’re both brilliant. But they’re different people. But they still remain people. In essence, people are generally interchangeable. There are “geniuses,” people who try harder than others, great poets, great architects. But moreso there are a lot of people. If you take everybody back to when they were born, a doctor somewhere might conclude that eight out of ten of those now babies have the same skill sets and abilities and have the same options as anyone of the others around them. People can be interchangeable or expendable. But there are all kinds of limits. People give up easily or they care more about interacting with others than working on their individual crafts alone.
As far as this “fiasco” is concerned there are no issues or settlements. There is only what the individual will believe and what they will allow.
…But they can also be the same person. Storytelling is a tricky thing. For one: it isn’t easy. Beyond that, it is very possible that Wayne and Stark are the same person but their stories were told by separate people. There is no knowing how people will imagine a character at first. Look at all the costume changes.
But history and fiction along with all other academic-type backgrounds may not coincide. Or at least, people will not let them. And that’s what is really, truthfully, sad. Actually: dead parents is sad, these limits are more…unfortunate.