It’s a terrible privilege.
Ok, but the thing. The thing Tony just sort of glosses over is that, yeah, it’s a ‘little circle of light’, and it’s part of him, and it’s keeping the little shards of his mistakes from killing his heart, but.
He’s just built an unimaginably powerful energy source.
Remember the first Iron Man movie? You remember how it ended (before the stupid confession. And Coulson giving Pepper his number. And the makeup lessons)?
From a reactor much, much older and much less efficient than the one stuck in his chest.
Tony’s a walking bomb who’s only missing a detonator.
And the Iron Man suit could probably help with that last bit.
How’s that for self-destructive? Not happy with his weapons being sold to terrorists, he sticks a bomb in his chest to save his life, and then uses the power generated to blow it all up. Personally.
Tony’s not just talking out his ass, here.
When he compares himself to Bruce, he means more than ‘we both made mistakes, but it’s what you do after you learn you’re wrong that make the difference.’ He means ‘my greatest strength is also my greatest fear’.
Because what’s the Iron Man and the arc reactor if not the single greatest weapon of mass destruction known to man?
(Source: sherleck, via zekkass)