In the film Iron Man 1, is it said at the beginning of the film that Tony Stark has a PhD in Physics. Is it ever mentionned more precisely in what field he had this PhD ? Is it related with JARVIS or his Iron Man suit ?

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    JARVIS is just a computer/AI and the Iron Man suit didn't exist at the beginning of the movie, so I'm not sure what his PhD in physics would have to do with either of them. – phantom42 May 15 '13 at 16:34
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    @Monty129 He does make a tiny, self-contained fuel cell capable of outputting several barrelfuls of gasoline worth of energy, and manages to hammer together a brand new, stable, synthetic element in a home-built particle accelerator. That's gotta take at least a little bit of physics know-how >_> – jono May 15 '13 at 18:08
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    He really didn't invent the ARC reactor, nor did he discover Vibranium in the second movie, his father (with some assistance from Igor Vanko) created the ARC he just miniaturized it (which would take some extensive knowledge in physics but not necesarilly doctorate level) He engineers a miniature version wich is more of an engineering feat. – Monty129 May 15 '13 at 21:54
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    I would argue that it most certainly would require a doctorate level understanding of physics (and much, much more) to synthesize a new, stable element, even if someone else told him how many protons to use :). Miniaturizing the ARC reactor, I'll give you that. That may very well be in the realm of super-engineering :) – jono May 15 '13 at 23:35
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    It's simple. He has a degree in 'SCIENCE!', the field that covers any technical knowledge in comic-related media (except that which the plot requires it doesn't). – Jeff May 16 '13 at 13:10

IIRC, in the movie they mention he went to MIT (in the magazine/newspaper montage?) but nothing beyond that

Is his degree related directly to his inventions? I don't think so. In the movie the MIT story had him next to a robot; but they didn't specifically say Robotics engineer or AI engineer. His degree seems to be more "general"

In the comics: he was a boy genius, went to MIT at age 15 and had masters degrees in electrical engineering and physics. Nothing specific beyond that


In comic book canon, I have seen a reprinted and posted page where Stark is in a private meeting with Captain America, Dr. Reed Richards, Dr. Stephen Strange and Professor Xavier.

Drs. Richards and Strange address each other with honorifics. Stark then points out that he has three doctorates. There's no discussion of the fields in which he studied though.

enter image description here New Avengers Vol 2 #29

  • I've taken the liberty of adding in the comic panel you're referring to. It's from New Avengers Vol 2 #29 – Valorum Oct 12 '18 at 8:29
  • Thank you, I was wondering where that came from. – Dee Oct 12 '18 at 8:34
  • Whilst this is indeed a nice answer it is worth noting that this question is scoped to the MCU canon. – TheLethalCarrot Oct 12 '18 at 8:40
  • @TheLethalCarrot - OP did stress that in his opening statement. I think it's still worthy of mention. – Valorum Oct 12 '18 at 11:20
  • @Valorum Me too and I have upvoted this answer. – TheLethalCarrot Oct 12 '18 at 11:22

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