In Iron Man 3, Aldrich Killian introduces himself to Tony Stark and the two of them (along with numerous partygoers) end up in an elevator together.
As everyone is leaving the elevator, Tony quietly says to Killian that he is fascinated by the idea of working with him and will meet him on the roof later to discuss it.

Of course, he never shows.

My question is, in saying this to Killian, was Tony serious?

Did he

  • just get distracted by women and booze (completely plausible)? Or,
  • was he doing it maliciously to get rid of a pest (also somewhat plausible)?

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Tony Stark is a known douche bag, and that incident happened before his harrowing experience in Afghanistan had humbled him a bit. It was obvious that Tony was completely focused on scoring with the beautiful Dr. Hansen at the time and was completely uninterested in what Killian had to say. So I would say that Tony lead Killian on a wild goose chase just to get rid of him.

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    I think Tony's/RDJ's body language and facial expressions in that scene totally support this answer.
    – FoxMan2099
    Commented Sep 4, 2013 at 20:38
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    And not forgetting the fact that it was said with the very well executed Starkastic tone!
    – Kegg
    Commented Sep 4, 2013 at 21:26
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    @anakata - Because Tony was a complete asshole? But that is canon. Commented Sep 6, 2013 at 15:05
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    @jsedano: What on earth...? So Iron Man III remains totally true to the canon and established character story, and due to that you're going to wipe it out of history? Weird. Commented Oct 30, 2014 at 16:18
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    Honestly, even in the comics, there are several instances where POST-Iron Man Tony is a @%!^&.
    – Omegacron
    Commented Jan 12, 2015 at 21:34

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