Star Wars Writer Scripts Bizarre Downton Abbey/Iron Man Fan Fiction

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 - 1:37PM
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Wednesday, 26 November 2014 - 1:37PM
Star Wars Writer Scripts Bizarre Downton Abbey/Iron Man Fan Fiction

Downton Abbey briefly made an appearance in Iron Man 3, but you wouldn't normally put these two entertainment juggernauts together. That is until now, because Star Wars spin-off writer, Gary Whitta, has released a classic bit of bizarre fan fiction that sees S.H.I.E.L.D. co-founder Howard Stark visiting the Crawley's at their famous home, Downton Abbey.

 

The project came about as a bit of good-natured fun when Whitta teased his followers on Twitter by saying he would release pages of the fan fiction if he received more than 500 retweets, but the response was so overwhelming he eventually had to promise to release more pages of the work if he received more than 1,000 retweets, which took no time at all.

 

Read an exchange between Lord Grantham and Iron Man's dad, set during a formal dinner at Downton, below:

 

STARK:

Let me ask you this, Bob. Lord Grantham. What would you say is the greatest threat to the security of our world today?

 

ROBERT:

Communism. Obviously. The proles rose up and overthrew the Russian tsars, if we're not careful it's only a matter of time before they start getting the same idea elsewhere. Unwashed ingrates biting the hands that feed them.

 

STARK:

Yes. Well. That's one answer. Another might be the rise of the national socialist political movement in Germany. There's a wave of very ugly sentiment starting to sweep across that country. Maybe you've heard of this Herr Hitler?

 

ROBERT:

Really, Mister Stark. Don't you read the papers? The entire German economy has only recently collapsed. I assure you, this Herr Hitler is little more than a rabble-rouser.

 

STARK:

Well it's quite the rabble he's rousing. I believe, as do certain highly-placed individuals in the British and American governments, that Germany could soon rise again, and threaten another world war.

 

ROBERT:

The Germans can barely feed themselves, let alone threaten their neighbors. The very idea of a nation that already started and lost one great war daring to start another... ludicrous.

 

STARK:

In any case, there are those in our War Department who believe we'd be wise to prepare ourselves for any eventuality.

 

MARY:

And how do you propose we do that, Mister Stark?

 

STARK:

The next world war won't be won just by men on the battlefield. It'll be won by science. We're on the verge of breakthroughs that could redefine the very nature of war as we know it. Weapons more powerful than anything you've ever seen or can even imagine. Technology that might seem to you like science-fiction. But it's real. And whoever harnesses it first will own the future.

 

ROBERT:

And I suppose you intend to be one of the people to do it. Own the future.

 

STARK:

Maybe. I'm very close to convincing the US government to fund a program of experimental research in a number of highly promising fields. I just need a small amount of bridge capital to complete the test projects I intend to present to them to secure the contract.

 

ROBERT:

Ah yes, I wondered how long it would take for this to come around to money.

 

STARK: This isn't about money, Bob.

 

ROBERT:

No, of course not. With you Americans it never is.

 

 

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