Elon Musk Wants to Nuke Mars, Stephen Colbert Calls Him a 'Supervillain'

Thursday, 10 September 2015 - 1:47PM
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Thursday, 10 September 2015 - 1:47PM
Elon Musk Wants to Nuke Mars, Stephen Colbert Calls Him a 'Supervillain'
Stephen Colbert interviewed Elon Musk on the latest episode of The Late Show, and managed to suss out that the "real-life Tony Stark" is, in fact, a supervillain:



Colbert first asked Musk if he truly intended to save the world, to which Musk humbly replied that he was only "trying to do good things." But Colbert countered that since he was trying to change the world and was a billionaire, he was either a superhero or a supervillain, and would "have to choose one."

They then previewed Musk's experimental metal snake car charger, which automatically finds the charging port on the Model S Tesla. It is probably an amazing invention, but it looks creepy as hell, kind of like a Doctor Octopus tentacle. 

"That really looks like the thing that jacks into the back of Neo's head in The Matrix," said Colbert. "Is that thing going to attack me in my sleep?" Musk responds by cracking a joke that's a crude variation of "don't drop the soap," but we'll forgive him because he's Elon Musk, and because he goes on to explain how we'll live on Mars:

Opening quote
"It's a fixer-upper of a planet. At first we're going to be living in transparent domes, but eventually you can turn Mars into an Earth-like planet. You need to warm it up... The fast way is to drop nuclear bombs over the poles."
Closing quote


That's right, Elon Musk wants to nuke Mars. Granted, he wants to do it to make Mars habitable, rather than to kill off vast numbers of the population, but a shocked Colbert still definitively responds,

Opening quote
"You're a supervillain. That's what a supervillain does."
Closing quote


Via The Verge.
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