Gillen reveals more Iron Man secrets from 'Secret Origin of Tony Stark'
"Also, the interconnectivity of the Marvel Universe adds a certain dramatic power," Gillen continued. "I thought it would be interesting if the things that 451 is rebelling against were the galactic council and these big space empires. Plus there's the fact that Earth has so much potential and is so clearly weird. There's a reason why they declared it a No Man's Land in 'Guardians.' So yes, this is all interesting. In short I think it ties into that whole tonal thrust of what's going on in Brian's book."
It's currently unclear why 451 believes Earth must be protected and if that belief stems simply from evidence that the planet is strategically important to his long terms goals or if it comes from a genuine feeling of affection for the planet and its people. "He is, in his own perverse way, an idealist. So he definitely has plans for Earth, but does he have any real affection for the planet? Or will he just use it to accomplish his larger goals?" Gillen mused. "Those are questions we'll delve into a little further down the line. 451 will show more of his cards as we progress, but these are all good questions to be asking."
451's ability to feel affection in general and other emotions is also currently a mystery. "451 wasn't meant to have this amount of experience. His mind was supposed to have been wiped every time he went home to the planet Rigel. So he's operating beyond his design limits. As a machine, he was built to experience things and learn from them, but those experiences would be wiped every time he went back to Rigel. So the fact that he was never wiped is what basically allows him to break out of his prime directive. At least that's the origin of 451 that's been presented," Gillen remarked. "So he's neurotic. 451 does his job and is very good at it, but there's this twitchiness to him where he's almost talking to himself the entire time.
"Whether or not he has feelings of affection and love I don't know. I certainly think he has an understanding of right and wrong. He knows what he's doing is wrong -- at least that's what he claims," Gillen continued. "We'll discover more information about him as we move forward, and when dealing with him it's always about more information rather than a direct lie. When we start the next arc in issue #13 Death's Head [The robotic bounty hunter that's been a supporting character in "Iron Man" since issue #6] will find out more about his break from Rigel. So the story surrounding him will build rather than over ride itself."
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