Robert Downey Jr. learned a very important lesson on Friday: Google yourself at your own risk.
The 49-year-old actor was apparently surprised by what he found when he decided to recently Google himself, according to a recent post on his official Facebook page.
“HA! This is what happens when you google yourself, kids…”
Robert Downey Jr. stumbled across an artistic illustration of Marvel fan fiction that pairs Tony Stark (also known as Iron Man) with none other than Loki in a way that was definitely not typed into the Avengers movie script.
Aside from the message posted with the picture, Robert Downey Jr. did not disclose or confirm any further details about the picture.
However, the watermark in the lower left-hand corner of the picture is from “TABBY STARDUST.”
A Google search for Tabby Stardust leads to a Live Journal account named “Stark Industries.” The same exact illustration that Robert Downey Jr. posted on his Facebook page Friday was originally posted on this Live Journal account back in June.
According to the website, the title of the illustration is “The Abyss.” As a warning for the content, this Marvel fanfiction of Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Hiddleston as their respective characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe is listed as “non-con, bondage.”
The brief description posted on the site adds a bit of a back story to the illustration.
“Loki has captured Tony and plans to do nasty things to him.”
Clearly, this particular story line has hardly anything to do with the Marvel Cinematic Universe (or even the official comic books). However, that is the basic concept of fanfiction, isn’t it? Placing complete creative control into the hands of the fans?
It is clear that Tabby Stardust did just that with this illustration of Tony Stark in a bondage situation while Loki grabs his hair with his left hand and armpit with his right hand while whispering in his ear.
Before you start to write this off as just another great drawing, keep in mind that fanfiction has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years – opening quite a few doors of opportunity for the people who create it.
By getting a major boost in exposure from Robert Downey Jr. and his Facebook fan base of more than 22.8 million likes, “Tabby Stardust” might get a chance to experience similar success with their own work.
What do you think?
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