It’s safe to say that Tony Stark – self-described genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist – is a bit of a technology geek. He has a degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and started Stark Industries, a multi-billion dollar international technology company. Not to mention his superhero alter-ego, Iron Man, wears a technologically-advanced suit of armor. Clearly it would make sense that he’d also be into advanced communications technology, right?
Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man), a fictional superhero from the long-running Marvel Comics series has soared to new heights of popularity in the past few years with a series of blockbuster movies, the latest of which – Marvel’s Iron Man 3 – hosted its U.S. premiere yesterday. Thanks to a bit of technology, the stars of Marvel’s Iron Man 3 – Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Jon Favreau, Sir Ben Kingsley and more – were able to speak with members of the U.S. military at the film’s red carpet premiere, at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
A special live video call from a custom-built ‘Skype Suite’ enabled troops stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Washington to virtually attend the event and take part in Hollywood premiere excitement. Through an over-sized monitor projecting a Skype video call right onto the red carpet, the troops asked the actors and actresses about their experiences in the film. We were lucky enough to catch up with some of the stars, too, to chat about the film, their experience using Skype with the troops and how they use Skype in their everyday lives. Check out a preview of the video below:
You may be asking: why was Skype at Marvel’s Iron Man 3 premiere? Well, we don’t want to post any spoilers, but rumor has it that like you, Mr. Tony Stark himself is also quite fond of video calling…stay tuned for more coverage of Marvel’s Iron Man 3 here!