Tony Stark not invited to Big Tent Festival

George Freeman MP makes superhero gaffe; mistaking Iron Man for Spider-Man. The Commentator sends him a copy of Spider-Man: Homecoming, so he can learn the difference.

by Patrick Sullivan, Political Editor on 16 February 2019 19:18


The Avengers franchise is one of the most popular in history and Robert Downey Jr’s portrayal of Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man) is the stuff of pop culture legend.

However, one of Britain’s top political thinkers George Freeman MP, the chairman of the Conservative Party’s policy forum and founder of The Big Tent Ideas Festival, seems completely detached from the cultural zeitgeist.

In a recent Instagram post when visiting Sky Studios, the policy wonk posed next to a life-sized model of Iron Man and then tagged said model as Spider-Man. Posing next to such figures upon visiting studios is commonplace amongst politicians. Who doesn’t get a photo of themselves next to the TARDIS when doing an interview with the BBC, or at least a photo of the TARDIS?

At a time when the President of the United States’ previous job was as a reality television star, Mr Freeman would do well to recognise the growing overlaps between popular culture and political culture.

The Tory politician took to being told about his mistake with good humour, doffing his hat. The Commentator has decided to send Mr Freeman copies of Avengers: Infinity War and Spiderman: Homecoming to his office. Hopefully, he will get around to watching them before Peter Parker visits London later this summer in Spiderman: Far From Home.

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