here’s some insight into the “you’re my greatest achievement” line that howard says to tony in the movies.
some people don’t understand why that line is bad (and that’s ok! if you don’t think it’s bad and will continue to believe so, that’s fine.) and this is why:
this is jessica drew and her dad. jess’s dad experimented on her and changed her and did similar awful things to jess from a young age. her dad is up there with norman osborn on the list of “worst dads of the marvel u”. he’s a hydra scientist, and he never saw his daughter as his daughter, but as an experiment. his work. his achievement.
that’s what he sees her as: something he raised her to be. that her current being is only the product of everything he’s done to make her that way. she’s a living, breathing test tube to him, and nothing more.
similarly, howard sees tony as being exactly what he’s supposed to turn out to be, as howard made him and raised him this way. that tony’s genius, his creativity even as a young child was howard’s greatest achievement.