Why does Reed Richards idolize Tony Stark

Reed Richards vs. Tony Stark in a Magecraft Contest. (Nasu)

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Reed Richards and Tony Stark are locked in The Clocktower, given a wand each, and locked in the Tower of London. They will only be released when they have learned enough magecraft to make physics cry. Both of them have a single, high quality and high output magic circuit, though it hasn't been activated yet. Their respective engineering and scientific skills are intact.

Who achieves the goal first? Will either of them achieve True Magic instead of magecraft?
Reed Richards and Tony Stark are locked in Hogwarts Castle, given a wand each, and locked in the Tower of London. They will only be released when they have learned enough magecraft to make physics cry. Both of them have a single, high quality and high output magic circuit, though it hasn't been activated yet. Their respective engineering and scientific skills are intact.

Who achieves the goal first? Will either of them achieve True Magic instead of magecraft?
These things don't make any sense. Are we talking about harry potter magic or Nasu magecraft?

Tassadar

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Who achieves the goal first? Will either of them achieve True Magic instead of magecraft?
Nether of them achieve True Magic, because they likely would make technology which does the same thing and so remove True Magic.
Neither of them make the goal, it often takes a lifetime to create a single new spell in nasuverse, and over a decade to become an adequate magus, not good adequate.
Then there is the fact that neither of them have the right mindset to use magecraft, the inherent danger of nasuverse magecraft, the fact that you've dropped them in a location
with a lot of information on the wrong type of magic making it so they effectively have less than zero knowledge on magecraft.
Though of the two Richards probably gets closer IIRC he can live longer than a normal human so he could outlive Tony, so he might eventually figure out some magecraft if he doesn't kill himself doing something incorrect.
Neither have a chance in hell of gaining True magic though.
They both fail at the goal of magecraft and instead replace it entirely with science.

Comic book science.

Firethorn

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Neither of them make the goal, it often takes a lifetime to create a single new spell in nasuverse, and over a decade to become an adequate magus, not good adequate.
Well, then it's a good thing that they're only being asked to make physics cry via magecraft. Something they do every day via their madboy engineering skills. You've given a timeline for the process, since an 'adequate' mage will make physics cry, a good mage makes physics weep. About a decade at the maximum, given that both are so intelligent that they break scales.

As for the mindset, I'm not sure what you mean by them not having the right one. I'm not that familiar with Nasuverse. In the end they might make a brainwashing machine to put themselves into the proper state if it becomes necessary.

In the end I'm going to hand it to Reed, on average. He's more of a mad scientist while Tony is more a mad engineer. Unless alcohol is available. Then there's a chance Tony will pull ahead in a drunk stupor.
Neither of them make the goal, it often takes a lifetime to create a single new spell in nasuverse, and over a decade to become an adequate magus, not good adequate.
Then there is the fact that neither of them have the right mindset to use magecraft, the inherent danger of nasuverse magecraft, the fact that you've dropped them in a location
with a lot of information on the wrong type of magic making it so they effectively have less than zero knowledge on magecraft.
Though of the two Richards probably gets closer IIRC he can live longer than a normal human so he could outlive Tony, so he might eventually figure out some magecraft if he doesn't kill himself doing something incorrect.
Neither have a chance in hell of gaining True magic though.
What's the right mindset

and what is the inherent danger?
What's the right mindset

and what is the inherent danger?
Mages in Nasu have to effectively brainwash themselves every time they cast a spell, they have to honestly believe that the world has changed to fit the spell being possible.
They do this through a form of self hypnosis where they convince themselves that something that is obviously not happening is happening and them their magecraft makes it happen.

As for the danger if you mess up the ritual to awaken your circuits or use your circuits incorrectly you can cause all sorts of unpleasant things to happen to yourself like destroying out your nervous system, cause your body to breakdown, burn away all of your life force, or manifest a spell inside your circuits. Which is why most mages start their training very young and go very slowly.
Which basically is magecraft. Nobody ever copies it, single or handful of users, etc. . .
Stark does mass produce some models of his technology, and other people have been able to copy or modify it.

Mages in Nasu have to effectively brainwash themselves every time they cast a spell, they have to honestly believe that the world has changed to fit the spell being possible.
They do this through a form of self hypnosis where they convince themselves that something that is obviously not happening is happening and them their magecraft makes it happen.

As for the danger if you mess up the ritual to awaken your circuits or use your circuits incorrectly you can cause all sorts of unpleasant things to happen to yourself like destroying out your nervous system, cause your body to breakdown, burn away all of your life force, or manifest a spell inside your circuits. Which is why most mages start their training very young and go very slowly.
If Nasu magic works off a belief system and it actually works by this Clap-Your-Hands-If-You-Believe method, why would the belief be needed if you essentially know it will happen if you will it to do so? You shouldn't need to brainwash yourself or trick yourself, because it actually does work.

To my knowledge, Reed Richards and Stark do sometimes have problems with things called magic, even if the magic is a regimented, coherent system. Some comic writers inherently separate science and magic, making science only electronic technology (sometimes steam punk tech too), and magic weird energy (with chemistry mixing between both).

They've been better recently with more up to date writers, which makes sense considering Reed can analyze reality warping Cosmic Cubes.

Stark recently mentioned he still doesn't like or understand magic, and went to Dark Angel for help. He understood components of spells relating to physics and contracts with godlike beings, but he also wanted to know "Why"? This didn't stop him from designing anti-elf/anti-fairy armor using things like homing cold iron grenades.