So, having inspired the embodiment of a comic book hero, what's next for Musk?
Later this month, he hopes to make history by launching the Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla. The plan is to use this space vehicle to carry the SpaceX Dragon capsule into space so it can begin supply missions to the ISS.
Eventually, the Dragon could also provide "taxi rides" for NASA astronauts into low-Earth orbit (LEO), providing a cost-effective service to the US space agency and (hopefully) spearheading a new age in space exploration.
So watch this space, I get the feeling the SpaceX Iron Man is only just warming up.
Sources: Time, egrmCarTech