What does Tony Stark mean by "Then again I will waive my customary retainer... in exchange for a small favor." at the end of Iron Man 2?
What does this line mean?
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Tony says that, not Nick.
Fury had just told Tony that they wanted to use him as a consultant, rather than as a full member of The Avengers. Normally, when you use a consultant, you have to pay them by the hour for the work that they do. Tony says that Fury wouldn't be able to afford him, but that he would not charge him if he does him a favor. That favor being to get Senator Stern to introduce them in Washington.
Fury: Which leads us to believe at this juncture we’d only like to use you as a consultant. [Tony stands and offers his hand. They shake]
Tony: [Clasping his other hand on top of Fury’s] You can’t afford me. [Goes to leave, but turns around again] Then again, I will waive my customary retainer in exchange for a small favour. Rhodey and I are being honoured in Washington and we need a presenter.
Fury: I’ll see what I can do.