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My armor was never a distraction or a hobby, it was a cocoon. And now, I’m a changed man. You can take away my house, all my tricks and toys. One thing you can’t take away…I am Iron Man.
– Tony Stark
Real Name – Anthony Edward “Tony” Stark
Height – 6’1″; (in armor) 6’6″
Weight – 225 lbs.; (in armor) 425 lbs.
Powers – None; Tony’s body had been enhanced by the modified techno-organic virus, Extremis, but it is currently inaccessible and inoperable.
Abilities – Tony has a genius level intellect that allows him to invent a wide range of sophisticated devices, specializing in advanced weapons and armor. He possesses a keen business mind.
Group Affiliations – The Avengers, Initiative, Hellfire Club (outer circle), S.H.I.E.L.D., Illuminati, Thunderbolts, Force Works, Queen’s Vengeance, Alcoholics Anonymous
First Appearance – Tales of Suspense #39 (1963)
Origin Tales of Suspense #39 (1963)
Before Becoming Iron Man
Anthony “Tony” Stark was born to Howard Anthony Stark and Maria Stark, owners of Stark Industries. As a boy, Tony was fascinated with building and controlling machines. At the age of 15 Tony entered the undergraduate electrical engineering program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and graduated with two master’s degrees by the age of 19. Tony went to work for Stark Industries, but showed more interest in living a heedless playboy lifestyle than using his engineering skills. At the age of 21, Tony inherited Stark Enterprises when his parents were killed in a car accident secretly planned by rival corporation Republic Oil (later ROXXON). Still lacking in business acumen, Tony promoted secretary Virginia “Pepper” Potts to be his executive assistant and left the majority of his workload on her so that he could avoid what he saw as a burden.
A New Superhero Was Born
While supervising a military demonstration of his technology in Afghanistan, Tony tripped a trap that killed his escort and lodged a piece of sharpnel near his heart. Stark was was taken captive by the terrorist leader Wong-Chu, and was informed that within a week the shrapnel would penetrate his heart and kill him. Wong-Chu falsely promised Stark that he will set him free if he builds a powerful weapon. Stark realized that he was lying, but he agreed, hoping to gain time and access to tools.Tony shared a cell with Professor Ho Yinsen a Nobel Prize-winning physicist whose work Stark had greatly admired during college, constructs a magnetic chest plate to keep the shrapnel from reaching Stark’s heart. In secret, Stark and Yinsen use the workshop to design and construct a suit of powered armor, which Stark uses to escape.
During the escape attempt, Yinsen sacrifices his life to save Stark’s by distracting the enemy as Stark recharges. Stark takes revenge on his kidnappers and rejoins the American forces, on his way meeting a wounded American Marine fighter pilot, James “Rhodey” Rhodes.
Back home, Stark redesigned his chest plate, which contained a pacemaker-like device, reducing the chest plate’s size and weight so he could wear it under his normal clothing. Required to wear the armor’s chest plate at all times to keep his heart alive and beating.
Stark also upgraded his armour and fought the bad guys who were a threat for Stark Industries. One after noon Tony and Joanna Nivena, his then fiancé (she later called off the engagement knowing Tony would not be the family man she desired) attended a tennis match in Forest Hills, N.Y. Stark brought along his armor, which he was taking to a nearby laboratory for tests. Terrorists who threatened to kill everyone present with a bomb invaded the match. Joanna urged Stark to don the armor to stop the terrorists. Stark did so, captured the terrorists and saved the spectators by throwing himself atop the bomb. Iron Man thus publicly became a hero, and Stark had a new sense of purpose, having decided to combat evildoers as Iron Man.
Stark kept his identity anonymous by established the fiction that Iron Man was his paid bodyguard wearing a suit of armor that he had invented.
Later, he expanded the scope of his alter ego’s activities to battle any force or person who threatened the security of America or the world. Stark was instrumental in the organization and armament of the original global intelligence and law-enforcement agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D.. As Iron Man, he became an founding member of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the team of super-human champions known as the Avengers. Stark donated his Manhattan mansion to the Avengers for their exclusive use.
As an Avenger, Stark participated in many missions over the years, although he sometimes had trouble reconciling his private affairs with his responsibilities in the Avengers. With the other remaining founders after the Hulk left, he was among those who discovered the frozen form of the heroic Captain America, still frozen since World War II.He was also sponsored the membership of Hawkeye. Hawkeye was one of the new Avengers who joined when Stark and the other founders decided to take leaves of absence.
Over the years Stark upgraded his armor. From a bulky, transistorized iron suit, he eventually built a relatively lightweight, integrated circuit, magnetically-polarized suit with more human-looking articulated musculature. Stark’s extraordinary genius in theoretical mechanics has enabled him to keep his suit of armor state-of-the-art. Stark eventually underwent heart transplant surgery so that he was no longer recquired to wear his metallic chest plate.
For moral reasons, Stark eventually decided to stop manufacturing armaments and devoted his company to other areas of technology.
Powers and Abilities
- Genius-Level Intellect
He is one of the smartest people on Earth. He has the ability to deal with difficult situations such as foes and deathtraps where he is capable of using his available tools, like his suit, in unorthodox and effective ways, for example when he built the first Iron Man Armor in captivity.
- Expert Tactician
He can instantly generate battle strategies and new plans if the situation changes, like being able to elaborate different complex plans in order to defeat different enemies in difficult situations,and be victorious.
- Skilled Hand-to-Hand Combatant & Skilled Martial Artist
Stark was trained in unarmed combat by Captain America, Black Widow, Black Panther and Shang-Chi and has become quite physically formidable on his own when the situation demands it.
- Trained Marksman
He knows how to handle firearms, mainly the ones he has produced.
- Indomitable Will
Tony has a Indomitable Will which can’t be manipulated. He is possesed of tremendous strength of will, never giving up and often emerging from defeat even stronger.
- Superhuman Strength
He’s capable of lifting up to 100 tons when wearing his armor and the strength of the armor heavily depends on which one he is currently wearing. He has made different armors to take down oponents like Galactus and Thanos.
- Superhuman Speed
The armour enables the wearer to move and react at very high speeds.
The armor can fly at Hypersonic speed. Iron Man has been recently depicted as able to reach orbital escape velocities (5 miles per second) and up to speeds that can outrun black holes.
- Power Cells
Most of his armor are powered by a combination of solar converters, electrical batteries and an on-board generator that uses beta particle absorption as a fuel source.
- Energy Conversion Power Recharge
The armor is also able to convert energy sources, such as heat, solar, electrical, magnetic, geo-thermal or kinetic energy or energy from the planet into electricity, or even drain energy directly into the batteries for recharge.
- Self-Contained Life-Support System & Environmental Protection
The armor can be completely sealed for operations in vacuum or underwater, providing its own life support, and is shielded against radiation, biological, chemical, corrosive, kinetic, and electrical attacks as well.
The armor can generate magnetic fields to pull or push metal objects.
The armor Tony has to negate the effects of magnetism on it. This skill is used often to be immune to the powers of Magneto. This skill can be triggered when the armor picks next wave magnetism.
- Onboard Computer
The armor has an internal on board computer operating system that aids Stark in providing strategies, background information on opponents, surroundings, the status of the suit, and prevents a lock on from targeting systems.
- Sensor Array
Known sensors include radar/lidar, night vision, and physiological/medical scanners that allow Stark to take and monitor the vitals of other people, including heart and brain scans. These scans also provide Stark with real-time personal physiological data. They are also capable of an all-environmental scan for atmospheric content or life forms–including astral energy projections.
When required, armor systems including strength amplification, durability amplification, and repulsor intensity can be greatly increased, by bypassing safety circuits and limiters. However, there is a chance that this can result in a complete system failure of the armor. An example of this mode is when Iron Man easily lifted a 16,000 ton Nuclear Reactor, and flew into the sky and threw it into the sea. It seems that he utilized this resource on the Hulk once, as the armor ends up completely inert.The range of the Override can be controlled as only reaching his very limit and staying at it for a long time will cause a system failure. This range goes from a safe 800% to 3200%, up to a very dangerous 5000%.
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★ “Stark” means “strong” in several languages, including German, Swedish, etc.
★ Tony Stark became Iron Man approximately when he was 23 years old.
★ Tony Stark has three doctorates.
★ Iron Man is an atheist.
★ Tony Stark’s blood type is A+
★ Thor once commended Iron Man, telling him that he was as much a god as any immortal he had ever known.
★ Stark didn’t suffer from alcoholism up until few issues prior to the Demon in a Bottle story. Years later, his addiction was retroactively included in his past, through flashbacks.
★ Tony Stark is the first human to possess and use the powerful Infinity Gauntlet, Mr. Fantastic wore first, but didn’t use it
★ Tony is the owner of Area 51.
★ Tony Stark has a net worth of US $12.4 billion
Robert Downey Jr. portrays Tony Stark in the triology of live-action Iron Man feature films
- Iron Man (2008)
- Iron Man (2010)
- Iron Man 3 (2013)
Robert Downey Jr. also appeared as the character in a cameo in The Incredible Hulk (2008) and as a main character in :
- Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)
- Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
- Captain America: Civil War (2016)
- Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
- Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
- Avengers: Endgame (2019)
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