- I'm the most intelligent, capable person on the planet. I'm not playing God. I never was... All this time... I've been playing human.
- -- Tony Stark
- -- Tony Stark
Anthony Edward "Tony" Stark was born on Long Island in the mid to late 1970s, he was the son of genius Howard Stark and also idolized Captain America as a child, at age 2 he showed signs of enhanced intelligence. At age 15, Tony graduated High School and graduated College at age 18. At age 19, Tony took over the family business after his parents were killed in a car crash (although it was later revealed to be an assassination that was planned by the terrorist organization, Hydra). Afterwards, Tony subsequently inherited his father's legacy that was the renowned Stark Industries, an unparalleled mega-conglomerate which mostly manufactured weapons for the United States military under Tony's directorship. Growing up as a brash but brilliant inventor, Stark was self-described as a genius, billionaire, playboy and philanthropist. With his immeasurable wealth and exceptional technical knowledge, Stark was one of the world's most intelligent and powerful men, and enjoyed the playboy lifestyle for many years with his friends and subordinates, especially his loyal companion and bodyguard Happy Hogan.
The Birth of Iron Man
During a conflict in Afghanistan, Stark was captured by terrorists and, with a piece of shrapnel in his heart, was about to die. Constructing a suit of iron armor that would also help with his recovery (in which he got the idea from thinking about his and his father's earliest designs of armored suits they were planning to build one day), Stark broke out of captivity and journeyed back home to the United States where he built an advanced suit of armor and became the now famous superhero, Iron Man.
Fresh off from defeating enemies all over the world (such as his old friend-turned-rival Iron Monger, the former industrialist and criminal Melter, the government operative and spy Titanium Man), Stark found himself dying due to his own Arc Reactor poisoning his body, all while he was challenged by the vengeful terrorist, Ivan Vanko who attempted to destroy his legacy, though it failed in the process. Due to their assistance in both these battles, Stark reluctantly agreed to serve as a consultant to Nick Fury's peacekeeping intelligence agency S.H.I.E.L.D., hiring super-powered individuals to join the classified contract known as the Avengers Initiative.
The Chitauri Invasion
Living as the world-renowned superhero Iron Man, Stark eventually was recruited by S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and acquaintance Phil Coulson when he was in a date with his long-time assistant and love interest Pepper Potts, whom he started to had a relationship with for a while then, and joined the Avengers and helped defeat the Chitauri and the diabolical Loki during the Battle of New York.
Reign of the Mandarin
Due to the battle, he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, leading him to create the Iron Legion. After the Battle on the Norco, the final event of Aldrich Killian's War, he destroyed all of his armors with the Clean Slate Protocol. He later faces the real Mandarin and once again the Ten Rings, who indirectly killed Aldrich for stealing his name as the Mandarin. Stark was shocked and surprised, after thinking all this time, the Mandarin was just an alias made up by Killian and Slater, but upon learning Trevor Slattery's kidnapping from his prison by an actual Ten Rings agent, Jackson Norriss. Tony was proven wrong by his own instincts, as the truth of the Mandarin's existence has become all too well known to everyone involved in his schemes.
Tony later infiltrated one of the Ten Rings' bases and rescued Slattery from the hands of the Mandarin. Tony and the Mandarin briefly fought but he was still defeated due to the Mandarin's power of possessing the mysterious Ten Rings, though he manages to escape death one more time and manages to stay alive after getting tortured by the holder of the Ten Rings. The Mandarin would eventually become one of Stark's most recognizable and most ruthless foes, even more powerful than Tony himself and several of his allies for that matter, in some several life-threatening occasions.
The Armor Wars
As Tony's journey as the Iron Man continues to revolve all around the world after the following events of the successfully averted disaster in Sokovia (the Ultron Offensive), more and more threats have eventually started spreading as well, from terrorist organizations to lone enhanced criminals who had a grudge against the Starks, they didn't hesitate to bring panic and terror, just so they can get the attention of the Iron Man. Thankfully, the Ironed Avenger himself had his back-ups to help him handle all these situations not just by himself.
Unfortunately, the next upcoming threat that will be coming upon Stark's way wouldn't be so easy to deal and handle with. Unknown to Tony's knowledge, the Stark Industries had began illegally dealing several goods with several known individuals throughout the black market, and by goods, they meant highly-advanced weapons (both from terrestrial and from extraterrestrial), illegally sold chemical-enhancing serums, and classified technology from various organizations around the world. One of those sold technologies, were revealed to be several discarded by still programmable and functioning Iron Man suits and armors, sold all around to various secret terrorist organizations by an unknown seller, a traitor inside the company perhaps.
Confused, Tony went to all the branches of Stark Industries to investigate and find out who must've been the traitor, and what his true motives, on selling several of his used and unused suits, might've been. After going through several investigations, Tony finally talked to one of the branch's supervisors, John Jordan, who discovered a suspicious individual inside the newly-established Stark Tower, located in Staten Island. This individual was revealed to be John's insane younger brother, Jake, who was eventually revealed later as the international terrorist and black-marketer known as the Spymaster.
As Tony tracked down the terrorist at the top of the Brooklyn Bridge, he didn't even take the chance to let him escape once again. As Tony flew towards him, the two immediately clashed, battling that lasted for almost an hour as they flew across the entire city of New York. Eventually, Tony manages to have the upper hand and finally, he slowly destroyed the suit of the super-villain, unmasking him in the process. They finally stopped at a port in Bronx, where the Spymaster was defeated. Tony confronted and interrogated a weakened and unexpectedly scared Jake, asking him the questions of why he would sell most of his technologies to terrorists and enhanced criminals. Jake only looked on Tony scared, and stutters to tell him that "he threatened me to," and that he had him under his control.
Surprised of Jake's expression in answering him, Tony tried to calm Jake down, and said to Jake that he's going to help him take down the true mastermind behind the selling of goods. Jake manages to calm down, but as Tony would've ask more questions regarding who threatened him to commit such crimes, both of them started hearing several beeps repeatedly, revealing that the sounds were coming from Jake's suit. Sadly, before Tony could get Jake out of it, the suit exploded, right in front of him. Jake was killed after his suit exploded while still wearing it, but luckily, Tony survived. Unconscious, Tony, while wearing his suit that saved him from the explosion, was thrown into the depths of water. Thankfully, Tony's new A.I. assistant, Friday, activated his suit, sending him back to the his mansion in Manhattan, where he would later wake up in dismay after finding out the still reoccurring illegal activities within his own company, which he thought was starting a new leaf by changing their former ways as a discreet arms dealer.
Later on, Tony would find himself finally confronting his rogues gallery, with most of them wearing the now-modified Iron Man armors upgraded by some of Stark's intellectual rivals (both as Tony Stark and Iron Man). Upon learning this revelation, Iron Man begins a personal crusade, being merely assisted by former assistant and long-time lover Pepper Potts, his bodyguard Happy Hogan, armored ally War Machine, and loyal companion Jarvis, across the country to destroy all traces of his tech even if it means facing off against his friends, the United States Government or foreign operatives who deemed to confront Stark out of confusion as they were desperate for answers, despite not knowing his true intentions to prevent his armored archnemesis from wreaking further havoc across the country with his own weapons of mass destruction.
In the end of the final battle to defend the reputation of the Iron Man, the latter and his allies became successful in defeating the armored villains, with some of them ended up getting killed while some of them have either been taken down or surrendered before being taken by the authorities for their crimes such as threatening thousands of lives, causing damages across the United States, and attempting to frame and bring Stark Industries to the ground, which they all failed to do so. Believing his death was imminent, especially noting the fact that his identity as the Iron Man has already threatened his normal life, Stark finally stepped down as CEO of Stark Industries and trustingly appointed Pepper Potts as his rightful replacement and successor.
Only a few days since Stark ended as the victor in the Armor Wars, the unfortunate suddenly occurs as the infamous Movement Alliance conducted a series of massive terrorist attacks all over the world destroying the Brooklyn Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, Eiffel Tower, Taj Mahal, and even the Great Wall of China, killing over 1,500 people on the very first day. Consequently, all the Movement's opposing adversaries, the heroes, were united into creating their own Ultimate Alliance, in order to stop and prevent the Movement from commencing its schemes upon world domination and unified evil sovereignty, before its too late.
As the attacks all over the world have continued for days and then weeks, more and more casualties are sadly, starting to increase in numbers, due to the extreme acts of terrorism and serious devastation, continuously committed by the conflict between the Movement Alliance and its seemingly unstoppable forces against the combined forces heroes and anti-heroes of the world, the Ultimate Alliance, who are not stopping their fight against the villains until they find a way to make them pay for their irreversible actions and restore back peace in the entire world. Thus, in the wake of this impactful response to battle the diabolical forces of the Movement, the Great, Global Superhuman War, also dubbed as the Ultimate War, suddenly sparked across threatened nations and slowly began worldwide.
As a consequence of the entire world after the unfortunate events of Ultimate War, the Superhuman Registration Act was eventually implemented, which were a set of legal documents designed to regulate the activities of enhanced individuals, specifically those who work for either government agencies such as S.H.I.E.L.D. or for private organizations such as the Avengers, Defenders, and many more. Established by the United Nations and ratified by 117 nations, the act serves as a "middle point" between the Avengers' desire to secure world peace and the international community's concern over the repercussions of the actions caused by many superheroes all around the world. However, this led to a major schism and conflict among the super-powered community, with one side (led by Captain America) opposed to the act resisting registration and the other side supporting registration and trying to enforce the new law, led by Iron Man himself, since he serves as the front face and leader of the Registration in the United States. As an extension of the Registration Act, Stark founded and led the 50-State Initiative in order to replace the splintered Avengers, which called for one S.H.I.E.L.D. sponsored superhuman team for each state across the United States, while other nations across the world have done a similar method in compliance with the global legislative act.
A stealthy invasion secretly planned by the ruthless Skrull race comes to fruition on planet Earth, as the Ultimates (both fateful union of the Stark's 50-State Initiative and the Anti-Registration Forces of Captain America known as the Secret Avengers), S.H.I.E.L.D., the Thunderbolts, the Dark Avengers, and most of the Earth's super-powered individuals must unite to stop the conquering villainous extraterrestrial race, aided by the cosmic heroes, the Guardians of the Galaxy and the entire Ravager Network. During the end of the fighting, a seemingly reformed Norman Osborn, who was going by the heroic ironed persona of the Iron Patriot, killed the escaping Veranke, the Skrull Queen, which ended the war and the attempted invasion, once and for all. The legislative bill, Superhuman Registration Act, remained implemented right until the aftermath of the Secret Invasion, where both Stark and Rogers, leaders of both sides convincingly demanded the United Nations to finally abolish the act, after both sides reunited into saving the Earth from the Skrull's invasion, ultimately ending the superhuman civil war, once and for all.
Powers and Abilities
Cybernetically Enhanced Physiology: Tony Stark did not possess any innate powers; instead, he used a miniature version of the Arc Reactor to charge the various suits that provided him with superhuman strength, endurance, durability, and a variety of weapons. Eventually, Stark had the Arc Reactor in his chest removed after receiving surgery to remove the rusted shrapnel from his chest, in order to save his life. However, thanks to the Repulsor Tech node implanted in his chest, which is later linked to his brain, Tony is now able to interact with different types of energies and forces a normal human can't.
- Energy Emanation
- Magnetic Force-Field
- Electrical Fields Detection
- Enhanced Senses
- Enhanced Strength
- Enhanced Healing and Durability
- Direct Cybernetic Interface
- Wireless Communication
- Superhuman Reflexes
- Regenerative Systems
- Limited Shape-shifting
Iron Man Armor
Iron Man's primary powers mostly come from his armored suit.
- Suiting up the Iron Armor: The armor used to require several machines to put on the suit, in a lengthy process. Later, this was changed to having it in a suitcase, which shortened the suiting up time, but was not very effective on the battlefield.
- Superhuman Strength
- Superhuman Speed
- Power Cells
- Energy Conversion Power Recharge
- Self-Contained Life-Support System & Environmental Protection
- Onboard Computer
- Sensor Array
- Enhanced Durability
- Energy Shield
- Repulsor Rays
- Pulse Bolts
- Energy Blade
- Pulse Barrage
- Smart Missiles
- Hyper-velocity Impact
- Plasma Discharge
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|* Higher values represent enhancements granted by a standard Iron Man armor.|
- Super-Genius Class Intelligence
- Expert Engineer
- Expert Businessman
- Expert Tactician
- Skilled Combatant
- Indomitable Will
- Class 15+ (with armor)
- Class 5 (without armor)
- R.T. Node Dependence
- Alcoholism (formerly)
- Artificial Intelligence Programs
- Iron Man Armors
- Repulsor Tech Node
- Skrull Anklet
Transportation: When not traveling in his armor or using a Quinjet as an Avenger, Stark owns a number of vehicles. Some of them have been modified, such as a Ferrari capable of flight.
Weapons: Various repulsor weapon systems by Iron Man armor
- No special notes.
- ↑ Modern Comics: Iron Man Vol 1 10
- No trivia.
- Appearances of Anthony Stark (Earth-61615)
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