- We're iron mongers, we make weapons, and what we do keeps the world from falling into chaos.
- -- Obadiah Stane
- -- Obadiah Stane
- Well I'm not Tony Stark.
- --Obadiah Stane
Obadiah Stane was a businessman who worked in partnership with Howard Stark during the early years of Stark Industries inception, assisting him and Anton Vanko in the designs of the Arc Reactor technology and many other inventions. Stane took over as CEO of the company after Stark's untimely death in a car accident. Stane's time as CEO made him highly egotistical as he took great pride in his work and the respect it gained him.
He later was forced to step down from his position to become the firm's second-in-command when the young Tony Stark came of age. Fuelled by anger and jealously, Stane began cooperating with the Ten Rings terrorists in Afghanistan, contracting them to kill Tony so that he could resume control over Stark Industries after getting tired of being second in command.
The Capture of Tony Stark
- When I ordered the hit on you, I was worried that I was killing the golden goose. But, you see, it was just fate that you survived it, leaving one last golden egg to give.
- --Obadiah Stane
Stane presented himself as a close and loyal friend to Tony Stark. When Stark did not appear to accept his award in Caesars Palace, Stane took his place and gave an affectionate tribute to him, claiming that the reason Stark was not in attendance would be that he was working, despite being fully aware that Stark would most likely be gambling in a casino with a beautiful woman. The next day Stark flew to Afghanistan to debut Stark Industries' new Jericho missile.
Stane called Stark to check how the presentation went; soon after they spoke, the Ten Rings attacked and failed to kill Stark, instead they kidnapped him. The Ten Rings soon realized who their target was and felt they had not been paid enough to kill Tony Stark. They kept him alive to use to their own advantage by having him build them the Jericho Missile. Instead Stark used his time to build the Iron Man Armor: Mark I and escape by fighting back against his captors, being found by the military and returned home shortly afterwards.
- How'd it go? Oh, that bad, huh?"
"Just because I brought pizza back from New York doesn't mean it went bad.
- --Tony Stark and Obadiah Stane
Stane met with Stark outside Stark Industries where he had organized a press event for Stark to talk about his experiences. Still clearly traumatized by what he had witnessed, Stark informed the attendees that due to seeing young American soldiers killed by his own weapons, he had decided to immediately shut down Stark Industries' weapons division. Stane jumped in and moved Stark away from the podium and attempted to convince the audience that there was nothing to be concerned about.
Controlling Tony Stark
- We're Iron Mongers, we make weapons.
- --Obadiah Stane to Tony Stark
Stane met with Tony Stark by the prototype large-scale Arc Reactor inside Stark Industries. They discussed how Stane was now forced to go to meetings with Stark Industries' investors to negotiate how the company would continue without its weapons division, he continued to try and convince Stark to change his mind on the matter but Stark remained convicted to his decision. Having made it clear that James Rhodes had updated him on the technology he had used to escape, Stane insisted upon inspecting Stark's miniaturised Arc Reactor in his chest.
With more meetings with more investors, Stane recommended to the board of directors that Stark be removed from his position within the company. He met with Stark and Pepper Potts at Tony Stark's Mansion where he gave out pizza and told Stark that it was the board's decision to push him out. In an attempt to learn more about Stark's new technology, Stane once again attempted to gain access to either his Arc Reactor or whatever designs he was working on in his basement, but Stark continued to refuse.
- I'm the one who filed the injunction against you.
- --Obadiah Stane to Tony Stark
Stane arranged a party for Stark Industries but did not invite Tony Stark himself. Stark turned up anyway and, after speaking to Christine Everhart, confronted Stane about whether or not Stane had been selling weapons to the Ten Rings, who had attacked a village named Gulmira with Stark's weapons. Seeing no other alternative, Stane revealed to Stark that he was the one who had cut him from the company.
Obadiah Stane soon did learn what Stark had been working on when he watched a news report where James Rhodes explained that there had been an incident in Gulmira where several Ten Rings terrorists had been killed and a fighter jet had been damaged. Stane knew immediately that this was the result of Stark having built a new and improved Iron Man suit based on the design he had used to escape Afghanistan.
Killing the Ten Rings
- Compliments of Tony Stark."
"If you'd killed him when you were supposed to, you'd still have a face.
- --Raza and Obadiah Stane
After the Ten Rings found the remnants of the prototype armor Tony Stark used to escape, they attempted to make a new deal with Stane to hand over the prototype to him in exchange for creating an army of similarly armored soldiers for the group to use. Stane met with Raza, commenting on his facial scars caused by Stark's escape.
Raza explained his desire to work with Stane and gain an army of Iron Man armors so the Ten Rings could take over all of Asia. Ultimately, Stane betrayed the group, using a Sonic Taser to paralyze Raza and mocked his efforts to intimidate Stane. Stane then had Raza and the rest of the Ten Rings terrorists killed because of their failure to assassinate Stark, stealing the Mark I Armor for himself.
Creating the Iron Monger
- Honestly, it's impossible."
"Tony Stark was able to build this in a cave! With a box of scraps!"
"Well, I'm sorry. I'm not Tony Stark.
- --William Ginter Riva and Obadiah Stane
While working to develop his own bigger, more powerful suit, he learned that even his best scientists, working with all of Stark Industries' resources, were unable to recreate the miniaturized Arc Reactor technology that Stark used to power his armor. This threw Stane into a rage and he screamed at his workers, demanding that they do the work that Stark was able to do in a cave with nothing but a box of scraps; however, his chief scientist, William Ginter Riva, simply apologized and explained that he did not have the same skills as Tony Stark.
He later went to his office and discovered that Stark's assistant Pepper Potts was using his computer. Unsure if she had indeed discovered him, Stane had a casual conversation with her where they discussed Stark's return from Afghanistan and how much he had changed, with Stane noting that the man who had left had never come home. When Potts left, Stane checked his computer and discovered that she had indeed found out about his plans by hacking onto his computer and downloading all his files, including his designs for the Iron Monger. He watched as Potts left the building with S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson, intending to tell him everything.
Knowing he would soon be arrested, he used a Sonic Taser to paralyze Stark and ripped Stark's Arc Reactor from his chest, intending to use it to power his new suit. Stane went on to tell him that he indeed ordered the hit on him and he planned to kill Potts as well, claiming her death would be Stark's fault as he got her involved in the first place. Stane then left Stark to die from a heart attack and went to complete his work on his new armor.
Duel of Los Angeles
- For thirty years, I've been holding you up! I built this company up from nothing! Nothing's gonna stand in my way - least of all, you!
- --Obadiah Stane to Tony Stark
While Stane installed the Arc Reactor into his completed Iron Monger Suit, Pepper Potts and a small group of S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents arrived at the Stark Industries Headquarters facility to arrest Stane. Hearing them blow up the door, Stane powered up the Iron Monger and got inside it, ready for his final stand. When he was discovered he attacked and killed several of the Agents before chasing after Potts who barely escaped in time.
Stane punched his way through the roof of the facility and found Pepper Potts attempting to call Tony Stark for help. As Stane was about to kill Pepper with the Iron Monger's advanced weapons, he discovered that Stark was alive and had come to save her. Stark threw Stane into the nearby motorway and they fought a brutal fight to the death, seeking to take advantage of Stark's want to help people, Stane began throwing cars filled with innocent people at him. While Stark was distracted by saving the people, Stane threw him into a nearby bus and shot it with a rocket, causing a massive explosion with Iron Man inside.
Stark survived the blast and hovered in the air, however Stane showed off his suit's advanced capabilities by demonstrating it's flying abilities. As Stark tried to fly away Stane gave chase, flying higher and higher into the sky. Eventually the Iron Monger caught up with Iron Man and Stane used it's strength to crush the suit, mocking Stark, however when Stark mentioned if Stane had fixed the icing problems of the suit, Stane realized that the extreme altitude had frozen the suit, causing it to malfunction and fall from the sky to the city thousands of feet below.
- How ironic Tony, trying to rid the world of weapons; you gave it its best one ever. And now, I'm going to kill you with it!
- --Obadiah Stane
Surviving the fall, Stane found Tony Stark attempting to remove his suit as it's power began to run low. Stane attacked Stark, who managed to damage his targeting system, however Stane was still able to trap Stark on a glass roof and shoot the glass from beneath him. Stane began firing rockets at his enemy with poor aim due to the damage the suit had obtained.
In a desperate attempt to kill Stane, Tony Stark had Pepper Potts overload the prototype large-scale Arc Reactor located at the complex. When the reactor overloaded, Stane was knocked unconscious by the blast, and he along with his suit fell into the generator, causing an explosion that killed him and destroyed the armor. S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson, who was working with Stark, later covered up Stane's death by explaining that Stane had disappeared in a private plane while on vacation.
To the public Stane was a devoted and loyal friend to Howard Stark and his son Tony Stark, he had helped Howard build his company from the ground up and then later ran it when Stark died however once Tony returned he was forced to step down he and Stark still remained close friends though, Stane even gave an affectionate speech and covered for Tony claiming he was working too hard when in reality he was gambling.
As the film goes on Stane becomes notably darker, he was shown to be incredibly sly and manipulative as he was able to convince the board of directors of Stark Enterprises to kick him out and even had connections to the Ten Rings, a group of terrorists that abducted Stark.
Just near the end is when Stane's true personality was revealed, he was a cruel, ruthless, arrogant and murderous businessman willing to do whatever it takes to get back to the top even if it meant killing his former friend and anyone who would dare to get in his way. He was not above killing somebody if they had displeased him which he did with Raza and the rest of the Ten Rings. Stane was shown to have a deep resentment towards Stark although he hides this well, Stane also appears to have an inferiority complex which was shown while fighting Tony in the Iron Monger suit he proudly claims "my suit is superior in every way!"
However despite his resentment Stane has some little respect for Tony Stark, just before he attempted to kill him Stane even comments "your father would have been proud."
Stane was also a massive sadist, he cruelly taunted a dying Tony Stark and informs him that he'll be forced to kill Pepper Potts and even calls her death his fault.
Powers and Abilities
Stane had no superhuman abilities, instead using a powered suit of armor like Tony Stark's. The armor was reverse-engineered from the Mark I armor and had many of the same capabilities as the Mark III armor though the Iron Monger armor was susceptible to high altitudes.
- Expert Businessman: During his time as CEO of Stark industries, Obadiah maintained the company at a high economic standing, maintaining the success that Howard Stark had elevated the business to and slowly building the company's standing as a leading arms manufacturer, eventually becoming a trusted adviser to Tony Stark once he took his rightful ownership of the company. While Stane was revealed to be practicing "dirty ethics" and selling weapons to both sides of war fronts, he was still highly successful in his endeavors, remaining undiscovered for a lengthy, but undetermined, amount of time.
- Expert Engineer: As a leading figure head in the market of weapon sales, Stane was a well versed expert in weapon design and weapons system engineering, though not a natural prodigy on the level of Tony Stark (He entrusted the building of a duplicate arc reactor to William Ginter Riva). During the creation of the Iron Monger Armor, Stane served as the lead supervisor, overseeing and designing the majority of the suit's layout, capabilities, and integrated weapons.
Without the Iron Monger Armor, Obadiah Stane possessed the normal human strength of a man of his age, height, and build who engaged in moderate regular exercise. The Iron Monger armor enhanced Stane's strength to the point where he could lift a car with ease.
Though the Iron Monger suit seems invincible, Stane hadn't solved the icing problem, a major problem while flying at high altitudes.
The thrusters in the Iron Monger suit work less like it's inspiration, and more like a rocket, limiting it's directional capabilities to upwards only.
Decreased Agility: While his armor is very powerful since it uses hydraulic cylinders to power his armor rather than electric motors which makes it slower in it's action and reaction speed compared to Tony's electric motor powered armor.
Equipment: Iron Monger Armor, guns, stun device.
Transportation: None known.
Weapons: None known.
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