From the 2008 movie
|Real Name||Anthony "Tony" Stark, Jr.|
|Allies||War Machine, Avengers|
|Rivals||The Mandarin, MODOK, Whiplash, Dreadknight, Blizzard, etc.|
|Debut||Tales of Suspense #39, 1963|
|Live-Action actor(s)||Robert Downey, Jr.|
Iron Man is the name given to the armor Tony Stark was able to build in a cave, with a box of scraps.
Brilliant scientist Tony Stark was held prisoner in Iraq (originally Vietnam; updated when this would age the character too much), and was instructed to build a dangerous weapon for his captors. Instead, Stark built a suit of iron armor to help him escape. Soon, the armor was re-colored gold (as grey ink was of inconsistent printing in the 1960s). Tony Stark told the world that Iron Man was his bodyguard to keep his dual identity a secret. However, Stark needed the Iron Man armor; his heart had become weak during his time as a prisoner; the Iron Man armor helped to keep his heart functioning until he could build himself a cure.
Feeling the world may occasionally need more firepower at its disposal, Stark brought together the world's mightiest heroes: Himself, the Incredible Hulk, the Mighty Thor, Ant-Man and The Wasp. The quintet, calling themselves the Avengers, brought down Thor's brother, Loki, the god of mischief on their first adventure. Shortly, Iron Man designed the first iteration of red-and-gold armor, colors that would remain with the character for the rest of his duration. Soon, the Avengers found the body of Captain America, and revived him from the suspended animation he'd been in at the bottom of the English Channel since World War II.
With Captain America and Thor by his side, Iron Man remained a core member of the Avengers for years, maintaining his secret identity all the while. It was when his problems with alcohol overtook Tony Stark's life that a new Iron Man had to be named. Jim Rhodes took up the mantle of the Golden Avenger, continuing to keep Iron Man's true identity a secret. Meanwhile, Tony Stark plunged into depression, allowing his company, Stark International, to be taken over by rival company, Stane Enterprises.
Finally deciding to take back his life, Stark built himself a new suit of Iron Man armor (known as the "Silver Centurion" armor) and fought back to regain control of his company. Stark, as Iron Man, battled with Obadiah Stane, now wearing his own suit of armor and calling himself the Iron Monger, and managed to win back his company. Stark took back the Iron Man persona from Rhodes, who had done an honorable job as the hero.
During this time, iron Man began to lead the Pacific branch of the Avengers.
A few years later, Stark's Iron Man technology had been stolen by many of his enemies. Tony built the War Machine armor to battle back. Unfortunately, this armor was too much of a strain on his failing heart, and he gave the armor to Jim Rhodes. War Machine joined the West Coast Avengers.
Iron Man was one of many heroes seemingly destroyed by Onslaught, but he returned with everybody else, a year later.
While Stark was at a press conference, he began acting very strangely - as though he were drunk. Afterwards, Tony confided in his Avengers teammate, the Scarlet Witch that he was not in control of himself. The events of the rest of the day are described by many as the Worst Day in Avengers History, as the Scarlet Witch lost control of her powers, and completely dismantled the Avengers.
After being critically injured during a battle with a nanotech-enhanced foe, Stark injected his nervous system with a modified techno-organic virus to save his own life. This fused Stark's armor to his body, allowing him to store the inner layers of the Iron Man armor in the hollows of his bones, as well as control it through direct brain impulses. Dubbed the "Extremis Armor," it has turned Stark into a cyborg, whereby the usage of his existing lockchip is directly integrated into his nervous system.
The Extremis Armor is no longer a bulky unit which houses its own AI. Instead, it is more lightweight and less complex (as it interfaces directly to Stark's brain via the Extremis-modified cybernetic connections), and has much faster response time since it effectively functions like Stark's second skin.
After a prison break at The Raft, Iron Man was one of the first heroes on the scene, along with Captain America, Spider-Man, Luke Cage, Spider-Woman, and Daredevil. All of the heroes involved, sans Daredevil, became the New Avengers. Wolverine, Ronin, The Sentry, and Ms. Marvel soon joined their ranks. But all was not well with the world.
The US government announced it would be starting a Superhero Registration Act, in response to Nitro exploding a school full of children in Stamford, Connecticut. When Captain America did not agree to help hunt down renegade superheroes, but Tony Stark did, the two were on opposing sides of the Superhero Civil War. Though Cap had Ol' Shellhead defeated, ordinary citizens stopped the Captain, revealing that they did not feel safe in a world of vigilantes, and that they WANTED the SRH in place.
Tony Stark was named the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D, naming Ms. Marvel the leader of the new government-sponsored Mighty Avengers, and remained in this role until the shape-shifting alien Skrulls, led by their queen, Veranke (disguised as Spider-Woman), infiltrated the S.H.I.E.L.D Helicarrier, and disabled all Starktech on the planet, including the Extremis armor.
After the Earth was saved from the Skrulls' Secret Invasion, Stark was taken out of his position in S.H.I.E.L.D., and replaced by Norman Osborn. Stark hid the names of his fellow superheroes from Osborn and his cronies by deleting all data files regarding such information from all of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s computers. Stark next deleted his brain, slowly falling into a persistent vegetative state.
With the assistance of Thor, Captain America, former S.H.I.E.L.D. director Maria Hill, and his secretary Pepper Potts, Stark recovered his brain, up until his gaining the Extremis armor. While he was a vegetable, Pepper Potts, whom Stark had dubbed president and CEO of Stark International, sold off what was left of the company, most of which had recently been destroyed by Obadiah Stane's son, Ezekiel.
Stark is currently in the process of building Stark Resilient. With the help of Reed Richards, Tony has built himself a new suit of Iron Man armor that functions very similarly to Extremis.
Heir to the ThroneEdit
Iron Man (based on his appearances in Marvel Super Heroes and Marvel vs. Capcom 2) competed in the first Heir to the Throne tournament, 2D Fighters. He tied his first-round match against Street Fighter's Q, but defeated Mortal Kombat's Sonya Blade in the first-round tiebreaker. In round 2, Iron Man tied with Guilty Gear's Axl Low, but won the tie-breaker against Mortal Kombat's Noob Saibot. Iron Man was then eliminated in Round 3, losing to Marco Rossi.