Anthony Edward Stark (Iron Man)

Today, ladies and gentlemen, we’re going to speak about the origins of the character who made the Marvel Cinematic Universe possible thanks to the success of his movies: Tony Stark, aka Iron Man. The character was brought to life by the great Robert Downey Jr., who managed to make him a fan-favorite also on the screen. Tony’s origins have been told in the first Iron Man movie, but in the comics, they’re slightly different.

First of all, Anthony Edward Stark was born the son of billionaire genius Howard Stark and his wife Maria. It seems that scientific genius is a genetic trait in Stark’s family, so the child developed an incredible intellect since a very young age. When he was 7, he decided that people were too hard to relate to, and he decided he preferred machines, starting to develop a deep love towards technology. At just 15 he entered the MIT, and graduated in both Physics and Engineering at 19. When his parents died in a car accident two years later, Tony inherited the family company, Stark International (then Stark Industries), a mega-conglomerated which mass-produced weapons for the U.S. Army (mainly). His first project as CEO was to reproject the car engine that killed his father and mother (an “incident” that was brought about by a rival company, which would have later become the Roxxon Oil). Soon, Tony got bored of the CEO life, and, finding out that one of his secretaries, Virginia “Pepper” Potts, fixed an accounting mistake of his, he decided to promote her, made her his personal assistant and often left the burden of leading the company to her. Anyway, he was still responsible for the company, and often traveled around the world to promote his weapons.

During one of this travels, in Vietnam during the war, Tony Stark fell in an ambush along with the soldiers who were accompanying him, and was shot by a booby trap. He survived the attacked, but he was captured by a local warlord, Wong-Chu (who was in reality a lackey of his future nemesis, The Mandarin). Wong Chu wanted Stark to build weapons for him, and, after informing him that the shrapnels in his chest would have killed him within a week, he forced Stark to cooperate. Stark was helped by Yinsen, Wong-Chu’s man servant, another kidnapped scientist. The two of them invented a way to prolong Stark’s life through a magnetic device, than proceeded to create something that would have allowed them to escape. With the combined knowledge of the two scientists, a power armor was created, an armor that allowed Tony to escape (Yinsen was unfortunately killed in the process). Stark then met a wounded American soldier who was trying to come back home, the one who would have become his life-long friend: Jimmy Rhodes, a Marine pilot who was shot down with his elicopter. Together, they escaped Vietnam and came back to the US. Changed by his experience, Tony (who found out that the shrapnels couldn’t have been removed without killing him, and perfected the magnetic device that kept him alive) showed to his girlfriend of the time, Joanna Nivena, the armor he had created, and she told him he should have continued to wear it becoming a superhero. In that very moment, Iron Man was born.

At first, Stark used his grey armor, but, since he was scaring the people he tried to protect, asked his girlfriend Marion (yes, another one) what she would have done to make people comfortable if she were Iron Man: listening to her advice, he painted the armor in shining gold (lucky him Marion wasn’t a very smart girl and never made the connection). To the world, Tony Stark was just a billionaire playboy who cared more of fun and girls and parties than of his own company, while Iron Man was his invincible body guard, a real hero that faced much more threats than just the ones to his master. After intercepting a message from Rick Jones to the Fantastic Four, in which the boy was asking for help since the Hulk had been manipulated by Loki, Iron Man allied himself with Ant-ManWasp and Thor to stop the villain, founding the Avengers, world’s mightiest heroes. With the years, the Iron Man persona became more and more popular, while Stark’s life became more and more messy: worsened by a serious alcohol problem, unable to put up a serious relationship since he knew he could die at any moment due to the shrapnels around his heart, Tony risked more than once to become the man he was pretending to be. A divided man, Tony Stark is a hero deep inside, but his psychological problems, his continuous nervous breakdowns and his alcoholism has often prevented him to express his full potentiality: one of Earth’s greatest geniuses is also a frail man, who’s still more at ease with machines than with humans like when he was a child, always struggling for creating a real personal relationship with someone.



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  2. […] Potts, portrayed on the screen by Gwyneth Paltrow. In the movies, she starts as Tony Stark‘s personal secretary, is promoted to CEO of Stark Industries, and ends up becoming […]

  3. […] 3 trailer he doesn’t seem to be ok at all: severely wounded, or worse, during an attack to Tony Stark‘s villa, Jon Favreau‘s character Happy Hogan will clearly face some bad times. […]

  4. […] characters we’ll se again in the upcoming Iron Man 3. This time, we’re speaking about Tony Stark‘s best pal, James Rhodes, who in the second movie donned the War Machine armor. He’s […]

  5. […] Hansen is an old acquaintance of Tony Stark: the two met when she was in her tewnties, at a conference regarding emergent technology. The two […]

  6. […] be the only villain in the upcoming Iron Man 3: along with the terrorist, Tony Stark will face the sneaky and fascinating Aldrich Killian, portrayed by Guy Pearce. Now, it seems that […]

  7. […] to check the characters appeared in the latest Iron Man 3 trailer. This evening, time for Tony Stark‘s nemesis, the always feared and loved Mandarin, leader of the Ten Rings terrorist […]

  8. […] big happened after the Civil War of the superheroes (a conflict that had Captain America and Iron Man fighting one against the other because of their support and/or condemnation of the Superhero […]

  9. […] him in both his personas of CEO of Rand-Meachum and of superhero Iron Fist (even managing to stop Iron Man, S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Mighty Avengers from arresting Rand during the Civil War). A […]

  10. […] pretty fast and unexpectedly. Dave had been working pretty hard as of lately, and his boss, Tony Stark, decided to reward his employee with free tickets to Disney World for his entire family. […]

  11. […] young life was most likely when his father Dave came back home telling everybody that his boss, Tony Stark, had given him free tickets for Disneyworld for the entire family, as a reward trip for his hard […]

  12. […] Ross end up in the target of his superiors, and only the intervention of billionaire arms dealer Tony Stark saved the project. Banner eventually bent to the General’s will, and built the highly […]

  13. […] Masque, an iconic criminal from the Marvel Universe who infiltrated Stark Industries and seduced Tony Stark (not too hard a task, that one…) in order to spy on him. If Madame Masque is going to be a […]

  14. […] in power…until she defied him for the first time: looking for a new White King, Shaw refused Tony Stark‘s candidacy, and offered the position to Namor of Atlantis, but the king harshly refused. […]

  15. […] had invited many of her most “colourful” friends, such as Hellcat, Captain Marvel, Tony Stark and many […]

  16. […] will be the one pulling the strings from behind the curtains, and bringing Captain America and Iron Man face each other in battle under a political pretext. He surely looks different from his comicbook […]

  17. […] she obviously appears in flashbacks only, first during a holographic memory belonging to her son, Tony Stark, in which we see her trying to mediate between her husband and her son before they leave […]

  18. […] America: Civil War, after meeting the MIT students Tony Stark is confronted by an angry woman, Miriam Sharpe, who blames him for her son’s death. Portrayed […]

  19. […] America‘s team, just in time for the massive battle at Leipzig/Halle Airport against Iron Man and “his” Avengers. With the battle going nowhere, Cap decides to leave, but he needs a […]

  20. […] true inventor of the ARC Reactor. When his father dies, Ivan Vanko starts a family feud against Tony Stark, son of the man who stole his father’s work, and eventually teams up with Justin […]

  21. […] it proved to be far too easy to disrupt her mystic connection with the body hosting her, and even Iron Man‘s technology proved to be enough to defeat her magic (even if barely). Improving her powers […]

  22. […] a surprise was still waiting for her. Among the people she had saved in the bank there was Tony Stark, who had noticed her heroism, and had decided to reward her by building for her a bionic arm based […]

  23. […] heroes in the world, the Illuminati (Mr. Fantastic, Black Bolt, Professor X, Dr. Strange, Iron Man and Namor), had sent Hulk in space. Plus, the giant had ended up on a different planet than the […]

  24. […] and stopped the hero from killing Angar: questioning the criminal, they found out he worked for Tony Stark. At this point, Rafe’s and Misty’s paths met once again, as in the meanwhile Colleen […]

  25. […] and encouraged her not to give up because of her mutilation; Misty quit with police, but when Tony Stark built for her a bionic arm to replace her missing one, she and Colleen decided to become business […]

  26. […] by War Machine, following an incident occured at the White House. The attack was repelled, but Iron Man came to arrest the Dora Milaje: only Black Panther and Storm, king and queen of Wakanda, […]

  27. […] the Swordsman’s love for her), Mantis helped the two men of her life and Scarlet Witch save Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and Black Panther from The Collector, but immediately after that the […]

  28. […] and he takes control of Stark Industries after Howard’s death…as well as being Tony‘s mentor. He tries to kill Tony in order to take full control of his company, and he forges […]

  29. […] from a primitive state thanks to a rocket full of advanced technology developed on Earth by Tony Stark, who had sent futuristic weapons in space not to let the invading Martian Masters get them. As […]

  30. […] team, composed of Doc Samson, Iron Man, She-Hulk, Maria Hill and General “Thunderbolt” Ross, was indeed investigating the […]

  31. […] the Avengers, and in a series of 1 on 1 battles he chose Thor, Captain America, Goliath and Iron Man to fight against the Squadron. The Avengers nearly won all their battles, but the fourth one was […]

  32. […] fit to stand trial or not after a crime. One of the biggest hits in his career surely arrived when Iron Man in person hired him to evaluate a disgraced Avenger, the founding member Hank Pym. Pym had been […]

  33. […] Fillion. Williams only appears on some posters, the ones for his many movies, that include a Tony Stark biopic, the fantasy Arkon, the horror Axan 2, the romantic comedy Oh, Rebecca! (pictured) and […]

  34. […] at the Empire State Building, but he was soon reached by a message from Greybeard: two Avengers, Iron Man and Thor, had crossed the portal to Polemachus and had restored the rings, so destroying Earth […]

  35. […] a paradox). Many other foes crossed the Guardians’ path: the Starks, a race evolved from Tony Stark‘s weaponry, Force, a group who was after Captain America’s shield and who challenged […]

  36. […] team composed of alternate versions of Captain America, The Punisher, Hulk, Iron Man, Spider-Woman, Invisible Woman and Ghost Rider) would have won the siege and invaded Fortress […]

  37. […] Mandarin now, Killmonger was under his control, and obeyed him in kidnapping Jim Rhodes to lure Iron Man in Wakanda…but his ambition of becoming the new king was far too strong, and he retained his […]

  38. […] Mjolnir, and later confronted the Thunder God himself, along with his allies Captain America and Iron Man, who were aiding their friend. Fenris was defeated, albeit with difficulty, but he came back to his […]

  39. […] Hoag, portrayed by Tyne Daly, the director of Damage Control (a new department financed by Stark who takes care of removing alien, supernatural or high tech dangerous stuff from superheroes […]

  40. […] a fortune. They participated to many fairs and meetings, where their work was admired even by Tony Stark, among the others. Still, they lacked something to make the big step and find themselves among the […]

  41. […] eventually got married. Their ideas were enough to attract the praise of renowned inventors such as Tony Stark, but this wasn’t enough for them: they wanted to make the big time, being it in a legal or […]

  42. […] much to speak about… At the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter Parker declined Tony Stark‘s offer to join the Avengers, as well as a brand new suit of armor the billionaire had built […]

  43. […] have challenged and defeated the mighty emperor. When the Illuminati, a group from Earth led by Tony Stark and Reed Richards, arrived on Tarnax and threatened the entire Skrull Empire, and then managed to […]

  44. […] ships for Hammer, donning a brand new Force suit. He made his first grave mistake when he stole Tony Stark‘s yacht, with the billionaire and his friends on […]

  45. […] although they stayed on good terms with each other. A skilled biochemist, Bill Foster found work in Tony Stark‘s Plans and Research Division, in Baltimore, where he became the lab assistant of Hank Pym, […]

  46. […] accelerator. Just as Ghost began his work, Accutech was bought by Stark Enterprises, and as soon as Tony Stark was made aware of some “disturbances” in his new acquisition, his bodyguard Iron Man […]

  47. […] was a success, the umpteenth in an unsullied career. As a recognition for this, he was selected by Tony Stark as the director of a new intelligence organization, S.H.I.E.L.D., winning over the Nick Fury he had […]

  48. […] Technology and Logistics. Sly if not intelligent, Burch saw a huge opportunity for advancement when Tony Stark publicly announced to the world that he was Iron Man: since in past years he had claimed that his […]

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