Real Name:Tony Stark
Location:New York City
First Appearance:Tales of Suspense #39 (1963)
Created By:Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Larry Lieber, and Don Heck
Without his suit of armor, Tony Stark has no supernatural powers. He is only limited to his imagination. Tony is a brilliant engineer and has used his talents to create a powerful suit of armor that enables the wearer to fly, shoot beams of energy from his hands and chest, and resist the vacuum of space. The suit also protects the wearer from damage and grants superhuman strength.
Team Affiliations:Mighty Avengers, Ultimates
Currently Seen In:Iron Man
Ultimate Iron Man
The first suit of armor was gray and had roller skates in the feet instead of jets!
Young Tony Stark was a prodigy of mechanical engineering genius. At 21 he took over his fathers company and launched it into a hugely successful corporation. During a testing of new technology in Vietnam, Tony was hit by a piece of shrapnel from a booby trap. The shrapnel was lodged near his heart and without help, Tony would die.
Later, when more and more villains began to surface with armor based on the Iron Man armor, Stark took it upon himself to stop the use of the technology based on his designs and started what is now know as the, “Armor Wars.” He went after the supervillains, and even the government agencies that were using similar powered armor and deactivated them, taking back what he thought was rightfully his.
With such global threats on the horizon, Tony helped start the Illuminati, a group of other super powered beings that worked to control the fate of the world. The group is comprised of Iron Man, Black Bolt, Sub Mariner, Professor X, Reed Richards, and Dr. Strange. They were responsible for recovering the infinity gems, items when combined with the Infinity Gauntlet, would grant the bearer godlike powers. They were also responsible for sending the Hulk into orbit, which in turn started World War Hulk.
Tony Stark was also a major player in the Civil War, where the government wanted heroes register themselves, making their identities known and essentially becoming S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. Many heroes balked at this, not wanting to give up their identities or become pawns of the government and so went underground. The heroes eventually split into two groups. There were those for the registration, led by Tony Stark himself, where he was made director of S.H.I.E.L.D., and those against, let by Captain America. The war split the Marvel universe down the middle, and climaxed in a giant battle in New York City, but when Captain America saw the carnage this was causing the American people, he called a cease fire and turned himself in. He was later assassinated going to the courthouse for trial, a thing that Tony himself feels responsible for.
Lately, Tony Stark is concerned with the fact that there have been Skrulls that have infiltrated agencies and super powered groups. The main problem is that these Skrulls are undetectable to anyone, and therefore everyone is suspect. He is working against the Skrulls, bringing in the brightest that the world has to offer to find a way to stop this secret invasion.