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Iron Man
Iron Man
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Real name Tony Stark
Species Human
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First appearance The Avengers Protocol: Part 1
Voiced by Adrian Pasdar


Iron Man is a superhero and a member of the Avengers.[1] Originally disbanding the team after feeling the world did not need the Avengers, he reassembled it after they were attacked by Red Skull and M.O.D.O.K..[2]

HistoryEdit

BackgroundEdit

Iron Man formed the Avengers with several other superheroes. However, he decided that it would be best to disband the team after feeling as though the world was safe without them. He retired as a team leader and instead operated as a solo superhero with the intentions of helping his former teammates whenever possible, keeping an eye on them with the use of JARVIS and several monitors around the world.[3]

The Death of Captain AmericaEdit

Residing in his laboratory, Tony checked over Thor, Hulk and Hawkeye as they engaged in battles against some of their old enemies. While JARVIS suggested that he could just contact them, Tony related that he had broke up the team for a reason and tried to express his thoughts before being cut off by a detection of Captain America on his monitor, displaying that he was currently fighting Red Skull and having difficulty doing so. Tony said it could not be right, reasoning that Captain America could fight an army of HYDRA men with one arm and a rolled-up newspaper before actually noticing that it was Red Skull he was fighting against. After JARVIS confirmed that it was the real Red Skull, Tony suited up and rushed to the scene, ushering to Captain America that he would only require a few more seconds and that he had his back before seeing his longtime ally seemingly vaporized by Red Skull and lashing out in a fit of rage at the villain.

Iron Man pushed by Red Skull

Despite having full vengeance, Iron Man is unable to exact revenge on Red Skull.

After shooting a multitude of missiles at Red Skull and getting on the ground, Iron Man ordered him to drop Captain America's shield and soon found himself questioning why HYDRA had become so advanced after having JARVIS scan their equipment. Charging at Red Skull, he was easily knocked over and told by Red Skull that he was just a man in a suit. Things grew even worse when M.O.D.O.K. arrived, whom Tony questioned the presence of before the villain used his own powers to inflict damage on Iron Man. After the two left, Iron Man briefly mourned the death of Captain America before deciding to activate the Avengers Protocol, which reached Hawkeye, whom he had to convince that the activation was not a joke.

The signal also went out to Sam Wilson, whom he suggested to JARVIS should wear the War Machine armor. Talking to Thor, Hawkeye and Hulk, Iron Man explained that the Avengers were reassembling after being handpicked by him. While Hawkeye tried to laugh at his choice to lead the team, Iron Man told him that it was not the time for jokes and revealed to the three that Captain America was deceased before showing them a statue he made in his honor. Iron Man revealed to them that he had fallen at the hands of M.O.D.O.K. and the Red Skull while showing them a video made of the fight. Iron Man told them that if the two were working together, then the world was now at risk before making it known to them that he was aware they all had reasons to walk out and admitting that he could not do it alone.

After the three agreed to help him, Iron Man departed with the Avengers to Red Skull's base of operations, located in the arctic. After getting out of the Quinjet, Thor asked Iron Man what their plan was to vanquish Red Skull. Iron Man told him to hit everything hard before jetting off to fight. While battling the HYDRA agents, he took cover with Hawkeye, whom expressed distaste in having no plan. Iron Man told him to continue shooting his arrows and they would soon be fighting Red Skull before he was grabbed by M.O.D.O.K. with the use of his powers to control his armor. He was saved by Black Widow, whom he had previously sent the Avengers Protocol to. After being saved, he confirmed Captain America's death before being told by Black Widow that he better stop acting solo and actually lead the team before he lost more friends that day. Iron Man told the four that M.O.D.O.K. was cloaked and enlisted help from the group before Black Widow told him to scan for his skull. After leaving the group behind, he found Captain America and Red Skull in cage-like containers. He took Captain America out and held him as he stressed that being a leader was harder than he had thought. Captain America asked him if he had left his entire team behind for him before Iron Man questioned how he would know that, immediately being struck across the skull by Captain America.

M.O.D.O.K. steals Iron Man armor

Tony is stripped of hi armor by M.O.D.O.K..

In actuality, Captain America and Red Skull had switched bodies. As Iron Man was beaten around by Red Skull in Captain America's body, he revealed to Tony that his motive for the transplant and told him that he was the end of the Avengers. He was soon saved by Captain America, who was in Red Skull's body and remarked that he hoped it was him as they dueled against Red Skull. They were aided by the arriving Avengers and soon, the seven were attacked by M.O.D.O.K. before he set his sights on Iron Man, whom he used his powers on to remove his armor and arc-reactor and transfer it to Red Skull, whom dubbed himself Iron Skull.[4]

Official ReassemblingEdit

Following having his arc-reactor and armor removed from him, Iron Man was held in the arms of Captain America as the Avengers made their way through the snow. While Captain America told him to stay with him, Tony questioned how a guy could pass out in peace with him yelling like he was before continuing to experience anxiety due to his arc-reactor's removal. In the Captain America's attempts to determine his condition, the veteran of the team asked Falcon how Tony was holding up without his reactor. Falcon would have compared him in his condition to a car, had it not been for Tony, whom said that he would be a really cool car if he was. While the team intended to take the Quinjet, they were unable to, as M.O.D.O.K. had it destroyed. They instead took Black Widow's vehicle, where once inside Tony laid helpless as Falcon tried to check his condition.

While Falcon checked over him, Tony ordered the new member of the Avengers to get him to the Avengers Mansion. After arriving near the Avengers Mansion, Captain America carried Tony inside, soon placing his body on a table and allowing Falcon to work on him, whom plugged a multitude of cords into his chest and urged him to stay alive as he put it on maximum-voltage. After getting out of his bleak state, Tony related to the Avengers that his recent electrocution was something he would never want to do again and thanked Falcon sarcastically for not electrocuting him on his first day as an Avenger. After Falcon requested if Iron Man could repeat himself in order for his statement to become his ringtone, Tony remarked about rookies before asking JARVIS for the Mark 50, which he stated was not ready before Tony requested it again. After making his way towards the other Avengers and grabbing onto a pole, Tony thanked Sam and told him that he could be nice before continuing that he did so when he almost died.

In the meantime, M.O.D.O.K. deployed manifestations of his own to attack the Avengers directly at the Avengers Mansion. While inside, Iron Man introduced his teammates to the Mark 50 and expressed interest in knocking the red off of Red Skull by himself before Captain America tried to correct him, assuming that he meant they would defeat him together. It was with this that the Avengers leader made clear that he had doubt in assembling the team again, reasoning that he activated the Avengers Protocol because he believed Captain America had died before telling the latter that since he was alive and he himself had survived, they had wins all-around and told them that it was back to the grind. After the Avengers expressed distaste in Iron Man willing to disband the ground again and Captain America questioned if he was serious after what they had just survived, Iron Man told him that it looked that way.

In their downtime, the Microbots that M.O.D.O.K. deployed on the Avengers Mansion started to infect the team and caused the Avengers to start attacking each other in uncontrollable rage. However, Iron Man soon discovered this and tried to warn Falcon, telling him that he was not wearing a face-mask and to get out of there before the latter said M.O.D.O.K.'s name, thereby causing him to open his mouth and inhale the Microbots. Iron Man developed a cure for the Microbots and used it on his teammates before being grabbed by Hulk, whom he redirected to smash M.O.D.O.K. instead of him. Leaving the group behind, he made his way into the Avengers Mansion, where he saw Red Skull, whom he had previously detected and served as the catalyst for him approaching the mansion to begin with. Initially fighting Red Skull by himself, he was soon joined by the other Avengers and watched as their shared enemy teleported before them. Their troubles had not ended, as the Avengers Mansion had been rigged to blow by Red Skull. After getting out of the mansion in time, he assured Hawkeye that his comic books were in storage, having been placed there three months prior and talked to Falcon briefly before deciding to talk to the entire team after Hulk questioned if the Avengers were gone. While talking to the Avengers, he expressed his belief that Red Skull would return, only with stronger allies to aid him in his quest to defeat the team. After Hawkeye questioned if JARVIS had told him of this, he revealed to the team that S.H.I.E.L.D. had received Red Skull's message to supervillains around the world and announced to them his decision to keep the team together and introduced them to their new headquarters.[5]

PersonalityEdit

A wealthy business man, not many people get to experience in their lives the glory that comes with being Tony Stark, whom runs his own enterprise and has the intellect to keep himself in the leagues of being one of the smartest people in the world. However, not everything is so great for Tony, whom many people believe to have reached the perfection of life and the ideals of what every man, woman and child wants. As Iron Man, he is a superhero only having to worry about himself. As the leader of the Avengers, he is s superhero having to worry about people that followed him in some cases, to what he perceived as their deaths. Whenever an Avenger falls or gets injured in the line of duty, Tony's insecurities as a leader grow and manifest even more, causing him to have the willingness to quit at any time.

However, Tony has lived with the same mistake that seems to follow him around, being that he does not realize that he is a good leader. Furthermore, Iron Man has never become aware that the Avengers have chosen to follow him and that they are all really responsible for their own lives, more so than him. Even if this revelation were to one day dawn on him, Tony would still care greatly for every member of the team.[6]

RelationshipsEdit

Main article: Iron Man's relationships

AbilitiesEdit

AppearancesEdit

TriviaEdit

In other mediaEdit

An American billionaire playboy, industrialist and ingenious engineer, Tony Stark suffers a severe chest injury during a kidnapping in which his captors attempt to force him to build a weapon of mass destruction. He instead creates a powered suit of armor to save his life and escape captivity. He later uses the suit to protect the world as Iron Man. Through his corporation ― Stark Industries ― Tony has created many military weapons, some of which, along with other technological devices of his making, have been integrated into his suit, helping him against crime. Initially, Iron Man was a vehicle for Stan Lee to explore Cold War themes, particularly the role of American technology and business in the fight against communism. Subsequent re-imaginings of Iron Man have transitioned from Cold War themes to contemporary worries, such as corporate crime and terrorism.

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