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The Superhero Directory: Character Profile - Iron Man

28 Aug, 2015

The Superhero Directory: Character Profile - Iron Man

Alter-Ego: Anthony Edward “Tony” Stark

Origin: Tales of Suspense #39 in 1963

Created By: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Don Heck, and Jack Kirby

RealizationAfter he inherited his father’s company ‘Stark Enterprises’ which dealt in arms and ammunition, for one certain test he went to Afghanistan during the Civil War. While testing a missile of this own, he falls to the ground after hitting his own land mine, next we know, he is kidnapped by a local warlord named ‘Wan Chu’ and is threatened by him to make another one of the same kind. Yin Sen, a Nobel Laureate captured by Wan Chu helps Tony build a suit to escape and saves his life by making an arc reactor to stop the shrapnel from the land mine from entering his heart. When the suit is complete and Yin Sen is killed by the goon’s men, the armored Tony escapes from the place obliterating everyone. After a series of circumstances, he devotes his work to world peace, and thus, Iron Man was born.

Important Group Affiliations: Stark Industries, Avengers Initiative, S.H.I.E.L.D., Department of Defense of the U.S.A., Illuminati (Comic Book Superheroes), Guardians of the Galaxy.

Powers: He is an ordinary human with no superpowers, whatsoever. But, he possess a brain, the most technologically able of them all, which makes him into a big man with a suit armor, protector of the planet. And if you take that suit away, he is a genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist. Stark, when injured in a battle injected in himself a modified techno-organic virus and saved his life. That enabled him to keep a little Iron Man Armor stored in the hollows of his bones—thus making his armor directly connected to him through his CNS. This enables him to contact satellites, phones and computers all through the world. This also gives him an ability to heal quickly and regrow whole organs.

Abilities: He has an extraordinary ability to use his intellect and make sophisticated inventions, discoveries (new element!) and more explicitly put, his Iron Man armor. Along with that, he also has a very keen business mind, but if you go according to the movies, the last good decision he made was to make Pepper Potts the CEO. When he was out of armor for a short while, Captain America trained him physically, to be on his own.

Achilles Heel: His arrogance, cockiness, or curiosity (in some cases, like Avengers: Age of Ultron) might prove to be his Achilles Heel. He is moody, and his weakness is Pepper Potts. He cannot see her vulnerable to any threats. Tony also has a piece of shrapnel that he keeps from reaching his heart and killing him; through a chest plate, if it’s not charged everyday, he might die (which he allegedly removed at the end of Iron Man 3).

Key Weapons & Devices: His key weapons and devices all constitute to form a single one, The Iron Man Suit(s), along with his supercomputer friend Jarvis to help him through. The suit possess superhuman strength, ability to fly, durability and number of ammunitions like repulsor ray, ultra feon beams, anti-gravity fields producer, guns of different kinds, energy laser shields, and so on. His suit has a urine filter that reportedly makes the water ‘drinkable’.

Biggest Nemesis: Iron Man has no biggest nemesis per se, but Chinese martial arts master Manderin, robot villain Ultron, Obadiah Stane, Justin Hammer, AIM, Ivan Vanko and Blizzard have been a few significant ones.

Love Interests: Pepper Potts, former Secretary and current CEO of Stark Enterprises.

Famous Dialogues: “I'm Iron Man!”

Movie/TV Appearances: Tony Stark has made appearances in various other superhero cartoons, like that of Spider Man and X-Men. He has his own line of cartoons called the Invincible Iron Man, with anime movies under his name tag; such as Iron Man: Rise of Technovore among many others. Along with this, he has been a very necessary part of major Marvel games involving Fantastic Four, Avengers, Heroes of Marvel, his own individual name productions and so on. In the cinema world, Iron Man has earned quite a fortune after a set of three individual line movies and the fourth in consideration. He has also been a very important part of the Avengers Cinematic franchise, and is reported to be the same in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War. Iron Man also had a cameo in The Incredible Hulk and has a major role in Captain America: Civil War.

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