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Tony `Iron Man` Stark - The Avengers

Tony Stark from The Avengers played by Robert Downey Jr..

Tony Stark is a fictional male Human in the The Avengers comic series who was played on screen by Robert Downey Jr.. Iron Man was the first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, had this film failed then the whole franchise would have failed too. Marvel had sold off the movie rights to their biggest tier 1 characters such as Spiderman to Sony. They decided to take a chance on their Tier 2 characters. The first one off the block was Iron Man.

Tony Stark is a billionnaire inventor and businessman who owns Stark Industries, a massive military and technology organisation. He is not portrayed as a youngster who got rich during the dot com boom such as what D.C. comics did with Lex Luthor in their movie universe.

Tony inherited the company from his parents when they died. The description sounds similar to that of Bruce Wayne, inheriting the company when the parents are killed on an evening out.

In the second film, there is a cameo appearance by Larry Ellison, the real life billionnaire owner of Oracle, the second biggest software company in the world after Microsoft. In addition to Larry, Stan Lee is mistaken for Playboy magazine producer Hugh Heffner.

Whilst we remember Iron Man as a yellow and red machine, it wasn't always the case. When the character first came out, the Iron Man was a metallic silver character.

Robert Downey Jr. had been known of previous for a number of roles including Weird Science and U.S. Marshals. He appeared as Larry Paul in Ally McBeal but he was sacked from the role because of drug taking and being arrested. Fox News. It was the second time in two years having been arrested the year before. Guardian. He has managed to stay clean and managed to win the role of Tony Stark. The rest is history as he's on the up and up.

Robert has appeared in eight movies as a main character and one cameo :-

Howard Stark

Howard Stark is the father of Tony Stark and has appeared in a number of the movies. In chronological order, Howard Stark, played by Dominic Cooper appeared in the first Captain America movie. Howard Stark is involved in the creation of the Super Soldier project. The project was to turn a mere mortal into a superhuman.

In Endgame, when Tony Stark and Steve Rogers travel back to borrow an infinity stone out of time, Tony comes face to face with his father. They have a discussion on parenthood but Tony doesn't give away his identity.

Howard Stark has also appeared in Iron Man 2, Ant-Man and Captain America : Civil War. Howard Stark was a colleague of Hank Pym, the professor behind the Ant-Man suit.

The death of Howard Stark and his wife is shown in Captain America : Civil War when they are run off the road by Bucky Barnes, the Winter Warrior whilst under the control of Hydra. Hydra is the criminal organistion created by Red Skull that plays a role in the Marvel Universe. Hydra's main appearance was in Captain America 2 where Hydra agent Alexander Pierce is working wthin S.H.I.E.L.D. to sabotage and control a project.

Virginia "Pepper" Potts

Tony has one love of his life who appears in all the movies, her name is Pepper Potts. Pepper is also his personal assistant. She is not a twenty something blonde but a more mature forties woman, age appropriate. She doesn't gain any suits like her character in the comics until Endgame. She knows his secrets and sticks with him.

Iron Man Origins

Whilst on a business trip to the Middle East, Tony Stark is captured and forced to build a weapon for a terrorist organisation. During his time there, his heart is damaged and the doctor who is tasked with saving his life creates a large artifical one which Tony Stark is forced to carry as a medallion.

The weapon that Stark creates will go on to become Iron Man. He uses the robotic suit to escape from his captors and return to United States.

Once back in America, Tony has to deal with a colleague, Obadiah Stane trying to take over his company. Stark is helped in his quest by Lieutenant Col. James Rhodes, who would later but not yet become War Machine.

At the end, once he has won back his company from Stane, Tony is visited by Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. who wants to recruit Iron Mark into the organisation. Nick Fury tells Tony of the Avengers Initiative and asks him to join.

Tony Stark appears at the end of the Incredible Hulk where he is seen talking the Thaddeus E. Ross about the Avengers Initiative although he doesn't mention it by name.

In the comics, Tony Stark was captured by the Vietnam Cong during the Vietnam War. The story of how he came to be was updated for a new generation.

Careful who you upset on the way up

It seemed for a while that Iron Man would have to face a criminal adversary called Mandarin. When the Mandarin was finally confronted, he turned out to be nothing more than an actor who had been hired for the part.

The real adversary was Aldrich Killian, someone who had been rejected by Tony Stark earlier in his life. Aldrich had spent his life working on gaining his revenge. Aldrich was disabled but he managed to come up with a way to repair himself. In addition to repairing, he gained superhuman strength and the ability to generate heat and fire.

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Although rebuffed at first by Tony Stark, S.H.I.E.L.D. try again with Stark. The second time, they sent in Natasha Romanoff to work undercover inside Stark Industries. It is during this time, that Rhodes becomes War Machine.

The second time he has to don his suit is when he is faced by a rogue Russian scientist, Ivan Vanko who goes by the nickname Whiplash given the whips he has on his hands.

Civil War

The Government came up with the Superhuman Registration Act which required the super heroes to register. Tony Stark was all in favour of the registration but Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America was dead against it. They had been friends for years but now The Avengers had splintered into two groups. Even though it was known as Captain America : Civil War, it was essentially an Avengers film but known by another name.

Mentoring Peter Parker

When Stark finds out about Peter Parker alter ego, Stark goes about mentoring him. At first, Tony wants nothing to do with Peter, wanting instead that he concentrates on his studies and leaving the dangers to the adults. Over time, Tony does allow Peter into the Avengers and actually upgrades the web slinging powers.

It was Tony Stark who flew Peter Parker out to Liepzig in order to take part in the final battle of the Civil War. Peter Parker would make his first appearance by stealing Captain America's shield with his silk.

In addition to camoeing in the Peter Parker movies, he has made a cameo appearance in the second Hulk movie with Edward Norton playing the role of Bruce Banner. The Hulk being the only character to be played by multiple actors in the same Universe. The second Hulk movie came after the first Iron Man movie.

Infinity War

Tony Stark is about to propose to his girlfriend, Pepper Pott when he's interrupted by Doctor Stephen Strange and Bruce Banner who need his held. Tony breaks off from what he's doing and assists the others. Thanos is after the Time Stone that Doctor Strange has who'll do anything to get his hands on it.

Unfortunately, Thanos's cronies manage to grab Doctor Strange and Peter Parker who gets caught up as the alien spaceships retreat. When the spaceship reaches Titan, Thanos's home world, the Avengers are attacked by the Guardians of the Galaxy but eventually both groups call a truce.

The Avengers are unable to remove the Infinity Gauntlet in part becase of Peter Quill wanting to hurt Thanos for the death of Gamora causing Thanos to break free and click his fingers.

When 50% of the universe disintegrates, both Tony Stark and Nebula manage to survive the carnage and escape the planet, only to be stuck onboard a ship waiting for help.

When the trailer for the sequel, Endgame was released, it showed Tony Stark in space calling for help. N.A.S.A. took time out from being serious and responded to news that Tony Stark was stuck in space. Although too small to see, the original Tweet shows Thor's hammer on a desk at the front of the room.

N.A.S.A.'s humour tweet in regards to Tony Stark stranded in space.


Tony Stark and nebula are stuck onboard a spaceship with air runnning down which to them looks like its the end. At the last month, Carol Danvers a.k.a Captain Marvel arrives and takes them back to Earth to be reunited with the others. The surviving Avengers take to the skies with Carol to find and exact revenge on Thanos for the deaths of trillions of lives lost across the universe.

Five years after the Decimiation, Scott Lang returns from the Quantum Realm with an idea on how to bring back the dead. When the idea is put to Tony Stark, Tony is not interested and doesn't get involved. After studying the details, Stark changes his mind and rejoins the Avengers. There is an awkward moment when Stark has to see Steve Rogers again but its soon dusted over.

After the time machine is set up, Stark and Lang travel to New York during the Avengers Assemble crisis when Loki is attacking New York with the help of an alien race. Unfortunately, Stark and Lang are unable to steal their Infinity Stone out of history with Loki stealing it and escaping.

When Stark returns back to the present, he has go back further in time to retrieve the stone. Steve Rogers and Tony Stark travel to the 1970s so steal the stone from a U.S. Army base. It is during this time, that he encounters his father but whilst Tony recognises him, Howard doesn't know him.

Once all the stones are back in place, Bruce Banner uses a new infinity gauntlet to bring everyone back again. Thanos comes through the time portal as past Nebula has enabled Thanos to do so. Another confrontation begins. At the end of which, the new infinity gauntlet comes into the possession of Tony Stark who clicks his fingers. Instead of half of the universe disappearing, it is only Thanos that disintegrates.

The entire Avengers group turn up at Tony's country lake side retreat to pass on their condolences and remember Tony Stark. It is the last time he will be a main character in the film. Out of all the Avengers, only Tony Stark and Natasha Romanoff a.k.a Black Widow die in the mission to defeat Thanos.

Tony Stark Facts

Alien RaceHuman
AllegianceThe Avengers
ActorRobert Downey Jr.
Last UpdatedTuesday, May 7, 2019

Copyright: Marvel Comics

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