Alternative versions of Iron Man

In addition to his mainstream incarnation, Iron Man has been depicted in other fictional universes.

Alternate versions of Iron Man
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceTales of Suspense #39 (March 1963)
Created byStan Lee
Larry Lieber
Don Heck
Jack Kirby
See alsoIron Man in other media


  • Anthony Edward "Tony" Stark - The first Iron Man, Tony Stark a wealthy industrialist and genius inventor creates the powered suit of armor to save his life after receiving a mortal wound by a devastating weapon.[1]
  • James Rupert "Rhodey" Rhodes - After Stark loses his fortune to Obadiah Stane and regresses into alcoholism, long-time friend, confidant, and pilot "Rhodey" Rhodes assumes the mantle of Iron Man.[2] Rhodes relinquishes the role to Stark after being injured by Stane, but resumes the role of Iron Man after Stark's purported death.[3]
  • Doctor Victor von Doom - Following Tony Stark's incapacitation as a result of his battle with Captain Marvel in Civil War II, Victor von Doom, whose soul was redeemed by Reed Richards at the conclusion of Secret Wars (2016), and who had since been attempting to make amends with Tony Stark, decided that his penance for his actions of the past would be to take up the mantle of Iron Man. He now uses his own version of Iron Man's armor.[4]
  • Iron Man's role has also been assumed by Happy Hogan and Eddie March at various times.


1602: New World features a 17th-century Spanish Iron Man named Lord Iron. Taken captive in the Holy Land during the English / Spanish war, he is forced to make weapons for them after being tortured by David Banner, the later Hulk of that world. He needs his massive armor to survive. The armor is powered by "lightning bottles" and provides him with super-strength and invulnerability as well as several electricity-powered[volume & issue needed]

With his Moorish associate, Rhodes, Lord Iron is assigned by King James to put an end to the traitors and witchbreed in the New World. Instead, he realizes he has let bitterness consume him, and makes his peace with Banner. He is last seen using his armor to power the colony's printing press.[volume & issue needed]


The Secret Wars War Zone tie-in 1872 reimagines Tony in the Wild West. Tony was once a respected inventor who lives in the town of Timely. When the Union army used his repeating rifle to slaughter a large group of Confederates rather let them surrender, Tony spirals into alcoholism. After Sheriff Steve Rogers is murdered by Mayor Wilson Fisk and his cohorts, Tony builds a large suit of armor resembling the original Iron Man suit to aid Red Wolf in bringing him down. After Fisk is defeated, Tony dedicates his time to aiding the people of Timely with his new invention.[5]


Iron Man 2020 features Arno Stark as a mercenary in the employ of Sunset Bain.[6] In 2012, Arno had traveled to the past in an effort to save his family from a madman's bomb. All he needs are the retinal patterns of the bomb maker, but he runs into the original Blizzard who mistakes him for the "real" Iron Man/Tony Stark. Not having time to deal with this threat, Arno kills Blizzard. While attempting to scan the retinal patterns of the young terrorist, Spider-Man snatches the scanner with his webbing and asks IM 2020 what he is doing. The two battle one another (Arno is "against the clock") when suddenly Arno is pulled back to his time to discover the bomb had a design flaw and exploded prematurely. His wife, son, employees, and factory have all been destroyed.[7]


Tony Stark and Doctor Doom are brought to the year 2093 by Merlin to stop a plot by a primarily robotic Doom and the Iron Man of 2093, Andros Stark. Andros is a psychotic madman and uses his grandfather Arno's armor. Tony defeats Andros while wielding the legendary sword Excalibur.[8]

Secret Wars (2015) 2099Edit

In the Marvel 2099 line, the new Iron Man of that era is a man named Sonny Frisco. Despite piloting a normal-sized suit of Iron Man armor, Frisco actually suffers from dwarfism. He is a member of the Alchemax corporation's team of Avengers, and secretly uses the help of Vision, a woman with precognitive abilities.[9]


The Iron Man of 3030 is Tony Stark's biracial granddaughter, Rhodey Stark (named after Stark's close friend James Rhodes). She travels to the present in order to help the Avengers save Earth from a rogue planet that had been fired from the future, and departs after warning her grandfather that his life is in danger.[10]

Adam WarlockEdit

In Adam Warlock #2 (1972), Peter Parker's counterpart on Counter-Earth mentions that "the heart of Tony Stark beats unscathed".[volume & issue needed]

Age of ApocalypseEdit

In the Age of Apocalypse, Tony Stark is an agent of the Human High Council. The injury that compromised his heart is caused by the attack of a mutant.[volume & issue needed]

Age of XEdit

Officially code named Iron Man, he prefers the name Steel Corpse. Iron Man was infected by a disease, thought to be of mutant origin, that bonded him permanently to his armor. Not only can he never remove the armor, the disease is causing the armor to slowly consume his flesh, meaning that one day Tony Stark will cease to exist and only the armor will be left. He works with this reality's version of the Avengers to exterminate all mutants, but eventually rebells against his purpose when a 'Trojan horse' in the armor nearly drives him to kill innocent mutant children, forcing his teammates to kill him.[11]


In the sword and sorcery world of the Avataars: Covenant of the Shield miniseries, Iron Man's counterpart is Ironheart, one of the Champions of the Realm. A powerful warrior, he wears a huge suit of grey armor.[volume & issue needed]

Bullet PointsEdit

In Bullet Points, Iron Man is Steve Rogers, who, due to the assassination of Dr. Abraham Erskine occurring earlier than in the mainstream Marvel universe, never receives the Super-Soldier formula. Instead, he agrees to be bonded to the prototype 'Iron Man' armor despite the intense physical pain and discomfort this will cause. Rogers is later killed fighting an alternative version of the Hulk. Tony Stark, in this reality a member of S.H.I.E.L.D., expresses a desire to continue in Rogers' footsteps as Iron Man, but is rejected owing to a heart condition. He later disobeys this command and adopts the mantle upon the arrival of Galactus.[volume & issue needed]

Contest of ChampionsEdit

The 2015 Contest of Champions series has a version of Tony Stark that won Civil War with nearly everything working out in his favor. Five years later, Tony has donned the Iron Patriot armor and is the President of the United States. He and his Mighty Avengers team are kidnapped by Maestro and placed onto Battleworld, where Maestro alters their memories to believe the remaining heroes are unregistered and need to be taken in. Their fight is interrupted by that universe's Thunderbolts (led by Steve Rogers).[12] In the next issue, the Mighty Avengers battle the Thunderbolts and Renegade Champions, during which Tony kills Steve and reveals that the reason the Civil War went completely in his favor was because he used the Reality Gem from the Infinity Gauntlet. When he tries to use it again on Battleworld, it doesn't work because he's in a different dimension, and he's killed by Maestro.[13]

Earth XEdit

In the alternative reality of Earth X, Tony Stark builds a headquarters that protects himself from a plague that grants all humans superpowers. Afterwards, he builds the Iron Avengers. His headquarters is revealed to be a giant armor, based on the old Godzilla fighting mecha, the Red Ronin, which he uses to delay the Celestial attack until the coming of Galactus, sacrificing his life in the process. In Paradise X, he becomes part of the angelic Avenging Host of Marvel's "Paradise", with an Iron Man motif.[volume & issue needed]


In the continuity of Earth-691, Tony Stark is devastated by the horrors of the Martian invasion and jettisons his technology into space. It is found by a primitive alien race who use it to become an interstellar menace calling themselves the Stark, who subsequently clash with the Guardians of the Galaxy in the 31st century.[14] "Standard" continuity Iron Man (Earth-616) encountered his "creations" when a cadre of rational, scientific members of the Stark called the Programmers bring Tony Stark to the future to help them solve various planet-wide problems.[15]


In the continuity of Earth-2122, the home of Crusader X, where the British won the American Revolution and still control North America, Anthony Stark is a member of a group called the Sons of Liberty. In this reality, Stark is willing to kill innocent people.[16]


In the continuity of Earth-3490, Tony Stark was born a woman (Natasha Stark) rather than a man; Stark's superhero alter-ego in this universe is Iron Woman. The Civil War between superheroes in Earth-3490 was averted due to the fact that Stark and Steve Rogers (Captain America) are romantically involved, and have since married.[17]


  • In Exiles, a villainous alternative Iron Man of Earth-2020 is a member of Weapon X, the more ruthless team of reality fixers.[18] After ending up at the 'Crystal Palace' (the Exiles' headquarters) and fighting them there, he is eventually exposed and sent back to his own timeline where he is arrested by the Army for starting a world war.[19]
  • In one alternative reality Tony Stark has become the absolute ruler of the entire planet Earth, and kills many of that Earth's heroes and mutants. Weapon X arrives on this reality to help him conquer Attilan, though their true purpose is to cause his downfall. Tony is eventually killed by Susan Storm.[20]
  • In one alternative reality he is partners with both Mr. Fantastic and Doctor Octopus before he created the Iron Man suit.[21]
  • On an alternative world devastated by the Hulk's Annihilation Wave, Iron Man was one of those killed in the attack. When the Exiles arrange for the dead heroes to be replaced by alternatives, Iron Man's replacement is a version of Spitfire, on the grounds that they have never got along with any alternative Tony Starks.[22]
  • The Sons of Iron are a group of armor-wearing warriors from an Earth shared by humans and reptilian humanoids. Because they are completely concealed by the Iron Man armor, no-one can tell which they are.[23]

Fantastic Four: The EndEdit

In the miniseries Fantastic Four: The End, which is set in a future where Reed Richards' technology has launched humanity into a golden age, Tony Stark has died long ago - but his consciousness survives, 'hopping' from artificial body to artificial body. Most of the bodies shown in the miniseries resemble Iron Man armors, often being identical to existing armors. One notable exception was the bulky, stocky space-armor which played an important role in the battle of humanity's heroes versus several alien armadas.[volume & issue needed]

House of MEdit

Born to Howard and Maria Stark, the heads of the powerful business conglomerate Stark Industries, Tony Stark grew to be an imaginative and brilliant inventor. He worked with his father from an early age, and surpassed his father's technical brilliance by the age of 16. Stark became the key supplier of hi-tech weaponry used to fight mutants, and was on the verge of a technological breakthrough when the Mutant-Human war came to an end. The suits are powered down to become part of a game called Robo Death Match, a television sport with giant robots fighting each other. Stark Industries scored its biggest victory when it secured the Sentinel production contracts, pushing major competitor, Jason Wyngarde, out of business. Erik Magnus and Sebastian Shaw awarded Tony the contract under the condition that he would hire Beast and Forge as observers. McCoy became a key contributor along with Doctor Pym on The Vision project. Tony secretly worked on a special project beneath Stark Industries: a brand new suit of hi-tech armor he planned to use as his new Robo Death Match suit.[24]

Iron Man: The EndEdit

In the one-shot Iron Man: The End, an aging Tony Stark works on his greatest creation, a space elevator called "Big Jump." Stark faces retirement due to age and the physical toll of an illness, no longer allowing him to run his business "Stark Universal" and continue to be Iron Man. This leads to the need to groom a replacement.

Iron ManiacEdit

Iron Maniac is an evil alternative universe version of Iron Man from Earth-5012. He first appeared in Marvel Team-Up (vol. 3) #2, wearing armor that resembles that of Doctor Doom's. He comes from an alternative reality where most of the Avengers were killed when they encountered the vicious alien Titannus in space. While the team is rescued by the reserve Avengers five years later, it takes another five years to fight back the Trellions, the alien race that has brainwashed Titannus. During that time, a power-hungry Reed Richards turns his back on the surviving heroes. Scarred for life due to an attack from the Human Torch, Iron Man sets his own operation base in Latveria to "take over the world to save it from Richards." Richards somehow manages to banish him into Earth-616 Other differences between his world and Earth-616 include that there is no Spider-Man, and that Hank Pym is another version of the Hulk.[volume & issue needed]

After being transported to Earth-616, Iron Maniac fights the Fantastic Four and Doctor Strange, all of whom mistake him for their Doctor Doom. After unmasking himself, they learn his true identity, shortly before he manages to temporarily negate the FF's powers and escape, concluding that he has no reason to trust that they will not turn on him like the FF of his world did. Capturing a recently discovered mutant, the alternative Iron Man attempts to return to his home dimension by using the mutant as a power source, but is attacked by Spider-Man and X-23 as they investigate the situation. After the appearance of Captain America and Black Widow, he realizes that he is in an alternative world, but continues to fight the heroes, calling them all 'Richards' lackeys'. He is defeated thanks to Spider-Man and X-23's use of their own version of the fastball special to destroy his equipment, shortly after 'warning' the other heroes of the Titannus War (by saying that he would not kill them now because it would be a kindness).[volume & issue needed]

While the alternative Tony Stark is kept locked up and drugged in the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier, he is briefly visited by his counterpart in this universe, although he is unaware of the visit. Shortly after the alternative Stark is transferred to a conventional cell, Titannus soon arrives and fights the heroes, this time confronting a new group of Defenders assembled by Doctor Strange. When Titannus' comatose lover is revived, she tells him that she never loved him and that he was insane, causing Titannus to kill himself. The alternative Iron Man later discovers from Spider-Man and Wolverine that the Avengers were never massacred in space in this reality because the group had been disassembled, thus never encountering Titannus and averting the so-called 'Titannus War'.[25]

He subsequently broke free from captivity, having immunized himself to the gas that was used to keep him sedated on board the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier. In the process, he gained the unwilling alliance of the LMD Diamondback. Having convinced her that he is the "real" Tony, the AU Tony Stark erased her memories, reshaping the former LMD into an advanced suit of armor. This armor, even more advanced than the pre-Extremis suit Iron Man wore at that time, was able to replicate any weapon from the wearer's memory. He subsequently battled Spider-Man, Wolverine, Captain America and Luke Cage, but was only defeated after the sacrifice of rookie hero Freedom Ring, who kept Iron Maniac occupied long enough for Captain America to knock him out with a shield thrown at the back of his neck.[26]

The name Iron Maniac is what he calls himself, due to being the "sole survivor of a sane world living in a backwards, insane world".[volume & issue needed]

Iron Maniac is known to be at least partially cyberized, with armor plating implanted in his chest (revealed during his escape from the Helicarrier, when he is shot). It is unknown whether the rest of his body is similarly armored or if he possesses other cybernetic enhancements.[volume & issue needed]

He has been briefly mentioned as being held in a S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier recently in The Irredeemable Ant-Man.[citation needed]

Iron Man NoirEdit

In Iron Man Noir, Tony Stark is an industrialist in the 1930s. He is also an adventurer, whose exploits are recorded in Marvels: A Magazine Of Men's Adventure. He is initially accompanied by his associate James Rhodes, his personal assistant Giulietta Nefaria and his biographer Vergil Munsey. When Nefaria is revealed as working with the Nazis (specifically Baron Zemo and Baron von Strucker) and Vergil is killed, their role in the story is taken by Stark's new biographer Pepper Potts. His heart having been damaged on an earlier adventure, Stark keeps it going with repulsor technology installed and recharged by Stark Industries engineer Edwin Jarvis.[volume & issue needed]

While investigating a mysterious power source in the ruins of Atlantis, Pepper Potts gets kidnapped by the Nazis and taken to their stronghold in Norway. To rescue her, Stark and Rhodes don suits of bulky power armour built by Jarvis, but are shocked to discover that 'Baron Zemo' is actually Tony's missing father Howard Stark, brainwashed by a unique chemical compound to serve the Nazis. Despite his depleted power supply, Tony manages to destroy the various suits of armor that Zemo had built for the Nazis, concluding that his father had died long ago, before returning to the USA.[27]

Inter-company crossoversEdit

In Marvel and DC's Amalgam Comics, Stark is merged with the Green Lantern Hal Jordan into the Iron Lantern. "Hal Stark" wears a suit resembling a green Iron Man armor, powered by a Green Lantern battery.[28]

In the miniseries JLA/Avengers, Iron Man aids the Avengers in the battle against Starro the Conqueror. Afterwards, he creates a dimensional alarm in order to tell when invaders from another dimension come into their universe. After a brief scuffle with the JLA in the Savage Land, the Avengers are confronted by Metron, who gives Tony a Mother Box. Using this, Tony is able to get the Avengers to Metropolis, where the Avengers confront the JLA again.[29] The Avengers escape, but Tony and Hawkeye manage to take Green Lantern's Power Battery before they leave, with Tony able to stop the Flash in his tracks. The two later take down Captain Atom and Green Arrow in order to collect the Casket of Ancient Winters. Tony then leaves and arrives to save Photon and Quasar from Wonder Woman and Green Lantern, allowing them to take the Spear of Destiny.[30] After the battle in the Savage Land, Tony is one of the Avengers and is clueless as to the dimensional shifts that are happening around him. After Cap and Superman attack each other, Tony ends up in Metropolis. When the two worlds are briefly corrected by the Grandmaster, Tony is shown his true future with his alcoholism and his defeat by Obadiah Stane.[31] Accepting this, he aids the JLA and the Avengers in the final battle and helped build the ship that took them to Krona's base. During the battle, he teams up with Kyle Rayner to create a weapon to use against their enemies and the two are shown to be impressed by one another, Kyle expressing his awe at Tony's engineering prowess and Tony asking Kyle where he could get a Green Lantern ring.[32]


In the Marvel Mangaverse reality, Tony Stark creates the original armor together with Dr. Ho Yinsen and acts as Iron Man for a time, but eventually vanishes after a battle with Namor, the Submariner. He is succeeded by Antoinette (Toni) Stark, his twin sister, a former agent of SHIELD, who turns Iron Man into a massive operation - a veritable army of Iron Men in many forms, with herself as Iron Woman. After she dies in battle against the Hulk, Tony Stark reveals himself again; he has gone underground after spinal cancer reduced him to a disembodied head hooked up to a life support system. However, he has designed a new armor, and a body that he can integrate with.[volume & issue needed]

He also had designed four massive vehicles for the Avengers of his world to use, which could combine (in a manner resembling old fashioned combining super robots like Combattler V and Voltes V) into a skyscraper-sized Iron Man-mecha (Dubbed Ultimate Iron Man in its first appearance, then the Iron Avenger in its battle with the Hulk and finally simply called "the Avenger's mecha" in Volume 2 of the series). Unfortunately it was quickly destroyed by that world's Hulk. Apparently, however, it was rebuilt again by the time of the second volume, this time as a single robotic unit without transformation (or, if it was capable of transformation, it was never demonstrated). This unit helped fight off the giant Galactus spores, but was later destroyed, along with most of the Avengers, single-handedly by the Mangaverse version of Dr. Doom.[volume & issue needed]

Marvel AdventuresEdit

The Marvel Adventures Iron Man is very similar to the Earth-616 Iron Man, but with some changes. Instead of suffering damage to his heart due to a booby trap in Vietnam, Tony Stark's heart was damaged when an experimental plane he was flying was brought down by AIM. AIM wanted Stark to build weapons and devices for them. Dr. Gia-Bao Yinsen aided Tony in escaping AIM, but Yinsen died saving his country from AIM. Iron Man does not seem to have problems with alcoholism, since the Marvel Adventures is aimed at a younger demographic. Iron Man's armor resembles his Extremis armor although Iron Man has other armors that fit over his regular armor, as in the case of his underwater armor.[volume & issue needed]

Marvel ApesEdit

The version of Iron Man appearing in the Marvel Apes mini-series is a mandrill, appropriately being named the Iron Mandrill. He is a member of the Apevengers. At one point, he is attacked by the zombified Wasp of the Marvel Zombies universe and infected, though he is later apparently cured when these events are undone via time travel.[33][34][35]

Marvel Cinematic UniverseEdit

The MCU version of Tony Stark portrayed by Robert Downey, Jr. combines elements of the mainstream and Ultimate versions while still keeping things relatively unique for the character. This version is the true son of Howard and Maria Stark, but was mainly raised by Edwin Jarvis as he had a strained relationship with his father. When Tony created an A.I. he named it J.A.R.V.I.S. after the deceased butler. His origin in the first Iron Man film was exactly like the comic, but rather than keep it a secret long like his counterpart, he revealed to the public that he was Iron Man following his destructive battle with the Iron Monger. Following the film, he meets S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury, who wants to talk to him about "The Avengers Initiative."

In Iron Man 2, he resisted calls by the United States government to hand over the Iron Man technology while also combating his declining health from the arc reactor in his chest. He also met Natasha Romanoff a.k.a. Black Widow, who was under the guise of Stark's new personal assistant, and learned from Fury that his father was a founder of S.H.I.E.L.D. He cures himself thanks to a clue in an old film reel in which his father apologized for his actions and gave closure to their strained relationship. He and his friend Rhodes, who stole one of Stark's armors to become War Machine, battle Ivan Vanko, who has a vendetta against the Stark family.

In The Avengers, the Initiative was activated and Stark met fellow scientist Bruce Banner and super soldier Steve Rogers a.k.a. Captain America (whom Stark's father worked with when he was younger and often told multiple stories to Tony about Steve in attempts to inspire him) with whom he forms a rivalry. He briefly battles with Thor over the captivity of the Asgardian villain Loki. Following an argument between the group and with Fury after discovering S.H.I.E.L.D.'s plans for the tesseract, they are attacked by Loki's troops, resulting in Iron Man and Captain America working together to stabilize the Helicarrier. Following Loki summoning an army of Chitauri and the death of S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson, Tony forms the Avengers with Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, and Clint Barton a.k.a. Hawkeye to stop Loki's plans and save New York. Stark delivers the final blow to the army by intercepting a nuke meant to blow up Manhattan by the World Security Council and directed it towards the Chitauri command center. He was later seen with Pepper Potts discussing plans to rebuild the Stark Tower after the attack.

In Iron Man 3, Tony suffers from Posttraumatic stress disorder and frequent nightmares due to his experiences in the Chitauri Invasion, while investigating the reemergence of the Ten Rings, led by the mysterious Mandarin and comes into a conflict with old enemy; Aldrich Killian, whom he left alone at a party and rejected Killian's offer with A.I.M. During the final fight, he sends dozens of Iron Man suits to combat Killian and his Extremis enhanced soldiers. Afterwards, Stark orders J.A.R.V.I.S. to remotely destroy each Iron Man suit as a sign of his devotion to his girlfriend and the CEO of Stark Industries, Pepper Potts.

In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Tony and Bruce Banner are responsible for creating this universe's version of Ultron instead of Hank Pym after they discover an artificial intelligence within the gem of Loki's scepter, and secretly use it to complete Stark's "Ultron" global defense program. Tony reveals he's also had past ties with arms dealer Ulysses Klaue. Stark, Banner, and Thor are also responsible for the birth of "The Vision," as the scientists uploaded J.A.R.V.I.S. into Ultron's planned synthetic body and Thor powers him up following Captain America and the Maximoff twins' attempts to stop them. The Avengers team up with the Maximoff twins (who were initially against them, Stark in particular due to his role in their parents' deaths from his past as a weapons dealer) and Vision to stop Ultron's plans of human extinction in Sokovia, at the end of the film Stark briefly retires from the team as he was still reeling from the guilt of creating Ultron.

Prior to Captain America: Civil War, Pepper and Tony took a break on their relationship as the strain of Tony continuing being Iron Man was too much for them. In the film, when the Sokovia Accords are presented, Tony supports it because of his role in Ultron's creation and Sokovia's destruction, while Steve Rogers has more faith in his own judgment than that of the government, dividing the Avengers to side with Tony or Steve. When Steve escapes custody with wanted criminal Bucky Barnes a.k.a. the Winter Soldier, Tony is ordered by Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross to bring him in. He recruits Black Widow, War Machine, Vision, Wakandan King T'Challa a.k.a. Black Panther, and teenage superhero Peter Parker a.k.a. Spider-Man to combat Rogers. After the battle at Leipzig/Halle Airport (during which Tony is appalled when the Vision nearly kills Rhodes by accident and paralyzes him), Tony discovered that Steve was telling the truth about the actions of Helmut Zemo planning something sinister in Russia. Tony goes to Russia originally to aid Steve and Bucky in combating Zemo, but Zemo reveals that a brainwashed Bucky killed his parents when he was in college and Steve refused to tell him about it. An enraged and emotional Tony turns on Steve and Bucky, but is eventually defeated and as Rogers leaves; Stark berates him for not being deserving of his shield due to it being his father's property and that Rogers lost that right when he hid the truth from Stark.

In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Tony lets Peter keep the upgraded Spider-Man suit and promises to call him in case they need him for a big mission and assigns Happy as Peter's primary contact. When Peter tries to stop a local arms deal in Queens and is attacked by the Vulture, (who as revealed in the beginning of the film lost his job as the owner of a salvage company when Tony created the Department of Damage Control (D.O.D) alongside the government) Tony's Iron Man armor rescues Peter from drowning in a river, though he's not physically in the armor as he is attending a party in India and warns Peter against further involvement with the criminals. While in Washington D.C., Peter discovers that Tony placed a "Training Wheels" program in the suit, blocking Peter from utilizing the suit's full potential. When Spider-Man tries to stop the Vulture at the Staten Island Ferry and nearly causes the ship to tear in half, Iron Man repairs the boat and rescues the passengers. He admonishes Peter for his recklessness and takes the suit away from him. After Peter in his homemade suit successfully stops the Vulture from hijacking a plane transporting weapons and other accessories from Avengers Tower to the team's new headquarters, Tony is impressed by Peter's efforts and offers him a membership with the Avengers and an upgraded Iron Spider suit. Peter declines, and in order to satisfy the dozens of reporters he had there for Spider-Man's reveal, Tony decides to use the opportunity to propose to Pepper. It's revealed afterward that Tony gave Peter the suit back and left it in Peter's apartment room.

In Avengers: Infinity War, Tony talks about a dream he had to Pepper about a kid they had. In response to Thanos' plan to kill half of all life in the universe, Strange recruits Tony to solve the matter. After Maw and Obsidian arrive to retrieve the Time Stone from Strange, drawing the attention of Peter Parker, Maw captures Strange, but fails to take the Time Stone due to an enchantment. Stark and Parker pursue Maw's spaceship to rescue Strange. Stark and Parker kill Maw and rescue Strange. Landing on Titan, they meet Quill, Drax, and Mantis. The group forms a plan to remove Thanos' Infinity Gauntlet after Strange uses the Time Stone to view millions of possible futures, seeing only one in which Thanos loses. Stark is seriously wounded by Thanos, but is spared after Strange surrenders the Time Stone to Thanos. Stark and Nebula remain on Titan, while the rest of the heroes on the moon disintegrated.

In Avengers: Endgame a weakened Tony along with Nebula are rescued from the depths of space by Captain Marvel. After returning to Earth in critical health, he is quick to criticize the rest of the Avengers, particularly Steve Rogers whom he blames for the events that had transpired, while justifying that his actions in Avengers: Age of Ultron was to prevent their eventual defeat until he passes out from exhaustion. He then starts a new life with his wife and they have a child named Morgan. Five years after his return to Earth, Ant-Man, Black Widow, and Captain America ask him to build a ‘time machine’. Although initially declining, Tony reflects on the losses they suffered, particularly that of Peter and starts to reconsider, he quickly develops plans for a time machine and then presents them to the rest of the Avengers. After a few weeks of brainstorming Tony, Captain America, Bruce Banner (Professor Hulk), and Scott Lang are sent back in time to 2012; they are tasked with retrieving the Time Stone(in the possession of the Ancient One), Space Stone (the Tesseract), and Mind Stone(Loki's Scepter). Tony and Scott Lang are specifically after the Space Stone. Future Tony orders Scott to give 2012 Tony a heart attack as a distraction while they steal the Stone. Unfortunately, they run into 2012 Hulk and drop the Stone where Loki steals it and escapes. After their plan fails, Tony and Captain America go back to 1970 to steal more Pym Particles (time machine fuel) and get an earlier version of the Space Stone. There, Tony meets a young version of his father who he then gives advice to about being a father. He returns to the present and builds his own version of the Infinity Gauntlet, which Professor Hulk uses to return all missing life to Earth. After this, Thanos appears and destroys the compound. And the three ‘main’ Avengers (Captain America, Iron Man, Thor) battle him. Iron Man is quickly knocked out but later returns just in time to see that Thanos is about to destroy all life in the Universe once more. After being signaled by Strange about the outcome he quickly grabs all of the Stones out of Thanos’ gauntlet and snaps Thanos and his troops. Due to the gamma radiation given by the Infinity Stones and that he was merely a mortal, he is killed. His funeral attended by his family and all his allies is held by his lake home, where an original Arc Reactor floats out into the lake. It is inscribed with "Proof that Tony Stark has a heart".

Even after his death, Spider-Man: Far From Home shows that his presence looms heavily. Peter is still distraught and mourns his death, this being one of the reasons he decides to take a break from superheroics and gets overwhelmed when he is asked if he will be the next Iron Man. Quentin Beck a.k.a Mysterio, originally an ally of Parker is eventually revealed to have been a former Stark employee who was fired for his unstable nature and was the inventor of B.A.R.F Stark showcased at the start of Captain America: Civil War. Beck later creates a zombified illusion of Stark to torment Peter in their first fight, while also mocking Parker about his inability to stop Stark's death. Prior to his death Stark made sure his special sunglasses with the artificial intelligence E.D.I.T.H were bequeathed to his successor as the world's greatest hero, which is possessed by Beck for sometime after Parker gives it to him although he takes it back after Beck is exposed and defeated.

Marvel ZombiesEdit

The first seriesEdit

In the Marvel Zombies universe, Tony Stark has been infected by the zombie virus. Alongside a horde of starving undead superhuman zombies, Iron Man attacks the Silver Surfer. The attack is successful, but one of the Surfer's energy bolts hits Iron Man's lower torso, cutting him in half. The zombie "survives" this wound and later gains cosmic powers (including flight) by eating part of the Surfer's corpse. When Galactus arrives, Iron Man and the five other surviving zombies devour him. They are able to absorb Galactus' power, and call themselves "The Galacti".[volume & issue needed]

Marvel Zombies 2Edit

He also appears in Marvel Zombies 2, one of the small group of super-powered zombies that have eaten their way across all known space. Here Stark has had his entire lost lower body replaced with cybernetics. He also appears to have forgotten he had some design in the machine which opened a link to the Ultimate Universe. He was shocked to see Forge, one of the surviving X-Men, wearing his Mark I armored suit. The zombified Hulk kills Iron Man when he stomps through the armor, forcing Tony Stark's flesh and blood through any openings left in the armor. However Iron Man had recently revived next issue, but only as a cameo, on Marvel Zombies 3.[volume & issue needed]

Marvel Zombies ReturnEdit

In the final issue of Marvel Zombies 2, the remaining zombies are transported to another universe. At the point where the zombies reach this new reality, the period is nearly identical to the one where Tony Stark was an alcoholic. Zombie Giant Man infects Happy Hogan, Pepper Potts and a number of other people at Stark Industries. A drunken Tony Stark lacks the will power to become Iron Man despite Pepper Potts' requests, so James Rhodes dons the suit to save him. Crucial to fate of the multiverse are the nanites that Stark has accidentally created, which destroy damaged flesh and tissue as a cure for cancer, and prove to be a potent weapon against the zombies. This was grafted onto Flint Marko's body. He sacrifices himself to kill several zombies in Stark Tower, with Rhodes permanently succeeding him in the role of Iron Man.[36] His nanites are then used by his successor, now a member of the New Avengers, years later to kill the remaining super-powered zombies and end the inter-dimensional zombie threat.[37]


In the alternative future of MC2, Tony Stark retires after the loss of many heroes in battle, but eventually creates the armored computer program Mainframe, which joins the next generation of Avengers.[volume & issue needed]

Mini MarvelsEdit

Iron Man is a recurring character in "Mini Marvels". He appears in story arcs like "The Armored Avengers" & "World War Hulk". He is portrayed as conceited and thinks himself the best of the team. He has a friendly rivalry with Hawkeye.[volume & issue needed]


In the alternative world of newuniversal, Tony Stark is one of three humans altered by the Fireworks on April 26, 1953, gaining abilities associated with the Cipher glyph. Prior to the Fireworks, Stark is unexceptional, but he then becomes a technological genius. His discoveries revitalise his father's company, Stark Industries, and are "five years ahead of everything everyone else is working on". There are suggestions that he is capable of more, but is not making all of his discoveries public.[volume & issue needed]

Stark's transformation is noticed by the National Security Agency's Project Spitfire, which is discreetly monitoring the superhumans created by the Fireworks. In March 1959, Stark's plane crashes in North Vietnam and he is imprisoned. He escapes by constructing an Iron Man suit from "spare parts" and flying out of the country.[volume & issue needed]

On April 4, 1959, when he returns to the US, the NSA takes Stark to a San Diego naval base, ostensibly to debrief him. Stark is then shot dead by Philip L. Voight, a Project Spitfire agent, to prevent him from making contact with the other superhumans.[38]

The Iron Man suit is seized by Project Spitfire and reverse engineered by Doctor Joe Swann, eventually becoming the basis of the project's H.E.X suit, an exoskeleton designed for combat with superhumans.[39]


In the two issue Warren Ellis series Ruins, Tony Stark is a rich industrialist who supplied weapons for the US military in an attempt to win the Vietnam War. This version of Iron Man was injured while mediating between US forces and pro-secessionist Californians by a piece of shrapnel thrown by the National Guard. This embittered Stark who formed a revolutionary cell named the Avengers. This version of Iron Man was betrayed by Scarlet Witch who provided the United States military information to crush the Avengers. Tony Stark is presumably killed.[40]


In the Amazing Spider-Man comic's event Spider-Verse, Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew), Scarlet Spider (Kaine) and Spider-man (Ben Reily) meet and fight a clone of Tony Stark (Earth-802) as Iron Man serving one of the Inheritors, Jennix.


In a Secret Wars Warzone version of Spider-Island, he is mutated into one of the Spider Queen's spider minions and battles Agent Venom and the now monstrous Avengers. Venom sprays Tony with Norman Osborn's Green Goblin formula, freeing Tony from the Queen, but slowly making him insane. He modifies Norman's armor and becomes the Iron Goblin to aid the resistance. When they are surrounded by a number of spider creatures (including Giant Man) with few means of escape, Tony sacrifices himself using the Black Knight's Ebony Blade so he can aid them and die before the Goblin formula completely takes him over.


In Spider-Gwen Tony Stark of Earth-65 is an arms dealer, the owner of global private military company WAR MACHINE, and owner of the coffee chain StarkBucks.[41]

Spider-Man: Life StoryEdit

In Spider-Man: Life Story, Tony Stark/Iron Man does not face a traumatizing experience that leads to stop weapons manufacturing as his Earth-616 counterpart did instead he continues to produce them and play a key role in the Vietnam War and a World War III-esque conflict known as "The Russian War" as well as participating in Secret Wars while on Battleworld. Iron Man also became Secretary of Defense in the United States government and was one of the two leaders alongside Captain America in the Superhuman Civil War.

Squadron SupremeEdit

In the Squadron Supreme series, the equivalent of Iron Man is Tucker Ford. Tucker was a very intelligent boy since his early years, however since being raised by his strong-willed mother along with never going to school with anyone his own age made Tucker to have difficulty to make any kind of meaningful personal relationship and because of this, he became very introverted.[42] As he grew up, he had built an imaginative world where he was a superhero. When trying to explain his imaginations to his therapist, they turned around and mocked him before their colleagues, however being unaware that Tucker had them under electronic surveillance. This experience motivated him to follow his dream and become a real superhero. As a young adult, he built a powerful, but unstable armour made from nanotechnology in order to achieve his dream, eventually meeting the head of S.H.I.E.L.D., Nick Fury and offered his intelligence and company to Nick Fury to help defend America. He fails to gain the affection of Nick Fury and to get a kiss from the spider-powered superhuman, Nell Ruggles, also known as Arachnophilia. He offers to build a S.H.I.E.L.D. Hellicarrier as a base for the organization and to be a member of the team in order to live out of his imagination. The only person that Tucker had the closest relationship with is Nell, expressing romantic feelings towards her.[43]

Ultimate MarvelEdit

What IfEdit

Newer Fantastic FourEdit

In the timeline of What if: Newer Fantastic Four, the Fantastic Four were killed by De'Lila (a rogue Skrull) and the Hulk, so Spider-Man, the Ghost Rider and Wolverine joined together to avenge them as the New Fantastic Four. Thanos of Titan, as in the mainline universe, came into possession of the six Infinity Gems and became ruler of all reality, before erasing half of all living beings from existence. Among those who vanished was Ghost Rider, and, being present at the battle during which he was erased, Iron Man takes his place. The Newer Fantastic Four soon realize they are outmatched. Stark, with help from the Hulk, manages to salvage the empty armor of Ziran, a Celestial, and realizes it can be controlled by thoughts. Stark takes control of the armor and connects it to the Negative Zone, allowing him to call on all the power of that reality. Despite this, he is defeated by Thanos. Stark's sacrifice allows Wolverine to trick Thanos into a position where the Gauntlet could be removed. Spider-Man subsequently uses the Gauntlet to undo the damage Thanos had caused.[44]

Iron Man: Demon in an ArmorEdit

In What If: Iron Man: Demon in an Armor, Tony Stark is Doom's college roommate rather than Reed Richards, inspiring Doom to develop a machine that allows him to transfer his mind into Stark's body while leaving Stark trapped in Doom's body with no memory of his past. While Doom uses Stark's connections and company to establish himself, the amnesic Stark- believing himself to be Doom- works to rebuild his life, creating his own company and forming his own reputation from the ground up. This culminates in a confrontation between the two wearing early versions of their respective armours- Doom having developed a green-and-silver Iron Man armour while Stark has created Doom's costume with gold and a red cloak-, during which Doom reveals the truth about their switch, only for Stark to reject the offer to switch back because Doom has destroyed the name of Tony Stark while Doctor von Doom has developed an honorable reputation.[volume & issue needed]

Realm of KingsEdit

In this one-shot, Quasar, the newly resurrected Protector of the Universe travels into the Fault, the immense tear which has appeared in the fabric of spacetime itself after the catastrophic battle between Vulcan and Black Bolt. Reaching what he perceives to be the other end of the tunnel that is the Fault, he arrives in another universe... a dark, twisted universe, the `corpse of a universe´, possessed by Lovecraftian horrors which are worshipped by all the denizens of that universe, including Earth's mightiest heroes. Iron Man is never seen outside his armor, but he, like the others, serves the "Many-angled ones" with total devotion.[45]

X-Men ForeverEdit

In this alternative universe of X-Men Forever, Tony Stark, while still publicly the super-hero Iron Man, is also the head of the shadowy organization known as The Consortium. The scientific wing of the organization is headed by the Trask family, who turn out to be his relatives. They create newer versions of the Sentinels and kidnap mutants to use in experimentation to find the cause of the so-called "Burnout" syndrome that causes mutants to die early.[46] However, as part of his efforts to undermine the Consortium's anti-mutant agenda, he becomes Nick Fury's insider and eventually sacrifices his life along with Beast.[47] He assists Storm- who has been split into an amnesic child version of herself and an energy form with full memory and no body- by providing her energy self with a suit based on the now-deceased Black Panther so that her energy can maintain corporeal form, although he is subsequently killed by a twisted clone of Storm before he can reveal her existence to anyone else.[volume & issue needed]

Mutant XEdit

In Mutant X, Tony Stark is Iron Giant Man and part of the anti-mutant group the Avengers. He was later killed by X-Man Captain America along with the other Avengers.

Infinity WarpsEdit

During the Infinity Wars storyline, where the universe was combined in half, Iron Man was fused with Thor creating Iron Hammer. Sigurd Stark was the fifth richest person on the world thanks to his genius about technology, however due to his lack of memories before five years, taunted him driving to drink. After going through the Norvegian, he was attacked by some Dark Elves, lead by Krimson Kurse (fusion Crimson Dynamo and Kurse). He got poisoned by an arrow, slowing killing him and taken by the Elves to aid their other prisoner Eitri (fusion of Eitri and Ho Yinsen) in order to build powerful weapons for the Elves. Then, Sigurd became friend with Eitri and together build an armor, that prevented the poison from killing Sigurd, along with a hammer in order to escape the Dark Elves. However, during their escape Eitri is killed and after Sigurd defeated the Elves and Krimson Kurse, he discovered that Krimson was his lost friend who had turned into a Thrall to be a servant to Dark Elves and after that he mercy killed his friend. Sigurd then decided to the All-Father on Asgard to seek help into defeating Malekith (fusion of Malekith and Mandarin) and with the help of his A.I. assistant H.E.I.M.D.A.L.L. (fusion of Heimdall and J.A.R.V.I.S.) opened the B.I.F.R.O.S.T. and went to Asgard. When travelling, he remembered his old memories: his true name was Stark Odinson, who due to his arrogance, his father Howard Odin (fusion of Howard Stark and Odin banished his son to Earth where he would learn to how is like to be a mortal. Upon arriving, Malekith had trapped the Aesir and had allied with Madame Hel (fusion of Madame Masque and Hela and Stane Odinson (fusion of Loki and Obadiah Stane). Luckily, Iron Hammer was able to defeat Malekith and Odin allowed his son to become a god again, however Sigurd refused, feeling better as a human.[48]


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