Real Name: Anthony “Tony” Stark
Occupation: Inventor, industrialist
Legal Status: Citizen of the United States with no criminal record
Place of Birth: Long Island, New York.
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Howard, Sr. (grandfather, deceased), Howard, Jr. (father,
deceased), Maria (mother, deceased), Morgan (cousin).
Group Affiliation: Avengers.
Base of Operations: New York City; Silicon Valley, California.
First Post-Reboot Appearance: INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1.
Height: 6′ 1″
Weight: 225 lbs
Uniform: Typically, a metallic red armored torso, metallic red and gold arms and legs, metallic red gloves, metallic red boots, metallic
red helmet with a metallic gold faceplate. The Mark I armor was mostly a plain gunmetal gray. Some of the variant armors are red and silver, black and silver, gold and silver, or, in the case of the stealth armor, pure black
Tony Stark possesses the normal human strength of a man his age, height, and build who engages in moderate regular
exercise. The Iron Man suit he wears increases his strength to enable him to lift (press) around 70 tons
Known Superhuman Powers: None
Anthony Stark, the only son of industrialist Howard Stark, discovered his technical prowess at a very young age. A child prodigy, by the age of 21 he had graduated M.I.T. with multiple Masters of Engineering degrees. During the early days of the War on Terrorism, Tony enlisted in the United States Army and was assigned to a unit in Afghanistan. While there, he made friends with helicopter pilot Jim Rhodes. Tony told Rhodes that if he ever got tired of the military that he would be more than willing to hire him.
While on patrol in the Afghanistan mountains, Tony’s convoy was ambushed and Tony was taken prisoner by a group of foreign fighters who called
themselves the Ten Rings. During the ambush, however, shrapnel entered Tony’s heart; only the efforts of a man named Yinsen, also a captive of the Ten Rings, enabled Tony to survive. While in captivity, the Ten Rings attempted to coerce Tony into building newer advanced weapons for them. Tony built first a miniaturized ARC reactor, based off the design of the larger prototype powering the SI Los Angeles plant, to power an electromagnet keeping the shrapnel out of his heart. The ARC reactor in his chest, however, was only a stepping stone in his plan; with Yinsen’s help, he built a suit of armor – the Iron Man Mk I suit – which was powered off the reactor. Yinsen died buying time for the suit to become fully operational. Finding out that his father had died while he was in captivity overseas (Tony’s mother had died years before), Tony was determined to keep the family company, Stark Industries, out of his amoral and corrupt cousin Morgan’s hands.
Morgan Stark wasn’t thrilled to learn that Tony had devised a means of cheating death. Using her underworld contacts, she placed a contract on
Tony’s life. Tony first learned of this when Stark Industries security personnel apprehended an assassin who had infiltrated the SI electronics plant he was touring. Using the suit he’d devised in Afghanistan as a base, Tony built a more advanced suit of Iron Man armors for his own protection and as a means of tracking down the person responsible for this price on his head. Upon learning that Morgan Stark was responsible, Tony, as Iron Man, was responsible for bringing her to justice. The assassination contracts were quickly removed once Morgan’s assets were seized, preventing her from paying.
Publicly, Iron Man is Stark’s personal bodyguard. Only Jim Rhodes, who has recently accepted Tony’s offer of employment, is aware that Stark and Iron Man are one and the same. While most of his time is spent in California, Iron Man is a founding member of the Avengers, who are based in New York.
Tony Stark is a noted inventor of ultra-tech weaponry and electronics.
Tony Stark’s heart has been damaged by shrapnel, and he has a mechanical unit surgically implanted which works off his implanted miniaturized ARC reactor to pump the blood instead of his heart, which has since stopped. He is currently on the waiting list for a suitable transplant.
The Iron Man armor worn by Tony Stark possesses three main built-in weapons. The first are what he calls ‘repulsors’, which are short-range weapons built into the palms of the armor (originally intended as a kind of flight stabilizer).
The Iron Man armor Tony wears is capable of sustaining a tremendous amount of damage, is able to fly through rockets in the boots at speeds up to Mach 2, enables him to see in both the infrared and ultraviolet ranges, has a built-in radar permitting him to track 9 objects at once, has a coating which absorbs radar waves, has a holographic emitter which enables him to remain hidden warping light around him, and has an internal air supply of 12 hours. The armor can even be controlled via remote control for short periods of time, usually when Stark and Iron Man have to appear in public together. Tony is constantly updating his armor.