Iron Man

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Jon Favreau Doesn't Rule Out Directing Another Marvel Movie

2 days ago
By Kevin Melrose

The "Iron Man" director says there have been discussions of how he could become more involved in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

When Did Iron Man Become Tony Stark's Bodyguard?

3 days ago
By Brian Cronin

Everyone knows Iron Man was Tony Stark's bodyguard for decades in the comics, but that wasn't always the case. So when did the arrangement start?

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This Iron Man Xbox One Will Make You Forget All About Team Cap

Thu, April 28th
By Kevin Melrose

WATCH: Iron Man Stars as "Gladiator" in Animated "Hero Swap"

Wed, April 27th
By Kevin Melrose

WATCH: The Evolution of Iron Man Over 50 Years of Television & Film

Fri, April 22nd
By Anthony Couto

EXCL. PREVIEW: "International Iron Man" #2 Turns the Mystery of Tony's Parents Deadly

Thu, April 21st
By CBR News Team

Jon Favreau: "Superhero Movies are Going to be Around for a Long Time"

Wed, April 20th
By Lauren Gallaway

Tony Stark Created an A.I. That Took Over the World... in 1968?!

Tue, April 19th
By Brian Cronin

Marvel Movie vs. Marvel Comic: Breaking Down the Opposing Sides of "Civil War"

Sat, April 16th
By Brett White

Face Front, True Believers! There's Now a Marvel Credit Card

Fri, April 15th
By Kevin Melrose

New "Captain America: Civil War" Clip Sees Bucky Battle Tony, Black Widow & Agent 13

Thu, April 14th
By Stephen Gerding

These Marvel Motorcycle Helmets Will Get Your Motor Runnin'

Tue, April 12th
By Kevin Melrose

This Iron Man Bike Up for Sale Looks Like It Was Made by Stark Industries

Sun, April 10th
By Anthony Couto

That Time Iron Man Took Out She-Hulk With a Single Repulsor Blast

Sat, April 9th
By Brian Cronin

Who's Wearing the Armor in This "Invincible Iron Man" #9 Cover?

Fri, April 8th
By Anthony Couto

Fan Builds Amazing Iron Man Glove From "Civil War" -- Out of LEGO

Thu, April 7th
By Kevin Melrose

New "Captain America" Trailer Explores the Road to "Civil War"

Thu, April 7th
By Stephen Gerding

POLL: Whose "Civil War II" Side Are You On?

Thu, March 17th
By CBR News Team

EXCL. PREVIEW: Bendis & Maleev's "International Iron Man" #2

Wed, March 16th
By CBR News Team

This Life-Size LEGO Hulkbuster is Made From 1 Million Bricks

Fri, March 11th
By Kevin Melrose

Biography

Iron Man

The invincible Iron-Man made his first appearance in April of 1963 in the pages of “Tales of Suspense” #39. Writers Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and artist Don Heck brought Jack Kirby's character design to life when they told the story of millionaire playboy and industrialist Tony Stark and a fact finding mission to Viet-Nam, where Stark’s inventions were being used by the military. Stark is critically injured by a land mine and is captured by the Viet Cong. His captors demand that Tony create a weapon for them, but shrapnel near his heart leaves him with only one choice: create a weapon to defeat his enemies and save his life at the same time. With the help of fellow captive Dr. Ho Yinsen, Tony constructs the bulky, gray prototype of the Iron-Man armor (equipped with a powerful electro-magnet to draw the shrapnel away from his heart) and defeats his foes. Sadly, Dr. Ho sacrifices himself to save Tony the time he needs.

A story so tightly tied to a particular era of American history has a tendency to date the origins of the character, so the war in question has become more and more vague over the years. Added to the origin was a chance encounter with a wounded soldier, pilot James Rhodes, who becomes Tony’s life-long friend and confidant. Rhodes himself served as Iron-Man for a time before donning armor of his own as War-Machine. The Iron-Man supporting cast was rich with supporting characters appropriate to a wealthy businessman: a gorgeous red-head secretary in the form of Pepper Potts, a rough and tumble driver named Happy Hogan, and a variety of sexy super-spies on both sides of the cold war like Nick Fury and Black Widow. This jet-setting, character driven storyline made Iron-Man a hit. He was a founding (and long time member) of the Avengers and appeared in every corner of the Marvel Universe.

Like his allies, Iron-Man’s villains were almost always drawn from the front page news. Foreign agents, Femme Fatales and disgruntled inventors topped the list. The frustrated inventor turned assassin Whiplash is one such villain and will join Black Widow and War-Machine in the May 7th 2010 feature film sequel “Iron-Man 2” starring Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Don Cheadle. The film is the second in a planned trilogy by director Jon Favreau. Iron-Man (and Robert Downey Jr.) are also to be featured in the ambitious 2012 release of “The Avengers.” - Brian Eason

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