Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in the Iron Man armor in Iron Man
Man- (Anthony Edward"Tony" Stark) --1st appearance:
Tales of Suspense #39 (March, 1963).
Iron Man is an American
superhero whose powers come from the advanced, high-tech
suit of armor he wears as he battles a variety of enemies.
He is a founding member of the superhero group "The
Avengers," and has long been associated with the
counterterrorism and intelligence agency known as SHIELD.
Man # 1 (May, 1968), published by Marvel
While demostrating new weapons
technology for the U.S. military, billionaire arms designer
and manufacterer, Anthony "Tony" Stark suffers
life-threatening injuries in an enemy ambush. Captured by an
enemy warlord, Stark is forced to create a high-tech weapon
for his captor. Instead, Tony Stark designs a powerful suit
of advanced armor which he wears to effect his escape and,
in doing so, becomes the Iron Man. (Tales of Suspense
#39, March, 1963)
As with many superheroes, Tony
Stark went to great lengths to hide his identity as Iron
Man. As far as the public knew, Iron Man was an employee of
Stark Enterprises whose job it was to act as Stark's
bodyguard in an armored suite designed by Tony Stark. Over
the years, Stark kept up this fiction; even claiming that he
occassionally replaced one Iron Man employee with others.
Eventually, Stark revealed his identity to the
At first, the new hero called
Man acted alone,
battling spies, terrorists, and supervillians dedicated to
harming America. Eventually, a day came when a foe appeared
that required the powers and abilities of more than one hero
to defeat. On that day, Iron Man joined with the Mighty
Thor, the Incredible Hulk, the Ant-Man, and the Wasp to
battle the mystical powers of Loki, the Norse God of Evil.
After defeating Loki, the united heroes decided to stay
together to face challenges too great for any one of them to
deal with alone. Thus were born the Mighty Avengers
(Avengers #1, Sept. 1963).
Soon after the Avengers
formed, they discovered the frozen form of Captain
America, revived him,
and invited him to join the team.
the trailer for the Iron Man 2 movie here:
The second Iron Man
movie is set to be released on May 7, 2010.
Two movie introduces (on film) the villain Whiplash
(played by Mickey Rourke). This movie shows the character of
Lt. Col. James 'Rhodey' Rhodes (AKA) War Machine, played by
Don Cheadle, and also introduces Scarlett Johansson as
Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow.
Watch the trailer for the
first Iron Man movie here:
Scarlett Johansson as
Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
Avenger, "Shellhead" (usually used by the Thing)