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(Debut: Tales of Suspense # 39)

 

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Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in the Iron Man armor in Iron Man 2

Iron 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.

Iron ManIron Man # 1 (May, 1968), published by Marvel Comics

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 world.

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At first, the new hero called Iron 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.

 

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The second Iron Man movie is set to be released on May 7, 2010. The Iron Man 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.

 

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Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow

Nicknames: Golden Avenger, "Shellhead" (usually used by the Thing)