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Pre History
The son of a wealthy industrialist, Tony Stark was an inventive mechanical engineering prodigy. He inherited his father’s business at age 21, transforming the company, Stark International, into one of the world’s leading weapons manufacturers. While field-testing a suit of battle armor in Asia that would enhance a soldier’s combat capabilities, Stark was struck in the chest by a piece of shrapnel and taken prisoner by the warlord Wong-Chu. He was ordered to create a weapon of mass destruction. Stark began work on a modified exoskeleton equipped with heavy weaponry and donned the suit in an attempt to escape captivity. Overcoming the warlord’s forces, Stark returned to America and redesigned the suit.

Inventing the cover story that Iron Man was his bodyguard, he embarked on a double life as a billionaire industrialist and costumed adventurer. At first little more than a glorified security guard, Iron Man’s early opponents included industrial spies and foreign agents, all intent on stealing Stark’s defense and military secrets. Over time, Stark ceased simply protecting his own interests. He expanded the scope of his activities to include threats to national and international security. Iron Man even helped found the Avengers, and Stark became the team’s corporate sponsor. As Iron Man’s opponents and needs have changed, so has the hero’s armor.

Stark has grown to feel more responsible for the use of his technology throughout the world. He has realized that by and large, his legacy is one of destruction and warfare as nations employ his early inventions to oppress and kill. Stark Enterprises broke off its relationship with the U.S. government, refusing to manufacture any weapons and focusing instead on technology that would enhance human life.

Since 2006
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