15 Little-Known Facts About Iron Man

When it comes to movies in 2016, one of the biggest themes is superheroes, and why wouldn’t it be? The films are guaranteed to explode at the box office and nobody wants to be the uncool guy who is still out of the loop. If you go back to 2007, before the first Iron Man, the success of this genre would have been impossible to predict. Marvel owes a lot to Iron Man and Robert Downey Jr. for captivating audiences and coming out with a film that helped start the whole trend.

There is no doubting after the success of all these films that people know who Iron Man is, but do you really know who he is? Sure, the movies are great, but Tony Stark has been around a lot longer than that and has been part of some of the most memorable storylines in comic book history. Many of the facts that you’re going to come across aren’t going to be from the movie, but instead add a deeper layer to the character, who you already appreciate but are about to understand even better.

Stark is also one of the few characters to battle things outside of a supervillain. His battle with alcohol addiction is also looked at with the added context of the iconic Iron Man comic Demon In A Bottle that came out in 1979. On top of all of that, Iron Man is also going to be a focal point of the upcoming Captain America film that centers around the Civil War storyline. That, too, is elaborated on below.

So, no matter what area of Stark’s life appeals to you, I bet you’re about to find out even more about the invincible, but flawed, character of Tony Stark. Here are 15 things you probably didn't know.

15 He Was Inspired By The Cold War

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In hindsight, it may be easy to think of how Tony Stark was inspired by war and in particular, the Cold War, which was at its peak at the time of Stark’s creation. After all, being a military arms dealer kind of goes hand in hand with that. When Stan Lee was creating a character, he wanted to take several elements that people hated (war, military) and, as he states:

“I got a hero who represented that to the hundredth degree. He was a weapons manufacturer, he was providing weapons for the Army, he was rich... It would be kind of fun to take the kind of character that nobody would like, none of our readers would like, and shove him down their throats and make them like him."

14 The Change In The Character For Vietnam


13 His Battles With Alcohol


If you’re a big fan of the character, you may already know that Stark has a problem with alcohol. When asked about it, Jon Favreau, who directed the first Iron Man, stated, “Stark has issues with booze. That’s part of who he is." That trait has been explored in the series. In the comics, the best example is the comic Demon In A Bottle which came out in 1979. The storyline features Stark’s armor malfunctioning, and he accidentally kills a foreign ambassador. This, along with other issues, causes Stark to start drinking more heavily, to the extent where he yells at Jarvis who quits (but comes back the next day). Thankfully, Stark is confronted by his girlfriend, Beth, who is able to help make him realize his problems with drinking. After that, he vows to start on the path of recovery.

12 Iron Man Was His “Bodyguard”


11 Obadiah Stane Killed Himself


10 He Was Paralyzed By A Former Lover


9 The Suit Once Had A Nose

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8 His Armor Became Alive


7 He Was The Secretary Of Defense


6 The Variety Of His Armor


5 The Reasoning Behind Civil War


If you are even kind of a Captain America or Iron Man fan, there is no doubting that you are incredibly excited for the upcoming film Captain America: Civil War. The movie will be an entry to one of the most popular comic story arcs, the Civil War.

If you’re curious, the war started because a group of superheroes (The New Warriors) were unable to control their powers and accidentally destroyed several city blocks, including a school. This leads to a public outcry against superheroes, including Tony Stark who suggests the “Superhuman Registration Act” which would require every super-powered individual in America to register their identity and act as licensed agents. If you were not trained, the government would also try and offer some guidance in how to use and control your powers.

4 There Was No Plot For Iron Man


This is an even more astonishing fact when you consider that Iron Man is arguably the strongest of any of the superhero films. Despite this, Jeff Bridges, who plays the main antagonist, credits the improv prowess of Downey and Farveau as being instrumental in the film looking the way that he did. Bridges stated:

"They had an outline. We would show up for big scenes every day and we wouldn't know what we were going to say. We would have to go into our trailer and work on this scene and call up writers on the phone, 'You got any ideas?'"

3 He Was Inspired By Howard Hughes


2 There Was A Real Resignation Letter In A Comic


Dave Cockrum was an incredibly talented artist who helped co-create the characters Nightcrawler, Storm and Colossus and was influential in bringing to life countless more. Cockrum ended up growing tired of how Marvel was changing as a corporation and was no longer one for which he felt comfortable working. As you also now know, Jarvis, Tony Stark's butler, quits in one comic after Tony berates him while drunk. What you're about to learn is that the letter that Jarvis gives Tony is the same letter that Cockrum used to quit. The only difference is that the writers changed the word Marvel, to The Avengers. The note states:

"To: Anthony Stark

This is to notify you that I am tendering my resignation from my position. This resignation is to take effect immediately.

I am leaving because this is no longer the team-spirited “one big happy family” I once loved working for. Over the past year or so I have watched Avengers’ morale disintegrate to the point that, rather than being a team or a family, it is now a large collection of unhappy individuals simmering in their own personal stew of repressed anger, resentment and frustration. I have seen a lot of my friends silently enduring unfair, malicious or vindictive treatment.

My personal grievances are relatively slight by comparison to some, but I don’t intend to silently endure. I’ve watched the Avengers be disbanded, uprooted and shuffled around. I’ve become firmly convinced that this was done with the idea of ‘showing the hired help who’s Boss.’

I don’t intend to wait around to see what’s next.



1 Bleeding Edge Armor


I talked a little bit above about the different types of Iron Man suits that he has, but the Bleeding Edge Armor is so cool that it deserves its own section. The Bleeding Edge Armor is "kept inside Tony's body until mentally commanded, at which point it manifests itself as the Iron Man Armor."

He knows it is always there when he needs it. It is also powered by a "high-yield R.T. node mounted in his chest. The high output of the node has greatly augmented Stark's intelligence and provided him with superhuman-level multitasking and learning capabilities." As if he wasn't already smart enough, right? The armor is also armed to the teeth with weaponry and defensive capabilities ranging from pulse bolts to deflector shields.

On top of that, "other type of weapons and upgrades seems to be created by Stark's imagination, such as a boxing glove, large guns extending from his arms, or cannons."

He may not have "superpowers" but that all sounds way cooler than 98% of the Superheroes out there!

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