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Unlimited Highlights: Iron Man Villains

Iron Man's most fearsome foes come crawling out of the woodwork in this week's Unlimited Highlights!

We're celebrating the May 7 (April 28 internationally) release of "Iron Man 2" with Iron Man Month 2010! Get ready for a monthlong mega mix of all things Shellhead right here on Marvel.com!


By Ben Chabala

Every week we'll pick a handful of awesome comics from the thousands available through Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited. From creator spotlights to editor's picks and more, this'll be your spot to find something new and cool.

This week Unlimited Highlights proudly presents some of the biggest, most brutal battles between the Armored Avenger and his most lethal foes. With appearances by Iron Monger, Whiplash, The Mandarin and more, how can you afford to miss out?


After a harrowing duel with the villainous Grey Gargoyle, the Invincible Iron Man finds his power cells running on empty and no way to charge himself back up. Tony Stark’s cousin Morgan, indebted to the nefarious crime boss Mister M, takes the inert Armored Avenger to the big boss’ gambling ship. Just when he gets charged up, Shellhead finds himself locked in the hull of a floating barge with a man who calls himself Whiplash and the metal-clad billionaire may very well have met his match!

The war brewing between Tony Stark and Obadiah Stane recently exploded into a literal fiery inferno, injuring many of Tony’s closest friends. Now the billionaire playboy must stop Stane at any cost. But that may be more than even the Iron Avenger can handle, because now Obadiah controls his own suit of armor, one that puts Tony’s to shame, and thus enters Iron Monger. You can bet that neither metal man will be pulling any punches in this mechanized beat-down and to the victor goes the spoils of Stark Industries. It’s a fight to the finish and one of these men won’t make it out alive!

Tony Stark leads an interesting life. As one of the richest men in the world, owner of Stark Enterprises and the man behind the Iron Man armor, he creates cutting edge technology and hobnobs with the smartest people in the world before attending galas of the obscenely rich and famous. Of course once he steps out of said gala as his alter ego it's time to deal out some justice. All in a day's work for the ironclad Avenger, but a resurgence of some of his oldest foes will leave Tony reeling, as Spymaster, The Ghost, and The Living Laser all make their stunning return!

Somewhere in China, a lone man descends into the haunted desolation of the Valley of Spirits. A descendant of the great Genghis Khan, he wrestles his destiny from the dead hands of an ancient alien race and emerges triumphant, 10 mystic rings adorning his hands and ultimate power at his fingertips. Years later whispers of a vicious Chinese warlord calling himself The Mandarin reach the ears of S.H.I.E.L.D. and they ask Iron Man to investigate this urban legend. Thus begins one of the fiercest rivalries in the entire Marvel Universe! Witness the first meeting of Iron Man and his deadliest nemesis, The Mandarin and see who takes the most licks in a ferocious battle between magic and machinery!

When it comes to corporate subterfuge and vicious acts of industrial espionage, in the case of Ezekiel Stane, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. The son of ObadiahStane , one of Iron Man’s most devious rivals, young Zeke wants revenge for the death of his father. He wants to cripple Stark Enterprises and sends suicide bombers to destroy several of the companies' most valuable locations. However, Tony’s dealt with this sort of disaster before and manages to send Iron Man suits to foil Stane’s plans while taking on the young prodigy himself. But this battle won’t be fought in million dollar pieces of hardware. Nope, it’s Tony vs Ezekiel mano a mano--will either of them make it out alive?


Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as billionaire industrialist Tony Stark, aka the super hero Iron Man in this sequel to the 2008 blockbuster. RDJ, Paltrow, Cheadle and Rockwell are joined by Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Mickey Rourke as Whiplash. Jon Favreau once again takes up the directorial reins for Marvel's armored avenger.

"Iron Man 2" is one of a continuing slate of films being produced by Marvel Studios based on the Marvel characters, including "Thor" on May 6, 2011, "The First Avenger: Captain America" on July 22, 2011 and "Marvel Studios' The Avengers" on May 4, 2012.

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... The Mandarin as his best villain, no doubt about it.