"Iron Man 2" heated up the theaters this summer, and soon you can bring the blockbuster movie home with you as it hits Blu-ray and DVD on September 28! As we countdown to the big day, Marvel.com will bring you a look at some of the stories, characters and relationships that influenced the film, as well as a peek or two behind the curtain of the "Iron Man 2" Blu-ray itself!
By Marc Strom
Now, with "Iron Man 2" hitting Blu-ray and DVD on September 28, we look back on the history of the two Howard Starks, each a different man but both sharing at least one thing in common: A son named Tony with a heart of Iron.
|Howard Stark fights back|
Near the end of the war, Stark designed Arsenal Alpha and Beta, two robots with an artificial intelligence known as Mistress based off his wife's brainwaves. The robots were meant as a Cold War defense mechanism, only to awaken in the event of a foreign nation occupying the United States. However, the Avengers would later activate them accidentally in the basement of their mansion.
|Howard Stark, agent of the Brotherhood of the Shield|
After Tony's birth, Howard sought to turn his son into the best he could be. While he nurtured Tony's intelligence, Howard also held him to a very high standard, and the pressure would frequently cause friction between father and son. Howard felt Tony lacked ambition and direction. When Howard and Maria died in a car accident, Tony began to take the family business much more seriously, taking control of Stark Industries, the company his father founded, and going on to become one of the world's leading scientific minds.
Steve Rogers flashed back to his rescue mission of Howard Stark in CAPTAIN AMERICA ANNUAL #9, while Iron Man and Earth's Mightiest Heroes fought the Arsenal robots in IRON MAN #114, AVENGERS ANNUAL #9 and IRON MAN Vol. 3 #84-85. Howard currently appears in the ongoing
|Ultimate Howard and young Tony|
Howard's ex-wife, Loni, teamed with Zebediah Stane to effect a hostile takeover of Stark Defense Corporation, sending Howard on the run with his son. He would later create Stark Enterprises, and after exonerating himself from the murder of Zebediah Stane which his ex-wife had orchestrated, he went on to continue raising Tony the best he knew how.
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