By Jim Beard
50 Years ago,
Flash forward half a century, and the Armored Avenger has become a worldwide sensation. Beyond his prominent role across the Marvel Comics line, Shellhead hit the big screen in 2008 as Robert Downey Jr. brought
On May 3, 2013,
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The new era of Iron Man action in 2005 led to one of the biggest changes yet in
Some things never change: In IRON MAN #1, a film producer met with
Stark, as Iron Man, flew off to the Raft, the superhuman criminal prison, in NEW AVENGERS #1 to help corral a massive outbreak of villains. There, he met up with Captain America and others and got in on the ground floor of the la
After Maya informed Tony about Extremis and FuturePharm’s part in its development in IRON MAN #2, the two discovered that a man named Mallen had broken into FBI headquarters and began a wholesale slaughter of its employees. Maya realized that the superhuman abilities exhibited by Mallen must be due to Extremis. Stark raced off to confront Mallen as Iron Man.
At the FBI building, the Armored Avenger ordered Mallen to surrender in IRON MAN #3. The super-powered individual decided to fight instead and he and Shellhead threw down. After punishing blows from both combatants, Mallen overpowered his opponent and pierced Iron Man’s chestplate. Dazed and confused, Stark looked up to see the man ready to finish him off.
Our hero surged back in IRON MAN #4 and used his chest beam to strike at Mallen. Seeing that the tide had turned against him and now surrounded by police and army forces, Mallen fled the scene. Iron Man asked Maya Hansen to evacuate him to FuturePharm to effect repairs, but once there she realized that his injuries went far beyond her capabilities. Then, Tony had a brainstorm: inject him with Extremis. Maya complied, but Stark appeared dead to the world.