We all thought Tony was the son of famous industrialist Howard Stark, but, that’s not the real truth. Get ready to be shocked!
Spoiler Alert – This article has major spoilers for Invincible Iron-Man #600. You have been warned.
Right from the time, Tony Stark became vital to Marvel Universe and comic books; his origin story has remained consistent. However, it is a habit of Marvel Comics to alter its own history, and it has redone Tony Stark’s origins.
Tony’s mother Amanda Armstrong used to be a rock star who later became an undercover agent for SHIELD. Later she married industrialist Howard Stark to cover up for her double life. Leveraging her position as the wife of an arms producer, Amanda used to get close to people and places which were not accessible to SHIELD or the military.That made Amanda capable of getting her hands on information that no other agent could access. Later, during a mission, Amanda met her true love, and that’s where things changed for Tony.
During the events of Civil War II, Amanda met Tony Stark, just before Captain Marvel sent him into a coma. However, just before he went into a coma, Amanda had told him the truth that he wasn’t Howard Stark’s son. She told him that his father used to be an undercover SHIELD agent, just like her. However, the guy called Jude turned out to be a double agent working for SHIELD as well as Hydra, and he used to leak SHIELD information to Hydra frequently. In essence, he was a traitor.
Amanda told Tony that Jude was killed by her after she found out his reality. She said she personally killed him while she was pregnant with Tony so that Hydra could never manipulate him. However, as it turns out, Jude didn’t die.
After ‘killing’ Jude, Amanda went to America with Tony. However, Hydra survived, and Jude became one of its nastiest operatives.
He arrives in Iron-Man #600. Amanda and Jude’s latest meeting was as uncomfortable as their last. That’s when Mary Jane Watson enters the scene and succeeds in shooting Jude in the shoulder. Jude then signaled to the Hydra agents lying in wait outside, but, as they arrive to provide backup, so does Iron-Man accompanied by Leonardo Da Vinci and Brotherhood of the Shield to protect the two ladies.
Various actors have played Howard Stark in MCU. While Dominic Cooper was seen as Howard in Captain America, Dan Slattery played the role in Captain America: Civil War and then Gerard Sanders also played a younger version of the character in the 2008 film Iron-Man.
Officially, Howard Stark’s MCU debut was in the 2011 film Captain America: The First Avenger. Given below is the movie’s official synopsis:
It is 1941, and the world is in the throes of war. Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) wants to do his part and join America’s armed forces, but the military rejects him because of his small stature. Finally, Steve gets his chance when he is accepted into an experimental program that turns him into a supersoldier called Captain America. Joining forces with Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), Captain America leads the fight against the Nazi-backed HYDRA organization.
Tony’s biological father, Hydra agent Jude hasn’t been a part of the MCU and is unlikely to ever be. It will mess up the timeline for Marvel Cinematic Universe and Iron-Man.
We wonder what kind of impact this new truth about Tony Stark play in the future Iron-Man stories? Jude has been lurking around in the shadows all the time and has got his moment to come out now. Will he entice Iron-Man to join Hydra?
In the wake of Civil War 2, Tony Stark has already become dubious. He defied the government and Captain Marvel after having lost his bestie War Machine to Thanos. He is a lost and shattered guy in the comics. Which route he chooses now will decide his ultimate fate. Nothing much can be said right now. Maybe the upcoming Dan Slott written Tony Stark: Iron Man series will reveal further details about Tony Stark’s dark origins. Time will only tell.
Iron-Man’s original MCU debut was in the 2008 film Iron-Man. Given below is the movie’s synopsis.
Iron Man first appeared in the MCU in Iron Man of 2008. The movie’s official film synopsis reads:
A billionaire industrialist and genius inventor, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), is conducting weapons tests overseas, but terrorists kidnap him to force him to build a devastating weapon. Instead, he builds an armored suit and upends his captors. Returning to America, Stark refines the suit and uses it to combat crime and terrorism.