Iron Man, or Anthony “Tony” Stark, was born to Howard Anthony Star and Maria Collins Carbonell Stark, owners of the prominent U.S. company, Stark Industries. As a boy, Tony was fascinated with building and controlling machines. At 15, he entered the undergraduate electrical engineering program at MIT, and graduated with 2 master’s degrees by age 19. Take a look below for 27 more interesting and fascinating facts about Iron Man.
1. After graduating, Tony went to work for Stark Industries, but showed more interesting in living a reckless playboy lifestyle than using his engineering skills to build new machines.
2. When he was 21, he inherited Stark Enterprises when his parents were killed in a car accident that was secretly orchestrated by the rival corporation Republic Oil. However, still lacking in business acumen, he promoted secretary Virginia “Pepper” Potts to be his executive assistant and left the majority of his workload on her so that he could avoid what he saw as a burden.
3. JARVIS was changed to an artificial intelligence to avoid comparisons to Batman‘s butler Alfred Pennyworth.
4. The sound used during a target lock on in Iron Man’s Head Up Display is the sound of the laser cannon firing in the original Space Invaders video game.
5. Due to his membership in the Illuminati, Iron Man was given the space Infinity Gem to safeguard. It allows the users to exist in any location or all locations, move any object anywhere throughout the Universe and wrap or rearrange Space.
6. Iron Man was created by Stan Lee as a challenge to create a hero that no one should like and force people like him.
7. In the Iron Man comic series, Pepper Potts actually had her heart damaged in a battle, so Tony Stark embedded a strong magnet reactor in her chest to save her life. He eventually designs her a suit of armor based around this magnet so she can help him fight when danger presents itself.
8. On Earth 3490 of the Marvel multiverse, Tony Stark was born a female named Natasha Stark, and becomes the Iron Woman when she grows up. Stark ultimately marries Steve Rogers, which prevents the Superhero Registration Program and Civil War.
9. Iron Man once beat Magneto with the Bleeding Edge suit. Stark’s powers were vamped by the magnetic fields of several planets.
10. Tony Stark’s latest armor, based off his previous liquid smart metal technology as well as alien symbiote physiology, is controlled completely psionically.
11. About 450 separate pieces make up the Iron Man suit.
12. Tony Stark was based on Howard Hughes, who was an inventor, an adventurer, a multimillionaire, a ladies man and a nutcase.
13. A real life version of the Iron Man suit would require more energy than a nuclear power plant can produce.
14. According to Stan Lee, the Iron Man comic series developed Marvel’s first and largest following among female readers, stating, “of all the comic books we published at Marvel, we got more fan mail for Iron Man from women, from females, than any other title. Whenever we did, the letter was usually addressed to Iron Man.”
15. Tony Stark’s suit has recorded every single move and every single punch that Captain America has ever thrown. Therefore, it knows Steve’s next move before even he does.
16. In the comic even “Fear Itself,” Tony Stark built a suit of Iron Man armor out of the same magical Asgardian metal used to create Thor’s hammer. It’s known as the Iron Destroyer Armor.
17. Jon Favreau shot the Iron Man movie in California because he felt that too many superhero movies were set on the East Coast, especially New York City.
18. The Iron Man armor, especially the models prior to the Model 3, were in a constant state of experimentation and improvement. The Model 3 distinguished itself when Anthony Stark implemented a basic helmet design. The Model 2 helmet first had a horned look. The helmet mask was later riveted on flat. The Model 3 appears to be of a smooth bore motif which led to Iron Man being affectionately referred to by some of his fellow Avengers as “Shell-Head.”
19. Iron Man armor Model 5’s life support and other systems are designed primarily for space. The armor is heavy and awkward in normal gravity conditions and the control system is highly sensitive.
20. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Iron Man has an estimated kill count of 75,157.
21. Iron Man once attempted to hide the information of superheroes so he wiped his mind clean, causing him to lose his intellect.
22. According to Forbes Magazine, Tony Stark is $2.4 billion richer than Bruce Wayne.
23. The reason why Tony’s arc reactor changes from an inverted pyramid back to a circular shape in The Avengers is because Director Joss Whedon personally disliked it, so most likely it was only kept in future films to honor continuity.
24. When fully powered, Tony Stark can lift up to 100 tons in the Iron Man suit. He would later invent the Hulkbuster armor that could lift 175 tons, so he can fight The Hulk in certain situations.
25. There have been over 45 different Iron Man suits created.
26. In the latest Marvel NOW! revamp of the Iron Man comics, Tony Stark’s newest armor is enhanced with an artificial intelligence named P.E.P.P.E.R.
27. Iron Man’s armor used to include roller skates.