Tony Stark finally admits the one thought that dominated his mind as he was trapped in the cave – and how that forced him to change his life.
Warning: Contains spoilers for Darkhold: Iron Man # 1!
by marvel Iron Man is one of the world’s most popular superheroes, just like his namesake Tony Stark in the Marvel Universe – but the Armored Avenger recently revealed exactly what really made him change when he was kidnapped by terrorists. Tony’s origin story is a classic tale, often updated with new settings and enemies but retaining the same major events: a selfish gunmaker has near-death experience, is captured by the current enemy of the time and must build armor to save himself. But in Darkhold: Iron Man # 1, written by Ryan North with art by Guillermo Sanna and colors by Ian Herring, Tony’s armor serves a slightly different purpose and has a different motivation behind its creation.
The story of Darkhold: Iron Man # 1 begins in media res with Virgina “Pepper” Potts telling the reader. She, along with Happy Hogan, discovers Tony Stark on his lab floor, wearing a variant of the Mark 1 Iron Man armor from Tales of Suspense # 39 (the first issue of Iron Man). Tony’s problem in this reality is roughly the same as in Universe 616: shrapnel is lodged in his chest, and an electromagnet powered by a massive chest piece prevents him from reaching his chest. heart. Tony quickly gets to work on an improved version of the suit that heals his many wounds.
Tony now wants to create suits for more people – like a sort of mobile hospital, regenerating tissue as the occupant travels. As he works hard until late at night, he confesses a truth to Pepper regarding his capture. “I think I don’t love myself anymore. “The truth is that I made think I could die in this cave. Even if the costume worked, it wasn’t a sure thing. And all I could think of was my obituary. “ He mentions that he will be remembered as a gunmaker who only looked for profit and didn’t care about the world of people he hurt with his guns.
This reveal that Iron Man thought of how he would be remembered if he died in the cave is a real eye opener, especially for MCU fans of the character. In the years 2008 Iron Man, Tony realizes that his guns are in the hands of terrorists and therefore he is guilty. But this comic makes the point that Tony is the bad guy independently of who ends up with his arms at the end; he created weapons that kill and is therefore responsible for all the lives lost due to their use.
One of Tony’s main flaws is his egotistical demeanor and selfish thought process. Perhaps this is an ego-driven thought when considering how someone will be remembered. But in Tony Stark’s case, thinking about his possible obituary led him to create the Iron Man armor and become a hero instead of a weapon maker.
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