Iron Man’s Endo-Sym Armor allowed him to transform another Avenger into an incredible power upgrade in the pages of Marvel Comics.
Tony Stark’s Incredible Endo-Sym Iron Man the armor once allowed him to absorb his fellow hero Spectrum, making the mighty Avenger surprisingly weak. In Captain America and the Mighty Avengers Marvel Comics #7, Superior Iron Man and the Axis Avengers confronted Spectrum and the Mighty Avengers, threatening to “crush” the group unless they disbanded. As war erupted between the two Avengers teams, Tony Stark showed off his armor’s powers by miraculously absorbing Spectrum into his suit.
While Tony Stark has always let his ego and self-interest guide his decision-making as a hero, Iron Man became a villain during Marvel Comics’ Axis event. After a magical spell caused some of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to embrace their darker thoughts and sides, Iron Man became the Superior Iron Man. He created a brand new liquid suit, called his Endo-Sym Armor, which was part of the symbiote and granted him powers he had never had before. Unfortunately, Stark used his innovation not to improve the world but to develop a new Extremis virus, which brought him into conflict with several Avengers along the way.
In Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #7 by Marvel Comics’ VC’s Al Ewing, Luke Ross, Iban Coello, Rachelle Rosenberg, and Travis Lanham, the Reverse Avengers led by Superior Iron Man in his Endo-Sym armor take on the Mighty Avengers. Tony Stark tells them that their team’s name violates his trademark while demanding that they disband. The Mighty Avengers refuse, leading the Dark Avengers team to take them down. However, after Spectrum gets the upper hand, Scarlet Witch alters the probability, allowing Iron Man to guess his electromagnetic frequency, leaving him to absorb it inside his suit.
The Endo-Sym Armor’s electromagnetic absorption abilities, combined with Scarlet Witch’s magical probability modification, made Spectrum, one of Marvel’s greatest powers, look incredibly weak. Despite Spectrum’s energy-absorbing powers, once Superior Iron Man managed to lock onto his frequency, he effectively trapped the hero in his symbiote suit. Monica Rambeau would eventually break free, but the Endo-Sym armor, when tuned to the correct absorption channel, proved to be a perfect counterpoint to the mighty Avenger.
Luckily, Tony Stark wouldn’t stay in his darkest form as the Superior Iron Man for very long. However, his evil deeds while wearing his Endo-Sym armor made the regular hero one of the most despicable Avengers ever. Absorbing Spectrum and making the hero look weak might have been effective, but it also showed that the reversed Avengers completely lost the plot trying to take down a heroic team just trying to do the right thing. Iron Man’s The villainous turn is a period the hero would like to forget.
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