Iron Man, the armor clad tragic hero is Anthony Edward \u201cTony\u201d Stark.
Son of Howard Anthony Stark and Maria Collins Carbonell Stark,
and heir to their high-tech weapons research and development com-
pany Stark Industries. A born genius, Tony entered the Massachu-
setts Institute of Technology undergraduate program at age 15 and
graduated with a Masters in electrical engineering. By age 21 Tony
gain control of his deceased parents company which had been held
in trust for him by the chairman of Stark Industries, Obadiah Stane.
Tony Stark, who had secretly become the superhero named Iron Man, offered
Rhodes a job as his personal pilot, and Rhodes soon became one of Stark\u2019s
closest associates and confidants as well as Stark Industries\u2019 chief aviation
officer. As a result, he had numerous adventures with his employewhere his
daring and skills were valuable assets. Stark also subsequently designed a
heavier-armed version of the Iron Man suit, the \u201cVariable Threat Response
Battle Suit\u201d to battle the Masters of Silence, and it became known as the War
Her given name is really Virginia, and that \u201cPepper\u201d was a nickname be-
stowed upon her by Tony when they first met. While working as an accountant
she discovered a small error he made on a document, and when she went to
show him personally Tony\u2019s bodyguards did not want to let her into his office.
She threatened to pepper spray them (though she really had none) to get
inside. Amused by the obvious lie, Tony lets her in and looks at the mistake,
hires her as his assistant on the spot, and calls her Pepper from then on.
Natalia Romanova was born in Stalingrad, Russia and was trained as a Soviet
agent. Over her lifetime she has had numerous associations with various
Marvel super heroes.
Justin Hammer was born in Surrey, England, and later became a citizen of
Monaco. A rival of industrialist Anthony Stark (Iron Man), multi-billionaire
businessman Hammer, himself an industrialist, later became a criminal
financier. Hammer uses unethical methods. In exchange for fifty percent
of the profits from their crimes, he will pay bail for costumed criminals and
finance the development and replacement of their weaponry and equipment.
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