Iron Man in other media

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Adaptations of Iron Man in other media
Created by Stan Lee
Larry Lieber
Don Heck
Jack Kirby
Original source Comics published by Marvel Comics
First appearance Tales of Suspense #39 (March 1963)
Films and television
Film(s) The Invincible Iron Man (2007)
Iron Man (2008)
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Iron Man 3 (2013)
The Marvel Super Heroes (1966)
Iron Man (1994)
Iron Man: Armored Adventures (2009)
Video game(s) Iron Man and X-O Manowar in Heavy Metal (1996)
The Invincible Iron Man (2002)
Iron Man (2008)
Iron Man 2 (2010)

The Marvel Comics character Iron Man has appeared in various other media since the character's debut in Tales of Suspense #39 (March 1963). Iron Man has been the focus of three animated series and a direct-to-DVD animated feature. Three live-action Iron Man feature films starring Robert Downey, Jr. in the title role have been released since 2008 with Downey also appearing as the character in The Incredible Hulk in 2008 and in The Avengers in 2012.



Iron Man on The Marvel Super Heroes animated series.

Iron Man appeared in the 1966 series The Marvel Super Heroes where he was one of the five featured superheroes[1] and was voiced by John Vernon.[2]


  • In 1981, Iron Man guest starred in Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends[3] with William H. Marshall providing his voice. He made cameo appearances throughout the series, most prominently in "The Origin of the Spider-Friends", in which Tony Stark is a central character.[2] The Beetle stole a crime-detection computer and the Power Booster invented by Tony Stark to increase his power. He was the first villain that the Spider-Friends faced together in that origin episode. In gratitude for the Spider-Friends' aid against the Beetle, Stark provided them with the crime-detection technology used by the heroes throughout the series.
  • Iron Man made a few cameo appearances with the rest of the Avengers in the 1981 solo Spider-Man show, on an in-universe cartoon in the episode "Arsenic and Aunt May", and as a costume in a costume shop in the episode "The Capture of Captain America".[2]




  • Beginning in 2010, Iron Man appears in the The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, voiced by Eric Loomis and Keiji Fujiwara in the Japanese dub.[6][7] As in the comics, he is one of the founding members of the team and provides them with the Avengers Mansion as well as all the team's technology, including special ID cards and Quinjets. This Iron Man includes the elements from the comics canon and some elements from the recent Iron Man film series, including the Arc Reactor in his chest as well as his armor being run by the JARVIS A.I., as opposed to the HOMER system in the comics. He serves as team leader, and is seen in the opening credits monitoring the team's activities on various view screens.
  • As part of a four-series collaboration between the Japanese Madhouse animation house and Marvel, Iron Man starred in a 12 episode anime series that premiered in Japan on Animax in October 2010 and is shown on G4 in the United States.[8] It concluded on Animax after running the full dozen episodes on December 17, 2010. He is voiced by Keiji Fujiwara in Japanese and Adrian Pasdar in English.. He additionally appears in a non-speaking cameo in the final episode of Marvel Anime: X-Men.
  • He appears in the Spider-Man animated TV series, Ultimate Spider-Man, with Pasdar reprising his role. In the episode "Great Power", he is shown trying to master his suit. He has a major role in "Flight of the Iron Spider", where he and the team combat the Living Laser. The episode makes several references to his playboy persona. His background seems identical to the canon, with the first suit being built to escape captivity. An alternate version of him is briefly shown in the end, when the Living Laser ends up in the Super Hero Squad reality.
  • Iron Man appears in Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload, once again voiced by Adrian Pasdar.
  • He will appear in Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., once again voiced by Pasdar.[9]
  • Iron Man appears in the summer 2013 animated special Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel,[10] with Pasdar reprising his role.[11]
  • Iron Man appears in the animated series Avengers Assemble, voiced once again by Pasdar.[12][13]
  • The president of Disney Channel Worldwide Gary Marsh announced a new Iron Man series is in development.[14]
  • Iron Man will appear in the upcoming anime series Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers.[15]


Marvel Studios[edit]

Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark as depicted in the film Iron Man 3.
  • Robert Downey, Jr. portrays Tony Stark in Iron Man (2008),[16] Iron Man 2 (2010), The Avengers (2012)[17] and Iron Man 3 (2013),[18] as well as having a cameo in The Incredible Hulk (2008).[16]
  • Downey, Jr. is slated to reprise the role once again in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).[19]


According to Iron Man 3 director Shane Black in March 2013, Robert Downey, Jr.'s contract with Marvel Studios, which expired after the release of Iron Man 3, may be extended in order for the actor to appear in a second Avengers film and at least one more Iron Man film. He said: "There has been a lot of discussion about it: 'Is this the last Iron Man for Robert [Downey, Jr.]?' Something tells me that it will not be the case, and [he] will be seen in a fourth, or fifth." Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has said that the character of Stark will continue to be featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe regardless of Downey's involvement.[20] Also in March, Downey said he was open to extending his contract, stating he feels "there's a couple other things we've gotta do" with the character.[21] In June 2013, Downey Jr. signed on to return as Iron Man in Avengers: Age of Ultron and a third Avengers film.[19]


Further information: Marvel Animation
  • Iron Man has been featured in Ultimate Avengers (an animated direct-to-video adaptation of the Ultimates produced by Marvel Entertainment and Lions Gate Films) voiced by Marc Worden. Although based on Ultimate Iron Man, the animated version's identity is not a matter of public record, and, as in main Marvel Universe continuity, he is afflicted with a heart condition rather than a brain tumor. In the first film he is reluctant to join the Avengers, but later becomes a full-time member. Marvel/Lions Gate released Ultimate Avengers 2 on August 8, 2006. In the second film Iron Man's old armor is ruined, so he uses the War Machine armor.
  • Marc Worden reprises his role of Iron Man in The Invincible Iron Man. The film does much of a changed origin where Stark is taken to China.[clarification needed] There he meets Li Mei, and with Rhodey builds a suit of armor. As Iron Man he takes down four elementals attempting to resurrect his arch enemy, the Mandarin who in this incarnation is a Kahgan who has been deceased for many centuries.
  • An elderly Iron Man also appears in the alternate universe Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow voiced by Tom Kane. He takes the children of the Avengers to a safe place where Ultron will not find them.
  • Stark (voiced again by Marc Worden) makes a brief appearance in the Planet Hulk animated movie.[22]
  • Iron Man: Rise of Technovore is a direct-to-video feature which, like the Marvel Anime adaptation, is produced by Madhouse in collaboration with Marvel. The feature is written by Brandon Auman and directed by Hiroshi Hamasaki. Matthew Mercer and Norman Reedus voiced Stark and the Punisher respectively. The feature revolves around Iron Man as he fights against Ezekiel Stane who has developed a new bio-technology. The film was released in North America on Blu-ray and DVD April 16, 2013.[23][24]

Video games[edit]

Motion comics[edit]

Iron Man appears in the Iron Man: Extremis Motion comic voiced by DJ Tanner.


The Iron Man armor is prominently featured in the book Inventing Iron Man: The Possibility of a Human Machine by E. Paul Zehr, which explores the hard science fiction aspects of Iron Man and the possibility of building an Iron Man-like armor.[33]

Iron Man has appeared in the following novels:

Title Author Publisher ISBN Release Date
Iron Man: And Call My Killer... MODOK! William Rotsler Pocket Books 0671820893 / 9780671820893 May 1979
Iron Man: The Armor Trap Greg Cox Berkley Boulevard/BPMC 1572970081 / 9781572970083 July 1995
Iron Man: Steel Terror Dean Wesley Smith Pocket Books/BPMC 0671003216 / 9780671003210 October 1996
Iron Man: Operation A.I.M. Greg Cox Berkley Boulevard/BPMC 1572971959 / 9781572971950 December 1996
Spider-Man and Iron Man: Doom's Day Book Two: Sabotage Pierce Askegren
Danny Fingeroth
Berkley Boulevard/BPMC 1572972351 / 9781572972353 March 1997
Iron Man Peter David Del Rey Books 034550609X / 9780345506092 April 2008
Iron Man: Femme Fatales Robert Greenberger Del Rey Books 0345506855 / 9780345506856 September 29, 2009
Iron Man: Virus Alexander C. Irvine Del Rey Books 0345506847 / 9780345506849 January 26, 2010
Iron Man: Extremis Marie Javins Marvel Comics 978-0785165187 April 16, 2013


The first Iron Man action figure was produced in 1975 by the Mego Corporation. This eight inch (203 mm) tall figure featured a cloth costume and plastic accessories. The version of the armor represented features the infamous "nose" helmet, making it unique among all Iron Man toys.

Toy Biz has produced Iron Man figures based on the 1994 Iron Man cartoon, all with vac-mTodayetallized, detachable armor parts. A fifth assortment, which never became openly available, appears on the collectibles market.[34]

Since 2002, Toy Biz has produced Iron Man figures in the company's Marvel Legends line. Iron Man Legends figures include his Classic Armor (Gold variant) and Stealth Armor in Series One, the Silver Centurion Armor in Series Seven, the Modern Armor in Series Eight, War Machine (with James Rhodes) in Series Nine, the Hulkbuster Armor in Series 11, the Origin Armor in Series 14 (Gold variant), and the Thorbuster Armor in Series 15. Modular Armor with War-Machine variant also appeared.

When Hasbro took over the Marvel Legends line in 2007, the company released the Ultimate Iron Man armor as part of the Annihilus Build-A-Figure series. His armor comes with different color. Some of the action figures' armor could be removed.

On March 22, 2008, Hasbro started an Iron Man movie toy line, with figures based on those appearing in the film and somewhat comic-faithful repaints. The first wave included seven figures: Iron Man Mark 01, Mark 02, Mark 03, Prototype, Stealth Operations Suit (Wal-Mart exclusive), Repulsor Red Prototype (Target exclusive), and Iron Monger (with red and blue highlighted variants).

The Marvel Minimates action-figure line features four Iron Man armors.

Iron Man is featured as one of the available characters to choose from in the Marvel Heroes version of the 1980s board game Guess Who?

Burger King included action figures of the characters from the movie in their children's menus. The figures include the Mark II armor, two version of the Mark III armor and the Iron Monger armor. In the 2008 movie, the first thing Stark does when he returns to the United States after escaping from the Ten Rings is buy a Double Whopper, and he eats it during his press conference.

Iron Man is the twelfth figurine in The Classic Marvel Figurine Collection.

Iron Man is featured as a Lego minifigure in the Lego Marvel Super Heroes sets.

In June 2013, Bandai Tamashii Nations in Japan released Iron Man Mark VI for their SH Figuarts line. In May 2014, the Mark 42 version of Iron Man was announced.

Iron Man is included as a collectible figure from the board game Heroscape featured in a Marvel crossover set.


Iron Man will appear in the Marvel Universe: LIVE! stage show.[35]

Unrealized projects[edit]

In 1989, while the third TV-movie sequel to The Incredible Hulk live-action television series was expected to co-star She-Hulk, Iron Man was being considered for both a follow-up or a solo film of his own.[36] One year later, a film from Universal Studios to be directed by Stuart Gordon was being negotiated.[37] This was still on the table ten months later,[38] and also another two years on, this time with no specific director or even studio attached.[39]

Pop culture references to Iron Man[edit]

  • In 2001, a reference to Iron Man is made in X-Men: Evolution in episode 20: "On Angel's Wings", a sign reading "Stark Enterprises" can briefly be seen.
  • In The Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror X", in Desperately Xeeking Xena, Iron Man is amongst the list of names The Collector (Comic Book Guy) wants Lucy Lawless to call him on their wedding night.
  • Iron Man appears in the Robot Chicken episodes "Celebutard Mountain" voiced by Mark Hamill, "I'm Trapped" voiced by Adam Reed, "Tell My Mom" voiced by Ron Perlman, "Two Weeks Without Food" voiced by Jon Favreau, "Collateral Damage in Gang Turf War" voiced by Liev Schreiber, and "Robot Fight Accident" voiced by Kevin Shinick.
  • In the Seinfeld episode "The Voice" George and Jerry discuss whether Iron Man wears some kind of undergarment beneath his armor. George suggests he goes naked and Jerry replies that idea does not make sense.
  • In The Looney Tunes Show, there was a CGI animated short of Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote entitled "Heavy Metal." In this short, Wile E. tries to catch the Road Runner with an iron suit. The design is based on the Mark I armor. Similar to the comics, the Coyote designed his suit in a cave just like Tony Stark did with Yinsen.
  • MAD featured a movie short titled "I Love You, Iron Man" in which Iron Man 2 and I Love You, Man are spoofed.

Amusement park[edit]


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