Fictional character biography
Iron Man 2020
|Iron Man 2020|
|First appearance||Machine Man 2020 #2 (November 1984)|
|Created by||Tom DeFalco|
|Alter ego||Arno Stark|
Superhuman strength and physical resistance
Arno Stark is Tony Stark's future first cousin once removed, and the unscrupulous Morgan Stark's son. Arno inherited the company Stark Industries. Rather than use the armor for heroic deeds, he prefers to act as a hired mercenary or commit acts of corporate espionage to cripple his competitors for industrialist gain.
In his original appearance, the Iron Man of 2020 was employed by Sunset Bain (as an old woman) to destroy Machine Man who had been accidentally discovered and subsequently reactivated by the Midnight Wreckers, rebellious youths who scavenged discarded technology. Despite ostensibly superior power, Iron Man was defeated by the furious Machine Man who went on to claim "I'm a better man than you." 
In another story, Arno's factory is infiltrated by Robert Saunders, a heavily scarred man who starts a countdown on a powerful bomb of Stark's design, threatening Stark's wife and son (trapped in the factory) and the surrounding city. The only way to deactivate the device is with a retinal scan of Saunders, but is killed and the man's body destroyed while trying to escape. To get the scan data, Stark travels back in time to the "present" (i.e. 1986, when the story was published) to find Saunders as a child. He is soon mistaken for the "current" Iron Man (Tony Stark) and attacked by one of Tony's enemies Blizzard (Gregor Shapanka). Arno, knowing his time in the 20th century is limited, kills Blizzard and continues his search for the young Saunders. This draws the attention of Spider-Man who also mistakes Arno for Tony and further mistakes Arno's attempts to get a retinal scan from Saunders as an attack on the boy. While protecting Saunders, Spider-Man evades various attempts by Arno to get hold of the boy, while Arno becomes increasingly desperate as his time in the 20th century nears its end. One of Arno's attacks seriously injures Saunders; the scars Arno inflicted would eventually lead Saunders's vengeance-minded future self to sabotage Arno's factory, thus Arno unwittingly creates the situation he traveled back in time to resolve and Spider-Man is sufficiently angered to directly attack the much more powerful Arno. Surprised by the assault and overwhelmed by Spider-Man's far greater speed, Arno's armor is significantly damaged. When he is pulled back to his own time, he finds himself standing in the center of a huge crater, having returned too late to prevent the bomb's detonation and the destruction of his family, factory and city.
Iron Man 2020 also had his own one-shot in June 1994, in which he faces off against an industrial rival who seeks to use him to destroy all his competitors all at once, sacrificing his own daughter in the process. At the end of the story, Arno and the girl Melodi get together, suggesting an evolution towards a more heroic role again. Meanwhile, the background character Howard is revealed (if only to the reader) to be the aged Tony himself who intends to guide his young cousin.
In 2023, Arno makes Helicarrier technology available for public use, to start with in the form of a Helicruiser called the "Spirit of free enterprise". At the same time, he has supplied S.H.I.E.L.D. with a far more advanced replacement Hypercarrier. Unfortunately, his launching the airborne cruise ship has raised the ire of the aged sky pirate, Commodore Q. Arno has married Melodi at this point and "Howard" remains his retainer. He also employs a squad of fetal Extremis enhanciles who act as his personal armored combat squad.
A version of Arno's armor left in the present is stolen by the Sinister Six as part of Doctor Octopus's plans against the Avengers, using technology from the armor to devise a means of defeating the Iron Man of the present.
|First appearance||Iron Man #12 (September 2013; unnamed|
Iron Man #17 (December 2013; named)
|Created by||Kieron Gillen|
|Alter ego||Arno Stark|
Superhuman strength and physical resistance
An alternate equivalent of Arno Stark has since been seen in the mainstream Earth-616 continuity as the previously unknown brother of Iron Man (Tony Stark). He is revealed to have been genetically altered by the Recorder known as 451, intending for the child to grow up to pilot a suit of armor known as the Godkiller. Upon learning this, Howard Stark sabotaged the experiment which rendered Arno crippled and unable to speak without the use of machines. His existence was purposefully kept a mystery until decades later when he was discovered by Tony at the Maria Stark Foundation. He and Tony began transforming the decrepit Mandarin City into a futuristic utopia called Troy. Tony and Arno's plan soon found opposition in the form of the Rings of the Mandarin who started searching for hosts to destroy Tony and Troy. The Mandarin-One named Lord Remaker bombed the Troy Central Control and Arno was seemingly killed. However, Arno had deployed his own suit of Iron Man's armor with which he later helped Iron Man and the Trojan Guard fight the enemy forces. After realizing the city would never be safe as long as he was attached to it, Tony quits working directly on Troy, leaving Arno the position of the city's new custodian. Arno later began working on a remake of the Extremis virus.
Powers and abilities
Iron Man 2020 wears a suit of highly sophisticated armor, similar in appearance to the classic Iron Man armor (circa Model 5), with the exception of the faceplate and shoulders. Beam weapons are fitted in the gauntlets of the suit, as well as the chest beam and shoulder epaulets. The user no longer requires a cybernetic link in the helmet to control the armor; the helmet can also be hidden via cloaking technology, which was presumably developed based on the Chameleon mode of the Silver Centurion armor. Iron Man 2020's systems are built for warfare, not super heroics like the original Iron Man. Iron Man 2020's repulsors (and an arsenal of other weapons) always fire at maximum power for the most lethal effects. Curiously, Iron Man 2020 also has the original Iron Man's 1970s-era rollerskates (updated to a "roller blade" style[volume & issue needed]) built into the boots of the suit.
In the pages of Marvel Zombies 5, Arno Stark is a businessman in Earth-483 (a dimension heavily influenced by a "wild west" theme). He attempts to hire the heroic Hurricane to perform daring stunts for his shows. Instead, Arno is slain and transformed by a zombie. He proceeds to rampage through town, causing the deaths of most of the citizens including the Hurricane.
The Iron Man of 2020 appeared in the Paradise X mini-series alongside numerous Marvel heroes from different time-lines, such as a version of Storm named Bloodstorm from the Mutant X reality, Deathlok, Spider-Girl and Wolverine (in the Days of Future Past form).
On the Technopolis area of Battleworld during the Secret Wars storyline, Arno Stark is the brother of Tony Stark (the region's ruler). He colludes with Wilson Fisk to help undermine his brother's rule and seeks to steal new armor designs from Kiri Oshiro (the niece of Rumiko Fujikawa). It turned out that Tony and Arno's father was the one who unleashed the airborne virus that required everyone to wear high-tech armors. After Lila Rhodes defeated Iron Man and Arno, the brothers are arrested by the Thor Corps.
In other media
The 2020 era version of Arno Stark has a non-voiced cameo appearance in Avengers: Secret Wars. A descendant of Iron Man and Howard Stark, this version is an enemy of Kang the Conqueror in the future. In the episode "New Year's Resolution", Kang tries to make sure he never exists by trying to kill Howard and then Iron Man. During the final conflict, Arno appears out of a time portal that opens and forcefully drags Kang back to their own time.
- Iron Man 2020 appears as a playable character in Marvel Super Hero Squad Online, voiced by Tom Kenny.
- Iron Man 2020 appears as a DLC character in Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 as a part of the "Out of Time" pack alongside Lady Spider and Nosferata.
- The Earth-616 version of Arno Stark appears as a playable character in Marvel: Future Fight with alternate costume designs consisting of Iron Man's Hulkbuster armor in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Bruce Banner's in Avengers: Infinity War.
- Machine Man 2020 #2
- Machine Man 2020 #3
- Amazing Spider-Man Annual #20
- Death's Head #10
- Iron Man 2020 graphic novel
- She-Hulk vol. 2 #3 (Feb. 2006).
- Astonishing Tales (2009) #1-6
- The Amazing Spider-Man #683
- Uncanny Avengers #14
- Iron Man vol. 5 #9–12
- Iron Man Vol. 5 #17
- Iron Man Vol. 5 #19
- Iron Man Vol. 5 #20
- Iron Man Vol. 5 #21
- Iron Man Vol. 5 #22
- Iron Man Vol. 5 #26
- Avengers Forever #1-12
- Marvel Zombies 5 Vol. 5 #1 (2010)
- Paradise X: Heralds #2 (2002)
- Armor Wars #1
- Armor Wars #2
- Armor Wars #5
- "New Year's Resolution". Avengers Assemble. Season 4. Episode 14. December 3, 2017. Disney XD.