Iron Man 2020

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Iron Man 2020 (Arno Stark) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is a superhero appearing as the counterpart of the superhero Iron Man in the future year of 2020 in the multiverse.

Publication history[edit]

Iron Man 2020 first appeared in the second issue of the Machine Man limited series (1984) and was created by [Álvaro Ozuna] and Herb Trimpe.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Iron Man 2020
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Machine Man #2 (November 1984)
Created by Tom DeFalco
Herb Trimpe
In-story information
Alter ego Arno Stark
Abilities Armor grants:
Superhuman strength and physical resistance
Energy blasts

Arno 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.[1]

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." [2]

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[3]) 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.

In a later appearance, Iron Man 2020 fought the time-traveling cyborg Death's Head.[4]

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.[5]

He (or an alternate version) has been seen imprisoned in the time cells of the Time Variance Authority, the holding facilities for the most "dangerous time-travel offenders".[6]

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.[7]

A version of Arno's armor left in the present is stolen by the Sinister Six as part of Doctor Octopus' plans against the Avengers, using technology from the armor to devise a means of defeating the Iron Man of the present.[8]

Arno is later rescued from a collapsing timeline by Kang the Conqueror who recruits him as part of a team of multiversal characters tasked with combating the Apocalypse Twins.[9]

Powers and abilities[edit]

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.

Other versions[edit]

Avengers Forever[edit]

A version of Iron Man 2020 appeared as one of the multidimensional "potential" Avengers in Avengers Forever.[10]

Marvel Zombies[edit]

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.[11]

Paradise X[edit]

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 his Days of Future Past form).[12]


Arno Stark
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Iron Man #12 (September 2013) (Unnamed)
Iron Man #17 (December 2013) (Named)
Created by Kieron Gillen
Dale Eaglesham
In-story information
Team affiliations Stark Industries
Abilities Armor grants:
Superhuman strength and physical resistance
Energy blasts

An alternate version of Arno Stark has since been introduced in the mainstream Earth-616 continuity as the previously unknown brother of Iron Man (Tony Stark). This iteration of the character was created by Kieron Gillen and Dale Eaglesham. 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.[13] His existence was purposefully kept a mystery until decades later when he was discovered by Tony at the Maria Stark Foundation.[14] He and Tony begun transforming the decrepit Mandarin City into a futuristic utopia called Troy.[15] 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.[16] The Mandarin-One named Lord Remaker bombed the Troy Central Control and Arno was seemingly killed.[17] However, Arno had deployed his own suit of Iron Man armor with which he later helped Tony 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.[18] Arno later began working on a remake of the Extremis virus.[19]

Ultimate Marvel[edit]

Gregory Stark
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics (Ultimate Marvel)
First appearance Ultimate Comics: Avengers #2 (November 2009)
Created by Mark Millar
Carlos Pacheco
In-story information
Alter ego Gregory "Greg" Stark
Team affiliations S.H.I.E.L.D.

The Ultimate Marvel universe features Gregory "Greg" Stark, a unique character to the Ultimate Marvel universe created by Mark Millar and Carlos Pacheco. His character shares similarities with Arno Stark of the mainstream Marvel universe. In contrast to his brother Iron Man (Tony Stark), he is more competent and doesn't possess an infamous lifestyle, but also suffers from a superiority complex.[20] Gregory serves as Nick Fury's benefactor for the Avengers to initially defeat the Red Skull and A.I.M..[21][22][23] Stark later participated in a war between the Avengers led by Fury and the Ultimates led by Carol Danvers. After an all-out fight which resulted in Fury being taken into custody and Danvers being in critical condition, Stark was given leadership of S.H.I.E.L.D. by the President of the United States. Stark then revealed that he was actually responsible for Fury's framing as a rogue agent selling top secret superhuman research on the black market. Gregory has also used his S.H.I.E.L.D. director position to aid in his cause of supplying smuggled super-soldiers to pro-democratic rebellions in rogue states and creating a new world order according to his own agenda.[24] When Fury and the Avengers confront him, Stark uses a nanite fleet in his body, imbuing him with super-human strength and invulnerability. As his plans came to fruition as nations (such as Iran and North Korea) fall to revolution, Stark ordered the New Ultimates to stand down. But when the New Ultimates and the Avengers fight against of the conspiracy, Stark personally fought against both groups in North Korea; he destroys Captain America's shield to show his strength. When Iron Man disabled his brother's nanites via electromagnetic pulse, Gregory is killed when Thor strikes him with a lightning bolt.[25][26]

Armor Wars[edit]

On the Technopolis area of Battleworld during the Secret Wars storyline, Arno Stark is the brother of Tony Stark (the region's ruler).[27] 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).[28] 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.[29]

In other media[edit]


The 2020 era version of Arno Stark has a non-voiced cameo appearance in Avengers: Secret Wars.[30] 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.

Video games[edit]


  1. ^ Machine Man #2
  2. ^ Machine Man #3
  3. ^ Amazing Spider-Man Annual #20
  4. ^ Death's Head #10
  5. ^ Iron Man 2020 graphic novel
  6. ^ She-Hulk vol. 2 #3 (Feb. 2006).
  7. ^ "Astonishing Tales (2009) #1-6"
  8. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man #683
  9. ^ Uncanny Avengers #14
  10. ^ Avengers Forever #1-12
  11. ^ Marvel Zombies 5 Vol. 5 #1 (2010)
  12. ^ Paradise X: Heralds #2 (2002)
  13. ^ Iron Man vol. 5 #9-12
  14. ^ Iron Man Vol. 5 #17
  15. ^ Iron Man Vol. 5 #19
  16. ^ Iron Man Vol. 5 #20
  17. ^ Iron Man Vol. 5 #21
  18. ^ Iron Man Vol. 5 #22
  19. ^ Iron Man Vol. 5 #26
  20. ^ Ultimate Comics: Avengers #2
  21. ^ Ultimate Comics: Avengers #4
  22. ^ Ultimate Comics: Avengers #5
  23. ^ Ultimate Comics: Avengers #6
  24. ^ Ultimate Avengers vs. New Ultimates #4
  25. ^ Ultimate Avengers vs. New Ultimates #5
  26. ^ Ultimate Avengers vs. New Ultimates #6
  27. ^ Armor Wars #1
  28. ^ Armor Wars #2
  29. ^ Armor Wars #5
  30. ^ "New Year's Resolution". Avengers Assemble. Season 4. Episode 14. December 3, 2017. Disney XD.

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