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Your Top Marvel Heroes part 82

Written by Chris Mitchell on Friday, May 21 2010 and posted in Features
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5. Hawkeye (899 points - 15 first place slots)

hawkeye.jpgThis is where I usually put quotes, and they will come up I just wanted to say something. Should Hawkeye here be Top 10? Maybe, but I am sure he is a good 300 points more then he ought too. So, are you going to get a rant out of me because that's what those 300 points are meant for? No, so instead I will punish you all with this awesome picture. And I swear to God, misac. If you change this picture I will rape your soul!!

Where were we?

"From misunderstood "villain" to one of the greats, it's only fitting that the biggest longshot hero in comics would be an archer, and it is to poor Bubba's great dismay that this particular battling bowman always hits his target. Sometimes even moreso than Spidey or any of the others, Clint Barton is the guy we could all be. Prone to emotion, rash decisions, mistakes, and bull-headed stupidity, Hawkeye is the completely self-made hero. Blessed with no superpowers, no super soldier serums, no suits of armor, nothing but his strong right arm, his unerring aim, and his unwavering sense of what's right and his fearless refusal to ever exercise the better part of valor, ol' br'er Hawkeye has made himself truly one of Earth's Mightiest heroes, not only standing next to gods, legends, and marvels, but leading them as well."

"A smartass former crook that's earned the respect of Captain America--how can someone not like this guy?"

"I always liked that he wasn't Green Arrow. When I first came across him he was still Goliath for the first time and it was the Kree Skrull War. He lost those powers and resumed his old ID. He was always so much the bad boy hero in vein like Joe the Condor aka Jason from Battle of the planets. He was the loser who kept going and worked hard to get his respect from others. Also, anyone whom Captain America can respect, you have to sort of like."

"Suck it, Bubba. *This is where the was a smiley sticking its tongue out at me was* Though people tend to view Cap, Iron Man, and Thor as the heart of the Avengers, to me, Hawkeye is just as essential a member. Starting out as the rogue of the group, Hawkeye grew to embody the spirit of the Avengers as much as any of the "big three," over time, and yet still has room for character growth, despite the eternal bitching of fanboys who don't want anything to be different than it was twenty years ago. For fucks sake, I gave my son Hawkeye as his middle name."

"Hawkeye and Mockingbird are together one of the biggest reasons why I fell in love with West Coast Avengers when it was first being published."

"Br'er Hawkeye. Tenacious. His archery skills are the least of his abilities."

"He's the braggart, the perpetual thorn in Captain America's side and also the responsible leader of the West Coast Avengers and the Thunderbolts. He's gone toe to toe with everyone from Trickshot to the Grandmaster and always come out on top. Let's just pretend that whole Ronin thing never happened, though, please."

"I'm sorry, Bubba, but..."

"To me the Avengers are really the guys who have all their big moments in that book. Yes, I love seeing Thor and Cap and Iron Man teaming together, but I think characters like Quicksilver, the Vision, Scarlet Witch, and Hawkeye are more important to what makes the book great. These characters have been in other books and even had solo books at times, but the vast majority of their big moments are in The Avengers. And one of the characters who has had the biggest transformation over the hundreds of issues of this franchise is Clint Barton. He's gone from wisecracking supporting character to one of the best leaders the team has ever had. When I first started reading comics, West Coast Avengers was just getting going and I was a big fan of that series, which made me a big fan of Hawkeye. He started out as a criminal, but over the last 50ish years he's become a great hero, even helping others follow the same path by leading the Thunderbolts. I'm really glad he's got a big role in the current Marvel U."

BR'ER HAWKEYE. How did this man become legend? Let's explore dear reader...

Uncertain what to do, two brothers run away from an orphanage.  Barney, the elder disappears leaving young Clint alone. Clint joins a circus where his natural talent for archery is discovered. Getting advanced training in the sport as well as in personal combat from fellow Circus 'performers' Trickshot and Swordsman, Barton soon becomes an accomplished archer and capable of the most amazing shots with perfect aim. Barton takes the stage name HAWKEYE.

But then one day he catches his mentors in illegal activities, Barton goes to tell the authorities and is nearly killed by the Swordsman. The Swordsman (and Trickshot) disappear and Hawkeye heals and continues working at the circus.

Back with his job in the circus, Hawkeye is performing when an amusement park ride on the grounds flies out of control. Iron Man happens on the scene to save the day and seeing the crowd swoon, he figures he could be a hero too. He works hard in a workshop and in time finishes his costume and a new arsenal of trick arrows.

And so, early one evening he takes to the rooftops and on his first patrol catches a jewel thief fresh from a break-in. Hawkeye pins the culprit's coat to a telephone pole but before Hawkeye can get to the sidewalk. the robber is able to break free. Hawkeye begins to collect the dropped jewels to return them when the police show and think he's the thief. Hawkeye runs for it and is intercepted by the Communist spy called the Black Widow. She's looking for a way to defeat Iron Man and thinks Hawkeye is her way.

Keen to be romantically involved with the Widow (and completely being manipulated by the Russian secret agent), Hawkeye agrees to take on Iron Man. She uses her resources and Hawkeye is given even more powerful arrows to take on the Golden Avenger.

After blasting a Stark factory door to get his attention, Hawkeye ambushes Iron Man as he flies in to investigate and nearly beats him. Iron Man is forced to flee. The two quickly meet again and even though Hawkeye gives Iron Man a tough time, it is Hawkeye's turn to flee when the Widow is accidentally injured in the battle and Hawkeye rushes her to safety. The Widow recovers and through her new found love of the Archer begins to rebel against her Russian masters. Hawkeye likewise begins to yearn for being truly on the hero side again.

Next up for the amazing archer is a trip to Avengers Mansion where he boldly asks to join their ranks. Finding out the truth behind Hawkeye's accidental villainous career, he is admitted as a full member. He joins, as do Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. With Captain America, this kooky quartet watches as the powerhouses Thor, Iron Man, Giant-Man and the Wasp leave the group. Even though Hawkeye is brash and constantly tries to undermine Cap's leadership, he excels at the intense training Cap gives him.

Over the next year, this new Avenger proves his worth time and time again. As the membership changes, Hawkeye remains a constant. Having long since gained the utmost respect for Captain America, Hawkeye no longer needs to act like the tough guy and he begins to form true friendship with many of his teammates.

One day at feeling inadequate, he receives a call from his on again off again girlfriend the Black Widow. She's in trouble and needs his help. Hawkeye realizes that his bow and arrow may not be enough. Taking a serum of Pym Particles and a new costume, he grows into a GOLIATH. As a giant he comes to the Widow's aid and afterward (and getting Pym's permission) he decides to stay Goliath (the Black Widow soon ends the relationship). Back at the Mansion, Goliath is shocked to see his brother. Barney has taken to crime and Clint wants nothing to do with him, but the information he has on the super-villain Egghead is too valuable. The Avengers investigate and Barney is killed by Egghead.

Storming to forefront of each new adventure, Goliath, with his training and giant strength, makes him a great brawler as he slugs it out with many a foe. During a trip into space, Goliath is tasked with stopping an invading space ship. He is presumed missing in action at the conclusion of the Skrull-Kree War but he actually escaped before the ship exploded. He lands back on Earth far from home and out of Pym Serum so he returns to his Hawkeye role.

However, still feeling a bit inadequate, and after being spurned by the Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye takes his first leave from the Avengers. He tries to hook back up with the Widow but she's become involved with Daredevil. A chance meeting with the Hulk finds them teaming up against an electrical monster. He hooks up with the Defenders for a bit and works on their side during the Avengers/Defenders War. Finding out that his pal Steve Rogers has given up being Captain America he convinces the man to still continue being a hero.

Lending his time with small adventures, he eventually makes his way back to Avengers Mansion moments after Kang has captured the team with the exception of Hawkeye's old 'mentor' the reformed Swordsman. "The two weakest Avengers" take the battle to Kang and Hawkeye defeats a controlled Vision and others. Freeing his allies he rejoins just in time to take a leave again in order to chase Kang through time.

Openly comfortable in his time displaced home of the Wild West of Arizona, Hawkeye easily settles in to scope out Kang's plans. He meets Matt Hawk (the Two Gun Kid) and they become great friends. In time, a group of Avengers find him and together they stop Kang. Hawkeye, with the Two Gun Kid in tow, return to the present.

Venturing back into his own era, Hawkeye takes some time away from the Avengers to help Two Gun adjust to the future and they take jobs at a dude ranch. Even in that familiar setting Two Gun yearns for home and after he is sent back Hawkeye rejoins the main team.

Every day, being an Avenger is what Hawkeye does best, and he is sorely pissed off when he loses his spot on the team to the Falcon (the jerk) because of government quotas. With an Avengers stipend of only $100, he tries to find a job but with carney work being Barton's only experience, he applies for a job as Hawkeye instead and lands the head of security at Cross Technological Enterprises.

Still, Avengering just doesn't leave his system and he returns to the team in time to not only help his old friend Hank Pym but also to inadvertently avenge the death of his brother when Hawkeye accidentally kills Egghead in self defense.

Happily back at work at CTE, Hawkeye meets S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Bobbi Morse (codenamed Mockingbird). She's investigating some suspicious activities at CTE and with Hawkeye the two uncover the super villain Crossfire's plan to kill all of New York's super-heroes. In order to stop him, Hawkeye needs to use a supersonic arrow. It works but he is left partially deaf and needs to wear a hearing aid. On the plus side he got along so well with Mockingbird they decided to elope.

At a loss for a job after his last adventure, he answers a call from the Avengers. They want him to set up a west coast branch of the Avengers with Hawkeye as it's leader. With Mockingbird the two move to Los Angeles and establish the team. In time they are the equals or even the betters than the East Coast team (something Hawkeye doesn't mind reminding them of every now and then). Members come and go, not the least of which are his old friends Hank Pym, Scarlet Witch and Vision.

With Mockingbird never too far from his side, Hawkeye is horrified to find out that she let a villain called the Phantom Rider die. Hawkeye's has long believed that life is sacred and their relationship becomes stressed. Trying to work it out, they take a break from the West Coast and travel to Detroit to help a new team (the Great Lakes Avengers).

Knowing that his troubled marriage may soon be over, Hawkeye returns to the West Coast Avengers and months later Mockingbird does too, however their marriage is finally over and divorce proceeding are underway. Ultron later kidnaps Bobbi and Hawkeye realizes how much she means to him but shortly after this Mockingbird is killed by Mephisto (actually it's a Skrull that died but nobody will know that for another 20 years). Despondent Hawkeye leaves the team (which disbands soon after). He ends up on another world for a bit and when he returns his hearing is fixed.

Ending up back with the Avengers (who don't know who they are because the Earth's reality has changed). Hawkeye, being an Avenger to his very core is one of the first to awaken and with a select few others are able to set things right. The Avengers are soon back and running but Hawkeye, having been a leader himself second guesses many of the teams moves (he's almost always right). Seeing a news story about a group of former villains looking for redemption, he leaves the Avengers and joins the Thunderbolts. He insists on being the leader and will only do this if the wannabe heroes are series about redemption. They consent and Hawkeye is leader. First order of business, talking the former Beetle into turning himself in for a murder committed years ago.

Yearning to help them, Hawkeye stays with the Thunderbolts for a number of years, many teammates prove their worth as true heroes (others no so much). In one adventure to Hell to look for the soul of Mockingbird, he just misses seeing her as he escapes with Hellcat. He spends some time in jail in order to protect his team and upon release leaves the team to their new leader Citizen V.

Evidently at some point, Hawkeye rejoins the Avengers and somehow forgets how to take his quiver off and then commits suicide while killing hundreds of Kree soldiers after forgetting that he doesn't kill. It doesn't make sense but Hawkeye is dead, then alive again and then dead again and then alive again and then after nearly 40 years he finally sleeps with Wanda (although Wanda doesn't know she's Wanda). He stops being Hawkeye to be a ninja and then he discovers that Mockingbird is alive and he mourned a Skrull and then forgets that heroes don't kill again and then tries to kill Norman Osborn and then he and Mockingbird watch the movie Mr. & Mrs. Smith and decide that's the life they want. Stay tuned for new adventures of Hawkeye and Mockingbird.

4. Iron Man (913 points - 22 first place slots)

ironman.jpg"In some ways, he symbolizes the entire MU. Take DC types and turn them on their head (in this case, Bruce Wayne/Batman) and make them more relatable and realistic."

"I like armored heroes and their gadgets."

"I always think of him as the Renaissance Man of the Marvel Universe. He's a real ladies man(unlike Batman who fakes being one), he's a engineering genius, he a gifted business man, he's a talented politician, he's a bit of a dick and he's an alcoholic. Tony can do it all!"

"the Iron Man is number 1 because he is the most practical hero. Where Captain America is the idealist who fights to maintain the values of the past, Tony has always faced developing the future. And of course he has a really sweet movie franchise."

"You are a rich playboy genius who could have anything or any one you want. You make your living off of providing instruments that hurt, maim or kill others. And then, after a moment of crisis, you have a realization. You could save the world.

How many lives do you have to save to make up for one that you helped kill? How far do you go to achieve that?

Those are the questions that Tony Stark faces every day. The reason and logic that has defined him, the addictions that have haunted him, the constant need to redesign his armor, taking things up on a notch every time. He's been hated for it, he's been hunted for it, he's made sacrifices for it. But he still does it.

Plus, how awesome is his armory? I mean who the hell doesn't want one of their own?"

"The cool exec with the heart of steel. Playboy. Industrialist. Murderer. Alcoholic. SecDef. Superhero. Cripple. Founder of the Avengers. Ask 'Who is Tony Stark' to 20 people, you'll get 20 different answers. That's why he's the most fascinating character in all of comics."

""It's a bit early -- but Cheers!"

"After Thor, Tony Stark was one of the most bought. The idea of a that high tech as hero was terrific. The late really bloomed with the stories and continued into the and thru the 80s with them and me along with."

"Probably one of the most complex heroes, but that's what makes him fascinating. He's a living contradiction who battles with addiction and makes great personal sacrifices to do what he considers to be the right thing. Combined with a brilliant mind and a cool high-tech armored suit, he has all the makings of an all-time great."

"He's always been my second favorite Marvel Hero, the entitled heir to a weapons manufacturing empire, he's a naturally brilliant man, but it takes a near death experience causes him to reevaluate his life and head down a heroic path. As cool as the armor is (one of the best looks in comics when done well) and as cool as Tony can be (a rich guy that enjoys life), it's his faults that really define the character. An alcoholic who let his life spiral out of control, an arrogant prick who tends to ignore the advice of those closest to him, and above all a man with a chip on his shoulder trying to prove his worth to everyone in the world and make up for the mistakes he blames himself for (some of which aren't really his fault)."

Anthony Edward Stark, was born in Long Island, New York, to Howard Anthony Stark and Maria Collins Carbonell Stark. In his youth, Tony Stark was a precociously intelligent young boy. When Tony was 7 he was sent to a boarding school and during this experience he found people difficult to relate to. This was when he became fascinated by machines. By the age of 15 Tony had enrolled in MIT (The Massachusetts Institute of Technology) in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated at the top of his class at age 19 with double masters in physics and engineering.

At the age of 21 his parents were tragically killed in a car accident. Afterwards Tony inherited Stark Industries, an unparalleled mega-corporation that mostly dealt with weapons for the United States military. One of his first projects as the new CEO was to purchase the manufacturer who designed his parent's car and have the faulty break system, which was seemingly the cause of their deaths, redesigned in order to prevent further incidents and to save lives. Unknown to Stark, the true architect of his parents' deaths was a business move by Republic Oil (later changed to Roxxon Oil). Lacking in business skills, Tony promoted secretary Pepper Potts to be his executive assistant and left the majority of his workload on her so that he could avoid what he saw as a burden.

During the Vietnam War (later retconned as the Gulf War, then later still as the war in Afghanistan), Stark was at one of his munitions plants testing new technology for the military when he was injured by an explosion that lodged shrapnel near his heart. Tony was then captured by a local warlord named Wong-Chu (a lackey of the Mandarin) and forced under threat of death to create a doomsday weapon for him with another captive, the famed Nobel award-winning physicist, Yin Sen. The shrapnel was working its way towards Stark's heart and slowly killing him, but he and the physicist created an iron suit in secret that would save Tony's life. The suit contained and iron chest plate with magnetic fields that halted the shrapnel in its place. Yin Sen then created a diversion, sacrificing himself so that Stark could put on the power armor in time and escape captivity. In the suit, Stark took on the warlord and his men and avenged Yin Sen's death, thus Iron Man was born.

After fleeing from enemy territory Tony met and befriended the pilot James Rhodes who had been shot down in his helicopter by the enemy. Upon arriving back in the United States, Tony decided to continue being Iron Man in order to fight injustice. He believed that he had a limited amount of time left to live due to his injury, and therefore wanted to make the most of it. Therefore, he began making vast improvements on the technology of his power armor.

When Tony finally admitted his double identity to his fiancée Joanna Nivena she encouraged him to use the armor to become a super hero and save lives. Iron Man began to establish himself as one of the U.S.'s most eminent super heroes, but while halting a breakout of lions and tigers from a circus, Tony saw how his armor frightened the people he was defending. Asking his date Marion what she would do if she were Iron Man, Tony painted his armor in stainless gold. Tony Stark allowed the public at large to believe that he was no more than a rich playboy while his identity as Iron Man would remain a secret. Since Iron Man was often seen at Stark Industries, Tony circulated the idea that Iron Man was his bodyguard. Stark, of course, still had his heart condition which meant that any day could potentially be his last. Luckily for him, his heart condition became publicly known and he was eventually healed by way of an artificial heart transplant.

When testing his "Stark Special" race car, Tony wound up in a wreck, but was saved at the last minute by ex-boxer Harry "Happy" Hogan . To repay Happy, Tony hired him as a chauffeur, although Happy became more like a bodyguard, resenting Iron Man. At the same time, former Stark Industries scientist Jack Shapanka menaced Tony as Jack Frost (later renamed Blizzard), a villain who could generate ice. Happy would often try to play for Pepper's affection, but she was more interested in Tony. However, as Tony's heart could fail at any time, he didn't want to start a serious relationship since he could die unexpectedly. Happy remained extremely faithful to Tony, telling Iron Man straight out that if he had harmed Tony he would regret it during a period in which Iron Man was thought to have killed Tony, and even almost died when delivering a device to Iron Man that would stop Titanium Man.

When Loki framed the Hulk for wrecking a train in the hope that Thor would battle him, the Hulk's friend Rick Jones sent a message to the Fantastic Four asking for their help. Loki then diverted the message to Thor. What he didn't realize was that Iron Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp had also intercepted it. After Thor, the Hulk, Ant-Man, Wasp and Iron Man all defeated Loki together, Ant-Man suggested that the five of them stayed together as a team, and the Wasp dubbed them the Avengers. Shortly after wards, after a fight with the Space Phantom, the Hulk decided to quit since he thought no one trusted him. Whilst in pursuit of the Hulk and Namor (whom he had teamed up with), the Avengers came upon the body of Captain America, a legendary World War II fighter. The Avengers accepted him into their ranks, and he became close friends with Iron Man. Iron Man even gave Captain America transistors to control the flight of his shield, although Captain America later discarded them since they upset the balance of the shield. After a fight with the original Masters of Evil which ended with Baron Helmut Zemo being killed, Iron Man, Giant-Man, Wasp and Thor all decided to quit for a while since they needed a break. Captain America stayed on, and became the new leader of the Avengers, which now consisted of Captain America, Hawkeye, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.

When Tony was targeted by the mysterious villain Mr. Doll who was forcing millionaires to give their funds to him, he was completely powerless against Mr. Doll's power to cause pain using a mystic doll (similar to voodoo). In order to defeat Mr. Doll, Tony completely redesigned his armor, into light fitting armor rather than his previously heavy and bulky Armor. With this new Amour, he was able to defeat Mr. Doll in a rematch.

Iron Man initially fought primarily against enemies that were a threat to him or his company, such as The Mandarin, The Melter, The Ghost, and Spymaster. He also fought against communist enemies (the 1960's, when Iron Man first debuted, it was a time of unparalleled anti-communism) such as The Crimson Dynamo, (the first of who would defect to the U.S.A. and later gave up his life to stop the second Crimson Dynamo) Black Widow (who would later defect to the US), Hawkeye (who would reform and join the Avengers), The Titanium Man, and others. Iron Man was also one of the founding members of the Avengers and, with Tony's fortune, he was able to fund the team through the Maria Stark Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization named after his late mother. He also donated the use of his boyhood manor which became Avengers Mansion, staffed by Edwin Jarvis.

Over time, Tony evolved into a more complex and vulnerable individual as his dual life as a superhero caused him numerous personal problems. He became the victim of corporate take-overs and would loose and rebuild his fortune multiple times. Tony would also eventually be led to a dependency on alcohol when he discovered that SHIELD, who he had previously supported, was seeking to buy controlling stocks in his company, thus ensuring his continued weapons development for them.

Later, Tony would become bankrupt and homeless when he lost his company to his rival, Obadiah Stane, who had been manipulating him for some time. During this event, his friend James "Rhodey" Rhodes even took on the mantle of Iron Man. Stark would begin rebuilding his fortune when he created a company named Circuits Maximus, which specialized in computer technology. While this was happening, Rhodes was slowly going mad while using the Iron Man armor since its unique interface was designed for Stark's nervous system, and not his own. He eventually succumbs and goes on a rampage. This caused Tony to use a prototype armor that was not yet finished in order to stop Rhodey from causing any more destruction. Stane would now try to take over Stark's new company, but Tony finished developing the brand new armor and confronted Stane face to face. Stane used one of Tony's old armors to battle him and Stane's inexperience would be his downfall. Tony won and regained control of his family's company. After wards, Stane committed suicide.

With so many people gaining access to his armor designs, Tony had to figure out a way to stop all the misuse of his armor technology. Tony would develop a way to disable the armors of everyone else who used technology based on his designs. Tony even disabled SHIELD armors known as the Mandroids that he had designed for their use, which causes the US Government to go after Iron Man as public enemy number one, and a threat to society. Tony eluded capture by fooling them into believing that Iron Man had gone rogue. He then faked the death of Iron Man and claimed that a new person was now using the Iron Man armor.

While Stark is continuing to use the Iron Man armor he discovers that its interface design was causing severe damage to his nervous system. He began remotely controlling the Iron Man armors, but after a failed mission against the Masters of Silence, he realizes that controlling the Iron Man armor is not as effective as being inside it. This leads to Tony designing the War Machine Armor, previously dubbed as the "Variable Threat Response Battle Suit." His nervous system would continue to deteriorate however, even to the point where it was life-threatening. Tony had to fake his own death and be put into suspended animation in order to survive. Even close friends like James Rhodes was unaware of his faked death, and when he would later reveal the deception it would cause a serious rift in their relationship. Also during this time, James Rhodes would watch over the company and continue Iron Man's career by using the "Variable Threat Response Battle Suit."

Of course Tony would eventually awaken and survive with a chip he programmed and implanted in himself. An enraged Rhodes takes the "Variable Threat Response Battle Suit" and begins his own career as the hero known as War Machine. Tony continues his super hero career and eventually gets into a feud with the Avengers after the Kree- Shi'ar War, resulting in him quitting the team. Tony would create a new group called Force Works, but eventually left that team as well because of another falling out. In time, Iron Man would decide to reconcile with the Avengers, and he rejoins them.

It was revealed that Stark, in the days following the Kree- Skrull war had formed a secret society or group called the Illuminati, which is a governing body of super heroes. The other members of this still functioning group consist of Mr. Fantastic, Professor X, Doctor Strange, Black Bolt, and Namor. The first meeting was in Wakanda in which many of the other members had different views and did not believe that an alliance would be of much use. However, they still agree to work together to at least share information. In one case, shortly before the events of Civil War, the Illuminati decided to launch the Hulk into outer space feeling he was too great a threat to civilization to be left alone, due to his constant rampages.

Tony would later discover that the Government was pushing forward with the idea of a Super Human Registration Act. At first, Stark is very much against the idea, even going so far as to hire the Titanium Man to attack him in order to manipulate public opinion in his favor. Tony also tries to talk the government out of Registration but his appeal is ignored after the tragedy at Stamford, Connecticut, in which members of the New Warriors confronted a villain in a residential neighborhood, setting off an explosion that killed many innocent lives. After this and another incident in which Tony's armors are hacked and used to attack innocent people, Stark reconsiders his position and the morality of super human registration. He then purposely reveals his identity to the world in order to show support for the Super-human Registration Act. Support among the super hero community is mixed however, and the conflict leads to the Civil War in the Marvel Universe.

Stark was able to convince many heroes including Spider-Man to join the pro-registration side. Tony also convinced Spider-Man to show the whole world his identity. They begin to hunt down heroes who on the anti-registration side who have gone rogue, led by Captain America. Tony also worked with Mr. Fantastic to build a prison in the Negative Zone to hold rogue super humans. Tony creates a brand new armored suit for Spider-Man after Peter was reborn, but many heroes begin to question the methods of Iron Man and Mr. Fantastic when a Thor clone they created kills Bill Foster, the second Goliath, a friend on the anti-registration side. Further questions about their motives arise when it is discovered that they are using former villains to hunt down anti-registration forces. When the anti-registration heroes decide to attack the Negative Zone, it triggers the final battle of the Civil War. While Iron Man is facing off against Captain America his armor is shut down by Vision. Captain America begins savagely beating Iron Man until he realizes the damage that the war has caused. Captain America then decides to surrender. Afterwards, Tony Stark is appointed the new Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Nick Fury's absence. When Spider-Man was a traitor to Stark, he was angry about Peter's trick.

As stated, before the start of the Civil War, Iron Man and several other members of the secret group of heroes known as the Illuminati deemed the Hulk a threat to Earth due to the destruction which accompanies his many rampages. The Illuminati lure the Hulk into a space-faring vessel and launch him into outer space in order to send him to a world where his power would not be a threat to the sanctity of innocent lives. The World War Hulk story occurs upon his return as the Hulk seeks revenge on Iron Man and the other Illuminati members.

Tony Stark is the first hero to confront the Hulk upon his return, hoping to prevent any further loss of life on Earth. Donning a modified "Hulkbuster" armor, Iron Man engages the Hulk in combat in Manhattan (whose population was previously evacuated to safety by S.H.I.E.L.D. upon Stark's orders). Iron Man makes an attempt to use specially designed nanobots to deactivate the Hulk's powers, but this proves unsuccessful due to the nanobots being sabotaged beforehand by a member of the Initiative. His new Hulkbuster armor and Stark Tower are destroyed in the battle that ensues. While being held in Madison Square Garden arena, Tony Stark manages to contact Dum Dum Dugan via his extremis enhanced powers and informs Dugan of a last resort plan to prevent the Hulk from attacking the rest of the world. The plan is to send the entirety of Manhattan into the Negative Zone. The plan would have the affect of killing himself, the Hulk, the Warbound, and all heroes and agents on the island. He trusts Dugan to know if and when he should execute the plan. Stark is later seen fighting with his fellow Illuminati members in the arena, defeating a gigantic tentacle monster. After the battle, the Hulk forces Tony and Mr. Fantastic to face off in combat via the obedience disks implanted into each of them. Mr. Fantastic defeats Tony, and the Hulk orders him to kill Stark. It was in that instant that the Sentry came in the arena and begin to battle the Hulk and after Hulk goes on a berserker rampage over the wounding of his friend, Rick Jones, by his fellow Warbound, Miek, Stark orders his satellite to fire a gamma inducing energy onto the Hulk, thus knocking him unconscious.

Tony Stark survives but is later confronted while in the hospital by Spider-Woman who reveals a dead Skrull that had been impersonating Elektra. Tony has Spider-Woman join his Avengers squad, and gathers the Illuminati in order to inform them of the impending invasion. Fellow Illuminati member, Black Bolt, is also revealed to be a Skrull, but is killed by Namor. Afterwards a squadron of Skrulls attack. The Illuminati are forced to kill the Skrulls during the ensuing battle. In the aftermath, the Illuminati members realize they can no longer trust each other since they cannot tell who is real and who is a Skrull importer. They go their separate ways, hoping to defeat the Skrulls on their own terms.

With his Extremis powers failing, Stark uploads a virus to destroy all records of the Registration Act, thus preventing Osborn from learning the identities of his fellow heroes and anything that Osborn could possibly exploit, including repulsor generators. The only copy of that database remaining is in Stark's brain, which he is trying to delete bit by bit while on the run in one of his extra armors. As Norman Osborn has him hunted as a fugitive, Stark travels worldwide on his quest to wipe out his mental database, going so far as to inflict brain damage on himself. When Osborn personally catches up to the debilitated Stark and beats him savagely, Pepper Potts broadcasts the beatings worldwide, costing Osborn credibility and giving Stark public sympathy. Stark goes into a vegetative state, having previously granted Donald Blake (alter ego of the Norse-god superhero Thor) power of attorney. A holographic message stored in Pepper's armor reveals that Stark had developed a means of 'rebooting' his mind from his current state prior to his destruction of the database, with Blake and Bucky resolving to use it to restore him to normal despite Stark's offer in the message to stay in his current state if it would make things easier and Pepper's own uncertainty about the fact that Tony can come back when so many others cannot. Meanwhile, in Stark's subconscious, he is trapped in a scenario where figments of his own mind are preventing him from moving on and returning to the waking world. When the procedure doesn't work, Bucky calls in Doctor Strange, who attempts to and succeeds in restoring Stark back to consciousness. However, it turns out the backup Stark created was made prior to the Civil War, and as such he does not remember anything that took place during the event.

In the "Siege" storyline, Tony Stark is seen under the care of Dr. Donald Blake and Maria Hill. When the two spot the attack on Asgard, Blake tells Maria to run away with Stark. Hill leaves Stark to assist Blake, now as Thor, after his ambush by Osborn and his attack dog the Sentry. Hill rescues Thor and brings him back to Broxton to recuperate. When Osborn declares martial law and unleashes Daken and then the Sentry on Broxton to root out Thor and Hill, Thor reveals himself to defend the town. Hill returns to Tony Stark's hiding place to move him to a safer location and are joined soon after by Speed of the Young Avengers, who holds a certain indestructible suitcase Jarvis gave Captain America earlier. Hill orders Speed to surrender when Stark stops her and asks Speed to give him the case. While Osborn is battling the New Avengers, Stark appears in a variant of his MK III armor and proceeds to disable Osborn's Iron Patriot armor. Osborn orders the Sentry to annihilate Asgard, rather than allow the Avengers to have it, which the Sentry does, practically leveling the city before the horrified eyes of Thor. After Asgard falls, literally, Stark stands alongside his fellow heroes, as the now armor-free Osborn exclaims they are all doomed and he 'was saving them from him' pointing up towards a Void-possessed Sentry hovering over them. As the Void tears apart the teams, Loki gives them the power to fight back through the Norn Stones. When the Void kills Loki, Thor's rage-fueled blows rattles the creature. Tony tells Thor to get Void away from Asgard, which he does. Tony then drops the commandeered H.A.M.M.E.R. Helicarrier, subduing the Void. When Robert Reynolds begs to be killed, Thor denies the request, but is forced to when the Void resurfaces. Sometime later, the Superhuman Registration Act is repealed and Tony is given back his company and armory. As a symbol for their heroics and their new unity, Thor erects a remaining tower on Stark Tower where the Watchtower once stood. Tony later attends a private funeral for Robert Reynolds.

In Stark: Resilient, Tony builds a new armor (the Bleeding Edge) with the help of Mister Fantastic. He also apologizes to Thor for everything he has done. Later, Tony announces that he will form a new company, Stark Resilient.

And the person who came in 3rd in the Top List Challenge is....


Sorry dude.
You did awesome though.


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