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  • Born in 1917 Howard Stark worked his way up from the poor son of working class parents,

  • to an inventor and industrialist earning fame and millions of dollars before the age of 25.

  • A brilliant young man growing up in the lower east side of New York City, he saw that people

  • in the lower classes had little opportunity for success through honest work, and so learned

  • to lie and manipulate, becoming a savvy businessman to make his fortune.

  • In 1939 he founded Stark Industries, a technology company primarily focused on weapons research

  • and production, supplying the American government throughout the second world war and beyond.

  • Howard Stark also developed a personal working relationship with the government, joining

  • the Manhattan project and the Strategic Scientific Reserve.

  • In 1943, Stark worked with Abraham Erskine on a Super Soldier Serum which turned Steve

  • Rogers into the superhero Captain America, who used a near indestructible shield made

  • out of a rare metal found in Africa known as Vibranium.

  • However they were not able to reproduce the results of the Super Soldier Serum as Abraham

  • Erskine was assassinated by an agent of Hydra.

  • After the war, the Strategic Scientific Reserve became an espionage agency called SHIELD,

  • with Howard Stark serving on the leadership council, and as a result his deep ties to

  • the government remained throughout his life, with Stark Industries becoming the nation's

  • biggest supplier of weapons and advanced technology.

  • In 1946, Stark Industries hired Anton Vanko, a Russian scientist who eventually rose to

  • work directly with Howard Stark, helping him study the Tesseract, an ancient artefact of

  • immense power that had been in the possession of the Hydra leader Red Skull before he was

  • defeated.

  • However the project soon suffered a setback as Stark accused Anton Vanko of trying to

  • sell this new technology to the Soviet Union, resulting in his termination and deportation

  • back to Russia.

  • As a result Anton Vanko died in poverty, and his son Ivan developed an unyielding hatred

  • for the man who betrayed his father.

  • Although Howard Stark had envisioned the Arc Reactor to be a clean source of energy to

  • replace nuclear power, he was limited by the technology of his day, and so stored the work

  • away in the hopes that his son, who was being groomed to take over Stark Industries, might

  • one day complete the project.

  • To help Howard Stark run this ever growing corporate power, he had Obadiah Stane his

  • friend and second in command, who was with him since the beginning, contributing too

  • much of their earliest work.

  • Unfortunately Stark's long years working for SHIELD and the government made him many

  • enemies, including the people of Hydra who sent a mind controlled agent called the Winter

  • Soldier to assassinate him and his wife in 1991.

  • Obadiah Stane then became Interim CEO of Stark Industries, taking over the business until

  • Tony Stark was old enough to take his father's place.

  • Growing to enjoy to fame and adulation that came with being the leader of Stark Industries,

  • Stane resented returning to a lower position when Tony Stark, a brilliant scientist and

  • inventor in his own right came of age.

  • And so in in the late 2000s, Obidiah Stane hired the terrorist organization Ten Rings

  • to kill Stark while on a business trip to Afghanistan.

  • Although Tony was badly injured in the attack, Dr. Ho Yinsen, another of their captives,

  • built a small device combining an electromagnet with a car battery, and surgically implanted

  • it in Tony's chest to stop the shrapnel from doing further damage near his heart.

  • For a time this saved him, but Tony quickly realized he needed a more longterm source

  • of power for the device and so created a mini version of the arc reactor developed by his

  • father and Anton Vanko.

  • In order to defeat their jailers, they then built a battle suit powered by the Arc Reactor,

  • however Dr. Yinsen had to sacrifice himself to give Tony Stark the time necessary to complete

  • his work so could escape.

  • Deeply moved by the man's death, his first major announcement after returning to America,

  • was that Stark Industries would no longer manufacture weapons of war.

  • Given the enormous financial cost this would have to Stark Industries, Obidiah Stane used

  • it as evidence in his continued attempt to takeover the company, even developing his

  • own battle armor, based on the materials recovered from Afghanistan.

  • Eventually Stark, wearing what came to be known as the Iron Man suit fought and defeated

  • Stane in his Iron Monger suit, reclaiming his place as CEO of Stark Industries and moving

  • the company in a new direction away from weapons manufacturing and towards clean energy and

  • other advanced technologies.

  • He initiated this new phase by bringing back Stark Expo, a wildly popular exhibition for

  • the latest tech, made famous by his father.

  • Unfortunately this then became the scene of yet another superhero battle, when Ivan Vanko

  • also known as Whiplash hijacked Hammer Industry drones, though he was ultimately defeated

  • by Iron Man and his friend War Machine, both wearing suits developed by Stark Industries.

  • After these events, Tony realized his personal projects and duties as a superhero left him

  • little time for the company, and so named his trusted friend and personal assistant

  • Pepper Potts and the new CEO.

  • Under her leadership, Stark industries continued to thrive, with the newly built Stark Tower

  • in New York City, entirely powered by the Arc Reactor, serving as their headquarters

  • while hiring Tony's former bodyguard Happy Hogan as their chief of security.

  • With Stark Industries continuing ties to the government, Iron Man and other superheroes

  • like the Avengers, they gained access to previously unknown technologies from other worlds, even

  • creating their own division responsible for cleaning up after large scale battles and

  • alien attacks.

  • As a result, civilian groups like the Toomes Salvage Company lost their contracts with

  • the city, putting many out of work.

  • Furious over the loss of their employment and the biggest contract they ever had, Adrian

  • toomes turned to a life of crime, selling weapons made from the alien technology they

  • had already salvaged while harbouring great resentment and hatred towards Stark Industries.

  • With the business doing well under its new leadership, Tony Stark continued to develop

  • JARVIS, an artificial intelligence system so sophisticated it was used to help create

  • a new system known as Ultron.

  • This new AI program was originally designed as a peace keeping force, though it quickly

  • turned on its creators and wreaked havoc against the Avengers.

  • Ultron was aided by Pietro and Wanda Maximoff, twins who held a deep hatred for Stark Industries

  • which manufactured the weapons that killed their family.

  • And so to seek revenge they volunteered for Hydra experiments which used the Mind Stone

  • from Loki's sceptre to turn Wanda into Scarlett Witch, able to manipulate energy with her

  • mind while Pietro Maximoff became Quickilver, gaining super speed.

  • Yet in the end, when they learned Ultron was planning to wipe out most of humanity, they

  • turned against him and joined the Avengers.

  • Meanwhile Tony Stark and Bruce Banner decided to use JARVIS to help create yet another super

  • being named Vision, who was powered by the mind stone, and played pivotal role in defeating

  • Ultron in the battle of Sokovia.

  • With the introduction of alien technologies and access to unique items like the Tesseract

  • and Mind Stone, Stark Industries made massive technological improvements within a decade

  • of the Battle of New York, even beginning to work with Nano technology, to create a

  • new Iron man suit as well as an Iron Spider suit for Peter Parker during the war for the

  • infinity stones.

Born in 1917 Howard Stark worked his way up from the poor son of working class parents,

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    Simon posted on 2019/05/19
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