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Iron Man is comic book series launched in September 2020, written by Christopher Cantwell, with art by CAFU.

After years of drastic shifts in his life, Tony Stark has decided to streamline his life. He wants to get to the core of who Iron Man really is, so he's going back to basics. Donning some retro armor and accompanied by Patsy Walker, Tony's personal crisis will have to wait after a dangerous threat emerges. One whose god complex isn't too dissimilar from Tony's.

This series should not be confused with Iron Man 2020 (Event), which it follows on from.


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  • Abusive Parents: Paty's mother is shown in a flashback to have been happy about her daughter's mental breakdown, even making money off it. It's not clear if this is actually what happened, given the framing device, but if it is, that's very extreme.
  • Amicable Exes: Tony and Janet split up at the beginning of issue one, both feeling it’s for the best. They do however wish each other well and remain good friends like before they started dating.
  • Assimilation Plot: Korvac plans to create a "collective aggregate" of sameness.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Tony and Patsy banter and flirt a bit throughout the first few issues. They end up sleeping with each other.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • The Demolisher robot is briefly on issue 3 after not appearing in comics since 1968.
    • After not being seen in a few years, Blizzard also returns during issue 3.
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    • On Issue 5 Tony ends up calling for assistance, as with Misty Knight, Gargoyle, Scarlet Spider (Ben Reilly) and Frog Man. While Misty has been seen recently in tie-ins for Donny Cates' Venom and its events, Gargoyle, Ben and Frog Man haven't seen too much use as of late.
    • Issue 7 sees the return of Canadian armor user Colin Richard/Avro-X, whose only previous appearance was in 1989.
    • Issue 10 features Stilt-Man, who hadn't been seen much since his unceremonious revival during Dead No More.
  • Butt-Monkey: Tony saves a bunch of people from a strangely villainous Cardiac, who intended to murder them to somehow show the inadequacies of the American healthcare system. The press sides with Cardiac after he's foiled. And the hits just keep coming. Least of all from Patsy Walker, who uses a very "tough love" approach with him.
  • Contemplate Our Navels: In issue #7, Tony's ad-hoc strike team of street level superheroes has a three-page discussion on what "God" is in the Marvel universe.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Patsy, while being Tony's main confidant during this time, does not mince words with him and is more than willing to make fun of him.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Tony is clearly going through something and hasn’t fully recovered from his identity crisis. The many changes he’s made are a part of his soul searching.
  • Eat the Rich: How the Melter tries to justify him destroying Tony's car. Tony almost murders him in response.
  • Foil: Korvac is presented as one to Tony. While Tony is asking what it means to be Iron Man and how he should improve the world, Korvac has no doubt about it and just... does it. While Tony has people who adore him, Korvac is outright worshipped by his followers.
  • Hero Insurance: Subverted twice: after Terrax is sent into orbit, people complain that their TV is down due to the satellite wrecked in the process, and the communications company adds that their legal team will contact Iron Man regarding the satellite's destruction; and when Tony is forced to get medical treatment, he tells Hellcat that he's been deemed "uninsurable" and will have to pay out of his own pocket.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Tony continues his tradition, this time with old friend Patsy Walker aka Hellcat.
  • He's Back: After Tony and Patsy are roundly knocked aside and Tony has his neck broken — with only his armour holding him together — and the onset of more existential dread, after a trip to see Halcyon, he's more than ready to get back to it with his assembled team.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite Frog Man's status as a Joke Character usually, we learn that he knows sign language here.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: Dr. Fuller Tielhard aka The Other is really Korvac in disguise.
  • Mid-Life Crisis Car: Once Tony quits his company, he decides to buy an old muscle car, "put the Iron back in Iron Man". Melter destroys it, and Tony nearly gives him a Disney Villain Death in retaliation.
  • Nasty Party: A non-fatal case, where as soon as Tony decides to leave his party full of CEOs and stuck-up people with Patsy Walker, he also ignites an EMP to fry the electronic devices of the guests.
  • Off-Model: The first annual, which isn't handled by the regular creative team, noticeably has Tony's eye lenses glowing. However, an explicit design decision of his armour in this series is that the lenses do not glow and Tony's eyes are visible in extreme close-ups.
  • Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits: The team that Tony puts together to help with Korvac. He can't risk Korvac finding out if he contacts the Avengers or anything, so he puts out the call to a bunch of less prominent characters. The team consists of Misty Knight, Ben Reilly, Halcyon, Gargoyle and... Frog-Man.
  • Ramming Always Works: An iron sphere laced with vibranium and adamantium withstands repulsor fire just fine. Iron Man flying at full speed to punch it, on the other hand, opens a hole (and breaks Tony's arm).
  • Rogues Gallery Showcase: Issue #3 features Tony briefly facing several of his lesser known rogues, like The Demolisher, Night Phantom, Madame Masque, Gladiator and the Melter.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Tony isn't impressed by Korvac's demonstration of a "perfectly harmonious" universe:
    "This is all about you. It's obviously—cringingly—about you. It's a vanity project, if you worked for me, I'd fire your ass."
  • Snap Back: Tony gets rid of his higher tech armors in favor of an updated version of his Model 4 armor, feeling that such armors as Extremis and beyond were causing him to lose touch with his humanity.
  • Social Media Is Bad: Issue 1 has Tony getting bad reactions to his Twitter posts until he deletes it. There's also a brief "Readit" thread calling him out on buying a car.
  • The Stoic: Halcyon is a street racing mutant whose power prevents his heart from going above 70 bpm, making him almost supernaturally calm, even during intense competitions or supervillain attacks.
  • Superman Stays Out of Gotham: While Korvac is powerful, there are quite a few heroes who could stop him. However, the time limit on his plan are specifically mentioned for why the Guardians of the Galaxy don't show up, while the team that Tony assembles has its roster specifically because they're low enough on the list that Korvac wouldn't know if they were used, compared to, say, Thor or something.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Thanks to Moondragon, Patsy develops stronger psychic abilities that allow her to throw off Korvac.
  • Two-Faced: After Tony and Hellcat fight Korvac, one of the villain's electric discharges causes Patsy to get an "insane fractal burn on my face".
  • Übermensch: Korvac. Although, being constantly criticized by the Jerkass citizens of New York briefly causes Tony to snap and almost kill the Melter for destroying his car, mentally ranting about how how strong he is and how he could just ditch the whole hero biz in a heartbeat.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: The population of the Marvel universe apparently reverted to their 2000s depiction here. They are constantly bashing Tony on social media no matter what he does.
  • Villain Ball: Korvac makes a point of gunning for Tony due to how he was integral to tracking him down once, seemingly succeeds, but doesn't stick around to check if the energy attack he hit Tony and Patsy with actually did the job.
  • Villain Team-Up: Blizzard, Unicorn, Controller and Korvac team-up against Tony and Patsy.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Tony is easily knocked aside by the villains. However, his armour is intentionally less powerful and useful than the armours he's worn in the last few years.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Halcyon, a street racer Tony meets early on and loses to. It turns out he's a mutant, with the ability to... have a steady heartbeat and no adrenaline. It means he doesn't ever panic, no matter the pressure, though Tony does build him a suit to give him some adrenaline for his own safety.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Patsy calls Tony out for treating her like his self-help guru, because she's going through her own shit — particularly dark thoughts after a failed suicide attempt — and he hasn't even bothered to think about that.
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