PREPARED BY JASPER SITWELL
S.H.I.E.L.D. PERSONNEL BRIEF: Iron Man
Designation: Consultant (Tech Directorate)
Criminal Record: None
Abilities: Expert weapons designer, computer programmer, engineer and physicist
Unique Weapons: The Iron Man armor (or “weapon,” as some Congressmen would have you believe) that provides its user flight, super strength, invulnerability, and at least two types of energy weapons (repulsor rays and “Uni-beam”) along with a number of other technological advantages.
Known History: Anthony Edward Stark, son of legendary weapons manufacturer Howard Stark, sped through school, ultimately enrolling in MIT. His parents died in a car accident around this time, leaving him with no authority figures to guide him through life. They also left him Stark Industries, the company his father founded.
Stark was a natural at weapons design, and he steered his company to a top position in the defense industry until he was captured by insurgents during a product demonstration in Afghanistan. Stark was seriously injured in the process, and had to install an electromagnet in his chest just to keep shrapnel out of his heart. The same electromagnet powered the first version of the Iron Man suit, which he built to escape his captors.
Since then, Stark has continually refined the armor, and by any objective assessment it’s probably the best armor for any man who wants to go into battle.
Observations: “The usual suspects have asked Stark if they can mass-produce it for military use, but he’s refused thus far, claims he’s got a conscience now. Hard to believe, but he did move Stark Industries out of the weapons business.
“Except for his own personal weapon, of course.” — Jasper Sitwell
“Stark’s done a lot of work with and for S.H.I.E.L.D. - he may be an arrogant loudmouth, but his heart is in the right place. With a clear objective and working on his own (so there’s no one he can offend by shooting off his mouth), there’s no one better. “ — Maria Hill