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"I came to realize that I have more to offer this world than just making things that blow up. And that is why, effective immediately, I am shutting down the weapons manufacturing division of Stark International until such a time as I can decide what the future of the company will be."
Tony Stark[src]

Stark Industries is a multinational industrial company handed down to Tony Stark, by his father, Howard Stark. Obadiah Stane was the CEO after Howard's death, but the position was taken over by the younger Stark when he turned 21. Stark appointed Pepper Potts CEO when he believed he was dying,[1] and she continued in the position after Stark engineered his own recovery.


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Stark Industries retro

The Stark Industries logo from the Howard Stark era.

This industrial/weapons company was founded by Howard Stark during the early twentieth century, a great pioneer in different types of technology and constantly helping the United States Armed Forces with different and innovative weapons, helping the government to create the Super Soldier Serum. [2] Years later, he created an Arc Reactor along with Anton Vanko,[1] a source which provided free, pure and efficient energy for Stark Industries' main plant.

After the death of Howard in 1991 at the hands of HYDRA,[3] the company was inherited by Tony Stark, with the help of Obadiah Stane.

Stark was kidnapped by the terrorist organization known as the Ten Rings in Afghanistan, and developed a suit of armor powered with a miniaturized Arc Reactor to escape captivity. Upon his return to Malibu, he decided the company would no longer produce weaponry, as he discovered his captors possessed illegal Stark tech.

Stark further developed his armor to create new models, such as the Iron Man Armor: Mark III and started looking for and destroying stolen Stark tech, which he later discovered Obadiah Stane was selling behind his back. Stark faced Stane, who had created his own suit of armor, and killed him in battle.[4]

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The Stark Industries Headquarters in California

Six months later, Stark reinaugurated the Stark Expo, and was attacked by Anton Vanko's son Ivan, who thought Howard Stark was responsible for Anton's misery and death, although Anton was deported because he tried to use the reactor to his own profit.

Though panned by critics such as Bill O'Reilly, Stark appointed Pepper Potts as leader of Stark Industries.[1]

Stark later opened a new base for Stark Industries in New York City, building the Stark Tower, which was powered by a new prototype Arc Reactor inside the tower. Meanwhile, Potts procured permits to build a Stark Tower in Washington, D.C.[5]

Dissatisfied with his previous status as "Iron Man's bodyguard", Happy Hogan was hired as head of security in Stark Industries Headquarters.[6]

Following the downfall of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the hiring of Maria Hill[7], Stark Industries made privatized security a part of its services. [8]

Sometime after the Battle of Sokovia, Stark Industries announced new scholarships for promising students from urban city schools.[9]


Name Position Status
Howard Stark Founder and Former CEO Deceased
Anton Vanko Scientist Deported/Deceased
Jason Wilkes Scientist Alive
Obadiah Stane Former CEO Deceased
Tony Stark Owner and Former CEO Alive
Pepper Potts CEO and Chairman Alive
Happy Hogan Head of Security Alive
Bambi Arbogast Receptionist and Secretary Alive
William Ginter Riva Scientist Alive
Jesse IT-Department Alive
Natalie Rushman Assistant to the CEO Undercover S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent
Samantha Carlisle Alive
Maria Hill Alive

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Stark Tower Sighboard

Stark Tower, New York City




Appearances for Stark Industries

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