Marvel Unveils Tony Stark's True Parentage

Iron Man has no shortage when it comes to family problems. The hero has always struggled to live up to the Stark name despite all his accomplishments, so comic book readers were shocked to learn that Tony had actually been adopted into the family. Since the revelation came out, Tony has been trying to find out who his parents really are, and that secret was just revealed in the last issue of International Iron Man.

So, of course, spoilers below!

Written by Brian Michael Bendis, International Iron Man #7 explains the true parentage of Tony Stark. Previous issues introduced readers to Tony’s mother Amanda Armstrong, an edgy SHIELD agent. The latest issue confirms that Amanda and another agent named Jude are the hero’s biological parents, but fans should not expect any kind of happy ending for this family.

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The issue stunned fans when as it revealed Jude was a double agent for Hydra. Concerned about his family’s safety, Jude went against SHIELD and sold the organization’s secrets in exchange for protection. Unsurprisingly, Amanda took this news poorly and stabbed Jude to death in a exemplary ‘Well, That Escalated Quickly’ moment.

Amanda was unable to handle the betrayal and wanted nothing more than to get rid of her baby. She quit her job at SHIELD and asked Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine to find an adoptive family for Tony. That is when Howard Stark stepped in and took the child to raise with his wife.

Of course, fans are now itching with curiosity and eager to see what Tony will do with this information. When Invincible Iron Man has its relaunch in November, those fans will see Tony navigate the tricky relationship himself and his long-lost mother. Of course, this reveal has neatly wrapped up the International Iron Man series. Its creators always intended to end the story with the truth of Tony Stark’s parentage, so there is little else for the comic to explore now.

Speaking about the series, Brian gushed about International Iron Man to Entertainment Weekly prior to its release.

“We have this character Tony Stark, who has over the course of the last two years become the crown jewel of the Disney-Marvel empire. People couldn’t be more interested in Tony, and we have all this opportunity, with the fabric of the Marvel universe changing so much, to find out where Tony fits into all of it,” he said.

“Quite a few things have happened to him in his life over the last few years that are prime, choice cuts of yummy story to look into Tony’s character in ways we haven’t before, including the fact that Tony was adopted, and we don’t know who his biological parents are. He’s going to find out this year, and in this brand new book, the quest for who he is and why he’s wired the way he is — which is very unique and different — is something he’s gonna face. We have some really great stories to tell about Tony.”

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By the time Issue #5 was published, readers learned they were getting closer to discovering the comic’s big secret. The issue’s preview teased that “the truth will finally stand revealed as Tony Stark comes face-to-face with his biological mother.”

So, let us know what you think! Did the reveal surprise you? Satisfy you? Or are you still on Team Tony-Stark-Shouldn't-Be-Adopted? Tell us in the comments below!