Marvel Teaser: Iron Man No More

As the “Demon” storyline continues this week in INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #513, Tony Stark finds himself assaulted on multiple fronts. The Mandarin and Ezekiel Stane have upgraded his old foes, he faces betrayals from friends and colleagues, a negative publicity campaign has been launched against him, and the ramifications of decisions made during his lowest moments in Fear Itself linger.

Things are not going well for Tony Stark. Since sacrificing his sobriety during Fear Itself, he finds himself pursued by The Mandarin, Ezekiel Stane and several of his other foes now sporting upgraded tech. Oh, and let’s not forget the smear campaign being run against him in the press and the fact he has a traitor in ‘Stark Resilient’. Well, things are about to get worse.

As we’ll see at the end of ‘Demon,’ General Babbage, [Tony’s] primary antagonist at the Pentagon, and Justine Hammer of HAMMER Industries, present Tony with an ultimatum,” writer Matt Fraction told Marvel. Accepting it is the only way he can remain in control of the Iron Man without losing everything. And Tony very quickly finds that arrangement to be unacceptable. The ramifications of that are what ‘Long Way Down’ is all about.”

“So basically…Tony quits.”

Kicking off in Invincible Iron Man #516, this story will be, “The third act. The grand finale. The beginning of the end. The finale pages of INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #513 [are] a double page spread that harkens back to our very first issue—a showcase of the full scope and scale of the rogues we’ll see Iron Man going up against in the next year. Mandarin’s five-year plan is finally bearing fruit.”

Via Marvel

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