When Tony Stark is Iron Man, he's usually on his own while battling villains and cosmic menaces. But is he really flying solo? Anyone who saw the films “Iron Man” or “Iron Man 2” saw that Tony’s suit was patched into an artificially intelligent computer program named J.A.R.V.I.S. that ran his lab and home.
This J.A.R.V.I.S. program was based on the character Edwin Jarvis, who was Tony’s family butler in the comic book universe and later became the caretaker of Avengers Mansion (which also happened to be the original Stark family home). The program even acted as a babysitter for the Fantastic Four for a while.
[TRIVIA NOTE: In the novelization of “Iron Man,” writer Peter David said that the J.A.R.V.I.S. acronym stood for “Just A Really Very Intelligent System.”]
Perhaps fearing that having a sarcastic butler around would make Tony seem too much like Batman, the "Iron Man" filmmakers decided to make Jarvis into an A.I. program since, over the years, Tony has had more than a few helping him out. The models for these programs have ranged from the aforementioned butler to a teenage "girl Friday" over the years, and we've compiled a list of some of our favorite A.I. assistants from Iron Man history. Read More...
By Kara Warner
Continuing with our coverage of summer movie kick-starter and last week's box office champ, "Iron Man 2," we got to thinking that, with all the talk about Tony Stark's cool new suits and gadgets — all of which perform wonderfully in the film — there are many superheroes who aren't quite as lucky in the costume and supersuit departments.
For all the killer ensembles out there (we're looking at you, Iron Man, Batman and Flash), there are a few that miss the mark with the whole "functionality" thing.
Here's a look at several costumes that could use an upgrade (and in a lot of cases, sturdier fabric — and more of it). Read More...
Tony Stark’s powerful Iron Man armor is capable of a great many things. He can fly, tap into certain computer systems, shrug off conventional weapons, and deliver powerful repulsor blasts. But sometimes, Tony’s in a situation where, as cool as the suit is, it’s just not right for the mission.
In the recently released "Iron Man 2," we got a look at Tony's briefcase armor, a portable version of his standard armor that allowed him to suit up on the go — and defend himself from a surprise attack by Whiplash.
In the comics world, Tony's had a multitude of special armors designed for very specific occasions. We've assembled a list of some of our favorites — because it's only a matter of time before some of them make an appearance in the live-action world, too. Read More...
Actions have consequences and few people know this as well as Tony Stark, the Marvel hero known as Iron Man. Over the years, both he and his company have sometimes had a hand in creating powerful enemies.
One of the themes that's certainly relevant in "Iron Man 2," which debuted this weekend, is that some villains owe their careers to ol’ Shellhead and his armor. Here are some of the major baddies whose villainous paths originate with Iron Man — making them prime source material for this weekend's film and future chapters of the Marvel movie universe.
Oh, and before anyone complains, Obadiah Stane (a.k.a. Iron Monger) isn't on the list because he was an active villain long before he donned his own suit of armor. Read More...
Tony Stark has been described as the “cool exec with a heart of steel,” and this has been especially true more than once in his life. As audiences will see in "Iron Man 2" this weekend, the Armored Avenger leads a life where unique health problems can (and do) often arise.
For those of you interested in this has played out in the comics, here’s a complete guide to Tony Stark’s medical history and the modifications he’s done to his body over the years.
As movie fans know, the events that led to him becoming Iron Man also involved Tony Stark getting a lot of shrapnel in his chest. Tony was forced to wear the chest-plate of his Iron Man armor at all times, using its magnetic fields to keep near-microscropic metal shards from piercing his heart.
Tony had to constantly recharge his chest plate, and if his armor or power cells were damaged in a battle as Iron Man, he faced possible death within moments. Read More...
Tony Stark has lots of enemies — not only because he’s a wealthy, international industrialist, but also because he’s the armored Avenger known as Iron Man. He’s clashed with amoral businessman Justin Hammer, espionage experts like The Ghost and Spymaster, and even the warlord known as The Mandarin.
But not every villain that’s attacked ol’ Shellhead has been all that threatening. With that in mind, the arrival of "Iron Man 2" in theaters this week had us thinking about some of Iron Man’s lamest enemies.
Here are five enemies we're pretty sure won't be facing off against Tony Stark's armored alter ego on the big screen any time soon. Read More...
Unless you're living—or hiding—under a rock, you probably know that the secret ending of "Iron Man 2" leaked online earlier today. Here at Splash Page, we're very aware of the fact that many readers don't want to know what happens at the end of the movie, so you can read our spoiler-filled report at your own risk.
That said, we also think that it was fairly obvious that the secret scene would focus on the revelation that Tony Stark is actually Bruce Banner's sister and Happy Hogan is the modern day incarnation of the Red Skull.
Seriously, you didn't see that coming?
After the jump, we've listed some of the secret "Iron Man 2" ending's other "major" revelations — and by "major," we mean fake! Read More...
As "The Losers" are preparing to prove that they're actually winners this weekend, it's worth remembering that for some of the film's various players, this is not their first taste of the comic book world — far from it, in fact.
From throwing shields and flying on fire to chewing on cigars and fighting crime across the decades, many of the cast and crew on "The Losers" have already waded through comic book lore and are prepared to do it again.
After the jump, we've listed some of the past and future connections between the "Losers" team and comic book movies! Read More...
By Josh Wigler and Rick Marshall
There's no denying that comic books are often strange — some might even say trippy.
In honor of April 20th, the day when everyone seems to have mind-altering moments on the brain, it seemed fitting to take a look at some of our favorite characters from the comic book world who have experimented with hallucinogenic and psychedelic drugs. While we certainly don't advocate such activities, we can't help but celebrate these comic-book moments that have varied from hilariously far-out to dangerously past the brink of insanity.
Read on for four of our favorite psychedelic, surreal and otherwise trippy comics and story arcs. Read More...
Have you ever been victimized by an April Fool's Day prank that you actually wanted to be true? If you haven't, there's a first time for everything — and that time is now.
In our latest roundup of April Fool's Day coverage across the comic book, movie and geek circuits, we're spotlighting some "Lost" merchandise we would love to own and a hilarious concept for a "Halo" film that is not coming soon to a theater near you. Plus, Marvel's Brian Michael Bendis and DC's Geoff Johns bring their respective companies together in an upcoming crossover — or, at least, that's what one news outlet would have you believe.
All of these pranks and more after the jump! Read More...