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Information-silkReal NameArno Stark
Information-silkCurrent AliasIron Man 2020
Information-silkRelativesTony Stark (Uncle), Morgan Stark (presumed father), unamed sister, Bill (brother-in-law), Cynthia Stark (wife, deceased), Melodi (wife)[1], Arno Stark Jr. (son, deceased)
Information-silkAffiliationStark Enterprises, Chronos Corps, former member of Heralds, leader of the Iron Bots possibly Immortus' Legion of the Unliving
Status
Information-silkAlignmentGood
Information-silkIdentityPublic Identity
Information-silkCitizenshipAmerican
Information-silkMarital StatusWidowed
Information-silkOccupationCEO of Stark International, adventurer; former mercenary
Characteristics[2]
Information-silkGenderMale
Information-silkHeight5' 11"
Information-silkWeight185 lbs (84 kg)
Information-silkEyesBlue
Information-silkHairBrown (sometimes dyed black)
Origin
Information-silkOriginArno inherited his uncle Tony Stark's company, including the Iron Man armor.
Information-silkUniverseEarth-8410
Information-silkPlace of BirthLevittown, Long Island, New York
Information-silkCreatorsTom DeFalco, Herb Trimpe
First AppearanceAppearance of Death
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HistoryEdit

Arno Stark bought out his uncle Tony's company after it appeared he had died. After being hired on a mercenary mission to raise money, he found that he enjoyed the work. He employed a number of other armored personnel, whom he called the Iron Bots.

He was set to unveil a new time displacement device, but he had to undertake munitions jobs to help finance the project. One of these was a large-scale nuke nicknamed the Planet Buster. Terrorists found the plant where the bomb was located and attempted to detonate it. Cynthia Stark and Arno Jr. were visiting the plant during the attack. Arno suited up and killed the terrorists, but learned a retinal scan was needed to disarm the bomb. Arno went back in time to try and gain the scan from the lead man as a child, but was stopped by Spider-Man. Ironically this caused the man to grow up with an intense hatred of corporations. The bomb exploded, killing Arno's wife and child as well as many employees.[3]

On a later occasion Arno faced the original Iron Man. Although his armor was superior, Arno could not match Tony's skill and was outwitted.

Arno was later hired by Sunset Bain to destroy the rebuilt Machine Man and the Midnight Wreckers. He failed and was humiliated by the automaton. However it seemed he and his Iron Bots battled the Wreckers and Machine Man on multiple occasions.

Later, he took a request by Marcus Amalgamated to rescue the owner's daughter from kidnappers. He was concerned that events in the Middle East and Russia would impact his company due to rising oil prices, and also wanted to take advantage of a new technology Marcus promised him if he rescued Micki. However, it was a ploy. Micki was actually fleeing her father's company with data on a destructive new computer virus and the kidnappers were hired by Marcus. Arno confronted Marcus and was able to defeat him by infecting both their armors with the virus.

Arno finally decided to be a hero. Unknown to him, Marcus's advisor Howard was actually the elderly Tony Stark, pleased with his nephew's new direction.

Arno was briefly summoned by the Time-Keepers as part of their forces opposing the team of Avengers summoned from various realities by Rick Jones.[4]

Arno Stark was then pulled from his own reality by X-51 of Earth-9997 to be a member of his Heralds, a group of super-humans from alternate realities. He had gathered them to warn alternate realities of the danger of the Celestials who reproduced by impregnating worlds and manipulating the DNA of the planets dominant species into being unwilling antibodies. Each member of the Heralds would be granted their fondest wish upon completion of their mission. As payment for her agreement to join the Heralds, Stark wished to be given the opportunity to be a hero on his own terms without living under his uncles shadow. He would be teamed with Wolverine of Earth-811, Bloodstorm of Earth-1298, Deathlok of Earth-7484, Spider-Girl of Earth-1122, Killraven of Earth-691 and Hyperion of Earth-1121. The team would be split into groups of two, with Bloodstorm and Iron Man traveling to Earth-2010, a reality where everyone on Earth is a vampire.

There they would seek out that worlds version of Reed Richards to deliver their warning of Celestial prorogation. Learning that Reed (and most of the super-hero population) had fell victim to vampirism, their information came too little too late to the damned of this world. However, their information gave Reed the resolve to drop a bomb into Earth's core that would destroy the entire planet and wipe out all the Vampires before they could take their curse to the stars.

Returning to Earth-9997, each member of the group having varying degrees of success, they arrived to find that the Watcher of Earth-9997 was being judged by his alternate reality counterparts. After a brief battle against the collective of Watchers, they were beaten when X-51 had them all teleported to the surface of their own Earths, making them guilty of the same crimes that Watcher-9997 was guilty of.

With their missions completed, X-51 took all the Heralds to Earth to grant them their wishes. There, Arno would meet the Guardians of the Galaxy who had traveled back in time from Earth-691 because they had found an ancient book that told of a point in the 21st century when all of humanity was mutated. As their Earth had been conquered by the Badoon, they sought to learn the secret in order to win their war in their own reality. Unknown to them, this was a manipulation planned by Mephisto to create another divergent reality. Upon hearing of the Guardian's plight, X-51 suggested that Arno accompany them back to their own time, as in his own reality he created a bomb that caused massive mutations on his own world. Arno agreed and left with the Guardians back to their own reality.

It is unknown if Arno succeeded in aiding the Guardians in their quest, however since he was never seen on Earth-691, it is presumable that the Guardians trip to Earth-9997 created a divergence from their home reality and whatever Arno may or may not have done for the Guardians happened in a reality different from that of Earth-691.

However, for unknown reasons he was briefly imprisoned by the Time Variance Authority. He was seen by She-Hulk when the Two-Gun Kid was released. It is entirely possible that he was plucked from reality from the TVA en route to his mission, thereby preserving Earth-691. However, the true reason why Arno was in the custody of the TVA and the fate of his mission with the Guardians remain unrevealed at this time.[5]

He was later affected by a technologic version of the zombie virus, which caused him to mutate into one of them, being later devoured by his own armor.[6]

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

Powers

Arno Stark has no powers of his own but they are derived from his Iron Man Armor.

Power Grid [7]
Intelligence
Strength
Speed
Durability
Energy Projection
Fighting Skills
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Abilities

Arno is an inventive genius, particularly in weapons, computers and flight technology.

ParaphernaliaEdit

Equipment

His own futuristic version of the Iron Man armor called experimental tractor clamps.

Transportation

Custom-built Stealth jet with a hanger designed for armor storage.

Weapons

Extendable high caliber pistol. Flying Star Blade, a controllable edged projectile

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