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Quote1 You said you wanted to offer me a recording contract... and now you want to make me an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.... you do see how this all sounds crazytown? Quote2
-- Amanda Strong src
 

Early Life and Career

Amanda Armstrong's father was a secret federal agent killed in the line of duty by A.I.M., though the public and Amanda were led to believe he had been murdered by a drug cartel. As a young adult, Amanda became a small-time musician under the stage name of Amanda Strong. One night after a performance, she was recruited into S.H.I.E.L.D. by Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, hoping to use her career as a cover for missions around the world.[1]

Amanda Armstrong (Earth-616) from International Iron Man Vol 1 6 001

Young Amanda

Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

With the help of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s contacts, Amanda became a moderately successful vocalist for her own band. One night before travelling to Germany to deliver a package, she met the package's courier, a fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. agent named Jude. When she arrived to the Indra Club in Hamburg, Amanda's cover was blown, and she was attacked by an assassin. Jude saved her life, later admitting that he had followed her to Germany hoping to see her performance and ask her on a date afterwards.[1]

The two agents were soon intercepted by undercover Hydra soldiers, but managed to escape from the hotel where Jude had taken Amanda regardless of the enemy presence.[2]

Tony's birth

The incident at the Indra Club was covered up as an attack from an overzealous fan, allowing Amanda to remain operating undercover. She continued her career, and started dating Jude. After a two-year relationship, Amanda became pregnant and quit S.H.I.E.L.D..

A week before the baby was due, Jude tried to convince Amanda to disappear. He eventually revealed to have been working as a Hydra double-agent, showing his true nature as a selfish man who had no problem working for both sides and selling out fellow agents as long as it made profit. As Jude was trying to convince Amanda to accept Hydra's protection, she stabbed him in the neck with a pair of scissors.

Shocked by this development, Amanda decided she was going to give up the baby for adoption to a happy and safe family, requesting wherever he was sent to, the baby retained his birth name: Anthony. S.H.I.E.L.D. partially granted Amanda her wish,[2] and instead left the baby in an orphanage in Sofia, Bulgaria, the place where it was born.[3]

Anthony Stark (Earth-616) and Amanda Armstrong (Earth-616) from International Iron Man Vol 1 7 001

Reunited with her son

After learning of Amanda's pregnancy, S.H.I.E.L.D. founder Howard Stark kept an eye on the baby and adopted him, taking the birth records in the process.[2]

Meeting Tony Stark

Decades later, Amanda had become a London-based music producer. When Tony Stark investigated his true parentage, he found that Amanda could've been his true mother, and visited her at her record label.[3] Tony demonstrated his desire to get to know his mother, and the two hugged as Amanda called him, "My boy."[2]

Stark Industries

Before Amanda could bond with her son, Tony fell into a coma as a consequence of the second superhuman civil war. Tony's company, Stark Industries, fell to the hands of Amanda as established by his will. Amanda accepted the position to prevent the board of directors from taking control of the company, while Tony's A.I. assistant Friday ran the company behind the courtains.[4]




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