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Maria Carbonell (Earth-616)

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Early Life

Maria Carbonell was a born and raised in Southampton, New York. She was born into wealth and became a socialite and Philanthropist.[2]

Meeting Maria

Maria Carbonell (Earth-616) from Invincible Iron Man Vol 1 24

She visited Howard Stark hotel/casino and deliberately lose lots of money at baccarat. She's also trying to avoid two men, who take her to a limousine containing Obadiah Stane. Howard tried to intervene but the woman said everything's fine and they drive off. Howard didn't believe her and got the staff to track Stane down. He learned that Stane was actually staying in his hotel. He went to his room and chats up the woman, until Stane's bodyguards arrive. Howard and the woman knocked out a guard each, and escape.Hotel staff turned up and ask Stane to leave the hotel. Howard and the her drive off, finally introducing herself.[3]

The birth of Arno Stark

Maria later married Howard but they had problems when gestating the child of Howard's. After being told his child might not survive, Howard searched around the world for a way to cure his unborn child. He found himself rescuing the Rigellian Recorder 451 from the alien race known as the Greys, who promised him he would help Stark and his wife to get their child.[4]

451 came to Earth in order to stop the Greys from crushing humanity to a pulp as soon as the Earthlings were technologically developed enough. 451 revealed the Greys' intention to Howard, and told him he would need to insert someone in humanity to accelerate the human's technological growth for the moment they would need to face the Greys, and Stark's unborn child was the perfect candidate. 451 genetically engineered the baby with Kree technology to make him one who would uplift humanity, modifying his thought process, making him to think differently and practically, in order to be an expert in advanced weaponry construction. Howard discovered 451 had added a "genetic clock" to the baby which would've killed him when he matured, and developed a biococktail to interfere with it. The baby was born, but Howard's interference made him ill. He and Maria decided to keep the baby hidden in the Maria Stark Foundation Hospice and adopt a healthy son, as they couldn't conceive a new baby, to prevent 451 from discovering Howard's meddling. The adoptive son was Tony Stark.[5]

Tony Stark

Maria was a loving mother but Howard had a difficult with his son Tony sending him to boarding school at six, much to the sadness of Maria.[6] But he excelled like Howard in all aspects of engineering and science. It is later revealed that Howard was an alcoholic both verbally abusive to his wife and son.[7] It was Howard who forced Tony to have him first drink much to the horror of his mother.[8] She was proud of her son when he became and undergraduate at MIT at the age of 15, where he majored in physics and electrical engineering.[9] However the relationship soured further when Tony's in his 20's rebelled further becoming shiftless a playboy adventurer. Howard would often berate him because of this[10]

Meredith McCall the daughter of Creighton McCall Howard's greatest rival. fell in love with Tony their parents forbade them from ever seeing each other again.[10].

Ides of March

On the Ides of March, Maria and Howard were killed in a car accident. It has been hinted that the incident was not random accident but a planned assassination. Many suspects have been named such as the V-Battalion[11], Roxxon[12] and Hydra[citation needed]. Tony ran his father's company, started a charity in his mother's name, and later became Iron Man.[13]


  • Wore a necklace-mounted pendant capable of holographic communication with a watch worn by Tony. It also contained a GPS.[1]

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