Stark Tower (Avengers Tower) is a 93-story skyscraper with the Main Tower flanked by a 35-story South Building and 55-story North Building. It is located on 58th and Broadway, near the Columbus Circle in Midtown, Manhattan, New York City. Stark Tower serves as the headquarters for Stark Industries and houses the primary penthouse condominium residence of Tony Stark. It was also home to various Avengers teams and H.A.M.M.E.R. It was later purchased by Qeng Enterprises.
Stark Tower originally opened to the public after four years in construction. Despite Stark's vision of the pinnacle of modern architecture no potential tenant wanted to hire office space within the gleaming edifice due to Stark's tenure as Iron Man and his association with the Avengers. People feared that the building would be destroyed by an alien attack, as evidenced by the many times that the Fantastic Four's headquarters was destroyed. So deciding that it be used for something he donated the top three floors to the new Avengers team. Shortly after, the Sentry's Watchtower appeared atop the tower, making the building a striking landmark for all to see. (The Watchtower had always been there. Stark's construction apparently rebuilt it without anyone's awareness. The Watchtower's presence may also explain why the land was so cheap.)
The Tower was comprised of some of the most advanced technology in the world and is built with nigh-indestructible materials. Every wall, both interior and exterior, is made of Vibranium reinforced concrete. The windows are virtually indestructible, though Spider-Man did throw Wolverine through one, and some have been shot out with firearms. It is believed that Stark has gotten his money back from the company that made the glass.
The top three floors were originally designed as Stark's home, however, they were later turned into a headquarters and home equipped with state of the art high technology for all of their day to day activities. Aside from these the Tower has technical labs, medical labs, an armory, state-of-the-art gym, Iron Man's 'Hall of Armor', and a Hanger bay which houses the Avengers' Quinjets.
In the wake of the passing of the Superhuman Registration Act, Stark Tower acted as the main base of operations for the government task force led by Iron Man and charged with enforcing the Act. At this time the Avengers broke apart, leaving Tony Stark to form the Mighty Avengers, who continued to occupy the Main Tower's higher levels. The building also had a squad of Cape-Killers stationed as guards, their call sign was Force Unit 9.
The Second Tower
Stark Tower was later rebuilt by Stark under his S.H.I.E.L.D. organization, making it S.H.I.E.L.D. property. After Norman Osborn took over S.H.I.E.L.D. and renamed it H.A.M.M.E.R. he took ownership of the Tower. The tower was recently returned to Tony Stark by Steve Rogers who has replaced Osborn as the world's "top cop".
During the attack of the Serpent, Red Hulk battled one of Serpent's Worthy, Angrir. During the fight, Angrir destroyed the Stark Tower again. In the aftermath of the later battle against the Serpent, Stark proposed to rebuild the Tower.
The Third Tower
When the Avengers shifted under S.H.I.E.L.D. authority, the organization once again took over the Stark Tower, and made it their Golgotha station.
Following the impact of Stark Industries' immense market share loss, Stark saw himself forced to sell the Avengers Tower in Columbus Circle to Qeng Enterprises, moving his entire operations to another Stark Tower located in Times Square, 11 blocks south. The tower was later destroyed by Maximus, disguised as an act of retalation from the rest of the Inhumans for Stark sneaking into New Attilan and kidnapping Ulysses Cain.
Ultimate Universe (Earth-1610)
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (Earth-8096)
Iron Man: Armored Adventures (Earth-904913)
In Iron Man: Armored Adventures, the tower was very hi-Tech and included a security room, a power generator room, and many security robots. It was also equipped with lots of offices.
Marvel Cinematic Universe (Earth-199999)
In this reality, Stark Tower is a high rise building towering over Manhattan located in 200 Park Avenue. Tony Stark maintains a New York residence there with Pepper Potts, and the top ten floors are reportedly taken up with many technological research and development. The entire building is powered by an arc reactor and its electronic systems are maintained by J.A.R.V.I.S..
The tower became the focal point of a battle when Loki and Erik Selvig set up a portal generator on the roof and opened a dimensional rift to an army of Chitauri warriors waiting on the other side. Heavy fighting caused extensive damage to the upper floors during the attack leaving the only letter to remain from the Stark logo being the "A", as a deliberate nod to the signature "A" from the Avengers title.
Three years later, the tower retained only the "A" in its façade, being nicknamed "Avengers Tower". Stark developed at the building an Iron Legion of security robots. After rescuing Loki's Scepter from Hydra, Tony researched on the Scepter and decided to use its power to finish a stalled artificial intelligence program called Ultron. Ultron wound up becoming evil upon inception, shutting down J.A.R.V.I.S. and taking over the Iron Legion bots to attack the Avengers. Stark would later use Stark Tower's facilities to reprogram an artificial lifeform built by Ultron, Vision.
Although the Avengers later relocated to the New Avengers Facility, the tower itself remains in New York with the familiar logo.
Marvel Animated Universe (Earth-12041)
Avengers Tower's design appears very similar to the Stark Tower of Earth-199999 and later redesigns. The building had an underground basement that contains old Avengers' items, such as trophies, suits and equipment. The Tower served as the team base from very early, up to the point where Ultron destroyed it and they had to find a new one.
Avengers: Electric Rain (Earth-TRN515)
In this reality, the Stark Tower is known as the Avengers Tower. It is a high rise building located in Manhattan that serves as the base of operations for the Avengers of this dimension and as a location that contains this dimension's Iron Man's suits. Visibly it appears very similar to the Stark Tower of Earth-199999
After Spider-Queen took over Manhattan, she moved into Avenges Tower and renamed it The Queen's Castle. This was where Agent Venom's Resistance freed Manhattan, resulting with the death of Soria, Thompson, and the Venom Symbiote. Visibly it appears very similar to the Stark Tower of Earth-616
Marvel Avengers Academy (Earth-TRN562)
Points of Interest
- Tony Stark
- New Avengers (first tower)
- Mighty Avengers (first and second towers)
- S.H.I.E.L.D. (second and third towers)
- Avengers (third tower)
- No special notes.
- The Stark Tower is about 10 blocks from the Baxter Building.
- The appearance of the Stark Tower which debuted in Avengers Assemble #1 was designed by John Romita Jr..
- In the cinematic universe, the tower is located where MetLife Building is on real life.
- Appearances of Stark Tower
- Minor Appearances of Stark Tower
- Media Stark Tower was Mentioned in
- Location Gallery: Stark Tower
- Images related to Stark Tower
- Marvel Staff members who were born in Stark Tower
Links and References
- ↑ Amazing Spider-Man #700
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 New Avengers #3
- ↑ Dark Avengers #1
- ↑ Invincible Iron Man #17-19
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 All-New, All-Different Avengers #1
- ↑ New Avengers #10
- ↑ Civil War #5
- ↑ Iron Man Vol 4 #19
- ↑ Avengers Vol 4 #14
- ↑ Avengers Vol 4 #19
- ↑ Avengers Assemble Vol 2 #1
- ↑ A + X #2
- ↑ Avengers Vol 5 #35
- ↑ Invincible Iron Man Vol 2 #1
- ↑ Uncanny Inhumans #11
- ↑ Invincible Iron Man Vol 2 #12
- ↑ Astonishing X-Men: Ghost Boxes #1
- ↑ New Avengers #7
- ↑ Tom Brevoort - Tumblr