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Marvel released a teaser image hinting at a new storyline for their ongoing Iron Man comic. The so called "Secret Origin" storyline might start just in time for the theatrical release of Iron Man 3, which could give fans of Tony Stark a deeper appreciation of both the man on page and screen. Want to know how Stark the child became Stark the playboy billionaire?

Check out this beautifully painted image by Dale Eaglesham, playfully hinting at the Iron Man young Tony will become.

The [official Marvel wiki]( does not list much about Tony Starks past, but this is what's available:

Anthony "Tony" Stark was born to Howard Anthony Stark and Maria Collins Carbonell Stark, owners of the prominent US firm, Stark Industries. As a boy, Tony was fascinated with building and controlling machines. At the age of 15 Tony entered the undergraduate electrical engineering program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and graduated with two master’s degrees by age 19. Tony went to work for Stark Industries, but showed more interest in living a reckless playboy lifestyle than using his engineering skills. At the age of 21, Tony inherited Stark Enterprises when his parents were killed in a car accident secretly orchestrated by rival corporation Republic Oil (later ROXXON). Still lacking in business acumen, Tony promoted secretary Virginia "Pepper" Potts to be his executive assistant and left the majority of his workload on her so that he could avoid what he saw as a burden.

It would be interesting to learn more about the youth of Tony Stark, but I ask myself, would it be interesting to see it as a film too? The first Iron Man movie does not cover the time before the Iron Mask in depth, but the movie works nonetheless because Stark is already shades of the man who will wear the armor of a hero. An origin movie about Iron Man would mean we won't see , and no Iron Man Suit, so I might be inclined to pass. It's different with Peter Parker, or Bruce Wayne, as their origin stories are such intrinsic parts of the canon that they're almost essential narrative elements. While Tony Stark as a child, teen, and young adult may be a very interesting direction to take on the page, it would have to be extremely interesting to the formative nature of what made Stark's eventual turn as Iron Man occur. So far, everything we know about Stark is pretty standard; he was kidnapped, he was injured, he built a suit of armor and became a hero. Well, that's the abbreviated version.

X-Men: Origins worked well, focusing on the struggle of being different (read: having special powers), but I don't need to see a movie about Tony Stark in College, struggling with midterms and pledging for a frat. I'd rather watch the Scott Pilgrim movies again, frankly. I'll wait for the comics to come out for final judgement, because hey -- the narrative arc might be amazing. Still, right now, I'm happy to see things stay as they are on film.

What do you think? Would you want to see Stark's origins on the page transition to a feature length film? Let us know in the comment section below.


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