"Selling weapons to criminals is wrong."
"How do you think your buddy Stark paid for that tower?"
Spider-Man and Vulture[src]

The tower formerly known as Stark Tower and Avengers Tower is a high-rise building complex located in Manhattan, New York City. Constructed by Tony Stark, the tower was powered by an Arc Reactor that makes it capable of running itself for over a year. The top ten floors were originally all devoted to research and development.

Following the dissolution of S.H.I.E.L.D., Stark made the tower the main headquarters of the Avengers. However, after the Ultron Offensive, Stark refurbished an old Stark Industries warehouse upstate into the New Avengers Facility for the Avengers to use as their primary base while Avengers Tower was repurposed for Stark Industries' use.

Following the Avengers Civil War, Stark sold the tower and had the valuable items and artifacts loaded onto a cargo plane for transport to the New Avengers Facility.


Construction of Stark Tower

"It is with great pleasure that I present to you the plans for the structure you see going up behind me: Stark Tower. The very first completely clean-energy-powered skyscraper in Manhattan."
Pepper Potts[src]

Pepper Potts announced in a press conference that, after all damage resulting from the Stark Expo incident had been repaired at the expense of Stark Industries, the relationship between Stark Industries and New York City would make another step towards the future. She presented the plans for a structure acquired by Stark Industries, that would be transformed into the Stark Tower, the first completely clean energy-powered skyscraper in Manhattan, hoping it would become a model for future development in the city.

During the press conference, Tony Stark called Potts to congratulate her and told her that he was waiting for her to have a date with a bottle of Dom Pérignon. Potts told Stark that she was going to give him the benefit of the doubt, stating she assumed that he remembered their date was the following night. Stark replied that he obviously remembered, while in Malibu altering one of his armors.

A few months later, Stark helped in the construction of the tower, lifting the giant letters in the front of the building as Iron Man, when James Rhodes contacted him to learn about the Ten Rings, responsible for his kidnapping in Afghanistan. Stark informed Rhodes that his investigations after confronting them at Gulmira led to nowhere; the Ten Rings operated in autonomous cells and the highest-ranking operative in each cell had one contact in another cell, but not with the overall leader.[1]

Lighting of Stark Tower

"Stark Tower is about to become a beacon of self-sustaining clean energy."
"Wow. So maybe our reactor takes over, and it actually works?"
"I assume. Light her up."
Tony Stark and Pepper Potts[src]

Stark Tower before the Battle of New York

In 2012, Tony Stark finished installing the last piece of an Arc Reactor in the undersea wiring near New York City thanks to his armor, in order to disconnect the newly-constructed Stark Tower from the general electricity network, making it the first self-sustaining building in New York. Stark contacted Pepper Potts while returning to the tower to tell her that she could turn on the power. Stark witnessed the Tower successfully light up, and flew back towards the tower.[2]

Visited by Phil Coulson

Tony Stark arrives at the Tower

"All this came from you."
"No. All this came from that."
"Give yourself some credit, please. Stark Tower is your baby."
Tony Stark and Pepper Potts[src]

As Tony Stark landed on the Tower, J.A.R.V.I.S. informed him that Phil Coulson was trying to contact him, but Stark dismissed the call. Pepper Potts checked that the energy levels of the tower were stable, and discussed with Stark how the idea about Stark Tower came from the Arc Reactor in Stark's chest. Stark suggested Potts that she must attribute herself a 12 percent of the merit, and although he tried to justify himself, Stark realized the comment was inappropriate. Coulson called Stark again, annulling J.A.R.V.I.S.'s protocols, and although Stark tried to dismiss him again, Coulson appeared in the tower where Potts greeted him on a first-name basis, to Stark's surprise.

Tony Stark learns of Loki's invasion of Earth

As Coulson explained that his visit was not based on Stark's status as a consultant for S.H.I.E.L.D., he thought it had to do with the Avengers Initiative, even though that project had been discarded and Stark had been deemed as unsuitable. Coulson handed Stark a tablet containing files about the other candidates of the Avengers Initiative: Steve Rogers, Bruce Banner and Thor, about the Tesseract and Loki. Potts realized that she must leave Stark alone to let him focus in the task handed over by S.H.I.E.L.D..

Potts asked Coulson if he could take her to LaGuardia Airport to go to Washington, D.C., where she planned to get the zoning completed for three more Arc Reactor-powered Stark Industries buildings. On the way, Potts inquired how things were going with Audrey Nathan, his cellist girlfriend, and Coulson informed Potts that she moved back to Portland.[2]

Battle of New York


The Tower prior to the invasion

"Even if Barton didn't tell Loki about the tower, it was still all over the news."
"Stark Tower? That big ugly... building in New York?"
Bruce Banner and Captain America[src]

During his quest to conquer Earth, Loki chose Stark Tower in New York City as the place to open his portal for the Chitauri with the Tesseract, in order to publicly beat the Avengers to assert his authority over the world. Erik Selvig installed the device he created under Loki's control in the rooftop of Stark Tower, connecting to the Arc Reactor sustaining the tower.

Loki and Tony Stark at the Tower

Iron Man arrived at Stark Tower and was informed by J.A.R.V.I.S. that the Arc Reactor had been disconnected, but the Tesseract was already activated. Stark asked Selvig to turn off the device, but Selvig said it was too late for it, so Stark tried to attack the device. The barrier surrounding the Tesseract knocked both Stark and Selvig down, breaking Loki's control over Selvig. Stark descended to the penthouse of the tower to deal personally with Loki. Stark entertained Loki while J.A.R.V.I.S. prepared the Mark VII Armor. Stark offered Loki a drink, menacing him of how he should be afraid of the Avengers, as he pissed each and every one of them.

Loki tried to control Stark, but as the Scepter touched the Arc Reactor in Stark's chest, the reaction was not the one he expected, and he couldn't control Stark. Angered by his failure, Loki threw Stark out of a window, and he was saved in the nick of time by the Mark VII Armor launched by J.A.R.V.I.S., who attached to him before hitting the ground. Stark went to confront Loki again, this time in the name of Phil Coulson, knocking down Loki with an attack of his repulsor gauntlets.[2]

First Waves

Stark Tower during the Battle of New York

A portal to the Sanctuary was finally opened, and the first waves of the Chitauri began arriving on Earth above Stark Tower. Iron Man managed to destroy the first Chitauri that crossed the portal, but their number soon proved to be more than Iron Man could handle alone. The Chitauri began spreading through the area surrounding Stark Tower and attacking civilians, while Loki beheld the destruction they were causing. Thor arrived and ordered Loki to turn the Tesseract off, or he would destroy it. Loki went to attack his brother, battling on Stark Tower.[2]

Black Widow contacted Stark, having arrived in a Quinjet with Captain America and Hawkeye, and they assisted Iron Man destroying Chitauri Chariots that were following him. Loki hit the Quinjet from the penthouse of Stark Tower with a shot from his Scepter, and they were forced to land near the tower. Thor tried to reason with Loki, asking him if he thought that madness would end under his rule. Loki seized the opportunity to stab Thor with a concealed knife. Outraged, Thor went to hit Loki, seemingly beating him into submission, but Loki managed to flee in one of the Chitauri Chariots, leaving his scepter behind, and began mercilessly attacking civilians.[2]

Ascent to the Tower

Hulk beating Loki

Black Widow realized that they needed to close the portal after containment proved to be overwhelming. Captain America helped her to jump on a Chitauri Chariot to quickly ascend to Stark Tower while the rest of the Avengers continued to battle the Chitauri. Loki began following Romanoff, shooting at her to prevent her from reaching the Tesseract, but Hawkeye was able to shoot him and knock him down from his vehicle, landing on Stark Tower. Hulk jumped to Stark Tower, and while Loki tried to exert his superiority as a god, Hulk savagely beat him. Romanoff approached the Tesseract, and Erik Selvig, now free from Loki's control, revealed that the Scepter was the key to close the portal.[2]

End of the Battle

The Avengers assembled

The World Security Council decided to send a nuclear missile and make it explode in New York City to contain the Chitauri invasion. Iron Man told Black Widow to wait when she was in the rooftop of the Tower, about to close the portal, as he planned to send the missile through the portal. Seeing that Stark would not be returning, Captain America ordered Romanoff to close the portal using the Scepter, and Stark fell off the portal in the nick of time.

Together, the Avengers went to the penthouse of the Tower to confront Loki, who surrendered and now accepted the drink Stark offered him earlier.[2]


Stark Tower after the Battle of New York

Tony Stark returned to Stark Tower with Pepper Potts, planning to transform the tower into the headquarters for the Avengers, adapting it to the needs of each and every member.[2]

New York Bulletin published an article called "Stark Tower ruined during Battle of NY".[3]

Therapy Session

Tony Stark having therapy with Bruce Banner

Tony Stark retold the story of his battle against Aldrich Killian to his friend Bruce Banner, detailing the story from the beginning in Switzerland. As Stark was wrapping the story and thanking Banner for listening, Stark realized Banner had been sleeping since almost the beginning of the tale. Banner excused himself as he was not a therapist and lacked the necessary temperament for it. Stark ignored this comment and began telling more stories of his life, much to the dismay of Banner who went to sleep again.[4]

Gathering of Fans

"She's a groupie, all the hacking into S.H.I.E.L.D., tracking powers. She might as well be one of those sweaty cosplay characters crowding around Stark Tower."
"What?! I would– It was one time."
Grant Ward and Skye[src]

Following the Battle of New York, Stark Tower become a gathering point for fans of superheroes, including many cosplayers, hoping to see one of the Avengers. Skye approached Stark Tower once in cosplay, although she did not easily admit the fact when questioned about it.[5]

Project Insight

Tony Stark becomes a target of Project Insight

By 2014, Stark Tower had been rebranded as Avengers Tower, and it was one of the intended targets of Project Insight, as Tony Stark was deemed a threat for HYDRA's plans. The Insight satellites marked Stark as a candidate along numerous other individuals in New York City. The city was not shot as Captain America and his allies were able to change the intended targets and stop HYDRA in time.[6]

Contacting Coulson

Phil Coulson found out the location of the Scepter. He sent it to Maria Hill who delivered it to the Avengers.[7]

Creating Ultron

Avengers Tower in 2015

In the wake of HYDRA's defeat with S.H.I.E.L.D., Tony Stark decided to create weapons capable of seeking out and defeating HYDRA's remaining outposts and members, creating the artificial intelligence known as Ultron in the process.

Avengers and allies at the Tower

After attacking J.A.R.V.I.S., the newly created Ultron launched an offensive against the Avengers inside of the tower. While the Avengers fought back, Ultron recognized Helen Cho's potential and one of his sentries fled with Loki's scepter. After his main body was destroyed, Ultron entered the Internet and spread across the globe, filled with purpose about saving the world by exterminating the Avengers.[8]

Creating Vision

Vision sees his reflection for the first time

"An android designed by a robot. You know, I really miss the days when the weirdest thing science ever created was me."
"I'll drop Banner off at the Tower."
Steve Rogers and Nick Fury[src]

Following a skirmish in Seoul, the Avengers reunited in the Tower alongside Pietro and Wanda Maximoff. Having retrieved a device known as the Regeneration Cradle containing what was supposed to be Ultron's final body, Tony opted to upload J.A.R.V.I.S. into it in order to use the body to fight Ultron, resulting in a disagreement with Captain America and a brief brawl to ensue. The fight was interrupted when Thor arrived and used Mjølnir to jumpstart the body. Being dubbed the "Vision", this android would persuade the Avengers into working together in order to stop Ultron. The group would then depart shortly afterwards aboard their Quinjet.[8]

Selling the Tower

Avengers Tower is raided by Vulture

"Tony sold Avengers Tower. We're relocating to a new facility upstate."
Happy Hogan to Peter Parker[src]

Following the Ultron Offensive, the Avengers moved out of Avengers Tower and relocated into the New Avengers Facility as their new headquarters.[8] Despite this, Tony Stark continued to make use of Avengers Tower and used it for Stark Industries purposes.

However, following the Avengers Civil War, Stark sold the tower and arranged for Happy Hogan to transport the Avengers related items to the upstate Avengers facility. The cargo plane was hijacked by Vulture, who attempted to steal the entire inventory, until his efforts were impeded by Spider-Man.[9]

New Appearance

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By 2024, the tower's redesign was finished. An artistic gaping hole was included in the center of the building, used as a lounge and garden area.[10]

Time Heist

"Things look like they're just about wrapped up here."
"Got it. I'm approaching the elevator now."
Iron Man and Captain America[src]

After Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Bruce Banner and Scott Lang traveled back to 2012 to get the Time Stone, Space Stone and Mind Stone, Stark, Rogers and Lang headed to the tower to get both the Mind Stone from Loki's Scepter and the Space Stone from the Tesseract while Banner went to the New York Sanctum to get the Time Stone. However, Loki managed to escape in the chaos and took the Space Stone with him.[11]


Appearances for Avengers Tower

In chronological order:



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