"Binarily Augmented Retro-Framing, or B.A.R.F. – God, I gotta work on that acronym. An extremely costly method of hijacking the hippocampus... to clear traumatic memories."
Tony Stark[src]

Binarily Augmented Retro-Framing, better known by its acronym B.A.R.F., is a holographic illusion technology designed by Quentin Beck. Despite its potential, B.A.R.F. was used by Tony Stark for therapeutic pursuits.

History

2016 MIT Presentation

"A revolutionary breakthrough with limitless applications, which Tony turned into a self-therapy machine and renamed... He renamed my life's work "B.A.R.F.," then he fired me, saying I was unstable."
Quentin Beck[src]

Tony Stark relives some family memories

Working for Stark Industries, Quentin Beck designed a holographic system that could be innovative. However, Tony Stark decided to use Beck's invention for therapeutic pursuits and renamed it as the Binarily Augmented Retro-Framing, or B.A.R.F., much to Beck's displeasure.[1]

While giving a presentation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stark used B.A.R.F. to revisit the memory of seeing Howard and Maria Stark alive for the last time. Stark later explained to the assembled students that he felt guilty for the lack of respect and compassion he showed his parents in their last conversation.[2]

Quentin Beck's Campaign

Mysterio successfully tricks Peter Parker

"He's been faking the whole thing with illusion tech."
"Yeah, he's using these, like, hologram projectors."
Peter Parker and Michelle Jones[src]

In 2024, Quentin Beck, driven down a dark path due to the lack of recognition for his work, used the Binarily Augmented Retro-Framing framework to feign several Elemental crises across the globe, successfully initiating attacks in Mexico and Morocco. Beck continued these attacks in Europe, but he was defeated by Spider-Man when his fraudulence was uncovered by the teenage superhero during his school trip to Europe.[1]

Capabilities

"The integration of my illusion tech, with your weaponized drones, was brilliant. Powerful illusions, real damage, worked like a charm."
Mysterio to William Ginter Riva[src]
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The B.A.R.F. relies on a complex holographic system that connects with the user's hippocampus, allowing it to find a certain traumatic memory and alter it before projecting that memory onto an external infrastructure. Through the altered projection, the user is able to successfully re-experience and hopefully work through overcoming traumatic experiences.[2] While Tony Stark used it to recount a scene from his past, the technology was more daringly used by Beck to create illusions during his campaign.[1]

References

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