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"Where ignorance is bliss..."
"...'tis fooly to be wise."
Howard Stark and Maria Stark[src]

Maria Collins Carbonell Stark was Tony Stark's mother and Howard Stark's wife. She was assassinated along with her husband by the Winter Soldier under HYDRA orders, making it appear as an accidental car crash.

Biography

Married Life

Marrying Howard Stark

Maria married Howard Stark, who became a devoted husband despite being a womanizer during his youth. In the 1960s, she and Howard had lunch with Anton Vanko after his defection from the Soviet Union.[1]

Birth of Tony Stark

"How far along is she?"
"Ah, I don't know. She's at the point that she can't stand the sound of my chewing. I guess I'll be eating dinner in the pantry again."
Tony Stark and Howard Stark[src]

Maria eventually became pregnant. Maria struggled with the pregnancy and would become easily annoyed, especially at Howard's late nights in the office and his loud chewing, as she would often force him to eat dinner in the pantry.[2] The Starks had a son together, Anthony Stark, born on May 29, 1970.[3] Over the years, Tony and Howard had a rough and strained relationship, never being able to make amends. However, Maria and her son had a much closer and caring relationship, built on love.[4]

Killed by Winter Soldier

"Be nice, dear, he's been studying abroad."
"Really, which broad? What's her name?"
―Maria Stark and Howard Stark[src]

Stark saying her goodbyes to Tony Stark

On December 16, 1991, Stark was preparing to go to the Bahamas with Howard Stark. She played the piano as Howard and Tony Stark had another tense conversation, which Stark attempted to mediate. Howard noted that he and Stark would likely be making a quick stop at the Pentagon since he needed to collect some samples of their newest version of the Super Soldier Serum. Seeing her son was unhappy with Howard, Maria spoke to Tony calmly before she and her husband left.

Stark being strangled by the Winter Soldier

However, as they were driving down the road, the Starks were then attacked by the Winter Soldier, causing their car to crash. While Stark was trapped in her seat, she watched Howard crawl out of the car and beg the Winter Soldier to help his wife, before being beaten to death with his Prosthetic Arm, much to her horror. Stark then helplessly watched the Winter Soldier place Howard's corpse in his seat, making it appear that he had been killed in the crash, before strangling her to death.[4]

Legacy

Tony Stark's Grief

"It doesn't change the fact that they never made it to the airport, or all the things I did to avoid processing my grief."
Tony Stark[src]

For more than two decades, Tony Stark had a difficult time in accepting and mourning the deaths of his parents. He eventually discovered a way to cope with the loss through the B.A.R.F. technology that was invented by Quentin Beck, which enabled him to view and relive the last memories he had with his parents.

By 2016, Tony Stark, with the aid of Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes, cornered Helmut Zemo in the HYDRA Siberian Facility for instigating the Avengers Civil War. Zemo, however, showed them a video recording that revealed Bucky Barnes as the one who was responsible for the deaths of Howard and Maria Stark, which provoked the infuriated Tony to attacking Steve and Bucky.[4]

Abilities

Relationships

Family

Allies

Enemies

Trivia

Appearances

Appearances for Maria Stark

In chronological order:

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