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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 assasinated 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?"
"Ahh, 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."
Howard Potts and Howard Stark[src]

Maria and Howard Stark 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] Throughout his life, Howard and Tony had a rough and strained relationship throughout the years, 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]
The last time stark

Stark saying her goodbyes to Tony Stark

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

MariaStarksDeath

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 them to crash. While Maria 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. Maria had then witnessed the Winter Soldier place Howard's corpse in his seat, making it appear that he had been killed in the crash, before then 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]

To be added

Relationships

Family

Allies

Enemies

Trivia

Appearances

Appearances for Maria Stark

In chronological order:

References

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