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.
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 the Vankos after Anton Vanko's defection from the Soviet Union.
Birth of Tony Stark
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. The Starks had a son together, Anthony Stark, born on May 29, 1970. 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.
Killed by Winter Soldier
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.
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.
Tony Stark's Grief
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.
- Musician: Maria was a talented pianist and singer, as she was seen flawlessly playing "Try To Remember" on a grand piano in Tony Stark's 1991 B.A.R.F. VR.
- Maria Stark was due to appear in an alternate opening sequence for Iron Man 3, in which Tony Stark tried to cheer her up after she got in a fight with Howard. However, though the sequence was shot, it didn't make the final cut of the film.
- The song that Maria plays on the piano in Captain America: Civil War is "Try To Remember" from the 1960 musical The Fantasticks, which was done at the suggestion of Robert Downey, Jr. because he loved the song when he was a child.
- Maria's death is listed on 12-27-1991 on Howard Stark's S.H.I.E.L.D. file, but this is later proven false as of her death being on 12-16-1991 in Captain America: Civil War.
|Appearances for Maria Stark|
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