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"I came to realize that I have more to offer this world than just making things that blow up. And that is why, effective immediately, I am shutting down the weapons manufacturing division of Stark International until such a time as I can decide what the future of the company will be."
Tony Stark[src]

Stark Industries is a multinational industrial company and the largest tech conglomerate in the world. Founded in 1939 by Howard Stark, the elder Stark ran the company from its inception up until his death in 1991, after which Obadiah Stane was appointed interim CEO, with Tony Stark officially assuming the position shortly after at the age of twenty-one.

Under Stark's control, the company flourished financially for nearly two decades; however, when Stark discovered that Stane was selling their weapons to terrorist groups around the world, such as the Ten Rings, he shut down their lucrative weapons division. In 2010, Stark appointed Pepper Potts as the CEO of Stark Industries after realizing that he was dying from palladium poisoning, a position Stark allowed Potts to maintain after he engineered his own recovery.


The Stark Industries logo from the Howard Stark era

Stark Industries was founded by Howard Stark during the early twentieth century, a great pioneer in different types of technology and constantly helping the United States Armed Forces with different and innovative weapons, helping the government to create the Super Soldier Serum. [1] Years later, he created an Arc Reactor along with Anton Vanko,[2] a source which provided free, pure and efficient energy for Stark Industries' main plant.[3] In the 80s, they developed surveillance drones, some of them would later be acquired by S.W.O.R.D..[4]

After the death of Howard Stark in 1991 at the hands of HYDRA,[5] the company was inherited by his son Tony Stark, with the help of Obadiah Stane, although Stane was appointed interim CEO immediately after Howard's death before his son could officially assume the position of CEO.

In 1999, a bomb manufactured by Stark Industries landed in Sokovia, hitting the apartment building of the Maximoff family. However, it failed to detonate due to Wanda Maximoff's magic,[6] but still killed Wanda and Pietro Maximoff's parents.[7]

In 2009, Tony Stark was kidnapped by the Ten Rings in Afghanistan, and developed a suit of armor powered with a miniaturized Arc Reactor to escape captivity. Upon his return to Malibu, he decided the company would no longer produce weaponry, due to the fact that he had discovered his captors now possessed illegal Stark weaponry and technology.

Stark Industries Headquarters, Los Angeles

Stark further developed his armor to create new models, such as the Iron Man Armor: Mark III and started looking for and destroying stolen Stark tech, which he later discovered Obadiah Stane was selling behind his back. Stark faced Stane, who had created his own suit of armor, and killed him in battle at the Stark Industries Factory.[3]

Six months later, Stark re-inaugurated the Stark Expo and was attacked by Anton Vanko's son Ivan, who thought Howard Stark was responsible for Anton's misery and death, although Anton was deported because he tried to use the reactor to his own profit.

Though panned by critics such as Bill O'Reilly, Stark appointed Pepper Potts as leader of Stark Industries.[2] In 2012, Tony Stark opened a new base for Stark Industries in New York City, building the Stark Tower, which was powered by a new prototype Arc Reactor inside the tower. Pepper Potts also procured permits to build a Stark Tower in Washington, D.C..[8]

Later that year, Happy Hogan was hired as head of security in Stark Industries Headquarters.[9]

In 2014, following the downfall of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the hiring of Maria Hill[5], Stark Industries made privatized security a part of its services.[10]

Sometime after the Battle of Sokovia, Stark Industries announced new scholarships for promising students from urban city schools.[11] In 2016, Tony Stark went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and gave a presentation on the September Foundation.[12]

Also in 2016, Happy Hogan was tasked with moving the Avengers' equipment out of the Avengers Tower to the new base, as Stark was planning on selling the Tower.[13]

In 2018, Tony Stark used his glasses during the Attack on Greenwich Village.[14]

In 2023, when Nick Fury was restored to life, he was given Tony Stark's Glasses with the E.D.I.T.H. system installed into it and instructed to give them to Peter Parker. Fury gave the glasses to Talos to give to Parker instead.

In 2024, Pepper Potts gave a check from the Stark Relief Foundation to May Parker for her charity organization. In mid-2024, Talos gave the glasses to Parker. With the glasses, Parker had access to the E.D.I.T.H. system and the Stark Industries Combat Drones from the Stark Industries Satellite.[15]


Name Position Status
Howard Stark Founder and CEO Deceased
Anton Vanko Scientist Deceased
Edwin Jarvis Butler Deceased
Jason Wilkes Scientist
Sharon Davis Architect
Obadiah Stane CEO Deceased
Tony Stark Owner and CEO Deceased
Pepper Potts CEO Active
Happy Hogan Head of Security Active
Bambi Arbogast Secretary Active
William Ginter Riva Scientist Resigned
Trixie Flight Attendant Active
Jesse IT-Department Active
Natalie Rushman Assistant (undercover S.H.I.E.L.D. agent) Deceased
Samantha Carlisle Secretary Active
Quentin Beck Engineer Fired/Deceased
Victoria Snow Resigned
Janice Lincoln Engineer Resigned
Gutes Guterman Resigned
Maria Hill Human Resources Resigned
Peter Parker Intern Inactive


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Appearances for Stark Industries

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