"Funny how annoying a little prick can be."
―Stern to Tony Stark[src]

Stern is a former United States Senator from Pennsylvania and covert member of HYDRA. Using his position, Stern tried to convince the American people that Tony Stark was actually a threat to their safety and he should hand over his armor suits in the wake of the attack of Whiplash. Stern even tried backing Justin Hammer to replace Stark's work, but this soon failed.

He continued his work with HYDRA, building a relationship with Jasper Sitwell who was working from within S.H.I.E.L.D., but when HYDRA was exposed by Captain America, Stern was soon arrested by the FBI who had discovered his work with the terrorist organization.


Senate Armed Services Committee

"Fuck you, Mr. Stark. Fuck you buddy."
―Stern to Tony Stark[src]

Six months after Tony Stark became the Iron Man, Stern had a meeting with Colonel James Rhodes of the United States Air Force. They discussed Stark's unpredictable behavior. Stern then introduced Rhodes to Thaddeus Ross with hopes of sending a message that the military doesn't need Iron Man, with the plan to replace him with the Aerodynamic Marvel.[1]

Stern attempts to take the Iron Man armor

Sometime later, Stark was summoned to attend a Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C. in order to force him to give his technology to the United States government. Stern demanded that Stark give the Iron Man technology to the United States Government since it was deemed dangerous to the public and would be converted for military use. Stark refused, claiming that foreign nations and business competitors were years away from successfully recreating his achievements, and that the armor was, in fact, his own property and that it was not as dangerous as the shown footage proved to be.

Instead, it was Justin Hammer who was attempting the same objective which Stark revealed on the footage. Although Stern tried his best to forge through evidence and get the courts on his side, Stark outwitted him and won the case, causing indignant backlash from a defeated Stern.[2]

Dealings with Justin Hammer

Stern with Justin Hammer

"Hey, Ivan. I got Senator Stern here. Thought we'd swing over and look at some of the drone designs."
Justin Hammer to Ivan Vanko[src]

Stern attended a television soon after Tony Stark and Ivan Vanko fought in Monaco relaying how Stark was wrong about Arc Reactor technology being five to ten years away. Potts and Stark watched his interview as they rode a plane home. Stern later played golf with Justin Hammer, who had promised him an army of Hammer Drones from Hammer Industries, but while they were playing Hammer called Ivan Vanko and learned that the Drones would be delayed.[2]

Awards Ceremony

Stern honors James Rhodes and Tony Stark

"We present these honored badges to Col. James Rhodes and Tony Stark who is, of course, a national treasure."

After the Battle at Stark Expo, Stern was forced to present Stark and James Rhodes with their medals for bravery after they destroyed Hammer Drones and defeated Whiplash, much to his dismay to which Stark took pleasure to. Stern subtly retaliated against Stark by briefly pricking him with his medal.[2]


Jasper Sitwell and Stern

"Hail HYDRA."
―Stern to Jasper Sitwell[src]

Stern had a meeting with Jasper Sitwell who was covert HYDRA member within S.H.I.E.L.D. As the meeting came to a close, Stern and Sitwell discussed Stern's plan to deal with an aspiring reporter whom Stern valued solely for her physical attributes. As he was preparing to leave, Stern whispered 'Hail HYDRA' into Sitwell's ear. Stern was later exposed and arrested by the FBI after Black Widow released HYDRA files to the public in the aftermath of the Battle at the Triskelion at Alexander Pierce's death.[3]


"I got some constituency problem and I got to press the flesh."
"Any constituent in particular, Mr. Senator?"
"No, not really. Twenty-three, kind of hot. Real hot, you know? Wants to be a reporter, I think, I don't know. Who listens at that point?"
―Stern and Jasper Sitwell[src]
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