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Quote1 When I told people I was Iron Man's bodyguard, they laughed at me! I had to quit to save whatever dignity I had left! Quote2
-- Happy Hogan src
 

Harold "Happy" Hogan is a long-time friend of entrepreneur Tony Stark. For many years Stark employed him as his personal bodyguard and chauffeur.[1]

Harold Hogan (Earth-199999) from Iron Man 2 (film) 001

With the suitcase armor

During the Monaco Grand Prix, Happy risked his life trying to get the Mark V suitcase armor to Tony Stark as Stark was being attacked by Ivan Vanko on the race course. He later accompanied Natasha Romanoff on her attempt to stop Vanko from his attack on the Stark Expo. Despite her demand that Happy remain a safe distance, he insisted on lending further aid and was able to battle one security guard to a standstill while Romanoff took care of the rest deeper in.[2]

Happy eventually became uncomfortable with his role as the "Iron Man's bodyguard" and was granted a new position as the head of security in the management complex of Stark Industries. It was in this capacity that he encountered Eric Savin, and Savin's boss Aldrich Killian when they visited Stark Industries. Immediately suspicious, he investigated them and later followed Savin to an exchange with another man. He tried to interfere and gather evidence when he noticed some of the man's flesh glowing in an amber hue, but Savin blocked him. Their altercation was interrupted when the other man exploded, killing several people and severely injuring Happy. Happy was able to point to a vital piece of evidence before he lapsed into unconsciousness, an act that gave Tony Stark a valuable clue into cause of the explosion.

Harold Hogan (Earth-199999) from Iron Man 3 (film) 003

In the hospital

Happy was put in a coma for some days, which prompted Stark to publicly threaten the Mandarin, the terrorist responsible for the attack. Happy ultimately woke up, days after the explosion.[3]

Years later, Happy delivered Peter Parker to Germany so that he, as his superhero persona Spider-Man, could help Tony apprehend Captain America and a few rogue Avengers. Eager for his next assignment, Peter kept in contact with Happy for the next few months and continually updated him with his daily vigilante activities. Happy didn't seem at all interested in Peter's reports, but he'd continually update Stark on Spider-Man's activities.

Happy was promoted to asset management and coordinated the transfer of the Avengers' assets from Avengers Tower to the New Avengers Facility upstate. On the day of the move, an associate of Parker, Ned Leeds, tried warning him about an impending attack, but Happy dismissed it. The cargo plane was indeed hijacked by Adrian Toomes, but with the intervention of Spider-Man, Toomes wasn't able to escape with anything.

Days later, Happy apologized for not listening to Peter and thanked him for saving the plane. He took Peter to the New Avengers Facility, where Tony and Pepper were waiting to officially announce him as a member of the Avengers, but Peter declined. With members of the press awaiting some kind of announcement, Tony suggested announcing his and Pepper's engagement. Happy brought out an engagement ring, but Pepper was unimpressed with the idea.[4]

Abilities

Harold Hogan is experienced at boxing, and is also a very skilled driver.

Strength level

Harold Hogan possesses the strength of a man who engages in regular exercise while boxing.

Weaknesses

Obsessive pedantry.



Transportation

Stark's different cars

  • Happy's favorite television series is Downton Abbey, as he considers it "classy".[3]
  • According to Jon Favreau, the Downton Abbey scene shown at Happy Hogan's hospital room was carefully chosen.[6] Said scene features characters Tom Barrow and Sybil Crawley, a chauffeur and the woman of high society he longs for, which could symbolize that Happy secretly harbors feelings for Pepper. In the comics, Happy and Pepper had a romantic relationship, and ended up getting married.
  • Happy had a mullet and facial hair back in the '90s.[3]
  • In early storyboards for Iron Man 3, Happy was going to die in the explosion caused by Jack Taggart.[7]

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Footnotes

  1. Iron Man (film)
  2. Iron Man 2 (film)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Iron Man 3 (film)
  4. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  5. Warner, Sam (September 9, 2018). Spider-Man: Far from Home set picture confirms the return of an MCU favourite. Digital Spy. Retrieved on December 9, 2018.
  6. Favreau, Jon (28 April 2013). Jon Favreau on Twitter: "Pay attention to what #DowntonAbbey scene Happy is watching in #Ironman3. It was carefully selected". Twitter. Retrieved on 4 March 2017.
  7. nailbiter111 (2014-10-16). IRON MAN 3: Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) Was Supposed To Die!. ComicBookMovie.com. Retrieved on 2017-05-07.



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