In response to the increasing oppression robots and other kinds of artificial life forms endured from the government, Machine Man started rallying the robotic population to fight for their rights. Concurrently, Tony Stark came to terms with the discovery that he was an artificial life form himself; his current body having been artificially grown and his brain loaded with a digital backup of his mind. Tony's brother Arno Stark used this admission to delegitimize him. He seized control of all Tony's assets, including his company Stark Unlimited and the Iron Man name.
Believing in the arrival of an inminent Extinction Entity whose intent is to assimilate all A.I.s in the world to then destroy all organic life, Arno and his partner Sunset Bain become the premier forces of A.I. oppression. Having come to terms with his nature as an artificial construct, Tony joins the A.I. Army. He becomes the leader of the rebellion, renouncing his previous identity and calling himself Mark One. In the side of the fight against robots, Maria Hill reassembled Force Works as a task force led by War Machine to combat A.I.-related terrorism.
The A.I. Army continues its efforts to liberate their brethren using Un-Inhibitors, devices capable of overriding any form of control over a robot's free will. During a confrontation against the A.I. Army, Arno takes hold of an Un-Inhibitor and reverse-engineers it to create an "submission code" capable of making any robot compliant to humans if their operative system is infected with it. The A.I. Army learns of its creation through their informant, Ghost in the Machine, and Mark One leads an assault on Bain Tower to stop a global broadcast of the submission code. The transmission turns out to double as a bait set up by Arno to draw out Mark One. During the attack on Bain Tower, the A.I. Army's forces are overpowered, and Machine Man is lured away by Jocasta, his girlfriend who had fallen victim to the submission code. Jocasta lures Machine Man to a Baintronics factory where he is confronted by his rebuilt X-Model predecessors and his would-be successor X-52, but he manages to defeat them and escape with Jocasta's head.
Arno defeats Mark One and attempts to reason with him to stop the rebellion, revealing that he only intends to use the submission code as the path of least resistance to unite humanity with robotkind against the Extinction Entity. Mark One dismisses Arno's standpoint and uses a robot march rallied by Machinesmith that had just arrived outside Bain Tower as a distraction to slip away and fly towards Bain Tower's transmission dish. He manages to stop the broadcast and disable the antenna, but Arno knocks him off the top of the building in retaliation. As his allies escape with his body, Tony wakes up in the Thirteenth Floor, where Friday had pulled his consciousness before he could die. Meanwhile, Machine Man takes Jocasta's head to Andy Bhang, who manages to remove the submission code.
As Friday tries to convince Tony that he is not a duplicate as he currently thinks, Arno decides to change his plans and instead device a way to control people, whom he deems as the more difficult party between humans and robots. Dr. Shapiro relays this information to Friday. After being confronted with holographic manifestations of himself in different points of his life, Tony finally acknowledges that he is the real Tony Stark.
- This event was first teased in the Marvel 2019 Marvel Previews issue released on December 26, 2018 with a cryptic teaser that announced the year 2020 was approaching. The event was finally announced on October 4, 2019 during Marvel's Next Big Thing panel at New York Comic Con.
- In the original checklist released for the event, all tie-ins had a different title order. 2020 Force Works was originally titled Force Works 2020, 2020 Machine Man was Machine Man 2020, and so on. Additionally, 2020 iWolverine was going to be called Weapon.EXE 2020.
- The publication of this event was intented to span from January to June, 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Diamond Comic Distributors suspended the distribution of new print titles between April 1st and May 27th. which also caused digital releases by Marvel Entertainment to be postponed. In addition to the resolicitation of the postponed issues to further dates, pushing the event's end to August, certain issues, namely 2020 Force Works #3 and 2020 Ironheart #1–2 were released exclusively on digital.
- No trivia.
- 2020 Force Works #1–3
- 2020 Iron Age #1
- 2020 Ironheart #1–2
- 2020 Machine Man #1–2
- 2020 Rescue #1–2
- 2020 iWolverine #1–2
- Pages referring to the "Iron Man 2020 (Event)" event
- Minor Appearances of "Iron Man 2020 (Event)"
- Media "Iron Man 2020 (Event)" was Mentioned in
- Images showing "Iron Man 2020 (Event)"
- Event Gallery: Iron Man 2020 (Event)
Links and References
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Iron Man 2020 Vol 2 #2
- ↑ Tony Stark: Iron Man #19
- ↑ Iron Man 2020 Vol 2 #1
- ↑ 2020 Force Works #1
- ↑ 2020 Machine Man #1
- ↑ 2020 Machine Man #2
- ↑ Iron Man 2020 Vol 2 #3
- ↑ Iron Man 2020 Vol 2 #4
- ↑ Johnston, Rich (28 December 2018). Marvel Comics Tease Iron Man 2020 in a Year’s Time. Bleeding Cool. Retrieved on 19 October 2019.
- ↑ Martson, George (4 October 2019). ARNO STARK is IRON MAN 2020 in New Event. Newsarama. Retrieved on 19 October 2019.
- ↑ Adams, Tim (19 October 2019). Iron Man 2020 First Look Unleashes an Evil Nick Fury Army. CBR.com. Retrieved on 16 January 2020.
- ↑ Newsarama Staff (May 1, 2020). MARVEL To Resume New Comics Releases May 27, Announce Schedule Through July 8. Retrieved on May 1, 2020.
- ↑ Arrant, Chris (March 31, 2020). MARVEL Not Releasing Any New Titles This Week Print or Digitally, But May Change in Future. Newsarama. Retrieved on April 3, 2020.
- ↑ Get Hype: Marvel Comics announces 8 digital-only releases of once April titles for May 13 and May 20. AIPT (6 May 2020). Retrieved on 6 May 2020.
- ↑ Marvel Comics Reveals Additional Release Dates for New Digital-First Titles. Marvel.com (May 27 2020). Retrieved on 23 June 2020.