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- I am...Tony Stark. I always have been. And it's time to get to work.
- -- Tony Stark
Appearing in 1st story
- A.I. Army
- Ghost in the Machine (Friday Stark) (Revealed to be alive) (Identity revealed)
- Andy Bhang
- Baintronics, Inc.
- Devil (Satan) (Invoked)
- Amanda Armstrong (Recap)
- Howard Stark (Recap)
- Maria Stark (Recap)
- Happy Hogan (Recap)
- Rescue (Pepper Potts) (On-screen in main story and also appears in recap)
- Avengers (Recap)
- Loki (Recap)
- Melter (Bruno Horgan) (Recap)
- Wraith (Brian DeWolff) (Recap)
- Whiplash (Marco Scarlotti) (Recap)
- Bethany Cabe (On-screen in main story and also appears in recap)
- Rhodey Rhodes (Recap)
- Bambi Arbogast (Recap)
- Riri Williams (Recap)
- Captain America (Steve Rogers) (Recap)
- Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) (Recap)
- "Howard Stark" (Death)
- "Maria Stark" (Death)
- Controller (Basil Sandhurst) (Mentioned)
- Motherboard (Mistress) (Mentioned)
- Jude (Mentioned)
- Fantastic Four (Mentioned)
- Doctor Shapiro
- Arsenal (Mentioned)
- Mandarin (Mentioned)
- Sunset Bain (Stasis)
- God (Yahweh) (Invoked)
- Stark Industries (Mentioned)
- Howard Stark (Mentioned)
Races and Species:
- Humans (Main story and recap)
- Asgardians (Recap)
- Frost Giants (Recap)
- Human-Kree Hybrids (Recap)
- United States of America
- Hell (Mentioned)
- eScape (Mentioned)
- Iron Man Armor Model 66
- Bain Battle Mechs (First appearance)
- Iron Man Armor Model 1 (Main story and recap)
- Iron Man Armor Model 1 MK III (Main story and recap)
- Mjolnir (Recap)
- Melting Ray MK II (Recap)
- Iron Man Armor Model 4 (Main story and recap)
- Captain America's Uniform and Shield (Recap)
- Iron Man Armor Model 29 (Extremis Armor) (Recap)
- Ironheart Armor Model 1 (Recap) (Helmet)
- Captain Marvel's Suit (Recap)
- Iron Man Armor Model 54 (Recap)
- Rescue Armor Model 5 (On-screen)
- Weekend at Bernie's (Topical reference)
- The Secret Origin of Tony Stark (Recap)
- Civil War (Recap)
- Civil War II (Recap)
- Stark Realities (Recap)
Synopsis for 1st story
Yeah. That horrible thing actually happened last issue. We know. It was NOT cool. So we are totally making it up to you RIGHT NOW. That character you really liked from a while ago? The one who you thought was absolutely, certifiably dead? Surprise! She’s back! But how is that even possible? And what does that mean for the future of all things Iron–Man? Read the book, fleshbag.
- Machine Man obtained Jocasta's head in 2020 Machine Man #2.
- Friday recalls that Tony Stark had created her to be "a voice for [his] heads-up display" and later mentions being "a voice in a suit of armor." However, Friday was never a disembodied voice and always projected her image holographically since her first appearance in Iron Man Vol 3 #53. She also didn't operate Tony's armor until Invincible Iron Man Vol 3 #1.
- Friday mentions the instance when Tony requested her to be the operating system for his armor during the Controller's attack, which, in turn, led her apparent death at the hands of Motherboard. This happened in Tony Stark: Iron Man #7.
- Friday reveals she is having Bethany Cabe send Pepper Potts to gather DNA from Tony's birth parents. This is detailed in 2020 Rescue #1–2.
- At Andy Bhang's residence, H.E.R.B.I.E. brings up that he told off the Fantastic Four. This happened in Incoming #1.
- In this issue, Arno Stark reveals that Sunset Bain has been a clone of the real Bain ever since Tony Stark: Iron Man #18.
- Out of the moments of his life that Tony Stark reminisces when falling through the Thirteenth Floor, the following correspond to specific issues:
- Tony contemplating in wonder as the Iron Man Armor Model 1 keeps him alive comes from Tales of Suspense #39
- Tony introducing Happy Hogan to Pepper Potts comes from Tales of Suspense #45
- Iron Man confronting Loki as part of the original Avengers comes from the cover of Avengers #1
- Iron Man surrounded by the Melter, Whiplash, and Blizzard comes from Iron Man #123.
- Tony staring at his reflection on a mirror while drunk comes from the cover of Iron Man #128.
- Iron Man against Captain America comes from the cover of Civil War #7.
- Tony chatting with Riri Williams comes from Invincible Iron Man Vol 3 #12
- Iron Man fighting Captain Marvel comes from Civil War II #8
- Tony emerging from the regeneration pod comes from Invincible Iron Man #593.
- H.E.R.B.I.E. compares Machinesmith's laboratory to "a #$%& episode of 'Hoarders'." Howarders is an American reality TV show that documents on the lives of people who suffer from compulsive hoarding disorder.
- After Machinesmith fails to download his consciousness into Tony, H.E.R.B.I.E. jokingly suggests to tie him to the Awesome Android and "'Weekend at Bernie's' him." Weekend at Bernie's is a black comedy film in which two insurance employees drag along the corpse of their boss Bernie and even manipulate the body's limbs to maintain the illusion that he is alive.
- The outfit the manifestation of kid Tony Stark is wearing when talking to his older self is the same Tony was wearing in the opening flashback of Tony Stark: Iron Man #1. These clothes are, in turn, one of the outfits worn by Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr. in Weird Science.
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