Appearing in "Public Identity Part Three"
- Stark Industries (Main story and flashback)
- U.S. Air Force
- U.S. Army
- General Turner (Voice)
- General Thaddeus Ross
- Ten Rings
- Several Congolese Soldiers
- U.S. Government
- God (Invoked)
- Edwin Jarvis (Only in flashback)
- Maria Stark (Mentioned) (Only in flashback)
- Obadiah Stane (Cameo) (Only in flashback)
- Hammer Advanced Weapons Systems
Races and Species:
- Humans (Main story and flashback)
- Earth-199999 (Main story and flashback)
- Earth (Main story and flashback)
- United States of America (Main story and flashback)
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Hell (Invoked)
- Earth (Main story and flashback)
Synopsis for "Public Identity Part Three"
The news of an airman being stranded on hostile territory has reached Senator Stern.
The issue flashes back to Tony's teenage years. While relaxing in a pool, Tony discusses with his father, who believes that Tony is being immature. The issues then flashes to the funeral of Tony's parents.
The issue flashes to the present, where Tony is receiving news about the airman in trouble. He is then contacted by General Turner of the Pentagon, who sends him the coordinates. Tony then suits up.
Ross tries to control what's happening and Iron Man enters the area. Iron Man then saves the airman and takes out the Congolese soldiers. Receiving a call from Ross, Iron Man is told to deliver the pilot in Cairo.
Three hours later, Iron Man reaches Cairo and delivers the airman to the medics. Ross angrily reprimands him for not returning fire against the Congolese soldiers; however, Iron Man replies that attacking soldiers is what the Army wanted him to do if Hammer failed. Ross then tells him that although he distanced from his father's legacy of creating weapons, Iron Man is a weapon. However, Iron Man then brings out Ross's military resume. Iron Man then states that if an innocent is hurt just to advance a military propaganda, there will be consequences. He then leaves, leaving an angry Ross.
Later, Tony has a party to which Rhodey and Pepper attend. Pepper tells Tony that General Turner and the Joint Chiefs are not happy with his actions. However, Tony says that this is what he does now.
Meanwhile, at S.H.I.E.L.D., Phil Coulson is reviewing Tony's recent actions. He then asks Nick Fury his opinion. Fury states that the Army is pushing Tony and Tony is pushing them back. He then states that they will continue watching him.
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- The events of the "Public Identity" storyline take place after the first Iron Man film, and before Iron Man 2 and the present day plot of The Incredible Hulk.
- The way the comic presents it, it is implied that the scene in the flashback is Tony's last conversation with Howard before his and Maria's death. However, Captain America: Civil War contains a flashback which shows their actual last conversation.