During the War in Afghanistan, while overseeing a military demonstration of his technology in an active Afghan war zone, billionaire inventor and industrialist Tony Stark tripped a booby trap that killed his escort and lodged shrapnel in his chest.
The gravely injured Stark was taken captive by the terrorist leader Wong-Chu and ordered to manufacture weaponry for the false promise of receiving medical treatment. Aware of Wong-Chu's lies, Stark and fellow immate Ho Yinsen worked instead on a crude suit of armor which would eventually help Stark escape captivity, while Yinsen sacrificed himself to buy Stark enough time to put the armor into operation.
After destroying Wong-Chu's base, and still clad in his armor, Stark met James Rhodes, a pilot with the United States Marines who had been shot down by rockets while he was on a reconnaissance mission. After Iron Man helped Rhodes fight off an attack by enemy forces, Rhodes allowed him to drain the helicopter's batteries to recharge his armor. The two continued to make their way back to American forces and stumbled upon a hidden rocket base. Stealing an enemy helicopter, they destroyed the site and flew to the nearest American base.
Afghan-born Mutant Dust returned to her homeland, where she was reunited with her long-missing mother at a refugee camp, and with her wish granted, added to the fact that the Kingmaker may be able to bring Mrs. Qadir to the US, Sooraya thought that there is no price too high.
The Howling Commandos were sent out to eradicate a terrorist cell in Afghanistan who were purchasing tech from the Lords of the Living Lightning. Afterward, S.H.I.E.L.D. showed up to take the remaining prisoners into custody and clear out the terrorist base. Grogg appeared to pick up the Howling Commandos and brought them back to Area 13.
Wolverine returned to Afghanistan searching for Mystique. He mistakenly killed a woman in a village, whom he thought was Mystique in disguise.
Dust protected the town of Bakwa from a militant group, she took the hand of one of the men. It was there she was recruited by Cyclops.
During Norman Osborn's Dark Reign, Tony Stark was forced to go on the run after deleting the database containing the secret identities of several superheroes to prevent it from falling into Osborn's hands. Stark made his way across the globe to each of his hidden armories, being the final one in Wong-Chu's former base. When he arrived to Afghan arispace, Stark was shot down by two guerillas, forcing him to continue by foot.
Stark made his way to the abandoned base, Stark and unveiled a copy of his Iron Man Armor Model 1 dubbed the "Mark 0," which he subsequently put into into operation. After confronting and scaring off the two guerillas that had shot him down who had followed him the base, Stark donned the Armor and flew off to Dubai.
Stationed at the Camp Leatherneck, in Helmand Province, Gauntlet was asked by fellow soldiers why he refused to join the Avengers, as those soldiers were admiring of Captain America, Thor or Iron Man's returns. He answered critically that the real heroes never left.
During the War of the Serpent, Army Ranger Marcus Johnson and his best friend Cheese were stationed in Afghanistan. At this time, the Serpent's forces began spreading fear worldwide. In an already volatile area, this resulted in a massive battle that killed twenty-five soldiers and injured forty-eight others, though Johnson and Cheese largely escaped unscathed.
When Tony Stark traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan in May of 2009 to introduce his new cluster missile design, an extremely destructive, multi-warhead weapon called the "Jericho", to the United States Air Force, his convoy was attacked by militant accomplices of terrorist-leader Raza and he was knocked unconscious. He woke up to find that he had been severely injured by shrapnel piercing his chest, and had been captured by the militants, yet had survived thanks to his fellow captive, Dr. Ho Yinsen. Yinsen had made a high powered electromagnet to hold the shrapnel in place, preventing it from puncturing his heart and thus keeping him alive. Stark was ordered by their captors, a terrorist group calling themselves the Ten Rings, to build them a new version of the Stark Industries' Jericho missile. He grudgingly agreed, but instead used the time to build a powered suit of armor along with a miniature Arc Reactor to keep him alive.During his escape, Yinsen was killed in an attempt to stall the guards long enough to buy Stark enough time to charge the suit. After the suit was powered up he broke out and destroyed all stock they had of Stark weapons, and used a rocket booster to get clear of the scene. After crashing into the sand he abandoned his armor, and traveled for some time before U.S. military helicopters found him and carried him to safety.
Ultimate Universe (Earth-1610)
Tony Stark was captured in Afghanistan and forced to create weaponry alongisde fellow prisoner Ho Yinsen. When Yinsen was about to operate on Tony Stark to put an electromagnet in his chest to save him from the shrapnel approaching his heart, Stark refused salvation and, against Ho's will, activated a weapons-free "Rescue suit" for Yinsen to escape captivity. In his final words, Stark requested Yinsen to use the suit to rescue the world from people like him.
James Newman was a corporal with the United States Marine Corps and is stationed in Afghanistan. He is in the Corps because of "zealots crazy enough to believe that hate is the same thing as believing in God." He hopes that by making Afghanistan safe, he can "make America safe". During a recent skirmish in an Afghan village, he believes that Captain America showed up to assist him at a time when he will was at a breaking point. After saving two troops and surviving the attack, his fellow Marines tell him they only saw Newman performing the heroic deeds, leading Newman to question his sanity....
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Links and References
- ↑ Captain America Vol 4 #1
- ↑ Ms. Marvel Vol 2 #32-33
- ↑ The place and moment when Tony Stark became Iron Man has changed over the years due to Marvel's sliding timescale, it was originally during the Vietnam War in Vietnam, it was later changed to the Persian Gulf, and more recently to an unnamed conflict in Afghanistan, per Invincible Iron Man Vol 2 #17
- ↑ Tales of Suspense #39
- ↑ Iron Man #144
- ↑ New X-Men: Hellions #2
- ↑ Nick Fury's Howling Commandos #1
- ↑ Wolverine Vol 3 #62
- ↑ Young X-Men #1
- ↑ Terror, Inc. - Apocalypse Soon #3
- ↑ Invincible Iron Man Vol 2 #8
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 Invincible Iron Man Vol 2 #18
- ↑ Invincible Iron Man Vol 2 #17
- ↑ Age of Heroes #2
- ↑ Battle Scars #1
- ↑ Thunderbolts Vol 2 #7
- ↑ Avengers NOW! #1
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 Deathlok Vol 5 #3
- ↑ Original Sins #1
- ↑ Iron Man (film)
- ↑ Iron Man: I Am Iron Man #1-2
- ↑ Marvel's Iron Man 3 Prelude #1
- ↑ Iron Man 2: Public Identity #2
- ↑ Ultimate Comics Avengers #3
- ↑ Iron Man: Fatal Frontier Infinite Comic #9
- ↑ New Avengers Marvel Salutes the U.S. Military #8-9
- ↑ Captain America: The Chosen #1-3