Iron Man’s weakness makes him a shocking liability for the Avengers


Iron Man’s greatest weakness appears AGAIN – even after learning his lesson – and now the Avengers’ greatest enemy is Tony Stark himself.

Warning: contains spoilers for Mech Strike: #1 Monster Hunters!

marvel’s Iron Man is often his worst enemy, but Tony Stark’s latest display of weakness proves that among the avengers‘many enemies, he is their greatest threat. The Armored Avenger never stops tinkering with cutting-edge technology, and that hasn’t changed with the release of Mech Strike: Monster Hunters #1 in which Iron Man builds armor for the whole team (and it’s not even the first time this has happened). But a key aspect of this technology is abused by Tony Stark in such a way that his team immediately becomes suspicious of the genius-billionaire-playboy-philanthropist.


In Avengers: Mechanical Strike, Tony Stark built massive armor for his entire team. Captain America, Hulk, Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, and Black Panther each received their own high-tech robots (all of which could replicate or even enhance their powers to some degree). The group even built a mech for Thanos when he joined the heroes in a combined effort to thwart Kang the Conqueror – and while they were ultimately successful, the reality-altering solution meant that no one outside of the Mech group Strike didn’t remember the battle.

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In Mech Strike: Monster Hunters #1, written by Christos Gage with art by Paco Diaz, Stark breaks out the old suits again, including the new ones (namely for the Wasp, who was unaware of Iron Man’s plan because he wasn’t doing part of the original series). When a series of villains armed with monstrous powers (Doctor Doom, leading the Green Goblin, Venom, and Loki) attack and overwhelm the Avengers, Iron Man calls for retirement. The Hulk refuses to flee the battle, but Iron Man hijacks his suit remotely – with no warning or advance notice from the group that the suits have such functionality.

To put it mildly, this is a shocking display of hubris and lack of confidence on Tony Stark’s part. He can’t trust his teammates to obey him, and now his teammates can’t be trusted any Stark technology, and by extension, Stark himself. Iron Man has always wanted to control his life, perhaps ever since alcohol addiction took control of him in the infamous demon in a bottle storyline, but now he’s moved into control of his teammates – even a particularly volatile one like the Incredible Hulk.

The Hulk doesn’t seem to put up much resistance to Tony’s forced retreat, but the fact remains that Stark can remotely control the Hulk Suit. It is logical to assume that he can thus take control of all the other combinations built. As this ostensibly means that everyone must follow Tony’s plan, the avengers cannot work as a team – they must work as an extension of Iron Man’s own massive ego.

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Mech Strike: Monster Hunters #1 is available now from Marvel Comics.

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