You wouldn't think it was true now, but before his first movie came out, Iron Man was strictly a B-List hero. You would struggle to find anyone outside the comics fandom who could tell you much about him beyond the basics and the fact that he had a fairly average 90's cartoon series with a disproportionately awesome theme song.
Flashforward to today and, mostly thanks to a hell of a performance by Robert Downey, Jr, Iron Man is one of the most popular heroes on the planet and a cornerstone of the Marvel empire.
Tony Stark is much more than just a movie character though and he has a rich comic book history stretching back to the 1960's. Modern comics have portrayed him pretty closely to the version on the big screen, but Iron Man has gone through a lot of iterations over the years. This has lead to some interesting titbits and trivia that most people might not be aware of.
Ahead of what could be his last couple of years as a movie Avengers, it's time to get to know what's under the armour in a little more detail...
I was just a mild-mannered NCTJ accredited journalist until one day I found out the truth... that I could share my nerdy ramblings with people on the internet! It's just like mumbling to myself on the train, but without all the strange looks.