Who Is That ‘Iron Man’ In ‘Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness’

The arrival of a new trailer for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was a good day for nerds who enjoy pausing videos and staring at blurry figures until they kinda sorta look like obscure comic book characters. That said, we have to admit that one of those messes of pixels actually does look a whole lot like Superior Iron Man, the douchey (well, douchier) version of Tony Stark who debuted in 2015 in the comics.

Screenshot from Doctor Strange 2 trailer and comic book panel showing Iron Man.

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Based on all the orange, it’s either him or Garfield. There are no other possibilities.

So we’re gonna go ahead and save you a trip to Wikipedia by telling you where this Iron Man came from, what his whole deal was, and how he relates to (spoilers) Professor X and (double spoilers) Tom Cruise. Let’s start with the fact that …

It Was The Red Skull’s Fault, Basically (Also: Spider-Man’s)

Superior Iron Man was inspired by the success of Superior Spider-Man, the series where Doctor Octopus takes over Peter Parker’s body and decides to prove that being an arrogant and deeply unpleasant human being should not be an impediment to becoming a successful superhero. This storyline is also responsible for the fact that poor Pete now has memories of Aunt May’s wedding night with Doc Ock somewhere in his brain.

Spider-Man comic panel showing Aunt May.

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Why couldn’t it at least be the Marissa Tomei version?

Anyway, for Iron Man, the whole thing starts when the Red Skull gets a hold of Professor X’s brain and, like a good Nazi, he starts using it to spam hate into every mind in the planet. Scarlet Witch and Doctors Doom and Strange create an “inversion spell” to allow the good part of Professor X’s brain to take control, but while doing so, they accidentally make every hero and villain standing nearby invert their good / evil stats – so, for instance, Carnage goes from a remorseless serial killer to a big sweetheart …

Comic book panel showing Spider-Man and Carnage.

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He went from Woody Harrelson in Venom to Woody Harrelson in Cheers.

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