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Abandoned Love: The Titanic Tale of Teen Tony Stark, AKA Iron Teen

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Abandoned Love: The Titanic Tale of Teen Tony Stark, AKA Iron Teen

Every week, we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer while still acknowledging that the abandoned story DID still happen. Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of Abandoned Love. Feel free to e-mail me at if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

This week, we take a look at how Marvel resolved the whole “Iron Man is a bad guy and has been replaced by a teen version of himself from the past” storyline from the mid-1990s.

In 1995, Marvel had a crossover event between Avengers, Force Works, Iron Man and War Machine. It was titled the Crossing and the bare bones plot is that Tony Stark was revealed to have been manipulated by Kang since Tony was a young man. Tony secretly turns on his fellow Avengers and surreptitiously kills a couple of them, including the nanny for Crysal and Quicksilver’s daughter, Luna. In Iron Man #323, Luna reveals her thoughts via some sort of thought scanner…

Now revealed as a bad guy, Iron Man takes on his former friends in Avengers #393…

So now Iron Man and Kang are working together against the Avengers. The Avengers figure that the only person that could stop Tony Stark is, well, Tony Stark. So they travel back in time to right before Kang first corrupted Tony. They bring the teenage version of Tony into the present.

In Iron Man #325, he is like the proverbial kid in the candy shop…

He uses one of Tony Stark’s Iron Man armors to fight against old, evil Tony, but things don’t go well for the younger Tony…

In Avengers #395, old Tony finally breaks free from Kang’s control long enough to stop Kang’s big ol’ McGuffin device, at the cost of his own life…

Old Tony has one more good deed to do before he dies…

So now young Tony takes over as Iron Man in the regular title, with a futuristic chest plate of his own keeping himself alive…

After a few months, in the battle against Onslaught, a number of superheroes sacrifice themselves to stop Onslaught…

So how did this lead to the return of adult Tony? Read on!

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