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

As it turns out, they did not die but instead were transported to another Earth and here, Tony is back to being an older fellow...

After a year, the heroes returned to the regular Marvel Earth and old Tony Stark returned to his own title...

As you might imagine, Marvel chose to pretty much ignore teen Tony for awhile. Finally, after a couple of years, Kurt Busiek addressed what exactly happened in Avengers Annual 2001, as Jarvis answers some questions. He explains the basic story of how Iron Man turned evil and how young Tony was brought to the present...

The theory is that Franklin Richards, who was the reason that the heroes all survived, using his reality-altering powers to "fix" Iron Man, so when he returned he was the way Franklin remembered him, so that required altering Iron Man back to his old, familiar state. This, though, does not make Tony Stark feel any less guilty over what happened before Onslaught...

So THAT's how you return Iron Man back to "normal" after a strange detour through time travel and a Teen Tony, an "Iron Teen," as it were.

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