SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers for “International Iron Man” #6, which is on sale now.
Not only is Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev’s “International Iron Man” series diving deep into the secret circumstances of Tony Stark’s birth, it’s also establishing a whole new side of S.H.I.E.L.D. Set around 1980, “International Iron Man” #6 kicks off the story depicting how Tony Stark’s real biological parents actually met.
The issue introduces a young Amanda Strong, a little known rock and roll musician who follows in her long dead father’s footsteps by getting recruited into S.H.I.E.L.D. The super spy agency comes up with the perfect cover as well by fast-tracking Strong’s music career, thus giving her a reason to travel the globe and run covert missions for S.H.I.E.L.D. They hook her up with Beatles producer George Martin and her life as a superstar/super spy begins. While later conversing with a fellow spy, and presumably Tony Stark’s father, named Jude, it’s revealed that Strong isn’t the first musician that S.H.I.E.L.D. has worked with.
Yep, Sir Elton John is “the guy in the duck suit.” During his Central Park concert in 1980, John performed his encore in an elaborate Donald Duck costume — a look that would become one of his signature stage costumes. You can see towards the end of this concert video. All this kinda makes sense since he’s the guy responsible for superheroic song titles like “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” and “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting.”
It’s highly unlikely that we’ll get an “Elton John: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.” series any time soon, but this is a fun reveal that has us wondering how many other musicians are secret agents in the Marvel U. The story of how Tony Stark’s parents met continues in “Invincible Iron Man” #7, which arrives on September 21.
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