Iron Man learned nothing from his biggest mistake

Tony Stark is one of the smartest heroes in Marvel’s library, but his great brain evidently doesn’t stop him from repeating dangerous mistakes.

Tony Stark has created countless iterations of the Iron Man armor, each seemingly more advanced than the last. However, a new Marvel comic marks the second time Tony has created a suit with a mind of his own, proving that he didn’t really learn his lesson from the first time.

Extreme carnage by Phillip Kennedy Johnson takes place after the events of Marvel King in black saga. The first issue shows that Tony has evidently taken it upon himself to monitor all symbiote activity, a fact he shares with Flash Thompson, also known as Agent Venom, who is waging a war against Carnage. Stark brings Flash to his lab to tackle the murders that arise in the wake of Carnage, but while there, Tony also reveals that he has created a new suit that combines his extreme technology with a living symbiote. Nicknamed the Extremebiote, Tony claims he can control it like he would any other suit, but Flash isn’t convinced. “Tony, it is a living being!” he says. “There is no way to control it, not in the long term!” Given his past mistakes, this is something Tony should already be aware of.

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In the early 2000s, Iron Man # 26 Joe Quesada started an arc in which Iron Man’s armor fell in love with him. It all started when Tony decided to make a suit to serve as a backup when he found himself in a hurry, but after waking up from a heart attack caused by the villain Whiplash, Tony discovers that his backup suit has gained full sensitivity. With a mind of its own, the suit eventually began to develop feelings, specifically romantic feelings towards its creator. The autonomous armor ended up saving Tony’s life, but only after murdering Whiplash and kidnapping Tony first. Needless to say, Tony hasn’t had much luck with smart suits in the past, so why is he trying again?

Tony Stark may be one of the smartest characters in Marvel, but intellect and wisdom are very different things. Of all his troubles, Iron Man’s biggest flaw is his pride, which is why he’s never been good at accepting defeat. So when Tony has an idea, he needs to prove to himself and everyone around him that he can do it, even if the idea has a dangerous precedent. The same determination that makes him an incredible superhero also motivates him to make risky decisions, and while they sometimes work, they flare up in his face just as often. When it comes to Extremebiote, Tony is playing around with things he doesn’t fully understand, and Flash’s words of warning seem to portend that this sentient suit won’t perform any better than the one before it.

While Tony’s first suit came to life on its own, the Extremebiote is actually just a symbiote that Tony has locked up and experienced, posing something of a moral dilemma. Perhaps having this terrifying living armor against him would be the wake-up call. Iron Man you need to finally put an end to the concept of sensible suits.

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