A great avenger has just killed over half a dozen friends and foes

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No fewer than seven Marvel characters meet their deaths at the hands of a great Avenger in Iron Man #17.

WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for iron man #17 by VC’s Christopher Cantwell, Ibraim Roberson, Angel Unzueta, Frank D’Armata and Joe Caramagna, available now from Marvel Comics.

The Run of Writer Christopher Cantwell iron man has seen Tony Stark gain cosmic powers that made him the Iron God. However, a challenge to Tony’s over-the-top hubris just resulted in the Golden Avenger killing no fewer than seven other Marvel characters, including at least one main antagonist, several allies, and even his closest friend.

To placate his comrades, who have expressed concern about his newfound godlike powers and grand ambitions, Tony Stark previously granted the same genius intellect to everyone on Earth. Despite this, Tony’s crime-fighting partner (and fiancé-to-be) Patsy Walker/Hellcat is scared of the Iron God. in the iron man #17 – which hit comic stores today, February 23rd – enlists the help of the only person who can stop him: Victor von Doom.


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As part of an attempt to subdue the Iron God and return Tony to his old self, Hellcat lures her partner to a party attended by Isaac Christians/Gargoyle, Eugene Patilio/Frog-Man, James “Rhodey” Rhodes/War Machine and Jim Hammond participate / Human Torch and Halcyon. Meanwhile, Doctor Doom and Norrin Radd/Silver Surfer are secretly waiting in the wings.


Ultimately, the gambit fails and Tony responds violently, first using his Iron God powers to kill Doctor Doom. He then melts the Silver Surfer, incinerates Frog-Man, shatters Gargoyle into countless pieces, obliterates Human Torch, and basically chokes Halcyon with the Force. Eventually, an argument between Iron God and War Machine ends in his death. Killing his best friend seems to bring Tony back to reality. He spares Hellcat’s life, leaving her as the sole survivor of his killing spree. Tony takes off his helmet and shows tears streaming down his face. Despite this, Marvel questions whether Tony Stark can ever hope to hold his own against the villain Korvac if he chooses to give up his cosmic powers.


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As Cantwell himself pointed out Twitter, iron man #17’s “terrible, horrible climax” reflects the 1978s avenger #176, in which Earth’s Mightiest Heroes draw the wrath of Korvac for interfering in the plans of the cosmic menace.

Written by Christopher Cantwell and illustrated by Ibraim Roberson and Angel Unzueta with colors by Frank D’Armata and letters by VC’s Joe Caramagna, iron man #17 is on sale now at Marvel Comics.

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