Howard Stark

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Name: Howard Stark
Occupation: Inventor, Industrialist, engineer, Spy
Relationships: Maria Stark (wife); Tony Stark (Iron Man, son); Edwin Jarvis (butler); Peggy Carter (friend/ally); Steve Rogers (ally), Loni Stane (1st wife in Ultimate Marvel), Howard Stark Sr. (father)
Fandom: Iron Man, Captain America, The Avengers (Marvel), Ultimate Marvel;
Iron Man Movieverse, Captain America Movieverse, Agent Carter (Marvel Cinematic Universe)
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Howard Stark is a character from the Marvel Comics and the MCU. His most prominent recent appearance was on the television series Agent Carter.


Howard Stark made his first appearance in Iron Man #28 (August 1970). Although dead in the Earth-616 universe, he's appeared alive in various others: House of M, Ultimate Marvel, and Marvel Noir.


Howard Stark was a brilliant scientist and business man whom eventually founded Stark Industries. Howard was an inventive mechanical engineering prodigy, constantly creating new technology and looking for ways to improve it. He designed and built weaponry and devices that have revolutionized the industrial world, such as various technologies used by S.H.I.E.L.D. and its allies. Howard would later marry Maria Collins Carbonell and they had a son Tony. Howard's relationship with Tony was a difficult one, however, with Howard rarely expressing affection for the boy. Howard's one major weakness was his severe case of alcoholism, a problem Tony himself would inherit. He and his wife were killed in a car crash.

Marvel Cinematic Universe

The role of Howard Stark has been portrayed by three actors; Gerard Sanders in Iron Man, John Slattery in Iron Man 2 and Ant-Man, and Dominic Cooper in Captain America: The First Avenger. Cooper reprised his role in the Marvel One-Shot's Agent Carter and the television series Agent Carter, while Slattery reprised his role in Ant-Man and Captain America: Civil War.

Other Appearances

Although Howard has appeared in various Iron Man related animated series and films, Iron Man: Armored Adventures and Avengers Assemble are the most notable.


The character gained a lot of attention with his Captain America: The First Avenger appearance.

The popular pairings for the character are non-canon Howard/Steve Rogers and canon Howard/Maria Stark. With the release of Agent Carter, the pairing of Howard/Peggy Carter appeared more often. A 'microfandom' of works centered around Howard Stark & Peggy Carter during the Cold War also flourished before the airing of the show.

A rarepair of Howard/Darcy Lewis has also appeared.

Common Tropes & Fanon

In the MCU related fanworks:

  • Howard and Maria were killed in a car crash due to the Winter Soldier.
  • When a character (usually Darcy Lewis) gets sent to the past, they often visit Howard to try and find a way back.
  • A+ Parenting


Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.




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