Marvel has announced the upcoming release of a new Iron Man comic, entitled Tony Stark: Iron Man. Author Dan Slott and artist Valerio Schiti have been collaborating on the project.
Speaking to Nerdist, writer Dan Slott said Stark's character will reflect today's world, where the boundaries of science are being pushed seemingly on a daily basis.
"He wasn't bitten by a radioactive spider. He took his own two hands and built everything he needs," said Slott.
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"He's always going to push the boundaries of science and tech to build a world he wants, and that's going to lead to stories that go to insane places."
Artist Schiti said he was inspired by animations including Transformers and anime including Ghost in the Shell and Gundam.
However, he also said he'd been influenced by the Iron Man film series, adding: "In the movies Tony Stark creates and collects his armour in his garage, like some sort of petrolhead."
"So I immediately looked for race cars. But then I thought: why just cars? So now I have hundreds of images of planes, boats, spaceships, factory robots, prototypes... my Pinterest folders are exploding!"
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He also said that Stark's catalogue of armour would be extended from his traditional suit and despite it meaning a lot more work for him, he was excited.
"To me this is heaven," he told the website. "To do new designs is one of my favourite things in comics, and here I have the chance to play with such an iconic character, to try different styles, to use classic suits, and to create new and extraordinary armours."
Iron Man was originally created by Marvel doyen Stan Lee, who envisaged the character as the 'quintessential capitalist'.
It was the height of the Cold War, when America and Russia were in an epic arms race. Lee wanted to create a character fans would dislike, 'shove him down their throats' and make them like him.
The premiere issue was ultimately written by Larry Lieber because Lee was busy working on another deadline, but the character proved to be hugely popular with Marvel fans.
The series was later adapted into a successful film series featuring Robert Downey Jr, who reprised his role in films including Avengers Assemble and Captain America: Civil War.
Tony Stark: Iron Man's creators have said that the story will incorporate the entire comic book series, but also said fans of the movies unfamiliar with the comic would be able to jump right in and enjoy it without having read previous issues.
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