Every once in a while, comic books need to shake things up. They need to throw a beloved character into an insane situation in order to keep things fresh or tell a story that would be impossible otherwise. Sometimes, they don’t work out, but others? Well those are the times you get amazing and crazy-pants situations like…
10. The Superior Iron Man
So about a few years ago, Marvel had a big fun event called “Axis” where all the heroes became temporarily evil and all the villains became temporarily heroic. Essentially, everyone got flip-turned upside down and then had a big crazy punch-up. But at the end of the story, not everyone got changed back. One of those left topsy-turvy was Tony Stark, who became an immoral money-grubbing tycoon. But, like, more so than normal.
Let’s just say Tony steered hard into the curve of villainy, literally building himself a symbiote-infused armor and a drugs and alcohol-fueled paradise island in San Francisco. But his most evil action, one that rivals anything Dr. Doom has ever done was Extremis 3.0. Extremis 3.0 was an iPhone app given free to the citizens of San Francisco that allowed them to augment their appearances to their liking. But it wasn’t free forever. After the one-week free trial, the price to stay pretty went up to 100 bucks a day netting Stark a fortune overnight.
And I know you may be wondering “How does an app give people the power to change their appearance?” And the answer is simple: it doesn’t. The app just activates it, Tony actually secretly drugged all of SF with Extremis through the water supply.