Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man helped launch the wildly successful Marvel Cinematic Universe back in 2008, and we've seen more than our fair share of Tony Stark in the MCU. This beloved character also starred in Iron Man 2, Marvel's The Avengers, Iron Man 3 and last year's Avengers: Age of Ultron, and this summer, Iron Man will square off against his longtime friend Steve Rogers in Captain America: Civil War. Next month, however, comic book fans will get to see a different side of Tony Stark in the new comic International Iron Man.
Earlier today, Marvel released the first images from this upcoming comic book, which debuts March 16. The comic was created by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev, which takes this iconic character around the globe for a new set of adventures. There will also be a series of variant covers designed by Gabriele Dell'Otto, Skottie Young, John Tyler Christopher, and Marco D'Alfonso. Here's an official description of the comic.
"This March, ask yourself - who is Tony Stark, really? Is he the super hero known as Iron Man? Is he the billionaire philanthropist genius? Or is he something more? Find out this March as the Eisner Award-winning creative team of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev present a completely new take on the Armored Avenger! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at International Iron Man #1! Now is the time to uncover what his legacy truly is, a journey that will carry Tony into new directions as a man and a hero. Travelling the globe, Iron Man will discover new things about the Marvel Universe he didn't know existed before! New friends, new enemies and a side of the Marvel Universe you've never seen. Be there as the world tour begins this March in International Iron Man #1!"
The artwork doesn't reveal too much, but the variant comic book cover seems to show that Tony Stark may be teaming up with Black Widow and Scarlet Witch in these stories. While it isn't known for sure if the women in these photos are in fact Black Widow and Scarlet Witch, it's certainly possible they could be included in these stories. Of course, it's too early to tell if any of these stories may be fodder for the ever-expanding MCU, but we'll have to wait and see.
The comic will be part of Marvel's All-New, All-Different lineup, with creators Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev revealing in a Marvel interview from October that Doctor Doom will be part of the story. Alex Maleev also described the comic as "(James) Bond meets Tony on a speedboat." Take a look at the artwork below, and stay tuned for more on International Iron Man.