Stark Industries is a multinational company with facilities in over thirty different countries all over the world. Stark Industries was founded by Howard Stark and taken over by his son Tony Stark, better known as Iron Man, after his death.
The company started in the mid 19th century where Tony’s grandfather developed various technology to help the industrial age to move on. This became a huge success and Stark Industries expanded and became a major player in the industrial world around the globe. Howard Stark, son of the before mentioned starter of the company, became an even larger player and started to focus his work on making weapons and ammunitions among other things. But quickly branched out to other fields of technology and science like Robotics and micro-technology.
After the tragic accident which killed Howard Stark, Tony inherited the complete empire with all of its assets. He became the CEO of the company at a young age. Tony focused all his attention on the company to make it even larger and more important than it already was. He made various deals, not only with corporate concerns but government concerns were no exceptions. An important deal, which would proof to be very beneficial for Stark in the future, was a deal with S.H.I.E.L.D. Starks Industries helped develop nearly all of the organizations equipment and even their headquarters, the S.H.I.E.L.D. Heli-carrier.
After his capture by revolutionaries Tony developed a suit of body armor which also started his career as Iron Man and managed to escape. But during his time of captivity he noticed the weapons his company created and manufactured were used for destruction and not just the military who used it, he decided to throw a new leave.
He announced to the world that Stark Industries would no longer be involved with the manufacturing of weapons and focused on other technologies. However, not all bonds were broken and it maintained several lucrative contracts with several clients, like S.H.I.E.L.D. but he never sold the technology for hisIron Man armor. After driving the company to new heights year after year, Tony Stark strengthened the corporation's foreign interests.
The company had multiple names over the years.
- Stark Industries
- Stark International
- Stark Enterprises
Earth 295: Age of Apocalypse
In this reality Apocalypse has taken North America, so Tony Stark lives in Europe and is part of Human High Council. One of the former facilities of his industries serves as obligatory pass of Infernal Gallop, the Ghost Dance cult leading by John Proudstar.
- Stark Industries was featured in the 1990s Iron Man TV series. In this show, Julia Carpenter (the second Spider-Woman) is also depicted as the head of Stark Industries' Research and Development.
- A Stark Enterprises building can be seen in the X-Men: Evolution episode "On Angels' Wings".
- Stark International is featured in Iron Man: Armored Adventures. After Howard Stark was abducted by the Mandarin in a plane crash, Obadiah Stane becomes CEO of Stark Industries. In "Cold War," it is revealed that Blizzard used to work for Stark Industries until an accident caused by Obadiah Stane left him "deformed and destroyed." In "Designed Only for Chaos," Roberta Rhodes revealed to Tony that Stark Industries used to make weapons until Howard Stark stopped their production when Tony was born.
- Stark Industries is featured in The Super Hero Squad Show.
- Stark Industries is featured in the Iron Man anime.
- Stark Industries is featured in both The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes and Avengers Assemble.
- In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Maria Hill is seen as a Stark employee after the events of The Winter Soldier. She states that she and Tony are working on a plan for privatized global protection involving the Avengers.
- The 2008 film Iron Man features the company, with a logo similar to those of Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin, and touted as developing many of the same weapons systems that Lockheed Martin is/was responsible for developing, such as the F-22 Raptor and F-16 Fighting Falcon. After Tony's father Howard died, Obadiah Stane became the CEO and later abdicated when Tony was old enough to run it. After Stark comes back from Afghanistan, he announces that he is closing the weapons division of the company.
- In Iron Man 2, In the absence of Obadiah Stane, Virginia "Pepper" Potts became the CEO of the Stark Industries. The company also holds it's first official Stark Expo in decades.
- In The Incredible Hulk movie, the Stark Industries logo flashes on the screen during the opening credit sequence when General Ross requests a sonic cannon to use against the Hulk.
- Stark Industries is featured in The Avengers, with Stark Tower playing a major role in the plot.
- The company reappears in Iron Man 3, once again run by Pepper.
- In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Sam Wilson's winged "Exo-7 Falcon" exoskeleton is stated to have been designed by Stark Industries. Maria Hill is also seen applying for a job at the company after S.H.I.E.L.D. is dissolved.
- Stark Industries appears in The Punisher video game. The Eternal Sun group raid the company to steal the Iron Man armors.
- In The Incredible Hulk video game, it was mentioned that Stark Industries built the Hulkbuster armors.