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Maria Stark

Maria Stark
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Iron Man #104 (Nov. 1977)
Created by Bill Mantlo, George Tuska
In-story information
Alter ego Maria Collins Carbonell
Team affiliations Howard Stark
Tony Stark

Maria Stark is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics Universe. She is Howard Stark's wife, Anthony "Tony" Stark's mother, and Morgan Stark's aunt.

Fictional character biography

Maria Stark was born Maria Collins Carbonell. In her adulthood, Maria married Howard Stark, and together they had a son: Anthony "Tony" Stark. Maria was unsuccessful in preventing Tony from seeing Howard's alcoholism, something Tony would later face on his own. Howard secretly programmed Mistress, the AI that controlled the Arsenal robots, with Maria's brain patterns.[volume & issue needed]

On the Ides of March, Maria and Howard were killed in a 'planned' car accident.[1](possibly arranged by the Hydra).[volume & issue needed] Afterwards, Tony ran his father's company started a charity in his mother's name (donated funds to finance various charities and renovation projects as well as the Avengers) and later became Iron Man.

Other versions

Ultimate Marvel

The Ultimate Marvel version of the character is renamed as Maria Cerrera, the second wife of Howard Stark. Maria was a brilliant scientist suffered a genetic accident while she was pregnant with her and Howard's child. After Maria died during childbirth, Howard uses a newly invented biological armor to save the life of their son: Antonio "Tony" Stark, named after Antonio Cerrera (Maria's brother) that died at a young age. Years later, Loni Stane (Howard's first wife) tells Tony twice that she could have been his mother in a different set of circumstances but Tony says he'd still prefer his own mother instead of Loni.[2]

While the Ultimate version of Maria Stark's life that was depicted has been retconned as an in-universe fictional TV show about Iron Man's life, her character is briefly mentioned by Gregory Stark (Tony's brother within the retconned Ultimate Marvel) when he joking says how he "came out of Mother before [Tony]".[3]

In other media



  • Maria Stark is shown during a brief slideshow presentation in the beginning of the 2008 film Iron Man. Along with her husband, she dies in an accident many years before the events of the film, leaving Tony Stark an orphan at 17.
  • She is later mentioned during a recording of Howard Stark in Iron Man 2 when he called for her to get their son out of his way.


  1. ^ "Iron Man (Anthony Stark)". Retrieved October 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ Ultimate Iron Man #0-5
  3. ^ Ultimate Comics: Avengers 3 #3