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Howard Stark is a Marvel Comics character who is Tony Stark's father as well as the founder of Stark Industries. He has been an influential figure in the Marvel Universe's history. Howard Stark was created by Archie Goodwin and Don Heck.

Appearances

Marvel Cinematic Universe

Iron Man

Before Tony is awarded for his work, some pictures of Howard can be seen such as: Howard working with his business partner Obadiah Stane and a newspaper clipping reporting his death and his wife. Obadiah Stane also mentions that Howard helped in the creation of the atomic bomb.

Iron Man 2

While Nick Fury and Tony talked at Randy's Donuts, Fury reveals to Tony that Howard was one of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s founders. Fury gives Tony a trunk that belonged to Howard. Inside the trunk, Tony finds several items, including a notebook with data about the Tesseract and two Captain America comic books.

Later, Tony sees a video of his father talking about the discovery of a new element that he hadn't been able to synthesize. At the end of the video, Howard says that Tony is and always will be his greatest creation.

Captain America: The First Avenger

Howard was present when Steve Rogers was injected with the Super Soldier Serum. Stark was responsible for the construction of Captain America's shield made of vibranium. After the disappearance of Rogers, Stark finds the Tesseract in the ocean.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

After escaping from the Strike team, Natasha and Steve arrive at Camp Lehigh. There they discover that S.H.I.E.L.D. originated in that place. In that, it is revealed that Arnim Zola even still alive thanks to technology.

Steve asks him how he came to USA and Zola reveals that thanks to an initiative of Howard Stark, which consisted in recruiting repentant Nazi scientists. Arnim Zola reveals to Rogers that HYDRA was involved in the death of Howard Stark and his wife, Maria.

Agent Carter

Months after the war ended, Howard is called by Congress to testify because the government believed he was selling weapons to enemies. One night he contacts Peggy asking her to help him recover his stolen inventions and clear his name. After their meeting, Howard went to Europe to reclaim some of his inventions that were already available on the black market.

Stark returned to the United States with the help of smugglers. As he had nowhere to stay, Peggy hides him in the Griffith Hotel. Here Stark has many romances with tenants. Later, he gives Carter a new mission: recover the Blitzkrieg Button from the SSR. When Carter learns that is not a weapon but a container of Steve Rogers's blood, Peggy hits Stark for lying to her. The next morning, Jarvis scolded Stark for having lied to Peggy since this could have cost him his friendship with her.

Days later, decides to surrender after learning that someone had used Item 17. He reveals to SSR agents that General McGinnis had stolen Midnight Oil with the purpose to use it in Russian soldiers. As they did not find Ivchenko, Stark proposes to be used as bait to make the doctor appear. Thompson with Stark gave a press conference to announce that all charges against him had been dropped. Stark annoyed Thompson by making him say a lot of flattering things about him. During the speech, Underwood attempted to kill Stark. However, everything was orchestrated by Ivchenko and Underwood to make Stark moved away from the agents of the SSR. A police offers to take him; Stark accepts but the police had been brainwashed by Fennhoff.

At the warehouse, Stark asks Fennhoff to kill him but that was not part of the Doctor's plan. Fennhoff decided to use Stark to deploy Midnight Oil over Times Square and watched as the city was destroyed. Fennhoff hypnotized Stark into believing that he went to rescue Captain America. He regains consciousness before deploying Midnight Oil over Times Square. As reward, Stark give Carter one of his houses to stay in. He also began a legal battle with the United States Government to recover and destroy his inventions.

Ant-Man

Howard Stark with Peggy Carter and Mitchell Carson were in a meeting at the Triskelion when Hank Pym broke into the room and demanded an explanation of why S.H.I.E.L.D. tried to replicate its formula. Stark said that his invention was a good for humanity and should not be hidden. Pym then submitted his resignation which he did not formally accepted. He saw how Carson insulted Pym which caused the scientist hit Carson against the desk. Carson wanted Pym to be arrested but Stark advised not to fight against him. He knew that Hank was not a threat to S.H.I.E.L.D., unless they make him one.

Captain America: Civil War

When Stark, Cap, and Barnes arrive to Siberia, Zemo shows footage of Howard and his wife being murdered by Bucky Barnes under the control of HYDRA. Towards the beginning of the film, Tony shows an ultra framing (B.A.R.F) of how he wished he had actually said goodbye to Howard before he died.

Avengers: Endgame

When Tony Stark and Steve Rogers travel back in time to Camp Lehigh in 1970, Howard encounters his future son and engages him in a conversation. The two men discussed fatherhood, Maria currently being pregnant, and Tony's daughter Morgan Stark. Tony was finally able to reconcile with his father and gave him a hug before leaving, prompting a confused Howard to ask Edwin Jarvis if he had ever met Tony before. When they meet, Tony introduces himself as Howard Potts and Howard asks Tony if he was scared when Morgan came along.

Disney Parks

Avengers Campus

California and Paris' Avengers Campuses are set in properties formerly owned by Howard Stark within Orange and Paris respectively. In Disney's California Adventure, a vintage map depicting the, "Stark Industries Complex" that preceded the campus is signed by Howard Stark with the quote, "Everything is achievable through technology".

Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure

The W.E.B. base is made from a building used by Stark Motors from when Howard developed flying cars. Howard's reserved parking place is located outside of the building alongside the parking for Peggy Carter and Edwin Jarvis. Inside the building, depictions of Howard and references to him can be seen on posters for the Stark 55 flying-car.

Innoventions

Howard Stark's history with Captain America was referenced in the exhibit Captain America: The Living Legend and Symbol of Courage.

Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar

Howard is referenced as having been a patron of this bar owned by Jock Lindsey, the aviator to Indiana Jones and member of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers. In the lost & found, keys belonging to Howard are hung along with those of Indiana Jones characters and historic aviators. Iron Man is also referenced in this restaurant where a sign from a plane has a depiction of a man in metal armour that has writing saying, "The Iron Fireman" with the word fire being blotted out so it reads as, "Iron Man".

Stark Expo

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Nano Battle!

Howard is briefly mentioned in the queue for this attraction by Arnim Zola who compares him to Tony.

Iron Man Experience

A section of this attraction's queue is dedicated to teaching the history of Howard Stark. The exhibit goes through the history of Howard's inventions, involvement with Captain America and time at the world's fairs. Amongst these references is a photograph showing him and Walt Disney together, making plans for EPCOT.

Trivia

  • Howard Stark, like many other characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was played by different actors in different movies. The others are Thanos, Fandral, Bruce Banner, James Rhodes, and Tina Minoru.
  • Howard Stark's appearance and personality in Iron Man 2 were based on Walt Disney. His eccentric billionaire aviator persona in Captain America: The First Avenger was inspired by Howard Hughes.
  • Howard and Tony never had a good relationship as Tony said in Iron Man 2 that Howard was calculating and never told his son he loved him but he always saw him as his "greatest creation".
  • In the comics, Howard and Maria Stark adopted Tony but in the MCU, they were his biological parents.

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Media
Movies: The AvengersIron Man 3Thor: The Dark WorldCaptain America: The Winter SoldierGuardians of the GalaxyAvengers: Age of UltronAnt-ManCaptain America: Civil WarDoctor StrangeGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Spider-Man: HomecomingThor: RagnarokBlack PantherAvengers: Infinity WarAnt-Man and the WaspCaptain MarvelAvengers: EndgameSpider-Man: Far From HomeBlack WidowShang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Upcoming: EternalsSpider-Man: No Way HomeDoctor Strange in the Multiverse of MadnessThor: Love and ThunderBlack Panther: Wakanda ForeverThe MarvelsAnt-Man and the Wasp: QuantumaniaGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3Fantastic FourBladeDeadpool 3Captain America 4

TV Shows:
Marvel Television: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Agent CarterDaredevilJessica JonesLuke CageIron FistThe DefendersInhumansThe PunisherRunawaysCloak & DaggerHelstrom
Marvel Studios: WandaVisionThe Falcon and The Winter SoldierLokiWhat If...?HawkeyeMs. MarvelMoon KnightShe-HulkSecret InvasionIronheartArmor WarsI Am GrootEchoUntitled Agatha Harkness show
Specials: Marvel Studios: Assembling a UniverseMarvel 75 Years: From Pulp to PopThe Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
Cancelled: InhumansNew Warriors
Marvel One-Shots: Item 47Agent CarterAll Hail the King
Books: The Art of Marvel's The AvengersThor: The Dark World: Warriors of the RealmsCaptain America: The Winter Soldier – The Movie StorybookCaptain America: The Winter Soldier: Rescue at SeaThe Story of Marvel Studios: The Making of the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Video games: Marvel Avengers: Battle for EarthIron Man 3: The Official GameDisney Infinity: 2.0 EditionDisney Infinity: 3.0 EditionMarvel: Contest of ChampionsMarvel: Avengers AllianceMarvel vs. Capcom series (Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite)
Soundtracks: ThorThe AvengersIron Man 3Captain America: The Winter SoldierGuardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 2Black WidowShang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Disney Parks
Avengers Campus(Avengers Campus (Disney California Adventure)/Avengers Campus (Walt Disney Studios Park)/Stark Expo (Hong Kong Disneyland)) • Avengers QuinjetAnt-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle!Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic RewindGuardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT!Iron Man ExperienceIron Man Tech ShowcaseIron Man JukeboxMarvel's Mission: Dimensions of DangerSuper Hero HQThe AnnexWeb Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure

Entertainment: Avengers Training InitiativeDoctor Strange: Journey into the Mystic ArtsGuardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off!Marvel Heroes UniteMarvel Comic AcademyStark Expo présente : une énergie pour demain!
Restaurants: Pym Test Kitchen
Shops: Expo ShopPavilion GiftsThe Collector’s Warehouse
Firework: Disney Movie MagicILLUMINATE! A Nighttime CelebrationWorld of Color: Celebrate!

Characters
Heroes: Iron ManPepper PottsWar MachineHulkThor OdinsonJane FosterBlack WidowHawkeyeCaptain AmericaPeggy CarterSam Wilson/Falcon/Captain AmericaNick FuryStar-LordGamoraDrax the DestroyerGrootRocket RaccoonMantisScarlet WitchQuicksilverVisionHank PymJanet van DyneHope van DyneScott LangBlack PantherShuriOkoyeNakiaSpider-ManDoctor StrangeHeimdallValkyrieCaptain MarvelMonica RambeauDaredevilJessica JonesLuke CageIron FistRed GuardianMelina VostokoffYelena BelovaShang-ChiKaty ChenMs. MarvelHawkeye (Kate Bishop)Deadpool

Villains: LeaderAbominationWhiplashJustin HammerRed SkullLoki LaufeysonThanosAldrich KillianTrevor SlatteryEric SavinEllen BrandtMalekithAlgrimThe Winter SoldierAlexander PierceCrossbonesArnim ZolaThe OtherNebulaRonan the AccuserKorath the PursuerCollectorUlysses KlaueUltronBaron StruckerWilson Fisk/KingpinKilgraveBaron ZemoCottonmouthBlack MariahShadesDiamondbackKarl MordoKaeciliusBride of Nine SpidersEgo the Living PlanetAyeshaTaserfaceThe VultureShockerTinkererMaximusSurturHelaErik KillmongerGhostSonny BurchYon-RoggDr. Minn-ErvaSupreme IntelligenceEbony MawCorvus GlaiveProxima MidnightCull ObsidianMorgan le FayMysterioAgatha HarknessValentina Allegra de FontaineKang/He Who RemainsTaskmasterGeneral DreykovWenwuDeath DealerRazor FistDoctor OctopusGreen GoblinElectro
Other characters: Phil CoulsonMaria HillJ.A.R.V.I.S.Erik SelvigMaya HansenHarley KeenerOdin BorsonVolstaggHogunFandralSifHappy HoganSharon CarterSenator SternDarcy LewisFriggaBorRhomann DeyYondu UdontaCarinaIrani RaelVice President RodriguezHoward the DuckGarthan SaalCosmo the SpacedogEdwin JarvisCassandra LangStickAncient OneClaire TempleChristine PalmerHoward StarkAunt MayEverett RossBetty BrantMichelle JonesNed LeedsRamondaM'BakuZuriT'ChakaF.R.I.D.A.Y.GooseMar-VellMorgan StarkJ. Jonah JamesonPunisherTrish WalkerJeri HogarthMisty KnightColleen WingKaren PageTina Minoru
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. characters: Daisy Johnson/QuakeGrant WardLeo FitzJemma SimmonsMelinda MayJohn GarrettMichael PetersonFranklin HallAce PetersonChan Ho YinMiles LydonVictoria HandAkela AmadorRainaElliot RandolphIan QuinnLoreleiAudrey NathanAgent KoenigAntoine TriplettMockingbirdAbsorbing ManAgent 33Isabelle HartleyLance HunterDaniel WhitehallCalvin ZaboRobert GonzalesAlphonso MackenzieLincoln CampbellGordonYo-YoGhost Rider (Johnny Blaze)Ghost Rider (Robbie Reyes)Holden RadcliffePatriotKasiusSinaraSargeIzelPhil Coulson (LMD)Freddy MalickErnest KoenigViolaSibylNathaniel MalickThomas WardKoraGrillEllen NadeerChristian Ward
Inhumans characters: Black BoltMedusa AmaquelinCrystal AmaquelinKarnakGorgon
Runaways characters: Alex WilderNico MinoruKarolina DeanGertrude YorkesChase SteinMolly Hernandez
Cloak & Dagger characters: Tyrone Johnson/CloakTandy Bowen/DaggerMayhem
WandaVision characters: Sharon Davis/Mrs. HartTodd Davis/Mr. HartRalph BohnerAbilash Tandon/NormHarold Proctor/Phil JonesCommercial ManCommercial WomanDennisSarah Proctor/Dottie JonesIsabel Matsueda/BeverlyJohn Collins/HerbAgent Franklin/BeekeeperSeñor ScratchyDoctor NielsonBilly MaximoffTommy MaximoffDirector HaywardAgent Monti/The StrongmanAgent RodriguezDr. HighlandSparkyMajor GoodnerEvanora HarknessIryna MaximoffOlek Maximoff
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier characters: John Walker/U.S. AgentKarli MorgenthauJoaquin TorresSarah WilsonDr. RaynorYoriLeahLemar Hoskins/BattlestarIsaiah BradleyEli BradleyOlivia WalkerSelbyDr. Nagel
Loki characters: Sylvie LaufeydottirMobiusRavonna RenslayerHunter B-15CaseyMiss MinutesHunter C-20Kid LokiAlligator LokiClassic LokiBoastful LokiPresident LokiTime KeepersAlioth
What If...? characters: The Watcher

Episodes
ABC: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode listAgent Carter episode listInhumans episode list
Netflix: Daredevil episode listJessica Jones episode listLuke Cage episode listIron Fist episode listThe Defenders episode listThe Punisher episode list
Hulu: Runaways episode list
Freeform: Cloak & Dagger episode list
Disney+: WandaVision episode listThe Falcon and The Winter Soldier episode listLoki episode listWhat If...? episode list
Songs
"Shoot To Thrill" • "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" • "Trouble Man" • "Hooked on a Feeling" • "Spirit In The Sky" • "Cherry Bomb" • "Come and Get Your Love" • "I Want You Back" • "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" • "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" • "Go All The Way" • "Moonage Daydream" • "I'm Not In Love" • "Fooled Around and Fell in Love" • "O-o-h Child" • "Magic" • "Live To Rise" • "I've Got No Strings" • "Left Hand Free" • "Mr. Blue Sky" • "The Chain" • "Born to Be Wild" • "Immigrant Song" • "C'mon Get Happy" • "Twilight Time" • "Holding Out for a Hero" • "Demons" • "Dark Moon" • "If You Love Me (Really Love Me)" • "Smells Like Teen Spirit" • "A Whole New World" • "Let It Go" • "Into the Unknown"

Original Songs: "A Newlywed Couple" • "WandaVision!" • "We Got Something Cooking" • "Making It Up As We Go Along" • "Let's Keep It Going" • "Agatha All Along" • "Jeg Saler Min Ganger"

Weapons/Objects
Super Soldier SerumCaptain America's ShieldMjolnirTesseractLoki's ScepterIron Man (armor)ExtremisIron LegionIron Patriot (armor)AetherInfinity StonesCentipede0-8-4Berserker StaffWidow's BiteEXO-7 FalconOrbUniversal WeaponGravitoniumPym ParticlesDivinerVibraniumInfinity GauntletWeb-ShootersTemPad
Vehicles
S.H.I.E.L.D. HelicarrierQuinjetValkyrieMilanoThe BusDark AsterLola
Organizations/Groups
AvengersChitauriStark IndustriesS.H.I.E.L.D.A.I.M.AsgardiansFire DemonsDark ElvesFrost GiantsHYDRAWorld Security CouncilGuardians of the GalaxyNova CorpsKreeSakaaransRising TideCentipede ProjectCybertekXandariansStrikeRavagersInhumansThe HandDefendersBlack OrderEternalsFantastic FourS.W.O.R.D.United NationsFlag SmashersTime Variance AuthorityVariants
Locations
New York (state)New York CityAvengers TowerAsgardIndiaStuttgartGermanyNine RealmsLondonEnglandProject P.E.G.A.S.U.S.Tony Stark's MansionTriskelionWakandaXandarMorag • Guest House • The HubKnowhereShawarma PalaceSanctuaryHong KongEgoNew Avengers FacilityVormirQuantum RealmNew JerseyWestviewMassachusettsRalph Bohner's HouseLamentis-1The VoidCitadel at the End of TimeSan Francisco


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Linked Attractions
Fortress ExplorationsTower of TerrorMystic ManorBig Thunder Mountain Railroad (Magic Kingdom) • Oceaneer Lab (aboard the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder) • Miss Adventure Falls (Typhoon Lagoon) • Soaring: Fantastic FlightJungle CruiseAdventurers Suite (Disney Explorers Lodge)
Restaurants
Magellan'sJock Lindsey's Hangar BarSkipper CanteenExplorer's Club RestaurantThe Tropical HideawayColonel Hathi's Pizza OutpostCafe HyperionAbracadaBarTrader Sam'sClub 33
Members
Harrison Hightower IIILord Henry MysticBarnabas T. BullionJason ChandlerCaptain Mary OceaneerJock LindseyDr. Albert FallsMerriweather Adam PleasureCamellia FalcoProf. R. BlauerhimmelCharlton J. TaboretDr. J.L. BateristaMaestro D'ElfmanDr. Kon ChunosukeProf. Garrett Reed • Luana Teixeira • Chef Tandaji • Shango Sio
Associated Characters
Alberta FallsAlbertArchibald SmeldingArielBeatrice Rose EndicottCaptain BrieuxCaptain Nemo • Charlie Allnut • Colonel Critchlow SunchbenchConstance HatchawayCornelius Endicott IIDuncan the ParrotEmil Bleehall, Jr.Felix Pechman XIIIFletcher HodgesGeorge HightowerGiant SquidHathaway BrowneHoward StarkCliff SecordFrank WolffIndiana Jones • Hammerhead Fred • Kimballum HorriblusMadame ZarkovManfred StrangMaraMarion RavenwoodMickey MouseMinnie MouseOtis T. WrenPacoOtis BigelowPamelia Perkins • Rose Sayer • RositaSallah Mohammed Faisel el-KahirSalty the ParrotSamantha SterlingTheodore RooseveltTrader SamUrsula • Victoria Marie Falls • Yeti
Artifacts
Backside of WaterBalinese Music BoxDead Man's ChestFountain of YouthHyperion Airship • Jujus • Monkey King StatueShiriki UtunduTreasure of Cortés • Snarflblatt • Ursula's contract
Other Associated Attractions
Raging SpiritsAdventurers ClubWalt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room
See Also
Disney KingdomsShinji Takahashi and the Mark of the CoatlLeague of AdventurersAdventure Isle Discovery BayDisney Springs
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