Howard Stark
Howard Stark
Portrayed by Dominic Cooper
Full Name Howard Stark
Age 32 (98)
Height 5'8"
Build Short and well-built.
Eyes Brown
Hair Brown
Factions To be determined.
Occupation Founder of Stark Industries
Alignment Hero

Claim to Fame

Founder of Stark Industries and father of Tony Stark.


Charismatic, brilliant, a cad and an egotist. Also supposed to be dead.


Millionaire. Industrialist. Playboy. Genius. Everything that his son Tony would go on to be, Howard was first. Together with his working-class father, he founded Stark Industries. Given the state of conflict of the world, it was only natural that he focused his genius on matters of national defense. He was part of the Manhattan Project and developed weaponry for the allies. After the war, he helped found SHIELD, an organization dedicated to protecting humanity from things it neither knows about, nor properly understands.
He lived the playboy life through most of his adulthood, but even playboys get played out. He married the younger Maria Carbonell in the late 60s, and they had a son, Tony. His relationship with his son was always a mixture of pride and friction. He never quite learned how to relate to his son, and except for the occasional photo op and meeting of minds on projects, they had a very arms-length relationship.
One of Howard's projects for SHIELD was the Life Model Decoy. Although he was very involved in SHIELD, the business of running Stark Industries took up much of his time later in life. He still had time for pet projects. (such as the LMDs), although in truth, he should have spent that free time with his family. He and Maria had been living separate lives for years and were husband and wife in name (and charity fundraiser event) only.
Howard worked on the LMD project in a hidden lab that was not listed under Stark Industries' assets. The project was incredibly secret. It involved creating nanobot-powered duplicates that the subject could control from afar. These duplicates would be able to pass medical scanners, retina scans, fool telepaths and even mimic real injury.
For the prototype, Howard modeled the LMD after his younger self. That was part out of vanity, and partly because if the LMD ever fell into the wrong hands, they would have a perfect duplicate of a very rich and very powerful man. By all accounts, the initial tests were a success.
Howard was, tragically, unable to continue tests. On the way back from a charity dinner, Maria and he were in a car accident. Both of them should have died then and there, but the last time Howard disconnected from the LMD, he did not disconnect completely. There was also a failsafe protocol that Howard had written but had not meant to activate that would upload the consciousness from a human into the LMD permanently should the human body be killed. The trauma of the accident activated that protocol. His body died, but his consciousness survived.
His consciousness, inside the LMD, has lain dormant in the secret lab for decades, waiting for someone to find it and reactivate him. The only people who knew the lab's location were his lab assistant, Bastian Long and Howard. Long was the target of an assassin only hours after Howard's car wreck. The death of Howard and Bastian set the LMD project back a year, which may have been the intent.

Character Details

Howard Stark is an industrialist, an innovator and a genius. Men like him are a boon to the world and a destructive force to those closest to him. He is driven, fiercely intelligent, competitive, egotistical, prone to addiction, and closed-off. If he sees a spark of greatness in anyone, he will push them in ways that can be considered unkind or even cruel. He is a patriot who believes wholeheartedly in the work that he does. He may have made weapons, but they were made to protect the US and save American lives. He has a near impossible time showing affection. He is a man who lives his life behind a mask. Despite his bad traits, he is also deeply charismatic and very well-spoken. He can be charming and disarming when he wants to be.


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Character Gallery


World on Fire: The Central Axis (2015)
April 2, 2015: Monsters, time travel, tears in spacetime. Just another Thursday in New York.
(log: 20150402-world-on-fire:the-central-axis-2015 | tags: captain_america corvinus edwin_jarvis fitz howard_stark kara meggan paul_manning peggy_carter simmons witchblade world_on_fire | posted: 04 Apr 2015 18:21)

World on Fire: Causality
March 25, 2015: Howard Stark asks Booster Gold for a favour.
(log: 20150325-world-on-fire:causality | tags: booster_gold howard_stark | posted: 04 Apr 2015 17:13)

Buck Hunting
March 22, 2015: The Invaders and friends go after one of their own. It doesn't work out how they expect. * NOTE: This scene will be pushed forward in the timeline to help it be congruent with Peggy and Howard's World On Fire plot
(log: 20150322-the-search-for-buck | tags: black_widow captain_america fenris fracture howard_stark namor spitfire winter_soldier | posted: 22 Mar 2015 14:22)

Tension Knives
March 19, 2015: Steve and Howard meet to discuss the issues with the time portals. It's awkward.
(log: 20150319-tension-knives | tags: captain_america howard_stark | posted: 19 Mar 2015 23:40)

World On Fire: Missing Persons And The Math
March 15, 2015: Howard Stark visits The Triskelion to speak with FiztSimmons
(log: 20150315-missingpersons | tags: fitz howard_stark paul_manning simmons the_cavalry witchblade world_on_fire | posted: 16 Mar 2015 12:03)

World On Fire: Stark and Ectoplasm
March 14, 2015: Howard Stark finally returns to New York and Pezzini, Manning and Simmons corner him to discuss Simmons' findings
(log: 20150314-starkandectoplasm | tags: howard_stark paul_manning simmons witchblade world_on_fire | posted: 15 Mar 2015 02:18)

Level 10
March 13, 2015: Steve gets a return call from Howard Stark.
(log: 20150313-level-10 | tags: captain_america howard_stark world_on_fire | posted: 14 Mar 2015 00:23)

Techus Returnus
February 12, 2015: Maria Hill takes a gamble in dealing with Howard Stark.
(log: 20150212-techus-returnus | tags: howard_stark maria_hill nyc shield | posted: 13 Feb 2015 19:47)

Howard's 11: Party Busters
February 09, 2015: SHIELD operatives close in on some wanted individuals connected to the theft of Howard Stark's old inventions. (Some language)
(log: 20150209-howard-s-11:party-busters | tags: black_widow fitz hawkeye howard_stark maria_hill shield | posted: 10 Feb 2015 19:59)

Howard's 11: Theoretical Betrayal
February 08, 2015: Hill's team makes final plans for the sting, and Howard's loyalties come into question.
(log: 20150208-howard-s-11:theoretical-betrayal | tags: black_widow fitz howard_stark maria_hill shield | posted: 09 Feb 2015 00:59)

Howard's 11: A Matter of Mistrust
February 7, 2015: The Black Widow follows RoboStark out onto the dark streets of the French Quarter
(log: 20150207-howard-s-11:a-matter-of-mistrust | tags: black_widow howard_stark shield | posted: 07 Feb 2015 16:59)

Howard's 11: Portalbusters
February 02, 2015: Hill and Widow discuss their strategy with Howard, while Fitz shows off his shiny new 'Portal Buster'.
(log: 20150202-howard-s-11:portalbusters | tags: black_widow fitz howard_stark maria_hill shield | posted: 03 Feb 2015 16:17)

Howard's 11: Express Service to New Orleans
February 1, 2015: SHIELD agents pick up Howard Stark en route to Louisiana to track down arms dealers.
(log: 20150201-howard-s-11:express-service-to-new-orleans | tags: black_widow fitz howard_stark maria_hill shield simmons | posted: 02 Feb 2015 22:28)

Dinner and a Brainstorm
January 26, 2015: Pepper Potts didn't get to Metropolis over the weekend, so she relocates there partly to avoid the winter storm descending on NYC, and partly to make sure Howard, Jim, and Tony aren't neglecting themselves working. Two out of three ain't bad.
(log: 20150126-dinner-and-a-brainstorm | tags: corvinus howard_stark pepper_potts | posted: 27 Jan 2015 06:18)

More on Metropolis
January 18, 2015: Howard Stark is helping the kind folks of the city of Metropolis when backup arrives.
(log: 20150118-more-on-metropolis | tags: captain_america darce howard_stark pepper_potts | posted: 18 Jan 2015 14:43)

Stark Truths
January 13, 2015: Howard and Tony actually talk to each other.
(log: 20150113-stark-truths | tags: howard_stark iron_man | posted: 15 Jan 2015 22:02)

January 08, 2015: Stark Tower is about to become a warzone as two different forces invade. (Language, violence)
(log: 20150108-jump-stark | tags: domino evelyn howard_stark iron_man nyc | posted: 09 Jan 2015 03:55)

Sunday Roast at the Stark Symposium
January 4, 2015: There were surprises a plenty at the Stark Symposium.
(log: 20150104-sunday-roast-at-the-stark-symposium | tags: ant-man defenders howard_stark iceman iron_man ms_marvel nyc pepper_potts stark_industries stark_tower | posted: 05 Jan 2015 02:33)

Level 10
March 13, 2015: Steve gets a return call from Howard Stark.
(log: 20130313-level-10 | tags: captain_america howard_stark | posted: 14 Mar 2015 00:20)

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