Stark Industries, later also known as Stark International, Stark Innovations, Stark/Fujikawa, Stark Enterprises and Stark Resilient, is a fictional multi-billion dollar Conglomerate owned and run by businessmanAnthony Edward "Tony" Stark, also known as Iron Man. The company appears in stories published by Marvel Comics. It first appeared in Tales of Suspense #40 and was founded by Tony's father, Howard Stark. According to Forbes 25 largest fictional companies it had an estimated sales of $20.3 billion, ranking it at number 16. In the film version of Iron Man, Stark Industries has a logo similar to that of defense contractors Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange as SIA. During the press conference scene, Stark is seen entering a building that resembles the entrance to Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works facility. An airplane extremely similar to the Lockheed YF-22 stood as a statue in front of the Stark Industries facility, exactly like the prototypes on display at Skunk Works facility in Palmdale, California.
Stark Industries was founded by Isaac Stark Sr in the 19th century and later taken over by Howard Stark and then by his son Tony, after his death. Over the years, through bankruptcy, Tony's "death", Tony's return and hostile takeovers, the company has gone through many name changes including Stark International (later Stane International), Stark Enterprises,Stark/Fujikawa and Stark Solutions.
The company is a technology company that develops and manufactures advanced weapon and defense technologies. The company manufactures the armor worn by Iron Man and War Machine. It builds the helicarriers used by S.H.I.E.L.D. It produces the Quinjets used by the Avengers.
Tony Stark - CEO and Chairman Head of the Stark Industries
Harmon Furmintz - Member of Stark Industries' biochemical division. He worked for Genetech and was born around 1918. He was a child prodigy and recruited as candidate for Super Soldier Project, but was rejected due to having hemophilia. He attempted to gain the power of Terrax, but his body and mind were destroyed by Shafear and reformed into duplicate of his own.
Project: Caribbean (staff unknown) - Stark Industries made an effort to start a plant in Haiti, however it was destroyed by Night Phantom.
Originally Stark Industries, the name was changed when the company ceased manufacturing munitions, with Tony handing over the CEO position to Pepper Potts. Eventually the company was taken over by Obadiah Stane after a hostile takeover and he renamed it Stane International.
Yvette Avril - Worked for the French branch of Stark International and was brought to the USA to become vice president of the Long Island facility. She unsuccessfully attempted to save the company when Tony Stark went on a major drinking binge and quit after takeover by Obadiah Stane.
Morley Erwin - Owned Circuits Maximus as well as working Stark International. He is the brother of Clytemnestra Erwin. He also assisted Jim Rhodes in learning to use the Iron Man armor, helped form Circuits Maximus, killed when Obadiah Stane had the Circuits Maximus building bombed
Abe Klein - Director of Engineering. - Tony Stark's old electrical engineering professor; killed by Mordecai Midas
Harold Marks (Techno-Killer) - A research technician. He left to work for author James Spencer; built an armor in order to gain respect and vengeance from perceived lack of appreciation
Vincent "Vic" Martinelli - A security guard. He was a former soldier and architect. Worked for Williams Innovations before working at Stark International. He remained with Obidiah Stane after his hostile takeover due to difficulty in finding a new job.
Artemus "Artie" Pithins - Director of Public Relations. He is currently a White House Press Secretary. Quit Stark International after Obadiah Stane took over.
Cherry Wood - A scientist. She studied Doctor Octopus' Adamantium arms and dated Stark. She was taken hostage by Doctor Octopus.
After driving Tony Stark back to alcoholism, Obadiah Stane wrested control of Stark International from Jim Rhodes after a hostile takeover and renamed the company after himself. Stane renewed the munitions manufacturing. However after Stane was killed, the company was run by a mysterious cartel which was eventually bought out and reabsorbed by Stark Enterprises.
Roderick Withers - Director of Public Relations
Abraham Paul "Abe" Zimmer - Research director and former member of the board of directors at Accutech. He was killed by Calico.
Accutech - Research and Development company, based in California, that was bought out as a subsidiary. The company produced and designed a Beta Particle Generator which was sabotaged by the Ghost. Known staff members include Gilbert O’Connor and Abe Zimmer.
Barstow Electronics> - Subsidiary of Stark Enterprises based in California. It employed Carl Walker after Force's faked death.
Cordco - Bought out by Stark Enterprises to force Dr. Cal Oakley to implant a biochip in Tony Stark’s spine after he was shot by Kathy Dare. Known staff members include Addison Drexel, Edwin Cord. Dr. Cal Oakley, and Basil Sandhurst.
Stane International - It was reacquired by Stark from Justin Hammer, who owned SI following Obidiah Stane's death. The company reproduced Stark's original Guardsman armor for use at the Vault. Much of Stane's operations involved disreputable business practices, leading Stark to initiate a major clean-up effort after reacquiring the company.
Hot Cup Coffee - Created by Stark using the pseudonym "The Boss".
Created by a merger of Stark Enterprises and Fujikawa Industries following apparent death of Iron Man/Anthony Stark.
Kenjiro Fujikawa - CEO - founder of Fujikawa Industries, father of Rumiko
Rumiko Fujikawa - Daughter of Kenjiro. She was a skilled businesswoman. Played the role of party-girl to annoy her parents. She was slain by an Iron Man impostor named Clarence Ward.
Morgan Stark - Cousin of Tony Stark. Became General Manager of Stark-Fujikawa after Tony's "death".
Fujikawa Industries - The previous version of this company helped form Stark-Fujikawa. A Japanese firm which took over Stark Enterprises following seeming death of Tony Stark. Known employees include Tso Fwon, Yu Kurin, Tobi Kanigawa and Wilson Fisk.
Oracle Incorporated - Formed by Namor, the company was sold to Stark-Fujikawa. Formerly served as the headquarters of Heroes for Hire. After Tony's "death", Bambi Arbogast seconded here. Known employees include Caleb Alexander (who was killed), Carrie Alexander, Allison Grain, Jim Hammond (Human Torch), Robert Losey, Kent Maitland, Phoebe Marrs, Leon McKenzie, Namor McKenzie (former CEO), Rihanna O'Connor, Dr. Anita Savvy, Dr. Richard Savvy, Bambi Arbogast, Josef Went and James "Jimbob" Roberts.
Parallel Conglomerate - Subsidiary of Oracle Inc. (which would make it a subsidiary of Stark-Fujikawa). Known employees are Captain Holten Gamble (who was killed on board an oil tanker owned by Parallel Conglomerate) and Oliver Russell.
Rand-Meachum - A company formed by Harold Meachum and Wendell Rand, became a subsidiary of Stark-Fujikawa. Known employees include Daniel Rand (Iron Fist), Wendell Rand-K'ai, Leon McKenzie, Harold Meachum, Ward Meachum, Joy Meachum, Jason Quartermaster, Peregrin Took, Martina Tereshkova and Dr. Ilya Faro
The fifth company run/owned by Tony Stark and was founded after his return from another dimension. It was shut down by Tony after he was defamed by Tiberius Stone who was subliminally influencing him.
The sixth company owned/run by/founded by Tony Stark and was set up after the closure of Stark Solutions. After the events of "The Five Nightmares" and "World Most Wanted" story arcs, Stark Industries goes bankrupt and eventually closed down. It was also known as Stark International, both names formerly used in previous incarnations of the company. Its logo being the same as the S.I. Logo in the Iron Man film series.
Svengoto Eriksson - Following closure of Stark Solution, he has been given principal datas by Tony Stark and then individually reinvented the AI "Jarvis" and armoury of Iron Man suit. During establishment of Stark Industries, he given the research result to Tony. Tony admired him and said that the new suit is like giving Tony a "Regent".
In the alternate future set in the year 2099, Stark Fujikawa is a major corporate power, alongside Roxxon. The only known staff members are Hikaru-Sama and Shudo
Stark Industries also appears in the Ultimate universe. As well as Stark International in the Ultimates Comics.
Stark Solutions also appears as a separate company owned by Dr. Gregory Stark, Tony Stark's older brother.
In the alternate future of MC2, the company is known as Stark Global Industries and is owned and run by Tony Stark.
In a What If story, the company is known as Stark Interplanetary and was the creators of the Irondroids
In the world of Amalgam, the company is known as Stark Aircraft (itself a merger between Stark Industries and Ferris Aircraft). The only known employees are Janice Doremus, Pepper Ferris, Happy Kalmaku, Stewart Rhodes, Hal Stark.
In other media
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 Mandrarin 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. In "Heavy Mettle," Obadiah Stane ends up fired by the Chairman of the Board after Tony Stark and Roberta Rhodes show the Board of Directors the footage of Obadiah Stane making a deal with Ghost is shown. In "Hostile Takeover," Justin Hammer ends up buying Stark International and sends Sasha to tell Tony Stark that he will no longer inherit the company when he reaches 18. After the fight with Titanium Man, Whiplash, Killer Shrike, and Unicorn, Tony Stark along with Rhodey and Pepper create a company called Stark Solutions. In "The Hammer Falls," Howard Stark manages to reclaim Stark International after Justin Hammer is exposed and defeated.
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. After Stane confronts Stark about what percentage the company's stocks might fall both guess about forty percent. In the next scene Jim Cramer is seen on CNBC with a NYSE ticker tape at the bottom of the screen reading Stark Industries at 56.50 per share down by 82.25.
In The Incredible Hulk movie, Stark Industries logo flashes on the screen during the opening credit sequence when General Ross request to the company the Sonic Cannon that the army use against the Hulk later in the movie and it is also on the Cyrosync container containing the Super Soldier Serum.
In 2010, Stark Industries appeared again in the film Iron Man 2. In the absence of Obadiah Stane, Virginia "Pepper" Potts became the CEO of the Stark Industries. As a promotion for the film, at the 2009 San Diego Comic Con, Stark Industries recruiters handed out business cards with an invitation to apply for a job at Stark Industries by visiting StarkIndustriesNow.com. Furthermore, on May 7, 2010, in Flushing Meadows, Stark Industries, for the first time since 1974, hosted the renowned Stark Expo.
In 2012, Stark Industries appeared in The Avengers, with Tony Stark opening the Stark Tower in New York.
In 2013, Stark Industries appeared in Iron Man 3, Pepper is once again CEO of Stark Industries and Happy Hogan is the head of security. Happy calls out to an off-camera secretary named Bambi in reference to Bambi Arbogast.