A Minor Marvel Villain Just Stole One of Iron Man's Most Powerful Armors

Sep 22, 2022 · 20


WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Iron Cat #4, on sale now from Marvel Comics.

Iron Cat #4, by writer Jed MacKay, artist Pere Pérez, colorist Frank D'Armata and letterer VC's Ariana Maher, sees Madame Menace hijacking Tony Stark/Iron Man's Hulkbuster armor.

Earlier in Iron Cat, Felicia Hardy/Black Cat and Iron Man faced off against theformer's ex, Tamara Blake, who was working with the artificial intelligence Madame Menace. However, when things became difficult, Blake unfettered Madame Menace, who immediately betrayed her and began forcing nuclear reactors across the globe to melt down. In Iron Cat #4, the trio rush into action to try and stop Madame Menace's plot. Towards the end of the book, Madame Menace takes Blake out. Hardy and Stark then discover that the villain has control of the Hulkbuster armor.

Who Is Madame Menace & What Is the Hulkbuster Armor?

Created by Tom DeFalco and Steve Ditko, Madame Menace debuted in 1980's Machine Man #17. Like Stark, Bain is a genius, though not particularly scrupulous. In her younger days, she manipulated Stark into giving her security codes, which led to a major robbery at Stark Industries. The original Bain was actually killed by a duplicate, who afterwards began going under the title Madame Menace.

Over the years, Stark has created many different versions of his iconic Iron Man suit. The Hulkbuster is perhaps one of the most noteworthy. Created by Len Kaminski and Kevin Hopgood, the Hulkbuster armor debuted in 1994's Iron Man #304 and was technically an add-on for a modular suit. Stark soon fought Bruce Banner/Hulk in this more advance suit, which allowed him to stand toe-to-toe with his powerful Avengers ally. Since then, there have been a few variations on the Hulkbuster armor, and the iconic suit has appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Created by Marv Wolfman, Keith Pollard and Dave Cockrum, Hardy debuted in 1979's The Amazing Spider-Man #194 and is a key character in Peter Parker's life. A talented thief with the ability to create bad luck, Hardy has often been depicted as a supervillain. However, over the years, she's become much more of an antihero and even been a recurring love interest for Parker.

Iron Cat #4 is on sale now from Marvel Comics. The book features covers from Pérez and D'Armata, as well as Kei Zama and Ruth Redmond. Iron Cat #5 hits shelves on Oct. 26.

Source: Marvel Comics

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