Once upon a time (like 2000), Tony was fighting Whiplash when they both were stuck by lightening. Through the magic of Comic Book Science and Y2K (anyone else remember that? XD), Tony’s latest armor becomes sentient:
If that wasn’t bad enough, Tony also had mild heart attack during the fight…well actually that wasn’t bad enough because it turns out the Armor’s feelings towards Tony are…well:
(Ms. Fujikawa is Rumiko Fujikawa, Tony’s girlfriend)
Needless to say Tony’s pretty weirded out by this, but maybe, maybe this could be a good thing:
Nope. This is a bad thing.
A very very bad thing.
When they get back to his mansion, Tony tries to explain to the Armor why killing the bad guy is a Very Very Bad Thing. The Armor throws in Tony’s face the fact that he tried to have Jocasta shut down the Armor’s consciousness. That’s when Tony’s like hey where is Jocasta?
Rumiko shows up at the mansion, to try to work things out with Tony. Unfortunately the Armor doesn’t appreciate the fact that she’s barging in on their ‘alone time’. The Armor does a lot of menacing looming as Tony tries to get her out of there, before the Armor can decide to hurt her.
After that, they go and confront the guy Whiplash said paid him to attack Iron Man. Unsurprisingly, that goes badly. Then Tony makes the Armor witness Whiplash’s funeral in an attempt to make it understand why killing is bad. This also doesn’t go all that well. When they return to the mansion, the Armor has to shut down so it can power up. Tony takes his chance to try and stop the Armor, but first he puts on an old suit of armor. Unfortunately, the Armor comes back online before Tony can do anything else. And if you think it had problems when Rumiko showed up- that pales in comparison to it’s reaction to seeing Tony in another suit of armor:
After ripping the old armor off Tony, the Armor kidnaps him and flies to a deserted island to reason with Tony- and by reason, I mean strip him down to his boxers and ties him to a tree:
and then threaten to kill him if Tony won’t become one with it:
but it didn’t really mean it!
Why can’t Tony understand that it loves him and wants the best for him?
That’s when an Avengers distress call comes in. Turns out the Armor’s been answering any Avengers calls, so no one back home actually knows Tony’s missing, much less his Armor’s alive and trying to kill him. The Armor flies off to answer the call and Tony uses it as a chance to escape. Of course, the problem is Tony’s stuck on a tiny island with no food, no water, and no way to contact the outside world. Despair is taking over, until:
Yep, you got it- the thought of Steve is enough to keep Tony going:
So Tony makes a plan of attack, to end this once and for all. Tony knows he has little chance of success, but if he’s gotta go down he’s going down fighting:
Which of course is the moment Tony’s body decides it has other plans:
Turns out the Armor loves Tony so much, it can’t kill him. So it does the obvious thing- rip out it’s own mechanical heart and implant it into Tony:
And that’s how Tony got his mechanical heart.
(P.S. I’d just like to remind everyone that this story was written by Joe Quesada- former Editor-in-Chief and current Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Comics)