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Iron Man Comics: 5 Heroes Fans Hated (& 5 Villains They Loved)

Iron Man has fought against heroes and villains alike in Marvel Comics and has been a villain himself a time or two - sometimes even in his own story. It gets complicated with Tony Stark, meaning fans love some villains and hate some heroes, depending on the circumstances.

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Some of the best Iron Man comic book villains have yet to appear in the MCU, but they remain very popular with fans. Likewise, some beloved Marvel superheroes might take on a different light in the eyes of Iron Man fans when it comes to facing off against the armored Avenger.

10 Loved Villain: The Mandarin

The Mandarin is one of the most popular Iron Man villains with fans thanks to his connection to both the criminal underworld and mysticism. He's also one of the most complicated for his less than ideal portrayal in early appearances and his controversial (among fans) "appearance" in Iron Man 3.

Still, he remains popular with comic fans and someone they would like to see reimagined in the MCU. If rumors about the upcoming Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings pan out, those fans might get their wish.

9 Hated Hero: Captain Marvel

If a fan was Team Iron Man during Civil War II, then they likely didn't like Captain Marvel very much. The major comic book crossover event pitted Iron Man and Carol Danvers against each other over preemptive action against potential criminals. Iron Man was against the idea, while Carol was for it.

Carol's determined focus on the precog technology rubbed a lot of people the wrong way, including some heroes that looked up to her, like Ms. Marvel. The crossover wasn't a great look for anyone, but Iron Man fans were rooting against Captain Marvel in the climactic battle between her and Iron Man.

8 Loved Villain: Iron Monger

Iron Monger was the first Iron Man MCU villain, but he appeared relatively late in the comics, first appearing in armor in Iron Man #200 in 1985. The villain was beloved by fans for giving Iron Man a homegrown villain who used his own powerful technology against him.

Obidiah Stane goes right for the jugular with Tony Stark, attacking his business, his friends, including James Rhodes, and ultimately bringing the fight to him personally.

7 Hated Hero: Namor

Iron Man and Namor never really got along in the early days of the Marvel Universe, and Iron Man felt the same towards The Sub-Mariner. The two characters fought on several occasions, both in the Avengers comic and in Tales Of Suspense, where he fought Iron Man directly.

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Also a legendary Fantastic Four villain, fans often bristled at the egotistical character, whose charm and power paralleled his petrifying ambitions. Surprisingly though, at times, he and Iron Man have been allies, including being on the Avengers and in the Illuminati.

6 Loved Villain: M.O.D.O.K.

Comic book fans know M.O.D.O.K. is one of the best and strangest Iron Man villains in the comics. A truly gonzo visual design helps distinguish him from other villains, as well as his interest in increasingly complicated technical ambitions like making a clone of himself called B.R.O.D.O.K.

M.O.D.O.K. made his debut in Tales of Suspense #93, co-created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. He initially squared off against Captain America, but quickly became a foil for Iron Man in many storylines.

5 Hated Hero: Captain America

Iron Man and Captain America have a complicated relationship in the MCU and even more so in the comics. Fans of Iron Man likely rooted against Captain America during the epic Civil War storyline from 2006, when the two heroes duked it out over the government registration of superheroes.

Captain America opposed the registration effort, while Iron Man supported it, leading to a cataclysmic battle. Captain America is much more of a pragmatist than Iron Man, which may rankle some fans who love Stark's "anything is possible" ethos.

4 Loved Villain: Titanium Man

Titanium Man is one of the major armored villains in Iron Man's rogues' gallery. Since his debut in Tales of Suspense #69, the Russian supervillain provided a stark contrast to the American capitalist. His relentless desire to defeat Iron Man makes him somewhat endearing, even if he keeps losing.

Other characters have succeeded Boris Bullski in the role of Titanium Man, and he's also had several upgrades in armor. He's yet to appear in the MCU, though he could very well be a character who could appear in the upcoming Armor Wars Disney+ series.

3 Hated Hero: Hawkeye

Hawkeye is a major member of the Avengers and a hero in his own right, but comic book fans know Hawkeye started off as an Iron Man villain, as he squared off against Iron Man in Tales of Suspense #57 in 1964. Fans loved to hate him for a while thanks to his very robust ego.

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That ego was no less than Tony Stark's and one of the reasons the two were oil and water. Hawkeye's armory of trick arrows also proved wildly successful against Iron Man and his advanced suit of armor. Things only got worse when Clint Barton teamed up with another Iron Man villain, Black Widow.

2 Loved Villain: Crimson Dynamo

The Crimson Dynamo is another Russian armored villain who remains very popular with fans. He played a major role in Armor Wars and dates back to Tales of Suspense #46 in 1963. One of the earliest Iron Man villains, he's also one of the most dangerous, with the intelligence and drive of Tony Stark.

Anton Vanko, the original Crimson Dynamo, was in many ways Stark's equal, making the villain easy to appreciate by fans. He also endeared himself by eventually defecting and joining Iron Man at Stark Industries, which led to the intervention of one of Marvel's most important spies, Black Widow.

1 Hated Hero: Iron Man

A hero Iron Man fans love to hate is Iron Man himself. Tony Stark is a challenging figure whose ego and behavior tend to be alienating to some. His actions in recent years, particularly in Civil War when he went to the extreme length of cloning Thor to fight the Avengers, are hard to reconcile.

While some might find his stances in some of Marvel's biggest modern comic book stories understandable, they also turned off a lot of fans who think of Tony Stark as a hero before anything else.

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