Even Captain America Turned His Back on Iron Man in Marvel Comics After He Was Branded a Criminal

Iron Man had to fight Captain America after he was branded a criminal by the Government

even captain america turned his back on iron man in marvel comics after he was branded a criminal

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  • Many fans of the MCU who aren't that familiar with the source material - the Marvel comics, won't be too surprised to know that even there Cap and Tony share a love-hate bond
  • But one time Captain America turned his back on his teammate in the worst scenario when Tony had to delete all information about his suits from everywhere using a virus to beat Spymaster
  • While attempting to that, it led to the death of Titanium Man, which caused the government to brand Tony a criminal and even Cap fought against him
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The Marvel Comics have been known for being just plain awesome in nature. Iron Man and Captain America have a long history together in the comics and the duo have often fought and helped each other throughout the chapters.

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In an issue, Iron Man gets branded as a criminal by the U.S. Government for all the wrong reasons. With a sense of righteousness in his heart, Captain America also turned against his former ally and had an all-out battle with Tony Stark!

Iron Man And Captain America
Iron Man And Captain America

When Captain America Opposed Iron Man

In Marvel Comics, the events of the Armor Wars became quite famous due to the complexity of the story. As per the comics, Tony Stark learned that an industrialist named Spymaster stole several plans of various equipment and weapons found in the Iron Man armor.

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Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark and Chris Evans as Captain America
Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark and Chris Evans as Captain America

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In hopes of deleting the data, Stark created a virus that deleted plans for every Iron Man suit from all the storage data from the entire world. While fighting his way through these villains, Tony Stark accidentally killed the second Titanium Man. With every record of the suit gone, the United States government was left with no choice but to blame the Avenger for the mistake.

The government had no choice but to criminalize Iron Man for several vigilante actions throughout the course of the Armor Wars. Having a moral sense of righteousness about him, even Captain America opposed Tony Stark as the two fought. Stark later publicly claimed that he had fired ‘Iron Man’ (a fake persona by the name of “Randall Pierce”). The later events would probably be adapted to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Armor Wars in the works.

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When Robert Downey Jr. Broke His Ankle

Robert Downey Jr. and Guy Pearce in Iron Man 3
Robert Downey Jr. and Guy Pearce in Iron Man 3

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While shooting Iron Man 3, Robert Downey Jr. had to do a stunt that ended up being quite brutal on the actor. Talking about how he broke his ankle, Robert Downey Jr. stated to Entertainment Tonight that it was actually good that his ankle was broken.

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I did a write-up. Broke my ankle once but then that gave us time to do some more script provisions. It really isn’t that big a deal, it happens all the time. What doesn’t happen all the time is that the third movie in a franchise series winds up actually meeting the expectations of a pretty savvy audience.” 

Well, Robert Downey Jr. was indeed right since Iron Man 3 received a rating of 7.1/10 on IMDB and a high of 79% on Rotten Tomatoes. With Ben Kingsley and Gwyneth Paltrow, the MCU movie is available to stream on Disney+ in the U.S.

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Written by Visarg Acharya

Articles Published: 2026

Visarg Acharya, Associate Content Writer, has been heavily involved in movies, series, and history. Having an experience of 2 years in the field of content writing, Visarg is a seasoned writer. Having a degree in Physics, Visarg Acharya has published a dissertation alongside a plethora of poems and short stories along the way.