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Who's your daddy, Tony Stark? Maybe not who you think

A newly issued comic book shakes up Iron Man's family tree. Warning, spoilers ahead.

Warning: Spoilers for the International Iron Man comic book ahead.

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Sure, there's the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Tony Stark, those 2-hour segments we get in the various "Iron Man" and "Avengers" movies. But Stark has a richer background that's doled out in his various comic books, and a development just revealed in the International Iron Man book turns Stark's parentage on its head.

In a promo for "International Iron Man #7," Marvel teased the news, writing, "In the middle of the events of Civil War, Tony finds out the truth about his parents and their connection to the history of the Marvel Universe." And when the comic hit newsstands September 21, fans learned just what that meant. (Here come the spoilers!)

Iron Man's family tree is getting more complicated, at least in the comics.

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In the movie world, Tony's parents are wealthy Howard and Maria Stark, and 2013's "Iron Man #17" revealed that the couple adopted him as a baby.

Now the new "International Iron Man" reveals more about his birth parents, S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Amanda Armstrong and Jude, a double agent. Seems that Jude came to a bloody end at a pregnant Amanda's hands, and it was sometime after that that baby Tony came into the Stark family.

Tony's love for the only parents he ever knew was expressed in the recent movie "Captain America: Civil War," where he sought revenge for his parents' lonely death on a snowy road. Will this new revelation make its way to the big screen? Whether or not it does, it adds a tasty tangle to the always-complex superhero universe.