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Iron Lad
REAL NAME: Nathaniel Richards
ALIASES: Young Kang
OCCUPATION: Adventurer; former student
CITIZENSHIP: Earth-6311 (Other-Earth), 31st century
PLACE OF BIRTH: Earth-6311, 31st century
KNOWN RELATIVES: Extended family (see Immortus)
GROUP AFFILIATION: Formerly Young Avengers (founder)
EDUCATION: High school student
FIRST APPEARANCE: Young Avengers #1 (2005)

HISTORY: In the year 3016 on the technologically-advanced alternate world known as Earth-6311 (Other-Earth), 16-year-old robotics student Nathaniel Richards was rescued from a near-fatal attack by his future self, the megalomaniacal time-traveler Kang the Conqueror. Kang gave young Nathaniel a suit of neuro-kinetic armor and provided a glimpse of his future as a conqueror. Horrified by his ruthless, destructive future self, young Nathaniel rejected Kang and used his armor to escape to modern-day Earth-616, seeking the Avengers so that they could help him defeat Kang.

Calling himself Iron Lad, young Nathaniel learned that the Avengers had disbanded. After failed attempts to contact former Avengers, Iron Lad broke into Stark Industries and found the remnants of the Vision, the recently-destroyed synthezoid Avenger. Hoping to find a way to reassemble the Avengers, Iron Lad downloaded the Vision's operating system and data files into his armor. Instead, Iron Lad found a fail-safe program designed to pinpoint the exact locations of the next wave of young Avengers (super-powered youths with significant ties to the Avengers themselves or to Avengers history). Iron Lad used this data to recruit three "Young Avengers" who resided in New York City: Patriot, Hulkling, and Asgardian (now known as Wiccan). Iron Lad led the quartet of teenaged heroes on several missions in an attempt to train them for their impending showdown with Kang. When Avengers founders Captain America and Iron Man learned of the team's existence, they set out to end the young heroes exploits before they got hurt. The adult heroes located the Young Avengers and were about to send them home when the adult Kang approached them and convinced the heroes to hand over Iron Lad to him. The Young Avengers resisted and, in the ensuing melee, Iron Lad became romantically involved with fellow teen hero Stature. Iron Lad killed Kang, but later realized that he had to return to his native era to fulfil his destiny as Kang so that the damaged time stream would be restored. The Vision, whose programming had reasserted itself within the armor, used the armor's chronal programming to send Iron Lad home. Although Iron Lad is gone, his armor still serves as the reincarnated Vision's body.

Iron Lad was last seen dressed as Kang the Conqueror, monitoring the activities of the Young Avengers from an undisclosed location in the future.

HIEGHT: 5 ft. 9 in.
WIEGHT: 166 lbs.
EYES: Brown
HAIR: Brown

ABILITIES/ACCESSORIES: Iron Lad ages slightly more slowly than modern humanity. Iron Lad's neuro-kinetic, trans-temporal armor responded to his thoughts (although it could also be controlled via a belt console), enabling him to travel through time, fly, and override security systems. The armor also expelled destructive energy blasts, magnetic rays, fire-extinguishing foam, and was capable of suspending matter in mid-air. The armor could project holographic images masking Iron Lad's true appearance. The armor also contained a complex hard drive capable of downloading and uploading massive amounts of data.

NOTE: Copied from the All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #5 (2006)

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