Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceIron Man #294 (July 1993)
Created byLen Kaminski
Kevin Hopgood
In-story information
  • Assimilation
  • Adaption
  • Shapeshifting

Technovore is a supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, typically as an enemy of the superhero Iron Man.

Technovore appears in the TV series Iron Man: Armored Adventures, and is one of the two titular main antagonists for the anime film Iron Man: Rise of Technovore.

Publication history

Technovore first appears in Iron Man #294 (July 1993) and was created by Len Kaminski and Kevin Hopgood.

Fictional character biography

Technovore is a technological parasite created by a scientist that kills everyone inside the Stark Enterprises orbital space station. Iron Man investigates and confronts the nanotech monstrosity. As Iron Man heads to the station, a being called the "Goddess" takes him aside to offer him a place among her converts; Iron Man refuses and she promises punishment. Entering the station, Iron Man finds that the space crew members are now techno-organic creatures and they attempt to consume him as part of their quest for completion. Iron Man renovates his armor arsenal using the station stores, but after destroying the creatures they reform themselves into a single being calling itself the Technovore.[1]

Iron Man battles the Technovore, but it can reshape itself from injury almost instantly. The Technovore causes the station's center of gravity to change, tearing the structure apart. Iron Man battles the creature in space and prepares his auto-destruct sequence but has to remain linked via telepresence at the last moment to prevent the Technovore from hacking into his computer and halting the countdown. Unfortunately, the Technovore overcomes Tony's controls. But at the explosion's instant, the Goddess separates Tony's consciousness from his body to save him from the neural feedback. She offers Tony another chance to serve her, but when he still refuses she returns him to his body.[2]

Powers and abilities

Technovore's body is made entirely of nanobots. It can disassemble itself into a stream of nanites, enabling it to fit into and travel through extremely small spaces. Each nanite carries a copy of the entire viral personality, and it is implied that the whole entity can reconstruct itself from a single unit.

Technovore can absorb technology into itself, adding the abilities of consumed technology into its physical being. In addition, Technovore's inherent resilience is augmented by an ability to adapt to weapons; over time, it will become immune to a given weapon if struck by it enough times.

In other media



Technovore appears in Iron Man: Rise of Technovore, voiced by Miyu Irino in the Japanese version and by Eric Bauza in the English dub.[3] This version is a biotechnological nanite virus created by Zeke Stane, which serves as armor through a combination of biotechnology, mechatronics, and a biomechanical organism, every cell of which is created via a molecular assembler. Initially linked directly to Stane's nervous system so he could control it with his thoughts, Technovore later gains sentience and mutates its host's body to destroy everything that stands in its way while using the Howard satellite as its core. After Pepper Potts destroys the satellite, Iron Man and War Machine defeat Technovore before freeing a comatose Stane and transferring him to S.H.I.E.L.D.'s custody to be contained.


  1. ^ Iron Man #294. Marvel Comics.
  2. ^ Iron Man #295. Marvel Comics.
  3. ^ "Marvel and Sony Announce New IRON MAN Animated Feature".