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Ivan Vanko
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Real Name Ivan Vanko
Alternate Identity Crimson Dynamo
Powers and Abilities Crimson Dynamo Armor
Team Affiliations Project: Pegasus
Family and Friends Isabella Vanko (Wife)
Mikhial Vanko (Son)
Anton Harkov
Ivan Vanko is from the Non MAU Iron Man: Armored Adventures series.

Ivan Vanko was a Russian cosmonaut who worked for Project: Pegasus. He is most well known as the first Crimson Dynamo.


Early life

Ivan is of Russian descent, though it is unknown if he lived there, was born there, or simply had Russian parents.

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He met and married a woman named Isabella and they had a son named Mikhial.

Ivan joined Project: Pegasus along with Anton Harkov, a fellow Russian. He and his family lived in New York City where the Project: Pegasus headquarters were located.

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Ivan was trained to pilot the Crimson Dynamo Armor, a suit of armor designed to closely study the sun. The suit had life support mechanisms that could keep Ivan alive for years.

He did tell Isabella about the armor so it was not entirely a confidential project.

Ivan and Anton joined other scientists aboard Prometheus One, a large space station that transported them to the sun.

Fateful Mission

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Once they were close Ivan left the station in the Crimson Dynamo armor and traveled closer to the sun. Meanwhile, he activated a hologram so that he could view a picture of his wife and child. He was sad that that he was so far away and missed them. Anton, who was monitoring his actions, told him to pay attention to the armor.

After he made his studies he called back to the station and informed them he was going to go in closer. Anton tried to dissuade him feeling they had done enough but Ivan ignored him.

As he got closer he realized that it was nearly a million degrees outside but he still felt fine inside. He continued to move closer.

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Suddenly he got a call from Anton ordering back to the station. He said a solar flare was building directly beneath Ivan and the station. Ivan stared in wonder as he could see the flare building. He turned the armor around and made his way back.

However, the flare erupted and engulfed the Crimson Dynamo and then bombarded the station. The flare soon began to retract into the sun pulling the Crimson Dynamo down towards the surface.

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Ivan was then knocked unconscious. While he was out Anton and the other scientists abandoned the station aboard the shuttle. The station itself was destroyed.

Ivan woke and grabbed onto a piece of the station. The Crimson Dynamo and the remains of the station settled into a new orbit around the sun. He contacted Anton begging for help.

However, there was not enough fuel in the shuttle to save Ivan and make it back to Earth safely. Anton merely apologized while Ivan continued to beg. Ivan wanted to return to Earth to help his family. However, Anton cut off communications leaving Ivan alone to drift in space.

Ivan was officially classified as dead.


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Ivan spent an undisclosed amount of time drifting around the sun. Eventually he figured out how to break orbit and return to Earth.

From his supposed death until the time he returned to Earth took roughly two years. His skin began to turn white, bags formed under his eye sockets, and his eyes became sunken.

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During his long journey Ivan had a lot of time to think. He continually thought about Anton, feeling the fellow scientist had betrayed him. He considered the idea that Anton had purposely done this to him.

He also convinced himself that Anton had stolen his family away from him. He did not know what happened to his wife and children and may have assumed that they had moved on.

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As he got closer to Earth he targeted his descent towards New York City. As he entered the atmosphere the armor was engulfed in flames. As he neared the city he nearly hit the newly emerged superhero Iron Man. He then crashed into a construction area where they were building a new freeway.


Two news helicopters flew to the area thinking it was a meteor. Ivan soon gathered himself and began the move the armor around. As the smoke cleared Ivan piloted the suit out of the crater. He stood up and began stomping away towards Project: Pegasus headquarters.

The news copters transmitted the image of Crimson Dynamo all around the world. Two people who saw the footage was Anton Harkov and Mikhial Vanko.

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Crimson Dynamo walked around a steamroller then stared up at the copters. He grabbed onto the steamroller then hurled it into the air towards them. Before it hit, Iron Man flew by and pushed the steamroller away.

Dynamo started to walk towards the city again as Iron Man dropped the steamroller safely behind him. Iron Man told the copters to leave. But they continued to watch Dynamo, but at a larger distance.

Iron Man flew ahead and landed in front of Dynamo. He started to talk but Dynamo ignored him and walked right by. Iron Man flew up again and hovered in front of him to question him. He asked what Dynamo wanted. Ivan simply responded with Pegasus. Iron Man wondered if he meant the winged creature.

Annoyed with the smaller man, Dynamo swung his hand up and punched Iron Man. He flew back barely missing the copters. He eventually crashed near a bulldozer.

Dynamo continued down the freeway as Iron Man flew at him. When he got close Iron man fired his repulsor beams igniting something and flew up. Dynamo was unharmed, walked out of the flames, and continued on his way.

As Dynamo continued Iron Man flew at him again. This time he punched Dynamo as hard as he could, but the attack was still ineffective. Iron Man then began throwing more punches, each one doing no damage.

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Once more annoyed, Dynamo grabbed Iron Man and slammed him into the ground. Iron Man looked up to see Dynamo smashing his foot down on him. He then continued on his way.

Iron Man got up and zoomed in on Dynamo's back seeing the Project: Pegasus symbol and barcode. As Dynamo got closer to the city the NYPD evacuated nearby areas and made a barrier at the end of the freeway. They readied their guns as he approached.

As Dynamo walked along Iron Man suddenly kicked him hard. Dynamo was pushed forward into a wall. Dynamo got up and continued walking along.

Soon he reached a tanker truck and picked it up by the cab. He swung it around and swatted Iron Man into a large hole. He lifted the truck with one hand and threw it hitting the hero as he stood.

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Dynamo walked towards the truck to see it leaking fuel everywhere. He found Iron Man pinned under the cab. Hoping to finish him off, Ivan activated the blow torch and ignited the fuel.

The blast knocked the news copters back while the smoke could be seen miles away. Dynamo left the flames completely unharmed. Iron Man also survived but was covered in flames so he rocketed off to the upper atmosphere to cool off.

Dynamo continued on his march towards Project: Pegasus. He was eventually detected by the computers inside. As he got closer he began to swear Harkov's name. As he approached the facility it went into lock down and the gates closed.

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Dynamo pounded on the gates while swearing to get Anton. He continued punching until the gates broke. He then strolled onto the grounds. Machine guns rose out of the grass and aimed themselves at him, but their attacks did nothing.

He kept on moving towards the building. When he got closer he began to pound on the door. He eventually smashed his way into the facility. His footsteps could be heard deeper in the facility by Iron Man and Anton, who had been monitoring Ivan's progress since his landing.

Ivan then began ranting about his family being taken away from him while he was left to die. Either not knowing or not caring, Iron Man listened in on his radio channel. The hero tried to talk to him but Ivan just kept going.

Dynamo readied to punch another door down when it opened for him. Down the all, Iron Man came flying around a corner and knocked Dynamo out of the building. Dynamo stood still as Iron Man fired his repulsors to no effect. Dynamo watched as Iron Man came towards him with a large beam. He was then knocked farther back.

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Dynamo emerged from the cloud of smoke to find Iron Man standing there. He flew forward and through Dynamo's legs to fire at Dynamo's back. Dynamo simply turned around and fires his own beam at the hero.

However, his opponent withstood the attack and used his boot jets to knock Dynamo down. As Dynamo lay, Iron Man landed on him and started punching the armor. Dynamo grabbed the smaller man's hand in his.

Dynamo picked up the hero as he stood and slammed the man into the ground. Dynamo continued to hold onto him as he activated his rockets and flew back towards the building. Dynamo continued on into the facility while Iron Man lay unconscious.


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Dynamo blasted his way into the control room to once again see Anton. Anton cowered on the ground as Dynamo walked up to him. Ivan ignored Anton's feeble attempts to explain his reasoning for leaving him there.

He raised his arm to attack Anton. Just then he was blasted away by Iron Man. Dynamo stood determined to finish off Anton. However, Iron Man sprang forward and stopped his two hands. As Dynamo pushed the struggling Iron Man forward, the hero told Anton to leave.

But Ivan would not be stopped and kept pushing. Iron Man soon dropped to one knee as his power systems began to fail, including his reserves.

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Ivan was stopped by the one thing he never thought he would hear, Isabella's voice. Dynamo stopped his attack and looked to see his wife and son standing near by.

Mikhial had been watching the footage on the news. When he informed his mother she was shocked to realize that her husband was still alive. They were brought there by a young female CIA agent, in reality the devious Pepper Potts.

Dynamo walked over to them leaving Iron Man to collapse in exhaustion. He towered over his family and his son hide behind Isabella. Dynamo fell to his knees and stretched out his arms wanting a hug. For the first time in years, Ivan began to smile.

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Ivan soon left the armor and spared Anton his life. The Crimson Dynamo armor was lifted away. Ivan was watched by his family and Iron Man as he was loaded into an ambulance. He was quickly driven out of the facility to receive medical treatment. ("Iron Man vs. the Crimson Dynamo")

Presumably, he eventually left the hospital to live a life with his family.


Ivan's rampage in the city and Iron Man's inability to defeat him caught the attention of Obadiah Stane, head of Stark International. When Project: Pegasus faced financial problems Stane offered to bail the group out, in exchange for the Crimson Dynamo armor. He upgraded the suit so that it could capture Iron Man. He gave it to a man named O'Brian, who became Stane's bodyguard.

The new Crimson Dynamo battled Iron Man in the city, which endangered many lives. O'Brian brought Iron Man to Project: Pegasus for Harkov and Stane where they analyzed the armor. Iron Man managed to escape and returned with the Dynamo Buster armor.

Iron Man also erased all of the computers in Project: Pegasus using the Technovore virus. The virus also defeated Dynamo. ("Seeing Red")

Stane later developed the Iron Monger armor, he designed another Crimson Dynamo that was fully automated. He then easily destroyed the robot with the Iron Monger's weaponry. ("Enter: Iron Monger")


See also Crimson Dynamo Armor.
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Ivan Vanko has no natural powers to speak off. His abilities derive from the Crimson Dynamo armor. The suit works as a space suit, EVA, and space ship. It also carried systems so that Prometheus One could monitor what was going on inside the suit.

The Crimson Dynamo armor was designed to withstand the intense environment of the sun's atmosphere. Therefore, the armor is nearly invincible.

Features of the Crimson Dynamo armor, as Ivan piloted, are:

  • Enhanced durability. Crimson Dynamo was built to study the sun closer than any space shuttle or station could. It can withstands millions of degrees of heat. Because of this, it can withstand tremendous amounts of punishment without any apparent damage.
  • Enhanced strength. Crimson Dynamo has strength to easily lift a fully fueled tanker truck with one hand. The enhanced strength of Iron Man was nothing compared to Dynamo.
  • Space flight. The armor has a jet on the back of the suit. While it does provide the ability to navigate in space, it can be used for boots in an atmosphere.
  • Blow torch. Used for various purposes. Most likely it is used if repairs are needed on Prometheus One.
  • Laser. For some reason the armor has this one offensive weapon. Possibly used to destroy objects floating in space that would threaten Crimson Dynamo. In his rampage he used to attack Iron Man.
  • Life support mechanisms. The suit has a slow drip chemical IV and other solar powered devices. This allows the pilot to possibly survive for years with no food or water.
  • Holographic projector. Users can upload an image to project to them. Ivan chose to view an image of his wife and son.

The suit later received upgrades when given to O'Brian, though Ivan did not try any of them.


Ivan is a dedicated person. Nothing stands in his way. He ignored Anton Harkov when he wanted to get a closer study of the sun and test the limits of the suit. When he arrived on Earth he showed little interest in anything other than his goal of killed Anton. He also showed no concern whatever for anyone besides his wife and son.

Ivan is a genius, smart enough to travel from the sun and land directly in New York City. Such calculations are difficult to perform without a scientific team or advanced computer.


Isabella and Mikhial Vanko

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Ivan and his family love each other very much. While away on his mission he missed them quite a bit, but did it for the scientific journey. He was devastated when he thought he had lost them. His whole rampage was in the belief that he would not get them back.

Meanwhile, Isabella believed that her husband was dead. She spent the next two years trying to get over it. Though she did not appear to meet anyone else and marry again. She was quick to meet her husband, despite seeing him in his angry state.

It is assumed that after he got out of the hospital he returned to his family.

Anton Harkov

Anton and Ivan were good friends and fellow scientists on the mission. When Anton left him to die, Ivan considered it the ultimate act of betrayal. He spent the next two years thinking of punishing his former friend. When he arrived on Earth he went on a nonstop rampage to get his revenge. However, he stopped when he realized his family welcomed him back.

Unbeknownst to him, Anton felt terribly sorry about what he done. He even told Iron Man that he deserved what was coming to him. Anton merely wanted Ivan's forgiveness. It is unknown if Ivan ever actually forgave Anton and if they ever repaired their relationship.


Ivan Vanko was voiced by Mark Oliver.

Ivan was chosen as the version of Crimson Dynamo because the character was going to appear in the then upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film Iron Man 2.

This is the first version of Ivan Vanko outside the comics, and currently the only animated version.

In the Comics

Crimson Dynamo was originally piloted by a man named Anton Vanko. His name was split into Anton Harkov and Ivan Vanko. Ivan Vanko is the name of Anton Vanko's son.

The Crimson Dynamo armor was originally built to make Anton Vanko into a human dynamo, similar to Electro. Since then new Crimson Dynamo armors have been continually built by, typically, Russians to fight Iron Man.

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