Iron Man Cartoon From 1994 Depicts Attack on Twin Towers and Pentagon

An episode of the 1994 Iron Man cartoon series depicting a planned attack on both the World Trade Center and the Pentagon has resurfaced online.

A segment from the episode was posted to Twitter by @marina0swald who noted that it features "an unidentified military jet" firing missiles at the twin towers while the main villain "flies an invisible plane into the Pentagon."

In the clip, an air traffic controller can be seen warning that an "unidentified war plane is heading for New York City" before his superior picks up a red phone and shouts into it "Mayday! Mayday! New York is under attack!"

in this iron man cartoon from 1994, an unidentified military jet fires missiles at the twin towers, and the main villain flies an invisible plane into the pentagon

— not the real marina oswald (@marina0swald) September 6, 2021

Missiles are launched to try and stop the plane in its tracks but a force field parries them away before the aircraft launches a series of strikes at two buildings that closely resemble the World Trade Center.

The video then cuts to a scene later in the episode where the main villain, the Mandarin, explains his plan to "strike at the heart of American defense" by destroying the Pentagon with one "swift and deadly blow."

To demonstrate his plan, he flies a model airplane into a miniaturized version of the Pentagon, which explodes on impact.

The eerily prescient animated clip has been viewed more than 122,000 times online.

Responding to the video, one Twitter user posting under the handle raemehling noted that the twin towers feature in an episode of the Fantastic Four animated series where they are shown collapsing.

They also highlighted an episode of the Spider-Man cartoon from 1995 in which a helicopter is hijacked and deliberately flown into a skyscraper.

Another user, jalefkowit, commented that these various depictions were likely born out of Al Qaeda's first attack on the buildings.

"Al Qaeda first tried to destroy the World Trade Center with a truck bomb attack in 1993, which presumably is what lay underneath all this mid-'90s cultural output," he explains.

our two favorite towers make an appearance collapsing in a '94 Fantastic Four episode, and again in '95 in the animated Spider Man show, where an aircraft is hijacked and flown into one of the wtc buildings

— Christian🕊 (@raemehling) September 6, 2021

On February 26, 1993, a truck bomb was detonated below the North Tower of the World Trade Center. The device was intended to send the North Tower crashing into the South Tower, killing thousands in the process, but failed to do so.

Six people were killed in the blast which also injured over one thousand people. The bombing was perpetrated by a group of terrorists working under the guidance of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a man designated as one of the principal architects of the attacks on September 11, 2001 in which 2,996 people died.

The episode, titled "The Grim Reaper Wears a Teflon Coat" was executive produced by Avi Arad and late Marvel founder Stan Lee.

Lee and veteran animated television writer and producer Ron Friedman both have story credits on the episode., which was written by Sir Douglas Allen Booth, an Anglo-American writer best known for his work on Scooby Doo.

The plot centers on an advanced stealth jet called the Grim Reaper which ends up being stolen by the Mandarin, forcing Iron Man and his team to intervene.

Newsweek has approached Booth and Friedman for comment.

The cartoon is one of several that certain apparent conspiracy theorists claim predicted 9/11.

Others include the season 9 opener of The Simpsons, titled "The City of New York vs Homer Simpson" which was first broadcast in 1997.

In the episode, Lisa Simpson holds up a magazine with $9 printed on the cover with the twin towers visible in the backdrop.

Another supposed example comes from an episode of Johnny Bravo which aired only months before the attack.

In this instance the episode, titled "Johnny and the Chain Gang" features a poster in the background of one scene depicting a burning skyscraper along with the words "coming soon."

A  man in Iron Man cosplay.
A cosplayer dressed up as Iron Man at the 2017 London MCM Comic Con. An episode of the 1994 "Iron Man" cartoon has resurfaced on social media. Ollie Millington/Getty