|First appearance||Dark Avengers #1 (March 2009)|
Jim "Rhodey" Rhodes
Anthony "Tony" Stark
Harold "Harry" Osborn
Iron Patriot I
Iron Patriot's activates have been increasingly jeopardized by various superheroes like when he was tricked into attacking Tony Stark in an early Iron Man armor while suffering from brain damage at the time to show Iron Patriot's brutally assaulting a man physically and mentally incapable of even attempting to strike back, and when the New Avengers led by the new Captain America (Bucky Barnes) used Iron Patriot's tracking device on Luke Cage as a trick to blow up his own house.
During his invasion of Thor's Asgard on the "claim" of a national security threat, Iron Patriot fights with Steve Rogers. But in the middle of Iron Patriot's fight with Rogers, Stark dismantles the Iron Patriot armor remotely, revealing Osborn's green facepaint with yellow eyes to create a goblin-like look as he tells them they are all dead as the Void is released. When Rogers, Stark and Thor transfer him to the Raft penitentiary, Osborn blames his Green Goblin alter-ego for ruining his chance to protect the world as Iron Patriot.
Post-Iron Patriot I
During the "Fear Itself" storyline, a back-up Iron Patriot armor is seen amongst many Iron Man armors to assists the New Avengers against the new Red Skull (in her Skadi form) but the armors are vaporized by the female villain's new powers.
During the Marvel NOW! event, a second back-up Iron Patriot armor is seen at a weapons expo that Daisy Johnson and Nick Fury, Jr. were attending. During the attack by A.I.M. and their fight with the Secret Avengers, Andrew Forson of the A.I.M. High Council takes the opportunity to steal the armor. The Iron Patriot armor was replicated and its low-level A.I. was grown considerably, creating an army of sentient Iron Patriot drones which A.I.M. used to incriminate the United States in numerous international attacks. When an army of Iron Patriot droids that were going to attack Iran appear, S.H.I.E.L.D. sent the Hulk to destroy the Iron Patriot droid army.
Iron Patriot II
James "Rhodey" Rhodes wears yet another back-up Iron Patriot armor per S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson's suggestion. Using holographic communication, S.H.I.E.L.D. hacks into the A.I.M. network which allows Rhodes to talk to the Iron Patriot suits. Rhodes makes the Iron Patriot army understand their programmed actions are wrong, and states he could teach them. In response, the Iron Patriot androids send Rhodes a new version of Iron Patriot armor.
Later, Rhodes wears his Iron Patriot armor to apprehend Gambit after he steals one of Iron Man's old suits. He ends up letting Gambit go after learning that he needs the technology to save the life of one of his friends.
Powers and abilities
The Iron Patriot armor featured superhuman strength, enhanced durability, flight, magnetic impact blasts, heat seeking missiles, miniaturized lasers, flamethrowers, and a communications system housed in his helmet which allowed him to interface with any U.S.-controlled satellite or computer network. While Iron Man's armors utilized repulsor technology, the original Iron Patriot design does not as "Oz is too stupid" to make his own repulsor-based weapons system so the chest's star shaped Uni Beam projector has a less powerful output. However, the new Iron Patriot armor is a complete redesign that's an update of the previous model.
In The Amazing Spider-Man and related tie-ins to that storyline, Harry Osborn is approached with a job during his father Norman Osborn's corrupt tenure as director of H.A.M.M.E.R., which temporarily replaced S.H.I.E.L.D.. To help his fiancé, Harry gains access to the American Son armor. However, this was a ruse in which Norman would eventually arrange for American Son to publicly die tragically in order to increase sympathy for himself. After this discovery, Harry dons the American Son armor and fights Norman in the Iron Patriot armor to which the son came victorious over the father.
After their father's incarceration, Gabriel Stacy shoots Harry Osborn in the chest. However, American Son saves his brother. After his attempt on Harry's life, Gabriel confronts the American Son suit and demands to know why 'he' interfered. It is subsequently revealed that Gabriel has stolen the American Son armor and now suffers from a split personality. Gabriel himself commits crimes himself while his 'American Son' persona undoes the damage. During Gabriel's fight with Spider-Man and Harry, Harry hacked into the American Son armor and quickly over powers Gabriel. After he is defeated, Gabriel is placed in a psychiatric hospital and the American Son armor is thought to be destroyed. However, a package is soon delivered to his room containing American Son's helmet and a note from Norman telling him that he loves and misses Gabriel.
Ultimate Iron Patriot
The Ultimate Marvel version of Iron Patriot is Antonio "Tony" Stark. In the "United We Stand" storyline in which a 'civil war' occurs throughout the United States, Stark repaints one of his Iron Man armors into the first Iron Patriot armor at the same time of President Captain America's inauguration as President Howard's replacement. The Iron Patriot armor is later destroyed by Black Knight. Following this, Stark uses a back-up Iron Patriot armor and eventually returns to his Iron Man persona.
In other media
The Iron Patriot armor appears in the second season of Ultimate Spider-Man worn by Norman Osborn albeit resembling the Iron Man 3 version. In the episode "Second Chance Hero", Spider-Man finds his former arch-enemy as Iron Patriot. Iron Patriot and Spider-Man fight with the Frightful Four. After the Frightful Four are defeated, Spider-Man does not consider Iron Patriot still an actual superhero. After Nick Fury gives orders to bring in Iron Patriot, Spider-Man confronts Iron Patriot but they're attacked by Doctor Octopus's Spider-Soldiers. While Spider-Man gets Harry Osborn out of danger, Iron Patriot defeats the Spider-Soldiers. In the episode "Return of the Sinister Six", Iron Patriot continues to assist Spider-Man albeit aggressively. When an armored Sinister Six is formed on Ryker's Island, Iron Patriot assist Spider-Man's team as an unofficial second leader. While Spider-Man fights Lizard and the team fight the other Sinister Six members, Iron Patriot fights Doctor Octopus. Unfortunately, Iron Patriot is taken down by the armored Sinister Six's combined attacks then is injected with the Goblin serum and becomes Green Goblin once again.
- The Iron Patriot armor appears in Iron Man 3 as the new paint scheme of James Rhodes's upgraded armor after being asked by President Ellis to be used as the U.S. government's "American hero" symbol thanks to A.I.M. in response to the events that occurred in The Avengers. Throughout the film, Tony Stark scoffs at the Iron Patriot concept. After the Iron Patriot armor is stolen by Aldrich Killian's Extremis-equipped soldiers, Eric Savin poses as Iron Patriot in order to abduct President Ellis. Later, Rhodes recovers the Iron Patriot armor and rescues the President.
- In December 2013, the USA Today reported that the Iron Patriot will appear in the 2015 crossover film The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
- Iron Patriot appears in Marvel Super Hero Squad Online. Both the original and second incarnations appear as playable characters.
- The original Iron Patriot suit appears as an alternate armor for Iron Man in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
- The second Iron Patriot suit can be unlocked as an alternate armor for War Machine in the Iron Man 3 mobile game.
- The second Iron Patriot suit appears in Marvel: Avengers Alliance. In the 9th Spec Ops mission, the armor falls under Eric Savin's control.
- The second Iron Patriot suit will appear in Lego Marvel Super Heroes.
- Dark Avengers #1
- Invincible Iron Man #19
- New Avengers #60
- Bendis, Brian Michael. Siege #1-4
- Dark Avengers #16
- Avengers vol. 4 #17
- Secret Avengers vol. 2 #3
- Secret Avengers vol. 2 #4
- Secret Avengers vol. 2 #6
- Gambit vol. 3 #3
- Dark Reign: The List - Spider-Man #1
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- The Amazing Spider-Man #598
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- Amazing Spider-Man presents: American Son #2. Marvel Comics.
- Amazing Spider-Man presents: American Son #3. Marvel Comics.
- Amazing Spider-Man Presents: American Son #4. Marvel Comics.
- Ultimate Comics: Ultimates #18. Marvel Comics.
- Ultimate Comics: Ultimates #22. Marvel Comics.
- Keyes, Rob (March 23, 2013). "Iron Man 3: The Story Behind Rhodey & The Iron Patriot Armor". Screen Rant.