Iron Patriot

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Iron Patriot
Iron Patriot.jpg
Norman Osborn as Iron Patriot.
Art by Adi Granov.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Dark Avengers #1 (March 2009)
In-story information
Team affiliations Dark Avengers
Partnerships Iron Man
War Machine
Notable aliases American Son
Abilities Superhuman strength and durability
Magnetic impact blasts
Heat seeking missiles
Miniaturized lasers
Communications system via helmet

Iron Patriot is a fictional powered exoskeleton used by several characters in Marvel Comics. The alias is an amalgam of Iron Man's armor and Captain America's colors.

Fictional history[edit]

Norman Osborn[edit]

Norman Osborn donned the original Iron Patriot armor during the Dark Reign storyline to exert his authority as 'commander' of H.A.M.M.E.R. and his own personal Avengers.[1]

Iron Patriot's activities have been increasingly jeopardized by various superheroes such as when he was tricked into attacking Tony Stark in an early Iron Man suit while suffering from brain damage 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 destroy his own house.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

Backup Iron Patriot[edit]

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.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7]

James Rhodes[edit]

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.[8]

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.[9]

Powers and abilities[edit]

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.[10] However, the new Iron Patriot armor is a complete redesign that's an update of the previous model.

Other versions[edit]

American Son[edit]

The "Dark Reign" storyline established American Son, another exoskeleton made from Iron Man's arsenal with Captain America's colors.

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.[11] 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.[12][13]

After their father's incarceration, Gabriel Stacy shoots Harry Osborn in the chest.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16] 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.[17]

Ultimate Marvel[edit]

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 as Ultimate Captain America is elected President, and serves as the new Secretary of Energy.[18] The Iron Patriot armor is later destroyed by Black Knight to which Stark returns to his Iron Man persona.[19]

In other media[edit]


  • The Iron Patriot armor makes its animated debut in the second season of Ultimate Spider-Man. This version resembles the Iron Man 3 version.[20][21] In the episode "Second Chance Hero", Spider-Man finds former arch-enemy Norman Osborn 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. Iron Patriot assists Spider-Man in fighting the Lizard. When the reformed Sinister Six with stolen OsCorp tech attack Ryker's Island, Iron Patriot assist Spider-Man's team as an unofficial second leader. While Spider-Man's team fights the other Sinister Six members, Iron Patriot fights Doctor Octopus. Unfortunately, Iron Patriot is taken down by the armored Sinister Six's combined attacks and then is injected with the Goblin serum and becomes Green Goblin once again.
  • The Iron Patriot armor appears in the first season of Avengers Assemble. In the episode "Exodus", it appears as one of Iron Man's armors being controlled by J.A.R.V.I.S. In the episode "Avengers Disassembled," the Iron Patriot armor is controlled by Ultron.
    • It is presumed that after Osborn became the Goblin again, Iron Man took the armor and kept it.


James "Rhodey" Rhodes (Don Cheadle) wearing the Iron Patriot armor in a character poster for the 2013 film, Iron Man 3.
  • The Iron Patriot armor appears in Iron Man 3. This version the new paint scheme of Col. 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 Advanced Idea Mechanics, in response to the events that occurred in The Avengers.[22] Rhodey later explains that focus groups indicated that the name "War Machine" was too aggressive, and that the name "Iron Patriot" gave a better message. However, throughout the film, Tony Stark scoffs at the Iron Patriot concept. After the Iron Patriot armor is stolen by Aldrich Killian's Extremis-powered soldiers upon their ambush on James Rhodes, Eric Savin poses as Iron Patriot in order to abduct President Ellis. Later, Rhodes recovers the Iron Patriot armor and rescues President Ellis.

Video games[edit]

  • The Iron Patriot armor can be unlocked as an alternate armor for War Machine in the Iron Man 3 mobile game.
  • Iron Patriot appears in Lego Marvel Super Heroes.[24] In a bonus mission, the Iron Patriot armor appears where Iron Man and War Machine end up in a dance-off against it. Iron Man and War Machine are able to beat the Iron Patriot armor in the dance-off.


  1. ^ Dark Avengers #1
  2. ^ New Avengers #60
  3. ^ Bendis, Brian Michael. Siege #1–4
  4. ^ Dark Avengers #16
  5. ^ Avengers vol. 4 #17
  6. ^ Secret Avengers vol. 2 #3
  7. ^ Secret Avengers vol. 2 #4
  8. ^ Secret Avengers vol. 2 #6
  9. ^ Gambit vol. 3 #3
  10. ^ Dark Reign: The List – Spider-Man #1
  11. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man #597. Marvel Comics.
  12. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man #598
  13. ^ Amazing Spider-Man #599. Marvel Comics.
  14. ^ Amazing Spider-Man presents: American Son #1. Marvel Comics.
  15. ^ Amazing Spider-Man presents: American Son #2. Marvel Comics.
  16. ^ Amazing Spider-Man presents: American Son #3. Marvel Comics.
  17. ^ Amazing Spider-Man Presents: American Son #4. Marvel Comics.
  18. ^ Ultimate Comics: Ultimates #18. Marvel Comics.
  19. ^ Ultimate Comics: Ultimates #22. Marvel Comics.
  20. ^ "UNMASKING "ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN's" Rogues with Cort Lane - Comic Book Resources". Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  21. ^ "Listings - ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN on DISNEY XD |". Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  22. ^ Keyes, Rob (March 23, 2013). "Iron Man 3: The Story Behind Rhodey & The Iron Patriot Armor". Screen Rant. 
  23. ^ "u/prod/marvel/i/mg/9/10/4d5a0c0d2c994/detail". Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  24. ^ [1]

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