Iron Man's armor in other media
The armor worn by the Marvel Comics character Iron Man has also appeared in many types of media since it debuted along with Tony Stark in Tales of Suspense #39 (March 1963). It is most famously been featured in the series of live-action films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with actor Robert Downey Jr. portraying Tony Stark.
- 1 Film
- 2 Television
- 2.1 1994 animated series
- 2.2 Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes
- 2.3 Iron Man: Armored Adventures
- 2.4 The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
- 2.5 Marvel Anime
- 2.6 Iron Man: Rise of Technovore
- 2.7 Ultimate Spider-Man
- 2.8 Avengers Assemble
- 2.9 Iron Man and Hulk: Heroes United
- 2.10 Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers
- 2.11 Marvel Future Avengers
- 2.12 Marvel's Spider-Man
- 3 References
Iron Man director Jon Favreau wanted the film to be believable by showing the eventual construction of the Mark III suit in its three stages. Stan Winston and his company were hired to build metal and rubber versions of the armors. Favreau's main concern with the effects was whether the transition between the computer-generated and practical costumes would be too obvious. Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) was hired to create the bulk of the visual effects with additional work being completed by The Orphanage and The Embassy.
The Mark I design was intended to look like it was built from spare parts: particularly, the back is less armored than the front, as Tony Stark would use his resources to make a forward attack. It also foreshadows the design of Obadiah Stane's Iron Monger armor. A single 90-pound (41 kg) version was built and was designed to only have its top half worn at times. The Embassy created a digital version of the Mark I. Stan Winston Studios built a 10-foot (3.0 m), 800-pound (360 kg) animatronic version of the Iron Monger suit. The animatronic required five operators for the arm, and was built on a gimbal to simulate walking. A scale model was used for the shots of it being built.
The Mark II resembles an airplane prototype, with visible flaps. Iron Man comic book artist Adi Granov designed the Mark III with illustrator Phil Saunders. Granov's designs were the primary inspiration for the film's design, which were streamlined by Saunders, making it stealthier and less cartoonish in its proportions. Sometimes, Downey would only wear the helmet, sleeves and chest of the costume over a motion capture suit. For shots of the Mark III flying, it was animated to look realistic by taking off slowly, and landing quickly.
Saunders created concept art for the War Machine armor and said that it was originally intended to be used in the film but was "cut from the script about halfway through pre-production." Saunders said that the War Machine armor "was going to be called the Mark IV armor and would have had weaponized swap-out parts that would be worn over the original Mark III armor," and that it "would have been worn by Tony Stark in the final battle sequence."
For Iron Man 2, Industrial Light & Magic again did the bulk of the effects, as it did on the first film. ILM's visual effects supervisor on the film, Ben Snow, said their work on the film was "harder" than their work on the first, stating that director Jon Favreau asked more of them this time around. Snow described the process of digitally creating the suits:
On the first Iron Man, we tried to use the Legacy [Studios, Stan Winston's effects company] and Stan Winston suits as much as we could. For the second one, Jon [Favreau] was confident we could create the CG suits, and the action dictated using them. So, Legacy created what we called the "football suits" from the torso up with a chest plate and helmet. We'd usually put in some arm pieces, but not the whole arm. In the house fight sequence, where Robert Downey Jr. staggers around tipsy, we used some of the practical suit and extended it digitally. Same thing in the Randy's Donuts scene. But in the rest of the film, we used the CG suit entirely. And Double Negative did an all-digital suit [the Mark V] for the Monaco chase.
Because of how form-fitting the Mark V suitcase suit was required to be, the production team researched some of the classic comics armors, since they were seen as essentially variations on muscle suits. One specific aspect of an earlier armor was the color scheme from the Silver Centurion armor. The Mark VI armor was designed by Granov and Saunders to be sleeker than the Mark III, while retaining many of the Mark III qualities.
In The Avengers, Saunders stated that "director Joss Whedon was looking for something that had the 'cool' factor of the suitcase suit (from Iron Man 2), while still being a fully armored, heavy duty suit that could take on an army in the final battle." To that end, Saunders borrowed ideas that had been proposed in Iron Man 2 as well as some ideas that had been abandoned in Iron Man and merged them together in a modular suit that has big ammo packets on the arms and a backpack. In addition, the chest piece of the Mark VII was changed from the triangle shape of the Mark VI, back to the circular shape of the Mark III.
For Iron Man 3, Chris Townsend served as visual effects supervisor. The film featured over 2,000 visual effects shots and was worked on by 17 studios: Weta Digital, Digital Domain, Scanline VFX, Trixter, Framestore, Luma Pictures, Fuel VFX, Cantina Creative, Cinesite, The Embassy Visual Effects, Lola, Capital T, Prologue and Rise FX. Digital Domain, Scanline VFX and Trixter each worked on separate shots featuring the Mark XLII armor, working with different digital models. The studios shared some of their files to ensure consistency between the shots. For the Mark XLII and Iron Patriot armors, Legacy Effects constructed partial suits that were worn on set. Townsend explained that "Invariably we'd shoot a soft-suit with Robert [Downey Jr.] then we'd also put tracking markers on his trousers. He would also wear lifts in his shoes or be up in a box so he'd be the correct height – Iron Man is 6'5". Digital Domain had a small team embedded at Marvel, where Marvel's art department created flat concept art including front and back views. Digital Domain's team then created full 3D versions of 14 suits from those illustrations and later turned those assets over to Marvel and Weta Digital for use in their shots. One of the challenges of realizing the suits in 3D was in re-working the designs to ensure the suits had the correct physical aspects to allow them to show realistic movement.
Concept art released in March 2014 for Avengers: Age of Ultron, revealed the inclusion of a "Hulkbuster"–like armor. For Avengers: Infinity War, visual effects vendor Framestore created Iron Man's Mark 50 suit, based on the Bleeding Edge armor from the comics, which is made up of singular nanobots which move around his body to form a suit, and was developed alongside Marvel for about two years.
List of armors
|Mark I||Iron Man||Created by Tony Stark and Ho Yinsen, the suit was rendered apparently immune to small arms fire from AK type rifles and M2 Browning heavy machine gun fire, but left the back and knees vulnerable. It had flamethrowers and a missile launcher, and was capable of one short burst of flight before it crashed. This armor is destroyed by the impact of crashing, rebuilt by Ten Rings terrorists to be presented before Obadiah Stane, and reclaimed by Stark prior to Iron Man 3, only to be destroyed once more during the attack on Stark's house in the same film.|
|Mark II/ War Machine Mark I||Heading in the direction of the iconic design, this armor improves flight capabilities, adds a heads-up-display and repulsors, and has a built in arc reactor. However, the suit experiences icing problems when flown at too high an altitude. The suit needs a special construction/removal apparatus to get in and out of the armor. James Rhodes marvels at this armor, later confiscating it for the US government in Iron Man 2—where it is modified heavily by Justin Hammer (Hammer adds machine guns in the wrists, the War Machine's iconic minigun on the right shoulder (though it is designed to swivel to any point in the upper back and head area), and a grenade launcher on the left. The armor still retains repulsors in the chest and hands.)—before Stark reclaims it in the end. In the Iron Man 3 prequel comic, Stark reclaims the Mark II armor from Rhodes and removes all the modifications done to it by Hammer; ironically, however, it is destroyed during the attack on Stark's house in Iron Man 3 itself.|
|Mark III||The Mark III fixes the freezing problem by changing the suit to a gold-titanium alloy. It also adds wrist-mounted missiles, apparently capable of destroying an SPAA type vehicle, or a generation 1 or 2 MBT, presumably using a HEAT warhead; hip-mounted flare launchers; and shoulder-mounted machine guns. This is the first armor to feature the classic red and gold color scheme. This armor is destroyed during the attack on Stark's house in Iron Man 3.|
|Mark IV||Iron Man 2||Not much is known about the Mark IV as it is briefly seen when Stark enters the Stark Expo 2010. However, it does have a manually removable helmet. This armor is destroyed during the attack on Stark's house in Iron Man 3.|
|Mark V||The Mark V is a travel, portable suit, also known as the "suitcase suit", that assembles around Stark's body. Not much else is known about the armor, such as if it has flight capabilities. It appears to be significantly less durable due to the portability requirement, as the suit sustains heavy damage during its first apparent combat use. The armor takes on a red and silver color scheme, similar to the Silver Centurion armor from the comics. This armor is destroyed during the attack on Stark's house in Iron Man 3.|
|Mark VI||This armor changes the arc reactor hole to a triangular shape instead of the traditional circular one. The armor also upgrades its artillery to include a grenade launcher in one arm, a missile launcher in a shoulder and high yield lasers in both arms (though this can only be used once, apparently using some sort of square cartridge to power it). The color scheme is once again the classic red and gold. This armor is destroyed during the attack on Stark's house in Iron Man 3.|
|Mark VII||The Avengers||The suit is able to assemble around Stark via bracelets worn by him, and brings back the circular arc reactor hole. The suit is not designed for deep space travel. This armor is destroyed during the attack on Stark's house in Iron Man 3.|
|Mark XLII||Iron Man 3||This prehensile suit is able to be summoned remotely by controlling each individual piece of the armor, through state-of-the-art chips in Stark's body, and features an inverse color scheme to the other main armors, with gold as the predominant color. Stark is able to operate the suit externally from a remote location. This armor is destroyed at the end of Iron Man 3, but is seen reassembled inside the Stark Cargo Plane in Spider-Man: Homecoming on it`s way to New Avengers Facility. It is unknown what happened with the suit after the plane crashed as a result of Spider-Man's fight against the Vulture.|
|Mark XLIII||Avengers: Age of Ultron||This suit is identical to the Mark XLII, but with an inverse red/gold color scheme. The Mark XLIII has an unmanned sentry mode that allows Stark to exit the suit and remained protected. It can also be augmented with the Mark XLIV "Veronica" modular add-on in order to take on the Hulk.|
|Mark XLV||Featuring a predominantly red color scheme and a hexagonal-shaped arc reactor, Stark wears this suit during the Avengers' final confrontation with Ultron in Sokovia.|
|Mark XLVI||Captain America: Civil War||Visually similar to the Mark XLV with a pentagon-shaped arc reactor. The helmet is retractable and able to fold into the back of the suit. The suit uses hybrid nanotechnology, and is an homage to the character's Bleeding Edge armor from the comics.|
|Mark XLVII||Spider-Man: Homecoming||A predominately silver color scheme with the head, chest and extremities also featuring gold and red. The armor is visually similar to the one worn by Ultimate Iron Man in the comics. Like the Mark XLII, the armor can be controlled remotely by Stark.|
|Mark L||Avengers: Infinity War||Known as the Bleeding Edge armor, it has rocket thrusters that allows Stark to travel in deep space. The suit has the ability to form around Stark out of his arc reactor using nanotechnology, which can regenerate itself if it sustains damage. Visually, this armor is based on the Model Prime armor from the comics. Makes a brief appearance in Endgame when Tony uses the damaged helmet to record messages to Pepper Potts as he floats in space. Tony later gives Steve Rogers the arc reactor holding the armor, but he doesn't use it.|
|Mark LXXXV||Avengers: Endgame||This suit is made of the same nanotechnology as the Mark L with a few advancements, such as an energy shield and the ability to absorb the Infinity Stones from Thanos with the Nano Gauntlet (used by the Hulk to bring back everyone who was turned into dust). Also this armor was able to record Tony's final message to Pepper and his daughter Morgan just like the Mark 50 in his funeral. It also has a red and gold color scheme matching the original red and gold from the Iron Man Suit in the comics. |
These armors were created before the beginning of Iron Man 3 by Stark to help in different types of situations he might encounter. They are first referenced to as the "Iron Legion" in the Iron Man 3 Prelude #2 comic.
|Mark VIII||Iron Man 3|||
|Mark XV||The stealth suit, known as "Sneaky". It is virtually invisible to enemy early-warning systems. A chrome colored coating on the armor can darken or lighten to match the environment.|
|Mark XVI||The black stealth suit, known as "Nightclub". Similar to the Mark XV armor. However, it does not have all of the weapons and is designed for stealth missions.|
|Mark XVII||The artillery level repulsor transmitter (RT) suit, known as "Heartbreaker". It has an oversized chest RT, which can fire powerful blasts and can fire narrow or wide beams. It can also generate a repulsor shield for protection.|
|Mark XVIII||The stealth artillery level RT suit, known as "Casanova".|
|Mark XIX||The high velocity prototype suit, known as "Tiger".|
|Mark XX||The long distance suit, known as "Python".|
|Mark XXI||The high altitude suit, known as "Midas".|
|Mark XXII||The War Machine 2.0 prototype, known as "Hot Rod".|
|Mark XXIII||The extreme heat suit, known as "Shades".|
|Mark XXIV||The heavy combat suit, known as "Tank".|
|Mark XXV||The heavy construction suit, known as "Striker". It was designed to help with construction. Its powerful jackhammer-like arms can pulverize concrete and can withstand high temperatures and electrical surges. This suit is also known as "Thumper".|
|Mark XXVI||The heavy construction suit upgrade, known as "Gamma".|
|Mark XXVII||The chameleon suit, known as "Disco".|
|Mark XXVIII||The radiation zone suit, known as "Jack".|
|Mark XXIX||The nimble construction suit, known as "Fiddler".|
|Mark XXX||The "Silver Centurion" suit upgrade, known as "Blue Steel".|
|Mark XXXI||The high velocity centurion suit, known as "Piston".|
|Mark XXXII||The enhanced RT suit, known as "Romeo".|
|Mark XXXIII||The enhanced energy suit, known as "Silver Centurion". The suit has a slight protective force field, which allows it to attract or repulse objects using magnetic polarity. The suit is capable of firing pulse cannons that build in intensity the further they travel.|
|Mark XXXIV||The disaster rescue prototype suit, known as "Southpaw".|
|Mark XXXV||The disaster rescue suit, known as "Red Snapper". It was designed to survive in dangerous places and has extendable arms and claws making it ideal for disaster rescue.|
|Mark XXXVI||The riot control suit, known as "Peacemaker".|
|Mark XXXVII||The deep sea suit, known as "Hammerhead". It was designed to be able to travel to the deepest parts of the ocean where it can withstand extreme pressure, and has high-power work lights to allow visibility in murky waters.|
|Mark XXXVIII||The heavy lifting suit, known as "Igor". The suit was not designed for battle, but for heavy lifting and carrying heavy objects.|
|Mark XXXIX||The sub-orbital suit, known as "Gemini". It was designed for otherworldly journey and has an integrated, removable booster pack and zero-gravity maneuvering thrusters. This suit is known as "Starboost" in the official Iron Man 3 game.|
|Mark XL||The hyper velocity suit, known as "Shotgun". It was designed for hypersonic speed and can travel in excess of Mach 5.|
|Mark XLI||The skeleton suit, known as "Bones". It is a black and gold, lighter version of a full Iron Man suit, with a focus on speed and maneuverability, as well as modularity.|
|Other War Machine Armors|
|War Machine Mark II / Iron Patriot||Iron Man 3||The second War Machine armor, given to James Rhodes by Stark, has a rectangular-shaped chestplate protecting the arc reactor assembly. In Iron Man 3, Rhodes was asked by the president to take on the moniker, "Iron Patriot", and add a red, white, and blue color scheme to be used as the government's "American hero" symbol in response to the events in The Avengers. The armor reverts to the grey and silver color scheme in Avengers: Age of Ultron.|
|War Machine Mark III||Captain America: Civil War||The armour worn in Civil War appears similar to the others seen, but its minigun loses it prehensile abilities in the presence of a war hammer sheathed on the left shoulder. It is damaged through 'friendly fire' when Rhodes was pursuing Wilson and a stolen Quinjet piloted by Rogers and Barnes, and is struck by a beam fired by the Vision.|
|War Machine Mark IV||Avengers: Infinity War||This version of the armor compartmentalizes its weapons (making it more deadly) and includes an 'exoskeleton' worn on his legs and lower back when Rhodes is not wearing the full armour, allowing him to walk despite the spinal injuries sustained in Civil War. Iterations in Avengers: Endgame include the team's quantum suit design (for time travel) and a "Thanos buster" mode.|
|Other Iron Man Armors|
|Mark XLIV||Avengers: Age of Ultron||A modular add-on known as the Hulkbuster armor, it was developed by Tony Stark and Bruce Banner, after they studied the Hulk's physical actions and strength levels in an effort to find a way to contain him and minimize the damage caused by his rages. Its codename is "Veronica", in a reference to Archie Comics. Bruce Banner is involved with Betty Ross, so Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon went for the two women that dispute Archie Andrews' affection - "the opposite of Betty is Veronica".|
|Mark XLVIII||Avengers: Infinity War||An update to the Mark XLIV modular add-on, and known as Hulkbuster 2.0, it features a sleeker, less blocky design, with additions of silver in its color scheme. Unlike the original Hulkbuster, it can apparently be used on its own without being 'worn' over another armor, with Banner using the Hulkbuster during the battle for Wakanda against Thanos's forces when he finds himself unable to transform into the Hulk. It makes a brief appearance at the beginning of Avengers: Endgame when Banner uses the armor to go after Thanos three weeks after the events of Infinity War.|
|Mark XLIX||Avengers: Endgame||Teased in Iron Man 3, and designed by Tony, this suit is worn by Pepper Potts in the final battle against Thanos (2014). Some capabilities include levitating ion cannons, repulsors and flight.|
|Non-Iron Man armors|
|Iron Monger||Iron Man||Suit created by Obadiah Stane, based on the designs Stark used to create the Mark I armor. It is more heavily mechanized.|
|Iron Spider Suit||Avengers: Infinity War||Teased in Spider Man: Homecoming when Stark offers it to Peter, in addition to joining the Avengers, but Peter declines it. This suit makes another appearance in Infinity War when Ebony Maw kidnapped Dr Strange. Peter later used the suit to fight Thanos on Titan. When Thanos snapped his fingers, Peter was one of those who turned into Dust. He was later resurrected when Hulk snapped his fingers in Endgame. He also participated in the Battle of Earth. It is made out of nanotechnology, the same as on Marks 50 and 85. It has 4 iron spider legs. It has also an onboard AI where Peter can access different functions like the Instant Kill mode.|
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In the 2007 direct-to-DVD film The Invincible Iron Man, Stark with James Rhodes' help creates a grey and bulky suit of armor (similar to the original Iron Man armor that Stark and Yinsen created in the comics) in order to escape from caves. After returning to Stark Industries in America, Stark reveals to Rhodey that he had previously used his company's resources to create several multi-use armors (including the Hulkbuster armor, the War Machine armor, and Ultimate Iron Man's armor) that he had been keeping in storage until the time was right to reveal them to the public. Stark first uses his Underwater suit to fight off the Elementals, destroying one while sustaining minor damage to the suit. Stark subsequently uses a red-and-yellow suit (resembling Iron Man's standard armor) to destroy two Elementals in a volcano, although there was severe damage to his suit. When he returns to China, Stark returns to using his grey suit to fight the last Elemental, an army of Terracotta soldiers, a giant dragon, and even the Mandarin.
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1994 animated series
As noted above, Iron Man's modular armor was his standard suit for his appearance in the 1990s Iron Man animated series, but with a slightly modified face plate to give it the traditional mouth-slit. The suit was redesigned in the second season of the show, most significantly by restoring the "mouthless" appearance of the armor. (The season 1 armor appeared in a flashback early on)
The trademark of a changing armor remained a constant in the animated series, with the first season featuring the hydro-armor and deep space armor, straight from the comics. The second season, however, was when the variant armors became a focal point of the series; the new modifications Stark made to his suit allowed it to shape-shift into different forms with specialized capabilities that could be called upon for the assorted situations he found himself in. The hydro-armor and space armors were incorporated into this mechanism, and more armors from the comics such as the stealth armor and Hulkbuster armor were introduced. The series also introduced an array of original situational armor designs, including:
- Subterranean drill armor - brown and gold, with an arm-mounted pneumatic drill for burrowing.
- Inferno armor - red and gold with pink highlights, this armor was resistant to extreme temperatures and outfitting with fire-extinguishing foam, which proved helpful in combat with Firebrand.
- Samurai armor - never used in combat, this highly stylized armor was blue and grey.
- Radiation armor - blue and silver armor to shield against radioactive danger, capable of firing x-ray blasts.
- Lava armor - red and silver armor that can resist submergence in magma, which proved helpful when Iron Man had to recover one of the Mandarin's rings from within a volcano.
- Magnetic armor - purple and silver, with the ability to generate electromagnetic pulses, once used by a microscopically reduced Iron Man to fibrillate Hawkeye's heart.
- Bio-energy armor - DNA-powered red and gold armor, used against the Mandarin's anti-technology field in the two-part series finale "Hands of the Mandarin".
- Hydro armor - yellow with a glass-domed helmet, is used for underwater situations.
- Space armor - used to break through the Earth's atmosphere, the only thing that appears to be different is that it has a jet pack.
- Stealth armor - dark gray, used to stay silent and not traceable by radar.
The toyline also featured two armors which did not appear in the series; an entirely silver Arctic armor and the Silver Centurion suit, dubbed Hologram armor.
Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes
Several types of Iron Man armors were also featured in the Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes episode "Shell Games". The armors that were featured were the Mark I Armor, Stealth Armor, Hulkbuster Armor, Arctic Armor, War Machine Armor, and the Silver Centurion Armor.
Iron Man: Armored Adventures
In Iron Man: Armored Adventures, a teenage Stark initially creates the first armor completely on his own. It is similar to the movie version of the Mark III armor, with a less complex design and more red. Its level of technology is summarized by Obadiah Stane's scientists when they explain the armor is "more advanced than anything we're currently working on" and that "it's years, if not decades ahead of current technology" (Tony even mentioned in the same episode that he may have "outgeniused himself" when he made the armor). In addition to the traditional abilities of the armor (superhuman strength and durability, flight, repulsors, and the uni-beam), it is able to generate a force field around it, uses magnetic manipulation, and has other various functions, including a remote command system to enable Rhodes to control it from a separate computer terminal if Stark cannot ("Secrets and lies"), a security system to prevent people from opening it when Stark is unconscious ("Seeing Red") and a secondary wheeled transportation system that enables him to "skate" when the flight system is damaged ("Masquerade"). It can even adapt to fit any size ("Don't Worry, Be Happy"). In "Ancient History 101", Stark even creates a pack that allows him to don the armor when and where he needs to, combined with anti-gravity devices so as to reduce the suit's weight (possibly based on how the comic version always carried his armor in his briefcase).
The armor briefly gained intelligence in Episode 14 of Season 1 "Man and Iron Man". Problems arose due to its desire to protect Stark above all (including almost killing Whiplash, as it did in the comics) - by constantly keeping him inside itself. However, like in the comics, the armor sacrificed itself in order to save Stark during a cardiac arrest.
The first variation of the armor appears in "Cold War" when he created enhanced Thermal Gauntlets for his armor and used them to help him fight Blizzard. After the fight, he talks about creating Arctic and Space Armor.
New armors then appear in various episodes:
- Silver Centurion: Red and silver, very similar to the original red and gold armor and its own comic counterpart in both appearance and abilities. Stark created it in the episode "Whip Lash", and used it in the same episode to fight the eponymous villain. The Silver Centurion armor made a cameo in "Don't Worry, Be Happy" and other episodes.[episode needed]
- Stealth Armor: initially similar to the red and gold armor, but with a different chest plate and lights on the sides. First seen and used in "Field Trip". It allows Stark to become invisible and undetectable to cameras and sensors, including those used by Stark International. Unfortunately, this function eventually burns up the power cells after a short period of time. The armor returned in "Panther's Prey" with a new design that is almost completely a bluish-black with red lights on the sides (more like its comic design). This version made several cameos in later episodes and was shown exploding in "Tales of Suspense (Part One)", though a rebuilt one was used in season 2. At the end of "Iron vs Titanium", Stark upgraded the armor with better weapons and stealth gear.[episode needed]
- Hulkbuster Armor: A heavy-duty armor designed for maximum strength and endurance at the cost of reduced mobility. It has the ability to redirect energy shot at it and has powerful versions of the repulsors and uni-beam as well as missiles and shoulder mounted Gatling laser blasters. First used to take on the Crimson Dynamo in "Seeing Red" when Obadiah Stane redesigned and weaponized it and sent it after Iron Man. Stark later used it in "Uncontrollable" to fight the Hulk (a reference to its comic roots). The armor was later shown exploding in "Tales of Suspense (Part One)". Its designs were later used to create Firepower in "Armor Wars" (Stark refers to the suit by name in this episode). It has a slight resemblance to the X-Men villain Juggernaut. Stark later used the rebuilt armor to fight the Iron Monger in "Heavy Mettle".[episode needed] It appears again in the episode "Rage of the Hulk", in which Stark wears it over his regular armor, before it is severely damaged by the Hulk.
- Space Armor: A mouth-less, black and gold armor that has all of the same weapons systems as Stark's standard armor. However, this armor also has extended life-support capabilities and an expanded propulsion system on the back (twin thrusters) for long-term flight and for flying into and maneuvering through space. Stark mentions making space armor at the end of "Cold War" and used it for the first time in "Fun with Lasers" against the Living Laser. It was later worn by Stark's father, Howard Stark, in the season 2 finale.
- Arctic Armor: A white and gold armor that contains additional systems that project thermal energy from Iron Man's gauntlets and uni-beam. Also, Stark said the Mark II armor's sonic disrupters were adapted from this suit. It has greater life-support functions and generally resists freezing temperatures. This special suit is equipped for long-range flight. Stark mentioned making arctic armor at the end of "Cold War" and used it in "Best Served Cold" against Blizzard.[episode needed]
- War Machine Armor: Whereas Stark created the Iron Man armor as a multi-environment suit for exploration and rescue, the War Machine armor was created for fighting. The War Machine is as fast as the Mark I Armor, but it has numerous weapons, more powerful and bulkier than the normal armor. Equipped with more powerful versions of the Repulsors and Uni-Beam, the War Machine also sports three shoulder mounted missile launchers as well as wrist-mounted machine guns and a shoulder mounted Gatling laser rifle. While Iron Man is red, War Machine is grey. The War Machine first appeared in the two-part season finale "Tales of Suspense", where Rhodes uses it to bring the Mark I Armor to Stark and help him against the Mandarin and Fin Fang Foom. Rhodey has since frequently used the suit throughout season 2.[episode needed]
- Iron Man Mark II Armor: In the second season of series, Stark creates a more powerful suit of Iron Man Armor. Its design possibly originated from the Extremis Armor from the comics and the first season's Silver Centurion Armor. In addition to the enhanced versions of all the systems from the Mark I Armor, it also has wrist mounted flame blasters, shoulder-mounted missile launchers, sonic disrupters (Stark mentions they were adapted from the Arctic Armor) and more powerful repulsors and Uni-Beam.[episode needed] Starting with the episode "Extremis", Stark controls the Mark II using his Extremis abilities.
- Rescue Armor: Also known as the Stark Solutions X-51 Stealth Infiltrator Armor, was created by Stark for Pepper Potts. Essentially an upgraded version of the Stealth armor, but with better Repulsors, the Uni-beam, Energy Grenades and Laser Spark blasters, and just like the Stealth Armor, it has a stealth mode equipped inside it. The suit was given to Pepper at the start of the episode "Dragonseed" as an early birthday present. The armor is recolored purple and white; rather than in the comics, where the color is crimson and silver. In addition, it is more feminine looking than the comic version.
- Hyperpulse Mark 9 Armor: A highly advanced Iron Man armor worn by Andros Stark of the year 2099, that looks like the Cosmic Armor from the comics. This armor utilizes Time Travel capabilities, Ultra-Repulsor Blasts, runs on Extremis 16.5 and can create hard light Holographic photos. Andros's AI for this armor is JARVIS. Through the advanced technology of this armor, Andros alone could take on the combined might of Iron Man, War Machine, Hawkeye, and SHIELD. However, being that Andros prevented the creation of the Vortex Virus, it is unknown if this armor still exists in the future. The Hyperpulse Mark 9 only appears in the episode Iron Man 2099.
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
In The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes series, in which Iron Man is the co-leader of the Avengers, his standard armors are based on the ones in the film series. In "The Kang Dynasty", he even made special suits for the Avengers to use in the space battle against Kang, excluding the Hulk (who only needed a breathing mask) and Black Panther (who was still in Wakanda).
His current armored suits give him the standard superhuman strength and durability, flight, repulsors and the unibeam projector. They also have energy shields, an electromagnetic pulse generator, arm-mounted cannons and projectile launchers, various tools like a drill or detachable hip tasers, and can absorb and release energy.
Additional armors from the comics that were shown in the series are:
- Mark I Armor (also based on the movie version, but with full flight capability, repulsors, and unibeam; first seen in "Ultron-5")
- Mark II Armor (first seen in "The Ultron Imperative")
- Mark VI Armor (first seen in "Breakout, Part 1")
- Mark VII Armor (his standard armor in Season 1, the design of this armor is the same as the Mark VI Armor; first seen in "Breakout, Part 2")
- Mark IX Armor (his main armor in Season 2. The new suit is based on the Extremis armor and/or the Mark VI from Iron Man 2; first seen in "Alone Against A.I.M.")
- Classic Armor (first seen in "The Ultron Imperative")
- Silver Centurion Armor (first seen in "The Ultron Imperative")
- Hulkbuster Armor (a headless exterior unit over his standard suit; first seen in "Everything is Wonderful")
- Hulkbuster Armor II (a bulky suit that looks like the mainstream Hulkbuster armor; first seen in "The Deadliest Man Alive")
- Space Armor (first seen in "The Kang Dynasty")
- Arctic Armor (first seen in "Casket of Ancient Winters")
- Stealth Armor (first seen in "The Ultron Imperative")
- Thorbuster Armor (an Asgardian Iron Man suit that was built in Asgard by Stark and Eitri the Dwarf using uru metal, making its repulsors similar to Mjolnir's lightning; first seen in "A Day Unlike Any Other")
The Iron Man anime series features an Iron Man armor similar to the movie's Mark III armor, except that in the anime the armor is only shown to be equipped with the repulsors, unibeam, and mini-rockets. Plus, instead of J.A.R.V.I.S. as the suit's AI; It has a female-voiced computer named "Computer" that sounds similar to the AI in the suit(s) of Iron Man Armored Adventures.[episode needed]
The plot of the series involves Stark traveling to Japan to build an ARC station and also to test a new armor: Iron Man Dio. Stark intends to mass-produce Dio and then retire as Iron Man. The Dio chest power core resembles the one on the Extremis Armor, but the armor is colored blue and silver rather than red and gold. Dio's head is also slightly redesigned from the typical Iron Man armor with curved features on its faceplate. The Dio armor is stolen in the first episode of the series, and Stark is forced to fight the Dio armor repeatedly over the series. Stark asserts the Dio Armor is a knock-off of the real Iron Man armor, but Dio is demonstrated as being equal to or surpassing Stark's standard armor in terms of performance.[episode needed] Maybe it is because the armor's performance depends on how good the pilot is.
The SDF later create a suit of armor called "Ramon Zero", used by Captain Nagato Sakurai. It resembles a samurai's armor. The Japanese armor appears to have a red pentagon-shaped ARC reactor, is armed with powerful swords, and also uses repulsors and missiles in combat.[episode needed]
Yinsen, revealed to still be alive and piloting the Dio Armor, builds an army of autonomous drones called Iron Man Sigma. These drones resemble the Dio Armor, except the Sigma armor is colored army camouflage.[episode needed]
Iron Man: Rise of Technovore
In Iron Man: Rise of Technovore, Tony Stark dons an armor that could possibly resemble his Marvel NOW! armor from the comics, but with even less gold color and a predominant red instead of black. The abilities of the armor are pretty much the standard, namely extreme physical strength and speed, repulsors, unibeam, and a suitcase transformation module. Its unique feature is the extra thrusters on its back and feet and the small, retractable wings on the shoulder pads. Stark appears with the same armor in the follow-up anime movie Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher.
In the animated series Ultimate Spider-Man, the episode "The Iron Octopus" reveals several prior suits developed by Stark:
- Mark I Armor
- Mark II Armor
- Mark III Armor
- Hulkbuster Armor
- Classic Armor
In the animated series, Avengers Assemble, Iron Man battles alongside the other Avengers. Iron Man reveals that he has made numerous armors in the episode "The Avengers Protocol Part 2". In season 2, his main armor looks slightly modified, with smaller shoulder plates and a more "movie-style" detailed helmet. Its prehensile capabilities are shown more prominently and now it has a suitcase module. It is currently unknown which model is this suit. In season 5, Black Panther's Quest, (partly due to the fact that the animation style has changed) Iron Man's armor has become sleeker, resembling an amalgamation of the Bleeding Edge and Model-Prime armors from the comics and retaining the "holographic" activation style from Season 4:
- Mark XLIX Armor (first seen in "The Avengers Protocol Part 1")
- Mark L Armor (his main armor, its design is similar to the Mark XLIX Armor, first seen in "The Avengers Protocol Part 2")
- "Rubber Ducky" Armor (undersea armor; first seen in "Depth Charge")
- "Herald" Armor (the Mark L seemingly infused with cosmic powers by Galactus, first seen in "Guardians and Space Knights")
- Mark I Armor (first seen in "Exodus" as part of the show's incarnation of the "Iron Legion")
- "Hulkbuster" Armor (first seen in "Exodus" as part of the show's incarnation of the "Iron Legion")
- War Machine Armor (first seen in a cameo appearance in "The Avengers Protocol Part 1", later remote controlled in "Exodus" as part of the show's incarnation of the "Iron Legion")
- Iron Patriot Armor (probably retrieved after Norman Osborn became the Green Goblin again in "Ultimate Spider-Man"; first seen in "Exodus" as part of the show's incarnation of the "Iron Legion")
- Stealth Armor (black and gold armor, resembling Iron Man's Marvel NOW! armor from the comics; first seen in "Exodus" as part of the show's incarnation of the "Iron Legion")
- Undersea Armor II (a new, dark-colored armor resembling the Mark XXXVII "Hammerhead" from Iron Man 3; first seen in "Beneath the Surface")
- Iron Kid Armor (an armor worn by the de-aged Tony, based on designs he made when he was 8 years old. It resembles a small version of his classic armor with the horned visor; first seen in "The Age of Tony Stark")
- Silver Centurion Armor (an adaptation of the classic red/silver armor from the comics and the Mark XXXIII from Iron Man 3; first seen in the Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. episode "Wheels of Fury")
- Asgardian Buster Armor (an armor which resembles Stark's Uru Armor from the 2011 crossover event "Fear Itself". It was taken over by Ultron; first seen in "Avengers Disassembled")
- A red/gold armor that resembles the Mark VI from Iron Man 2, which was under the control of Ultron (first seen in "Avengers Disassembled")
- A red/gold armor that resembles the Marvel NOW! Space Armor MK III from the comics. It was controlled by Ultron against the Avengers; first seen in "Avengers Disassembled")
- Mark II (A metallic silver armor, where the design of his current armor probably came from, also with prehensile capabilities; first seen in "Terminal Velocity")
- "New Frontiers" Armor (a massive, enormous armor resembling Ultimate Iron Man's armor from the Ultimate Comics, which even though untested, was deployed to face Thanos head-on; first seen in "Avengers World")
- New "Hulkbuster" Armor (a nearly identical armor to the Mark XLIV from Avengers: Age of Ultron, repainted green and grey by Bruce Banner to battle the Steel Corps. During the episode "World War Hulk" it is shown Iron Man had made each Avenger (except for Thor) their own variation, meant to work with their personal abilities; first seen in "Dehulked" and later in "Seeing Double" with its proper colors)
- Omega Armor (a black, red and gold armor that Tony Stark is supposed to build in the future, in Kang's timeline; first seen in "Into the Future")
- A blue heavy-duty armor resembling the Mark XXXVIII "Igor" from Iron Man 3 (first seen in the Guardians of the Galaxy episode "Stayin' Alive")
- "Marsha" (a copper-colored truck modified by Stark to transform into a blocky, robotic armor, while he was hiding in No-Tech Land; first seen in the episode "Beyond")
- "Secret Wars" Armor (Stark's main armor in season 4. It looks like an amalgamation of Iron Man's armors from Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, with heavy artillery, fully retractable helmet and a holographic assembly system; first seen in the episode "Underworld")
- Mark 59A Armor (similar to the main Iron Man armor in Season 5, but built with a titanium reinforced hardshell and a modulating force bubble, an "anti-Panther" device as Stark calls it, to fight the Black Panther;first seen in "The Vibranium Curtain: Part 1")
- Panther Buster Armor (a red and gold armor, much like his main one, but bulkier and taller, with a different helmet, chestplate and arc reactor, which comprises the central circular reactor and multiple, small light-up panels. The armor is equipped with a prototype triple pulse generator, a laser net and a pair of retractable blasters mounted on the back; first seen in "The Vibranium Curtain: Part 1")
Iron Man and Hulk: Heroes United
In this direct-to-video team-up feature, Tony Stark displays three armors. His initial armor, the 'Mark VI', is a slightly bulky hypervelocity armor with a circular unibeam lens. It is somewhat reminiscent of the cinematic Mark III, but with a less complex paint job and more gold color. It is first seen battling a Hulkbuster armor run by J.A.R.V.I.S. in a training exercise. This time, Stark does not wear the Hulkbuster, instead giving the torso armor and the gauntlets to Hulk for extra protection against Zzzax. Stark's final armor is the 'Mark VII', an untested prototype which has better chances of defending against Zzzax. The armor clearly resembles the cinematic Mark VI, with grey plating on the knees and arms, but with a pentagonal unibeam instead of triangular one. The Mark VII is Tony's main and only armor in the follow-up animated movie Iron Man and Captain America: Heroes United. While there was also a Stealth armor, it was stolen and worn by Taskmaster.
Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers
In Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers, Iron Man's armor is almost identical to the cinematic Mark VI, although the name of this model is not stated in the series. Its weaponry and abilities are the standard, with flight capabilities, repulsor rays, missiles, and the unibeam. When Akira, Tony's partner, inputs the hidden command 'X-W-1-0-1-Alpha-7', Iron Man can unleash his 'Ultimate Unibeam' attack. Because Stark is trapped inside a DISK (Digital Identity Securement Kit), he is always seen in his armor. In episode 28, Iron Man gains the Build Up Plate, an extra piece of armor worn over his regular one, which grants him more firepower thanks to his Final Repulsor attack.
The standard Iron Man armor featured in Marvel Future Avengers bears a striking resemblance to the Mark XLVI from Captain America: Civil War. The suit has prehensile abilities, shown when Tony Stark is able to control a gauntlet individually and then the rest of the pieces form up on him, completing the whole armor. Two additional modular add-ons were shown during the series: the Hulkbuster armor, an add-on donned over his regular armor that looks exactly like the Mark XLIV Hulkbuster from Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the Booster Unit, an add-on with a pair of thrusters and multiple arc reactors on the chestplate and shoulders that enables Iron Man to reach extremely high speeds during flight. The main operating system of the armor is FRIDAY.
Two different armors are shown in the series, the Mark 49 and 50. The Mark 49 appears to be based on the other armors in the franchise. The Mark 50, however, is mainly red with a gold face mask and collar bone, with a prehensile system. According to Tony, it can act as the central unit to an Iron Legion. Both the Mark 49 and 50 debuted (Mark 49 was destroyed by Ghost) in the episode Stark Expo.
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