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
In-story information
Notable aliases American Son

Iron Patriot is a fictional powered exoskeleton combat suit used by several characters appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The alias is an amalgam of Iron Man's armor and Captain America's patriotism.

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] Osborn's 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) 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 Asgard on the "claim" of a national security threat, Osborn's Iron Patriot armor gets dismantled remotely by Stark in the middle of Osborn's fight with Steve Rogers, revealing Osborn's Green Goblin-like facepaint in fear of the Void.[3] When Rogers, Stark and Thor transfer him to the Raft penitentiary, Osborn blames his Goblin alter-ego for ruining his chance to protect the world as Iron Patriot.[4]

Iron Patriot drones[edit]

Later storylines show replicas of the Iron Patriot armor. During the Fear Itself storyline, one is seen amongst Iron Man's many armors summoned to assists the New Avengers against the new Red Skull (in her Skadi form), and is vaporized with the other armors by the female villain's new powers.[5]

During the Marvel NOW! event, another is seen at a weapons expo that Daisy Johnson and Nick Fury, Jr. were attending. During the attack by A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics) and their fight with the Secret Avengers (which Rebel Ralston gets killed), 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 wears yet another back-up 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 Rhodes could teach them. In response, the Iron Patriot androids send Rhodes a new version of Iron Patriot armor for a while.[8]

Toni Ho[edit]

Dr. Toni Ho is Ho Yinsen's daughter who is an engineer with three doctorates.[9] Toni Ho first appeared in New Avengers Vol. 4 #1 (December 2015), and created by Al Ewing (writer) and Gerardo Sandoval (artist).

She becomes a member of the rehabilitated A.I.M. (Avengers Idea Mechanics) after being bought out by Sunspot. As part of the group, she serves as part of a support team for the New Avengers.[10] Toni also studied Aikku Jokinen, the wearer of the sentient Pod suit. Toni took an interest in Aikku, not only due to God's suit but because she sympathize with Aikku's personal reasons for not wanting to take Pod off. As Toni has fallen in love with Aikku, both were attacked by the Maker and Toni donned her own Iron Man armor to defend Aikku and Pod. When Pod ejected Aikku to save, Toni helps her possible love interest with the new undersuit,[11] and Aikku reciprocated these feelings.[12]

Toni later uses her own Iron Patriot armor as a member of the U.S.Avengers.[13] In their first mission, the team encountered the Secret Empire in their floating volcanic island base. They're later approached by a future version of Danielle Cage as Captain America when her nemesis, the Golden Skull, arrived in their timeline to steal all the wealth in the world. In Miami, Florida, the team crashes a charity gala only to discover that the wealthy CEOs were kidnapped and replaced by robots. During the battle, the team manages to defeat and capture the Golden Skull, who was wearing a golden armored suit. Danielle then goes back to her timeline with the Golden Skull as her prisoner.[14]

During the "Opening Salvo" part of the Secret Empire storyline, Aikku becomes concerned about Toni, since she's been spending too much time upgrading her armor.[15] During the event, the team arrives in Washington D.C. to confront Hydra when Red Hulk begins to attack them due to nanites that were injected in him, which starts to control him. In an attempt to save them, Toni used a teleportation device to send Enigma and Squirrel Girl away, where they ended up in Paris. She and Red Hulk are then captured and imprisoned, when they see a nearly dead Roberto in one of the cells. While adjusting to prison life, Toni manages to save Roberto just in time when Hydra soldiers arrive at their cell.[16]

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 the helmet which allowed the suit to interface with any U.S.-controlled satellite or computer network. While Iron Man's armors utilized repulsor technology, the original Iron Patriot design did not as "Oz [was] too stupid" to make his own repulsor-based weapons system so the chest's star-shaped Uni Beam projector had a less powerful output.[17] 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.[18] 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.[19][20]

After their father's incarceration, Gabriel Stacy shoots Harry Osborn in the chest,[21] but 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.[22] 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.[23] During Gabriel's fight with Spider-Man and Harry, Harry hacked into the American Son armor and quickly overpowers 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.[24]

What If[edit]

A "what if" Civil War scenario shows Captain America donning a patriotic-esque Iron Man armor as a response to the government's more extreme methods, pulling back when realizing the damage. After overwhelming the heroes in the shadows, Henry Peter Gyrich eventually launch an ambush that kills Captain America's rebellion, and is eventually elected President of the United States on a metahuman control platform.[25]

Ultimate Marvel[edit]

The Ultimate Marvel version of Iron Patriot appears during the "United We Stand" storyline when a 'civil war' occurs throughout the United States. Inspired by Captain America, Iron Man has an Iron Patriot armor to fight the Commander Crimson.[26]

In other media[edit]

Film and television[edit]

  • The Iron Patriot armor appears in Iron Man 3 as President Matthew Ellis's "American hero" symbol thanks to A.I.M. (in response to the events that occurred in The Avengers).[27]
  • The Iron Patriot armor makes its animated debut on the Marvel cartoons on Disney XD based on the colors seen from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.[28][29]
    • In the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series, the Iron Patriot armor is worn by Norman Osborn while the American Son armor (known as the "Patrioteer") is worn by Harry Osborn.
    • An Iron Patriot-like armor makes cameo appearances in Avengers Assemble. It appears as one of Iron Man's Iron Legion armors that harasses the Iron Skull in "Exodus". The Iron Patriot armor is later as part of the Iron Legion armors hijacked by Ultron to fight Steve Rogers in "Avengers Disassembled" and later Tony Stark in "The Ultimates". The episode "World War Hulk" features variations of Hulkbuster armors for Avengers against Red Hulk; an Iron Patriot-esque Hulkbuster variant for Captain America is amongst the collection.
  • The Iron Patriot armor is seen in Iron Man and Captain America: Heroes United. Steve Rogers uses the Iron Patriot armor (equipped with a holographic shield) during a practice fight against Tony Stark's Iron Man armor near the end of the movie.

Video games[edit]


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  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. ^ New Avengers vol. 4 #1
  10. ^ New Avengers vol. 4 #9
  11. ^ New Avengers vol. 4 #13-15
  12. ^ New Avengers vol. 4 #18
  13. ^ . 30 April 2012 Not Found - The Washington Post Not Found - The Washington Post Check |url= value (help).  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ U.S.Avengers #1-3
  15. ^ U.S.Avengers #5
  16. ^ U.S.Avengers #6-8
  17. ^ Dark Reign: The List – Spider-Man #1
  18. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man #597. Marvel Comics.
  19. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man #598
  20. ^ Amazing Spider-Man #599. Marvel Comics.
  21. ^ Amazing Spider-Man presents: American Son #1. Marvel Comics.
  22. ^ Amazing Spider-Man presents: American Son #2. Marvel Comics.
  23. ^ Amazing Spider-Man presents: American Son #3. Marvel Comics.
  24. ^ Amazing Spider-Man Presents: American Son #4. Marvel Comics.
  25. ^ Civil War (What If)
  26. ^ Ultimate Comics: Ultimates #21. Marvel Comics.
  27. ^ Keyes, Rob (March 23, 2013). "Iron Man 3: The Story Behind Rhodey & The Iron Patriot Armor". Screen Rant. 
  28. ^ "UNMASKING "ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN's" Rogues with Cort Lane - Comic Book Resources". Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  29. ^ "Listings - ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN on DISNEY XD |". Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  30. ^ "u/prod/marvel/i/mg/9/10/4d5a0c0d2c994/detail". Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  31. ^ Miller, Greg (20 July 2013). "LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Characters and Cast Revealed". 
  32. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Captain Marvel, Sam Wilson & More Celebrate Fourth of July with Marvel Games". 

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