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Iron Patriot
Iron Patriot (James Rhodes).jpg
James Rhodes as Iron Patriot. Art by Mike Perkins.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceDark Avengers #1 (March 2009)
Created byBrian Michael Bendis (writer)
Mike Deodato (artist)
In-story information
Alter egoNorman Osborn
James Rhodes
Toni Ho
Notable aliasesAmerican Son
Iron Hulk
  • Superhuman strength and durability
  • Supersonic flight
  • Flamethrowers
  • Energy repulsor and missile projection
  • Regenerative life support

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 as Iron Patriot. Art by Adi Granov.

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 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]

James Rhodes[edit]

During the Marvel NOW! event, another version 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), the Scientist Supreme of the A.I.M. High Council takes the opportunity to steal the armor.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7]

Toni Ho[edit]

Dr. Toni Ho is an engineer with three doctorates.[8] She wore the Iron Patriot armor when she joined the U.S.Avengers.[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 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.[10] However, the new Iron Patriot armor is a complete redesign that's an update of the previous model.

Iron Patriot models[edit]

There are different models of the Iron Patriot armor:

  • Iron Patriot Armor Model 1 - This was the first version of the Iron Patriot armor that was re-purposed from Iron Man Armor Model 25 by Norman Osborn. Its unibeam was modified to a star which reduced the energy that was released.[1]
  • Iron Patriot Armor Model 2 - This version of the Iron Patriot armor is worn by James Rhodes. This version sports tasers and retractable shoulder guns similar to the ones seen on the War Machine armor. It also has a stealth mode and a manual ejection protocol.[7]
  • Iron Patriot Armor Model 3 - This version of the Iron Patriot armor is worn by Toni Ho who designed it on her own after Avengers Idea Mechanics was merged with the American government to form the American Intelligence Mechanics. This version uses non-lethal weapons like microsonic attacks, gas pellets, and stun lasers. In addition, it can even produce a forcefield.[9]
  • Iron Patriot Armor Model 4 - This version of the Iron Patriot armor is a heavy-combatant version that was created by Toni Ho. She first wore the armor when the U.S.Avengers attacked Golden Skull's All-In Casino. The Iron Patriot Armor Model 4 is not just a weapon and can also used for rescue operations. It can fire non-lethal concussive beams and enhances the wearer's strength.[11]

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 the Skadi form), and is vaporized with the other armors by the female villain's new powers.[12]

During the "Inhumanity" storyline, the Iron Patriot drones were disabled and badly damaged when the Secret Avengers were confronted by the vengeful Inhuman known as the Junkman (who possesses the power of technopathy).[13]

Other versions[edit]

What If[edit]

A "what if" Civil War scenario shows Steve Rogers donning a patriotic-esque version of Iron Man's 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.[14]

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.[15] 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 was victorious over the father.[16][17]

After their father's incarceration, Gabriel Stacy shoots Harry in the chest,[18] 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.[19] It is subsequently revealed that Gabriel has stolen the American Son armor and now suffers from a split personality. Gabriel himself commits crimes while his 'American Son' persona undoes the damage.[20] 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.[21]

Iron Hulk[edit]

During the "No Surrender" arc, Robert Maverick wore the Iron Patriot Armor Model 4, calling himself Iron Hulk while combating the Hulk.[22]

Ultimate Marvel[edit]

The Ultimate Marvel equivalent of Iron Patriot armor appears during the "United We Stand" storyline due to Tony Stark inspired by Steve Rogers; the first armor is used to fight HYDRA's Commander Crimson,[23] and the second armor is seen during a corrupt political manipulator's scheme.[24]

In other media[edit]

Film and television[edit]

  • The Iron Patriot concept appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • The Iron Patriot armor is used in Iron Man 3 initially by James Rhodes as Matthew Ellis's "American hero" symbol (in response to the battle of New York).[25] After being hijacked, the Iron Patriot armor is then used by Eric Savin to kidnap Ellis from Air Force One and to be propped up next to Roxxon's abandoned oil tanker for the purpose of a broadcast execution in the Iron Patriot suit, however, the President is eventually rescued. Throughout the film, Tony Stark makes fun of the Iron Patriot concept.
    • A bulkier Iron Patriot armor is seen in Avengers: Endgame used by James Rhodes as various heroes led by Steve Rogers fight against Thanos's forces.[26]
  • The Iron Patriot concept makes its animated debut on the Marvel animated series on Disney XD.[27][28]
    • The Iron Patriot concept is first seen in the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series with the original armor worn by Norman Osborn and the American Son armor (known as the Patrioteer) worn by Harry Osborn.
    • The Iron Patriot concept makes cameo appearances in the Avengers Assemble animated series. The Iron Patriot armor is among Iron Man's various armors remote-controlled by Tony Stark (voiced by Adrian Pasdar[29]) to harass the Iron Skull in "Exodus". The Iron Patriot suit is also among Iron Man's armors during Ultron's hijackings, attacking Captain America in "Avengers Disassembled" and Iron Man in "The Ultimates". The episode "World War Hulk" features variations of Iron Man's Hulkbuster armor for the Avengers against the Red Hulk including an Iron Patriot-esque variant for Steve Rogers (voiced by Roger Craig Smith[30]).
  • 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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