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HISTORY OF THE IRON MAN SUIT

May 2, 2008

The History of the Iron Man Suit!

MARK I

This is the very first Iron Man suit ever built. In a life changing moment, Tony Stark is attacked and captured by terrorists. While being held captive, Tony is forced to build a weapon of mass destruction. With the help of Yinsen, Tony builds the Mark I suit instead and uses it to escape. Thus, a new Super Hero is born: IRON MAN!

CLASSIC MARK 1

The first Iron Man suit ever created. Built during Iron Man’s first appearance in “Tales of Suspense #39″, the suit functioned both as a life saving device for Tony Stark’s injured heart and as a weapon to help him escape captivity. While reinterpreted by different artists, this design is based from the original version of the suit designed by Jack Kirby and Don Heck.

MARK II

The Mark II was constructed as a prototype with an emphasis on exploring flight potential. As the first suit of Iron Man armor built at Stark Industries, the Mark II armor was soon replaced by the Mark III after initial flight testing.

MARK III

This is the main suit Iron Man uses in the game and film. After initial flight tests were completed on the Mark II, Tony built the Mark III. Designed for customization, the Mark III armor can be equipped with a variety of enhancements and upgrades.

EXTREMIS

First appearing during the “Extremis” story arc that ran from Iron Man Vol. 4 Issues 1-6, this armor has become the most prevalent look for the modern day Iron Man. This is the defining suit that Tony Stark has worn during major events such as “Civil War” and “World War Hulk”. In this armor, Iron Man has hit new levels of power.

HULKBUSTER

The name says it all. In order to be ready for possible combat with the rampaging monster known as “The Incredible Hulk”, Tony Stark developed this suit of armor as the ultimate add on to the Iron Man suit. The first version of Iron Man’s Hulkbuster armor appeared in Iron Man #304 and enabled Iron Man to lift up to 175 tons as well as provide enough durability to withstand repeated blows from the Hulk.

SILVER CENTURION- X360 Only

Originally used as a means by which Tony Stark could test out new ideas for the Iron Man suit, it eventually became his new fully operational set of armor when used in the first comic book battle between Tony Stark and Obadiah Stane in Iron Man issue 200. Boldly sporting new colors, this version of the suit was worn during Stark’s days as a West Coast Avenger and during the first “Armor Wars” storyline.

ULTIMATE- PS3 Only

In the Ultimate Universe, an alternate version of the Marvel Universe, Tony Stark requires the help of an entire specialized crew to help maintain this bulkier Iron Man armor. As seen in The Ultimates, this ensemble functions more like a compact vehicle than a man-sized suit of armor.

9 Comments leave one →
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  2. May 3, 2008 9:33 pm

    That is really cool. I though they only had the quote unquote Mark III.

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  4. May 7, 2008 2:27 am

    Iron Man was practically flawless as a super hero flick; it drops pretty obvious hints that would indicate a sequel as well… i’m thinking the next one should be equally great

  5. June 6, 2008 7:01 pm

    Yeah I agree, I cant wait for Iron Man 2 to be out.

    And great info on this site, I take all those pictures came from the game?

  6. DagnerMouse permalink
    June 5, 2009 11:04 pm

    And for anybody who stumbled across this and is interested in the history of the Iron Man suit as told in the comics (as well as the rest of the character’s oh-so-very-much comic book-y past) you can’t do much better than the Iron Man Armory website. I won’t embed any links, since their actual URI is about as simple to figure out from that last sentence as it is possible to be. ;-} Here’s to many more years of adventures with Tony and the suit!

  7. TONY H permalink
    April 13, 2010 3:53 am

    wHY DO FANS FORGET….HOW TONY STARK CARRIED HIS ARMOR IN A BRIEF CASE..AND WHEN NEEDED…JUST OPEN THE BRIEFCASE AND BOOM COMPACT ARMOR……READ THE COMICS

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