Iron Man & His Suits: A Journey (Part II)

Hmm, let's continue our joyride over Iron Man & his suits. Here, we'll be discussing the suits that our beloved Robert Downey Junior a.k.a Iron Man donned over the years.

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Another suit created to destroy Extremis samples in the comics, Stark’s Mk. 44 armour was created so he could fight 13 superhumans at one time. The Heavy Duty armour is tricked out with plenty of firepowers to handle them all, along with defensive capabilities to match. The film version, meanwhile, marks the debut of the iconic Hulkbuster armour — which first showed up in the comics as Mk. 13 in Iron Man #300. The Hulkbuster armour got thoroughly messed up during the fight with Hulk in Age of Ultron but was fixed up by the time of Avengers: Infinity War as the Mk. 49, worn by Bruce Banner.


After joining the Guardians of the Galaxy, Stark created a brand new spacesuit so he could travel better without any complications. The suit also has a Saturn V extension made for Lunar landing and can reach jet speeds higher than Mach 10. Age of Ultron’s version was worn during the fateful Battle of Sokovia, which saw Stark use it to destroy the floating country in midair before it could decimate the planet. It was also the first suit to feature the new AI, FRIDAY, as JARVIS had been incorporated into the consciousness of the android Avenger, the Vision.


Created while Stark was gallivanting in space with the Guardians, the Mk. 46 was meant as a mod for the 42 model, but was also allowed for solo use. It doesn’t have any real distinction other than having laser cannons strapped to the shoulders. Civil War’s big difference with the suit is that it’s so portable it can be worn around Stark’s wrist like a watch or kept in the seat of a helicopter.


A mix between Stark’s typical suits and the more heavy weaponry of the War Machine suits, the Mk. 47 is armed to the teeth with missile launchers and gatling guns all over its body. Which is fair, given that he was taking a vacation in space and fighting deadly aliens. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, that version’s Mk. 47 could be controlled remotely, like the Iron Legion, or worn, and it came armed with a set of deployable mini-thrusters.


Following a spell that inverted his moral code (long story), Tony Stark decided to move to San Francisco and become an evil tech billionaire and transform the city into a tech utopia. Really. His Endo-Sym suit was based primarily off symbiote biology and wrapped around his body like liquid metal. Infinity War’s equivalent of the Mk. 50, however, was based on nanotech that adapted to his thoughts, giving him the ability to instantly form a variety of weapons.


The 85th suit numerically but the 51st he’s ever built in the MCU, this lovely suit will make its debut at some point in Avengers: Endgame. The 51st suit Stark made in the comics, the Model-Prime, came about after Stark’s suit was reverse-engineered by one Riri Williams, who would later become Ironheart. The Model-Prime can change its shape and colour for the situation. Doctor Doom would later steal a version of this suit, just in grey with his classic green cape, and use it to try to be a good guy while Tony was dead, becoming the infamous Iron Man.

That's all folks, until Iron Man rises again from the ashes, of course! 

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