The Iron man from a cave to the cosmos Tony Stark has had a lot of different Iron Man armors in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from the iconic to the outright gigantic.
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Mark 1 Armor
This every Iron Man armor in the MCU the Mark 1 armor was where it all began with the help of Ho Yinsen tony was able to build the original suit in a cave from little more than scrap metal and machine parts the bulky and unpainted design of the suit is reminiscent of the original Iron Man armor from the comics.
Which he actually used for quite a long time but the movies version didn’t last anywhere near as long and was soon scattered across as long and was quickly scattered across the deserts and only later to be obtained by Obadiah Stane and become the basis of the Iron Monger suit once back on American soil.
Mark 2 Armor
Tony said about work on the Mark 2 and the basis of the iconic Iron Man design first appears, however, this suit doesn’t last long either as a high-altitude test flight revealed an icing problem.
However just the Match 1 this suit was also stolen get out although technically absconded with by longtime friend James Rhodes in Iron Man 2 where it becomes the basis for Iron Man 2, where it becomes the basis for the trademark silver war machine armor.
Mark 3 Armor
Now we have the Mark 3 and the first time we get those iconic Iron man colours tell you what throw a little hotrod red in there this cert fixed the icing problem of the mock two by using a gold titanium alloy including a series of miniaturized weapons and became the first suit to use the palm repulses as a weapon.
Mark 4 Armor
This was the armor used throughout the rest of the movie. Still, following the fight with the Iron Monger, it was beyond repair the mark 4 was built as a direct replacement for the Mark 3 and is notably very similar but don’t think the genius billionaire playboy philanthropist had run out of ideas as while working on this he was also in tandem creating the mark 5.
Mark 5 Armor
This was the first suit designed with portability in mind it was lighter than any of the previous suits and was even able to fold in unto itself to take the appearance of an unassuming briefcase. However, this portability came at a cost the mark 5 lacked many of the weapons found in the earlier and later suits, and its thin miniature plates made it less effective at blocking incoming attacks.
Mark 6 Armor
Next, we have the mark 6 this was the first suit built to work with the arc reactor, making it stronger.
Then any of the ones that came before interestingly. This is also the first armors to be repaired after a fight rather than just being decommissioned as although it was heavily damaged in Iron Man 2 we can see it back in action at the start of the Avengers they can use reindeer games later in the film this armor is enough to hold up against the might of Thor.
Mark 7 Armor
However, it was later badly damaged when restarting the helicarrier’s turbines. Tony switched to the March 7 for the final showdown with Loki’s army Mach 7 this cert was another big step up for the Iron man offering automatic deployment and assembly faster flight as well as near and upgraded weapons however it still had its limits and pushing a nuke through a portal into space was enough to cause the systems to shut down what just happened please tell me nobody gets me after some repairs the mark 7 remained Tony’s default armor for quite some time.
Mark 8 to 41 Armor
Mark 8 to 13 Armor
While he worked on the iron Legion of suits the iron Legion mark 8 to 41 after the Battle of New York Tony began to develop new Iron Man suits rapidly and over the coming months he built 33 sets of armor all with their own unique features and specialities which appeared in the final battle of Iron Man 3 as part of the house part protocol Jarvis target extremis heat signatures disabled with extreme prejudice the mark 8 to 14 all improved on the weaponry of the previous suits and some also included enhanced flight or armors capabilities.
The mark 15 was the first suit to focus on stealth using technology from stealth aircraft and anti-radar devices it was able to avoid detection from most radar systems improvements were made with
the mark 16 which was built to be even harder to detect
And, more lightweight mark 17 was codenamed the heartbreaker and focused on the repulse attack using its oversized chest core to fire a larger or more concentrated blast and even generated a shield.
The mark 18 combines the tech from the previous designs making it almost entirely undetectable and able to fire repulsor blasts after this tiny changed this focus to improve flight.
The mark 19 codename tiger was able to travel so fast it could create a sonic boom the marked 20 focused on distance, rather than speed and was able to travel further than any previous suit.
The mark 21 was once again all about speed however it was also prone to falling apart as it broke the sound barrier the Mach 22 was built as a prototype for a roadie to be an update to the war machine armor.
However, still remained quite a basic mark 23 was one of the first suits to be built that had almost no focus on combat only offering basic repulsor systems instead it was designed to withstand incredible levels of heat with multiple layers of hear-resistant plating.
The mark 24 was codenamed tank and just like its namesake it was designed to both withstand huge amounts of damage and dish it back out mobility was not the strongest attribute.
The mark 25 had its options in combat but was built more for heavy construction and contained two jackhammers on its arms.
The mark 26 was almost identical to the 25 but offered more protection from things like gamma radiation funnily enough even in case you monitor Oh No Hulk out mark 27 codenamed disco has one of the more-in-your-face color schemes but interestingly also offered some of the best camouflage as it was able to mimic like a chameleon the mark 20 a codenamed Jack was built to withstand high levels of radiation but lacked most other features Mike 29.
Mike 29 was another construction based suit, but unlike the Mark 25 and 26 it had one arm free allowing it to move around a site much easier and perform other tasks.
The mark 30 was codenamed blue steel and was able to go for extended durations without needing to recharge it also had hidden blades in its arms codenamed the piston the mark 31 combines the earliest supersonic flight capabilities with the mark 30 s long charge duration.
The mark 32 was named Romeo as referenced to its enhanced and oversized chest repulsor the mark 33 was one of the few suits Toni was able to use and included a number of features from earlier suits including the hidden arm blade mark 34 and 35.
Built to withstand natural disasters and aid in rescuing people codenamed peacekeeper the mark 36 was designed to quell riots and handle crowd control mark 37 had a new focus this time underwater operation and travel it was able to withstand huge amounts of pressure the mark 38 was all about brute strength.
And was the first suit to resemble what would later become the Hulkbuster armor however this suit had a minimal focus on combat and was instead designed to handle the heavy lifting with the mark 39 Toni turns his sights to the stars this was to designed.
Handle suborbital space travel the mark 40 was a direct upgrade on the mark 22 was able to handle the hypersonic flight without falling apart finally the Mach 42 was built to be super lightweight and maneuverable and it offered freedom of movement this first iron legion of suits were all destroyed either in the Battle of Iron man 3 or by the clean slate protocol activated by Tony in the wake of the fire the clean slate protocol so screwed it’s Christmas.
Yes, the name iron Legion for the group of suits came directly from the comics in that version war machine brought together a team of individuals including happy Hogan to defeat ultimo by each using an Iron Man suit the movie subtly references this when tiny says that all the armors in this iron Legion occurred so that only he would be able to use them oh yeah that’s awesome give me a suit ok I’m sorry they’re only coded to me what’s that mean I got you covered inspired by his success.
In Iron Man 3 Tony made a new set of unwearable suits to replace iron Legion who were controlled by Javis and assisted the Avengers between the events of Iron man 3 in the start of the age of Ultron where we first see them in action at the mark 42 was the suit Tony uses most in Iron Man 3 now is built upon lots of the work he had done previously designing the iron Legion but the most important feature was that Tony could summon in commands the armors with the simple hand’s gestures and even though this was the armor.
He used to save pepper and then she used, in turn, to save him however it never made its way out of the prototype stage and was destroyed whilst dealing the killing blow to Aldrich Killian it does appear that toady rebuilt the armor as we can see it in spider-man homecoming being transferred from the Avengers Tower to the new facility the mod 43 only offered some minor upgrades from the mark 42 and is visually very similar.
Tony used this throughout most of the age of Ultron however was retired before the final battle the mark 44 better known is the Hulkbuster armor was designed with one purpose in mind restraining rampaging Hulk parts of the suit were deployed by Veronica a mobile unit that would be deployed with the suit.
And provide replacement limbs in case Hulk ripped torn off this colossal suit was powered by at least eleven arc reactors and equipped with a grappling hook missiles chemical spray extended punches and enough strength to knock out one of the Hulk’s teeth I’m sorry the mark 45 was the suit Tony was used in the final battle of the Age of Ultron.
As it AI rather than Jarvis who is now busy walking around and I guess calling himself division and that’s a weird mix but I guess you know it’d be weird to see both of them together this suit is the culmination of a lot of Tony’s earlier work its weaponry is enhanced and its brings together a lot of other features into one single package the mark 46 was the suit used in the civil war this was another step up from the mark 45 and offered small improvements across the board interestingly.
It also borrows from the Hulk buster and contains multiple arc reactors to power different parts of the suit giving it an even greater level of strength during the course of Civil War. This suit takes some serious damage much of which dealt at the hands of the pair of super-soldiers.
However inside the armor, Tony is fairly undamaged outside of the few scrapes in a black eye we also see some new gadgets like the EMP projectiles and powered clamps the mark 47 appears is Tony’s suit in spider-man homecoming its capabilities seem to be the same as most previous.
And physically it’s identical to the mark 46 outside of its paint job which is inspired by ultimate universe iron tech armor the mark 48 and 49 are not directly referenced anywhere, however, we can assume the new Hulkbuster armor seen in Avenger Infinity was one of them and it’s likely the other was the prototype for the Mark 50.
The mark 50 is a big step up to Tony which is why I suspect one of the previous two versions was only a prototype its the first suit to utilize nanotech both as a means of quickly donning the suit and for further use in combat the nanites are able to reposition themselves into different gadgetry like shields cannons hammers and blades the suit was at the height of the Tony Stark’s abilities and was stronger more durable and faster than any of this previous main suits.
However, it still wasn’t enough to take on Thanos is even with all of that power the best Iron Man could manage was a small scratch on the Mad Titans face we’re getting into some endgame spoilers.
Now, so time to click away if you haven’t seen it yet and come later after returning to Earth post-snap Tony gives up on the superhero lifestyle and settles down with pepper and the newborn daughter Morgan however over the next five years he still keeps himself busy working on some new suits he creates at least 35 iterations although we don’t see most of them at all and it’s only the mark 85.
We see in action this search seems to be very similar to the mark 50 but we see the nanotech do a thing like deploy incredibly quickly create an energy shield to protect him when the Hulk attempts to utilize the stones and even their little things like creating a pair of glasses that tine utilized to x-ray crates when looking for the tesseract in battle the suit seems to harness.
The full power of Tony’s synthetic tesseract tech aka his new arc reactor by allowing him to absorb conduit and blast Thanos with energy imparted to by Thor’s lighting as we have previously seen in the original Avengers except coming from multiple sources in his most impressively through is that the suit could not only form a gauntlet to hold the infinity stones but contained their power long enough form Tony to administer his own snap and changed the fate of the universe itself by destroying.
Thanos and his minions in one fell swoop or click there is one more suit of armor that I would be remiss not to mention ant it’s one used be Pepper for the final showdown in endgame this of course is not the first pepper has used the suit however this is the first time one was made specifically for her it’s unclear what exactly the suits full capabilities are as we only saw it in action briefly but the comic book was version was focused on defense and protection with the idea being it could be used for search and of course rescue it went as far as to have its thrusters generate no heat.
Have almost no offensive capabilities however this isn’t the case in the movie as we pepper kick a handful of ass herself perhaps we will see some Easter eggs in the future that indicates she’s keeping her husband’s memory alive by taking up the role of rescue and helping people in need or maybe that mantle will go to Morgan this is likely the end of the Iron Man suits and although we might see pepper continued to use one or perhaps the introduction of a character like Iron Heart this is still the end of a magical era so which of Iron Man suits was your favorite did you like the classic design of the earlier film all the more refined and advanced creations seen in recent years.