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Every Iron Man fits into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and its comic roots
Avengers: Endgame is sure to be the swan song of many Avengers, including (probably) everyone's favorite billionaire, Playboy philanthropist, Tony Stark. The former war profiteer has come a long way since 2008 and with every movie he has been in he has been shown in front of a new Iron Man suit or twenty.
Here's a rundown of the suits Robert Downey Jr. wore for the first 10 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the comics they came from. No insult to War Machine, Iron Monger, or even Iron Spider, but the original armor is where he is.
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense # 39 (1963), Iron Man (2008)
Suitable for the topic "Tales of Suspense" with the title "Iron Man is Born!" Will the Mk. I armor was developed by Stark and Ho Yinsen after Stark was kidnapped in Vietnam. (In the film, Vietnam has been upgraded to Afghanistan.) The suit was designed as a pacemaker to keep shrapnel from reaching Stark's heart and, as in the film, was used to escape his captors. Stark held onto the armor for a while in the comics and painted it gold because the initial gray was too creepy.
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense # 48 (1963), Iron Man (2008)
In the movie, the Mk. II came after Stark returned to his posh Malibu house and decided to convert his original armor into a sleek design we all know, just shiny and chrome-plated. The Mk. II was our first look at the repulsor technology that would appear in later iterations, and resulted in one of the best scenes in the original Iron Man. In the comics, the Mk. II was made after fighting Mister Doll when Tony noticed that the original armor was too clumsy. One of the Mk. II models were later melted down to create the Mk. 37.
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense # 66 (1965), Iron Man (2008)
The very first Iron Man armor to feature repulsor rays and a faceplate in the comics, the Mk. III could last eleven years before it had to be replaced. As we see in the film, it is the first full version of the Iron Man armor that approved the red and gold color scheme and was used for both the defeat of the Ten Rings terrorists and the Obadiah Stane, aka Iron Monger . This was the last armor in the comics Stark wore before getting his first solo book.
Mark IV (Iron Man 2)
First Appearance: Iron Man # 85 (1976), Iron Man 2 (2010)
A fight with the supervillain known as the freak destroyed the Mk. III armor. One of the longest-lived models, the Mk. IV was worn by Stark's friend James Rhodes while he was Iron Man. This is usually Stark's spare suit when his modern armor doesn't reach him. In Iron Man 2, Stark wore the Mk. IV for most of the movie until he got the Mk. VI.
First Appearance: Iron Man # 142 (1981), Iron Man 2 (2010)
There is very little resemblance between the Mk. V armor in the comics and that of the movie. If the film version is a one-of-a-kind wearable piece that is used in the fight against whiplash (and then enacted) on the racetrack, the comic version was intended for space exploration and the fight against the villain Sunturion. However, due to Stark's technological advances, there is obviously not much gaming going on.
First Appearance: Iron Man # 218 (1987), Iron Man 2 (2010)
Another suit that has very little resemblance between its two versions is the Mk. VI was made specifically for underwater excursions in the comics. Everything has been redesigned to work in the depths of the ocean and the ability to throw its porter overboard in case escape was necessary. In Iron Man 2, Stark makes the armor after creating a new item for his Arc Reactor. And as we saw in Avengers, this was the first suit to have underwater capabilities - and the first to screw everything up from helicarrier blades.
Mark VII (The Avengers)
First Appearance: Iron Man # 152 (1981), The Avengers (2012)
Sometimes you need a suit that is more stealth geared, and that's where the Mk. VII comes in. The stealth suit was used to infiltrate a Roxxon space satellite after the Space Armor gave it away. It was later used to infiltrate Soviet airspace during the first Armor Wars. (Long story.) The MCU's Mk. VII armor is what Stark wears in the final act of The Avengers and can be activated with a pair of armbands. These bracelets also served as the starting point for the ...
Highlight XLII (Iron Man 3)
First appearance: Iron Man # 1 (2013), Iron Man 3 (also 2013)
In Iron Man 3, Tony Stark built an assortment of Iron Man suits - just over 30 in total - as a coping method to distract yourself from fear, a tech composition known as the Iron Legion, but the Mk. 42 is the only one that really matters .
Thanks to the computer chips implanted in his arms, Stark can summon the various parts of the Mk. You can control the location as you like and even control it remotely like a drone. The armor in the comics has the same remote control ability, but was created thanks in part to Rocket Raccoon, who created the ability to add or remove mods for any situation.
Mark XLIII (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
First Appearance: Iron Man # 5 (2013), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
After AIM recreated the pesky Extremis virus he dealt with in the comics a few years ago, Stark decided to destroy any specimen he could find. His new non-lethal stealth suit was designed to help him destroy a sample that is in a Colombian drug dealer's mansion (like you do). The suit in Age of Ultron is now just a recolored version of his Mk. 42 from his last movie.
Highlight XLIV / Hulkbuster
First Appearance: Iron Man # 4 (2013), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Another suit for destroying Extremis patterns in the comics, Stark's Mk. 44 armor was created to fight 13 superman at one time. The heavy-duty armor is tricked out with a lot of firepower to tackle them all, along with defensive skills. Meanwhile, the film version marks the debut of the iconic Hulkbuster armor, which first appeared as the Mk in the comics. 13 in Iron Man # 300. The Hulkbuster armor was thoroughly messed up during the battle with Hulk in Age of Ultron, but it was fixed at the time of Avengers: Infinity War as the Mk. 49, worn by Bruce Banner.
First Appearance: Iron Man # 5 (2013), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
After joining the Guardians of the Galaxy, Stark developed brand new space armor so that he could travel better without complications. The suit also has a Saturn V extension for moon landing and can reach jet speeds in excess of Mach 10. The Age of Ultron version was worn during the fateful Battle of Sokovia, in which Stark destroyed the floating land in the air before it was possible to decimate the planet. It was also the first armor with the new AI, FRIDAY, since JARVIS entered the consciousness of the android Avenger, the Vision.
Mark XLVI (Captain America: Civil War)
First Appearance: Iron Man # 5 (2013), Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Created while Stark was galloping with the Guardians in space, the Mk. 46 was intended as a mod for the 42 model, but could also be used solo. There's no real difference other than that laser cannons are attached to the shoulders. Civil War's big difference in armor is that the armor is so wearable that it can be worn around Stark's wrist like a watch or sitting in a helicopter.
Mark XLVII (Spider-Man: Homecoming)
First Appearance: Iron Man # 15 (2013), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
A mixture of the typical armor of Stark and the heavier weapons of the War Machine fits, the Mk. 47 is armed to the teeth with rocket launchers and Gatling weapons all over its body. Which is fair since he was vacationing in space fighting deadly aliens. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, this Mk. 47 version could be remotely controlled, like the Iron Legion, or carried, and it was equipped with a number of mini-engines.
Mark L (Avengers: Infinity War)
First Appearance: Superior Iron Man # 1 (2014), Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
After a spell that turned his moral code (long story) upside down, Tony Stark decided to move to San Francisco and become an evil tech billionaire and turn the city into a tech utopia. Really. His Endo-Sym armor is primarily based on symbiotic biology and is wrapped around his body like liquid metal. However, Infinity War's equivalent of the Mk. 50 was based on nanotech, which adapted to his thoughts and gave him the ability to instantly shape various weapons.
Mark LXXXV (Avengers: Endgame ... trailer)
First Appearance: Invincible Iron Man # 1 (2015), Avengers: Endgame (2019)
The 85th (!!) Armor, but the 51st he's ever made in the MCU, this adorable suit will make its debut sometime in Avengers: Endgame. The 51st armor that Stark made in the comics, the Model Prime, was created after Stark's armor was reverse engineered by a Riri Williams who would later become Ironheart. The Model-Prime can change its shape and color depending on the situation. Doctor Doom would later steal a version of this armor, only in gray with his classic green cloak, and try to be a good guy with it while Tony was dead and became the Infamous Iron Man.
So far we've only seen fuzzy glimpses of the armor in trailers for Avengers: Endgame, but we're sure to get an eye full when the film hits theaters. on April 26th
Justin is a freelance writer based out of Kansas City, Missouri and often on Twitter at @GigawattConduit. He's also an avid lover of McDonald's M&M McFlurries and accepts that he has an addiction to them.
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