Suit Up- The Many Stylish Armors of Iron Man!
Say what you will about Tony Stark (brash, impulsive, grandstanding, etc.), you have to admit he isn’t lacking for style. In fact, he would easily come in at the top of any Marvel super-hero best dressed list.
This goes double for when he suits up as Iron Man, since the billionaire playboy infuses each special armor he wears with the same flare he brings to his social engagements. Because hey, if you are going to fly out to take down alien threats and would-be world conquerers, there is no rule that says you can’t look good while doing it. And with 47 different armors to date, Tony has a style for nearly every occasion.
Here is a short list of some of his most stylish armor creations.
It was the Mark III that gave us the traditional Iron Man look of red and gold, and you can’t beat the classics. The Mark III was also the first fully perfected armor created by Stark, with major improvements to the previous Mark II in terms of flight and fighting capabilities. The armor is composed of a titanium and gold alloy, making it highly durable.
It also includes a built in resistance to ice when flying at high altitudes, something Stark found was desperately needed when testing the previous Mark II. For weaponry, the Mark III includes the standard hand and chest repulsors, super strength, emergency flares, and one anti-tank rocket in each armored forearm.
Mark XLVI (46)
As great as the Mark III was, after 43 more upgrades and customizations, you reach what many consider to be the pinnacle of Iron Man tech. The Mark XLVI includes the same titanium-gold alloy present in most armors, but for the first time adds nanotechnology to the mix to give the suit a bit of extra “oomph.” This is also the first armor that has a fully retractable helmet rather than the standard flip-up face mask.
Flight capabilities have also been improved, with extra flight stabilizers that make the XLVI one of the fastest, smoothest armors around. And if you want firepower, look no further, as this armor comes with additional missiles, lasers, and EMP pulses to round out the standard Iron Man arsenal.
Mark XLIV (44) AKA Hulkbuster
Tony Stark doesn’t deserve all the credit for the design of the the Mark XLIV, as the armor was created in collaboration with Dr. Bruce Banner. This is, of course, because the XLIV was made with one specific reason in mind: smash Hulk. Standing a whopping 12 feet tall, the Hulkbuster is by far the largest and heaviest of any armor created to date, bigger and possibly stronger than even the Hulk himself.
Stored in a satellite (codename: Veronica) in Earth’s orbit, this armor has the ability to replace damaged parts of itself from orbit as needed. Due to the armor’s singular purpose, the weapon capabilities were cut back slightly, relying more on superior strength and durability to win the day. Still, the XLIV includes powerful repulsors in the chest and in each hand, a few rockets in case of emergencies, and a quick repeat punching mechanic to try and knock the Hulk unconscious.
For the Super-Hero on the go, you can’t do much better than Stark Industries’ Iron Man Mark V. Dubbed the “Suitcase Armor,” this emergency and lightweight version of the traditional Iron Man suit is perfect for quick trips to Monte Carlo when a large suit just won’t fit as carry-on luggage. Trading in the standard red and gold color scheme for a sleek red and silver, the Mark V stands out a bit from the previous choices on this list when it comes to design.
But beware as many important standards of the Iron Man arsenal are MIA on this suit. The only weapons available are the repulsors and some enhanced strength. Also, the suit’s ability to become a compact suitcase comes at the expense of it not being made of the same durable titanium/gold alloy as other armors. Still, you can’t go wrong with a super suit that can fit in the trunk of your car.
Tony Stark has a suit for every occasion. What are some of your favorites we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments below!