What can over $12 billion and a genius intellect when it comes to mechanical engineering get you? Keep in mind, that this is an amount of money that Charlie Sheen could probably have blown through in a decent weekend. Twelve billion dollars: that’s a lifetime supply of Big Macs, Miller Genuine Draft, and just about anything else you want. One can get creative.
Well, if you were Tony Stark it would allow you to amass an incredibly impressive collection of armor suits. Iron Man’s hall of armor includes thousands of these amazing suits. Some are upgrades of previous models, while others are designed specifically for a single task. The villains and heroes, as is the case in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War, don’t stand a chance against ol’ shell head if his armor is in perfect working condition. Tony Stark is always inventing new armors to face off against the threats of the world and beyond. So, who knows what awesome armors Iron Man will don in the future? Here’s a look at the ten best Iron Man armors. Which one is your favorite?
10. Mark 43
This armor made its debut in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and it is unique because of its ability to connect to the Hulkbuster armor. It is also the last armor to be equipped with the Jarvis operating system. After Jarvis was transformed into the Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Stark implemented a new operating system called Friday for the Mark 45, and likely all future armors. Like the Extremis armor before it, the Mark 43 allows Stark to control the armor plating and pieces of the Iron Man suit with his mind. This suit marks the near pinnacle of Tony Stark’s brilliance when it comes to designing Iron Man armor.
9. Ultimate Iron Man
The Ultimate Iron Man armor looks unlike any other Iron Man suit featured in either the comics or on the big screen. The Ultimate Marvel Universe was created in the early aughts to revamp the Marvel Universe and do away with all the convoluted back-stories present in the regular Marvel Universe – also known as the 616 Universe. Ultimate Iron Man features an impressive suit that uses nanotech and is made up of a grey, gold and red color scheme. The look takes inspiration from anime and manga, which is why it looks so different compared to any other Iron Man armor.
8. Mark 5
Silver and red looks just a good as red and gold, and the Mark 5 armor is like none other. A version of this suit appeared in Iron Man 2 when Iron Man faced off against Whiplash at the Monaco Grand Prix. It could be contained inside a briefcase, and Tony Stark simply had to hold the briefcase close to his chest so he could suit up. It is far more convenient than using a huge gantry to suit up. It was based partially on the Silver Centurion armor, but a more faithful rendition of that suit, called mark 35 in the MCU, appeared in Iron Man 3.
7. Mark 3
It may not be the first Iron Man armor, but the Mark 3 is the armor that implemented Iron Man’s classic look in the marvel cinematic universe. It was the first suit to feature the iconic red and gold paint job that mimicked the look of the comics. It is faithful to the original red and yellow Iron Man armor that first appeared in Invincible Iron Man #1, which was first published in 1988. Since the armor debuted in the first Iron Man film, nearly every MCU Iron Man armor since then has featured a similar red and gold paint job.
Iron man has a special suit of armor to take down the Hulk if he gets out of control, and he has a similar suit he can use if he needs to give Thor a whooping. The Thorbuster armor is based on Asgardian technology and modeled after the deadly destroyer guard. It is powered by an Asgardian crystal, which makes it the only Iron Man armor that uses magic rather than scientific technology. The suit made Iron Man a formidable opponent when fighting against Thor, and he was even able to stop Thor’s infamous hammer: Mjolnir.
Imagine a suit or armor that you could control with your mind. Well, that’s exactly what the Extremis armor is, and Tony Stark no longer needs a huge contraption to help him suit up – he just has to think it and he’s in costume ready for battle. The comic version of this suit consisted of a nanotech underwear of sorts that was covered by more traditional looking armor plates. Iron Man 3 introduced this armor to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but unlike the comic book version it was not made of tiny robots. The MCU Extremis armor was one of 35 new suits Stark had made after the events of the Avengers.
4. Mark 1
It may be primitive and basically a hunk of junk compared to every other Iron Man armor that has been made, but the original Iron Man armor deserves a place on this list based solely on its significance. This tank-like armor helped Tony Stark escape from his terrorist captures, and he built it with little more than his intellect and some scrap metal. The suit not only helped Stark escape, but the arc reactor that powered the suit kept him alive. It also has a bad-a** flame thrower, and it doesn’t get much cooler than that, does it?
3. War Machine Armor
This truly amazing suit of armor may have originally been made and designed by Tony Stark, but it’s not a suit for Iron Man to wear. Instead, his sidekick James Rhodes, also known as War Machine, wears it. In Iron Man 2, Rhodes essentially stole the armor and had it equipped with a massive Gatling gun and huge missile launcher. The firepower on this armor is unprecedented and unlike any other Iron Man armor. The silver and black paint job really makes it stand out, too. It appeared in Iron Man 2, The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Iron Man 3 (with a new USA-themed paint job).
When Bruce Banner Hulks out and loses control someone has to calm the raging beast down. When there is no Betty Ross in sight the only other option is Tony Stark and the Hulkbuster armor. This iconic armor made its film debut in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The movie version encased Stark and his Mark 43 armor, and if a piece of the Hulkbuster armor was damaged Stark could summon a new piece in an instant. Iron Man vs. The Hulk is one of the coolest battles in comic book history, and that is partly because of this awesome armor.
If the Guardians of the Galaxy ever need a hand from Iron Man, then this is the armor Stark would put on to battle in the cosmos. The Starboost armor, also known colloquially as “space armor,” looks sleek and out of this world thanks to the white, black and silver paint job. This armor had limited screen time in Iron Man 3 when Tony and Rhodey fought against Aldrich Killian. It is equipped with additional thrusters so Stark can exit Earth’s atmosphere. The oxygen tank allows Iron Man to breathe in space. This armor will likely show up again when the Avengers fight against Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War.
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