With Marvel Studios’ Phase 2 now completed, the opening chapter of the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Anthony and Joe Russo’s Captain America: Civil War, has the attention of countless movie fans – fans who are very curious to see how the highly anticipated comic book movie will introduce new versions of both Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), while also juggling a big dispute between Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.).
With Iron Man and Captain America taking different sides on just how much the government should be involved in the heroes’ challenging work, their fellow Avengers – both new and founding members – will decide whether they want to support Iron Man or Captain America – or avoid the conflict altogether. As Iron Man is forced into potentially fighting his fellow superheroes (and Captain America may battle Spider-Man), speculation has begun that Stark will step into a brand new armor for the conflict – an armor that might be taken straight from the comics.
Over on Heroic Hollywood, a picture taken from the Civil War set in Germany reveals Iron Man wearing what could be the Bleeding Edge Armor. The advanced piece of technology made its debut in Matt Fraction and Ryan Meinerding’s Invincible Iron Man #25. Coming after the popular (and powerful) Extremis armor – which inspired parts of Iron Man 3’s story – the Bleeding Edge is a fluid substance which is kept inside of Tony Stark. On his command, it forms around him, providing him all of the usual abilities (e.g., flight, repulsor blasts, superhuman strength, and durability). The armor also boosts his already impressive intellect, gives him the capability to craft new weapons, allows him to see all around himself, and his gauntlet can even create an energy sword. (“I like to keep this handy… for close encounters.”)
If true, Stark undergoing yet another upgrade makes sense, especially since he’s at odds with Captain America and several other heroes. Yes, Iron Man (in the armor, of course) is stronger than Captain America and his durable suit offers flight and a variety of projectiles, but Captain America isn’t someone who should ever be underestimated, and that’s something Stark most certainly knows (even if his ego may prevent him from admitting it). Captain America may not have the ability to zip across the sky or unleash repulsor blasts, but his impressive physicality (remember him throwing a motorcycle in Age of Ultron like it’s no big deal?), stunning talent with a virtually unbreakable shield, and sharp tactical mind makes him someone that even the tech-savvy Stark could have trouble with.
While a cinematic version of the Bleeding Edge armor likely wouldn’t be as powerful as its comic book counter-part, the movie has the potential to put several of its upgrades to good use. Having a 360 panoramic view is a feasible upgrade, as it the energy sword. (It’s safe to say Iron Man, with an energy sword, clashing with Captain America and his shield could be a blast.) However, having the fluid armor inside of Stark would take the character in a whole new direction and make him even more dangerous. This would prevent his enemies from using his technology against him and, as seen in Age of Ultron, it’s clear Tony wants to keep pushing his technology forward.
In the comics, the Bleeding Edge armor comes after the events of Civil War and, prior to its creation, Norman Osborn/Green Goblin attempted to get his villainous hands on Tony’s technology, as well as the classified information that came out of Civil War (i.e., heroes’ true identities). Now that Marvel is working with Sony to create a new version of Spider-Man and his world, it’s more than likely the studios are, at the very least, discussing what they could do with Osborn. Making him a power-hungry and evil businessman who takes advantage of the Civil War’s aftermath would certainly be a new way to use Spider-Man’s iconic foe on the big screen.
At any rate, although none of this is confirmed, it does present some intriguing possibilities that go beyond Tony’s super-heroic attire, and may offer some insight into his Civil War frame of mind. It seems reasonable to think Stark might create the armor in an effort to step up his abilities as he squares off against other strong, skilled, and formidable heroes. Additionally, the events of Iron Man 3 may have made Stark realize the best way to upgrade is to make sure he is Iron Man at all times, by having his armor as a part of him, and not just something he can step into.
Ant-Man is currently in theaters. Captain America: Civil War opens in theaters May 6, 2016; Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Black Panther – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – November 2, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; and Inhumans – July 12, 2019.
Source: Heroic Hollywood
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