With the Hall of Armor – as we know it from Iron Man 1 & 2 – destroyed during the Mandarin’s helicopter attack on Tony Stark’s mansion and the new gold-plated Mark 42 armor battle damaged, Stark’s arsenal of armored suits becomes limited to what he built in the months following the Battle of New York. Fortunately for Stark, his obsession had him building dozens of suits while Pepper Potts ran his company.
As a result, during his time of need in fighting the forces of The Mandarin, Stark is able to summon a small army of Iron Man suits, known to Marvel Comics fans as the Iron Legion for the biggest action sequence Marvel Studios has produced to date. At this point it seems likely that every suit from the Iron Man comics will appear in some variation in Iron Man 3.
Images of tie-in merchandise and leaked concept aside, Marvel movie fans got their first official glimpse at some of the entirely new armor suits debuting in Iron Man 3 with the poster released four weeks ago, followed by their onscreen debut in the new trailer.
Marvel Studios is now using social media to engage fans and have them answer movie trivia with the ‘Iron Man 3: Armor Unlock’ app, and the rewards – depending on which geographical region has the most correct answers from users – are an exclusive first look at the new armor suits. It began yesterday where the “Shotgun” (Mark 40 Hyper Velocity Suit) and “Silver Centurion” (Mark 33 Enhanced Energy Suit) were unveiled and today, the “Igor” (Mark 38 Heavy Lifting Suit) and the “Heartbreaker” (Mark 17 Artillery Level RT Suit):
The app also teased silhouette designs of the two armor suits to be unveiled tomorrow, the Mark 35 and Mark 39. The 35 seems to represent the white Deep Space armor that was the cause for many rumors and speculation surrounding a possible connection to Guardians of the Galaxy.
Who needs the help of Earth’s Mightiest when you have Igor on your side? Click here to see the Mark 33 & Mark 40.
The blue color of the Igor/Brute/Hulkbuster armor is an unexpected surprise, considering the leaked concept art featured the large suit sporting the classic hot rod red and gold colors, and its grand appearance in the latest full Iron Man 3 trailer was slightly masked in the darkness of night.
The Heartbreaker armor, on the other hand, matches the slick artwork perfectly, giant arc reactor included.
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Iron Man 3 is directed by Shane Black based off of his and Drew Pearce’s screenplay, and stars Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley, Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, Stephanie Szostak, Jon Favreau, Rebecca Hall, William Sadler, James Badge Dale and the voice of Paul Bettany.
Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015 and Ant-Man on November 6, 2015.
Let me know on Twitter @rob_keyes which official armor is your favorite!