Never-before-seen concept artwork for Iron Man‘s first battle suit, the Mark I, has been released online. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has had hits after hits after hits with their movies in the last several years. They were able to come up with a new Hollywood formula that worked tremendously well and almost all other film studios want to emulate it hoping they will also enjoy the same level of success in terms of box office. But before the Avengers even became a thing, the whole franchise was built on the shoulders of technically a B-list character in the comic books: Tony Stark. Fortunately for them, the huge risk paid off with director Jon Favreau brilliantly calling the shots behind the camera and Robert Downey Jr. brilliantly portraying his role of a lifetime.

Almost 10 years since the now massive MCU was kicked off by Tony Stark’s origin story, he has already appeared in seven films with another two on the docket. And being the tinkerer that he is, Stark always comes back sporting a different kind of suit, one or two that will fit the occasion – there was even a point when he had a slew of them in Iron Man 3 due to his paranoia about being in danger after the Battle of New York. But no matter how many more suits he comes up with, there is just a different nostalgic feel that the Mark I gives off.

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That exact feeling of nostalgia was what Marvel artist Ryan Meinerding evoked when he recently posted his concept artwork of the Mark I on his official Instagram account. The photo, which you can see below, looks so intricate with all its exposed technological mechanics, which is only fitting given that Stark crafted the suit with limited time and resources and under duress. Meinerding also got a bit sentimental in the post as he also wrote a lengthy caption with it:

If anything, the Mark I symbolizes how far the MCU have come since 2008. It continues to evolve much like Stark’s suit design parallel with the variation of films that Marvel Studios has released. Recently, the “genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist” was snapped sporting a different looking arc reactor for his armor on the set of Avengers 4. Gone was its usual streamlined design and instead a more complex one is slapped across his chest which could be a direct nod to a more complicated and definitely difficult battle coming his way in Avengers: Infinity War.

Stark – alongside the rest of the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy and their other allies in the MCU – is set to band together to fight the Mad Titan Thanos and his minions, the Black Order in Infinity War. Folks behind the massive film has teased about the end for some of our favorite MCU heroes and if this is the way Iron Man goes out, looking back at the Mark I is a great way to commemorate how he started the now famous superhero franchise.

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Source: Ryan Meinerding

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