Iron Man’s Bleeding Edge Armor is finally confirmed for Avengers: Infinity War. With the imminent arrival of big bad Thanos in the MCU, heroes from all pockets of the franchise are preparing for the worst, but nobody as intense as Tony Stark. Since his Scarlet Witch-induced vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron the genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist has taken upon himself to make sure that he all geared up for what’s to come.
When it was revealed that Spider-Man will be rocking the Iron Spider suit in Infinity War, many started theorizing that Stark might’ve also done some improvements on his own suit. Which of course he would have for the new toys! While there are a plethora of designs from the comics, the Bleeding Edge Armor is one of the fan-favorites. As more merchandise for the film rolled out, we learned of various additions to the Iron Man suit such as the back propulsors and a bigger arm canon. We got a full look at the sleek suit in a Disneyland commercial and a closer look thanks to some tie-in toys, but it wasn’t until the Super Bowl spot when we actually had strong hints that the Model 37 (the “Bleeding Edge”) is coming on the big screen from Marvel Comics, which sees Stark’s suit forming around him. It’s now verified that Stark’s armor for Avengers 3 will indeed be the Bleeding Edge.
The freshly released EW covers for Infinity War confirms that “Tony Stark will fire up the Bleeding Edge armor, which emerges across his body from a new arc reactor.” This makes his tech similar to what Shuri used for T’Challa’s updated Black Panther suit, which emerges from his necklace. The new suit also “includes “wings” on the back and arms that serve as rocket boosters into deep space,” – a clever addition, given that the snarky superhero’s battle with Thanos will most likely catapult him outside of Earth. Knowing this possibility allows him to add the new paraphernalia needed for his armor to be as versatile as possible beforehand.
Note: We theorized that Black Panther reveals the secrets to Iron Man’s new armor back in January.
Since spotting that a new and more detailed arc reactor from leaked set photos, many have been theorizing its practical purpose. Iron Man 3 established that all of the parts of Stark’s suits are individually powered, and given that he’s already able to remove a piece of shrapnel in his chest threatening his life, having the arc reactor outside of his suit is practically useless. The Bleeding Edge Armor perfectly explains that. While some are suggesting that Shuri may be the one behind the design, chances are that this is mainly Tony’s planning. Since Battle of New York, he has continued to tinker with his design, finding ways to improve it and make it more accessible so there’s no downtime when he needs it. And with his terrifying premonition in Age of Ultron, we know that he doubled down on making sure he is ready to prevent his catastrophic vision – as revealed in the Avengers: Infinity War prelude comics. We won’t even be surprised if he made Pepper Potts her own suit too, considering that he’s given Rhodey aka. War Machine and Peter Parker’s Spider-Man suit some nifty suit upgrades.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like the armor stands a strong chance against Thanos. From what we’ve seen in Avengers: Infinity War previews, Stark goes one-on-one with Thanos with the mad Titan beating him to a pulp – even throwing a planetoid at him. Clearly, despite having a super weaponized suit with all the bells and whistles, going up against an extraterrestrial supervillain is not a great idea. Fans of the characters (and technically Thor’s, Captain America’s and other Phase 1 characters) have all been worried especially after Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige hinted at several deaths in the film. Fortunately (or unfortunately), we won’t have to wait long to find out, release date for the upcoming blockbuster has been pushed a week earlier to April 27th.
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