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In order to embark on a journey of soul-searching, Tony Stark stepped down from Stark Unlimited, swore off advanced technology and moved to a brownstone in the Lower East Side. He also did away with all of his Iron Man suits, resorting instead on a single vintage-style armor.[1]

The armor infused with the Extrembiote

During an invasion on Earth by the symbiote god Knull, the host of the Venom symbiote, Eddie Brock, was fatally injured when stripped off it. In a desperate attempt to save his life, Iron Man set out to find a symbiote for Brock to bond with it. To this end, Stark infected one of Knull's symbiote dragons with Extremis to cut it off from the symbiote hive. In the process, the symbiote that Iron Man subdued infused into his armor and transmuted it.[2] Following Knull's defeat, Stark kept his symbiote, which he dubbed the Extrembiote, attached to the armor it had transmuted, while he returned to a regular copy of the suit.[3]

Properties

This suit possesses the standard abilities of a regular Iron Man Armor, including flight, enhanced strength, increased durability, and repulsor blasts. Its systems are operated by a low-level A.I. named B.O.S.S. and, unlike most modern Iron Man suits, this armor relies on a manual suit-up process.[1] The suit allows Iron Man to reach incredibly high flight speeds, presenting a manoeuvrability capable of dodging rapid-fire lasers. The armor could also deploy a set of robotic spiders for infiltration purposes, which could carry computer viruses.[4]

When the suit was infused with the Extrembiote, it gained the ability to project symbiotic tendrils that returned to the armor on their own. The armor's repulsor beams were also modified in such a way they could cleanse Knull's corruption off its victims.[5] The symbiote also allowed the armor to override Knull's influence on one of the Celestials under his control, granting its weared full control over Knull's former victim.[6]

Offensive Powers

Like most Iron Man suits, this armor possesses both repulsor blasts and a unibeam. The suit's repulsor output is customizable, displaying the ability to change their configuration from regular blasts to forms such as a wide-dispersal fan beam,[4] and an "iron sniper" mode which fires shots the width of a quarter with maximum sound suppression.[7] Other offensive weapons include micro-munitions and palm-mounted rocket missiles.[4] The armor can punch with a force of 20,000 newtons at a speed of 500mph. When Stark made on-the-fly upgrades to fight Korvac, he doubled the suit's punch force to 40,000 newtons.[8]

Defensive Powers

This armor can protect its wearer from a wide array of hazards, including eletric currents, underwater enviornments, fire,[4] and magnetic fields.[9] Its full durability was displayed when Iron Man managed to punch a hole through a sphere composed of Vibranium and Adamantium, albeit breaking 17 of his bones and damaging the suit in the process.[10] The armor has displayed the ability to render its entire surface either white or black for camouflage.[7] The armor can also act as a defibrillator.[11]

Notes

  • The numerical designation provided in this article for this suit is tentative, based on the last officially numbered armor (Model 52) and the chronological appearance of this suit.

Trivia

  • This suit is the second vintage style designed by Alex Ross, the previous being the Iron Man Armor Model 16.
  • This armor was originally designed and pitched by Ross in 2018 as a reimagining of the Classic Armor with its aesthetics revamped to modern standards. At the time, Marvel already had Iron Man's path planned out, but they let Ross use the redesign for a variant cover for Invincible Iron Man #600.[12] This new armor eventually debuted in the pages of the comics in Iron Man (Vol. 6) #1, released two years after its inception and its first appearance in the variant cover.
  • The armor's practical segmentation is inspired by the aesthetic of the Iron Man Armor from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.[13]
  • One of the key distinctions of this armor's design is that it's meant to be drawn with an extremely reflective chrome finish.[14]
  • Iron Man (Vol. 6) writer Christopher Cantwell has stated that his one piece of input in terms of the armor was being able to see Tony's eyes within the helmet. It was extremely important to him to drop the glow in Iron Man's eyeslits in order to humanize the character.[15] This distinctive feature was already present in Alex Ross' concept art for this armor.[14]
  • In addition to the visibility of the eyes, it was important for Cantwell for the armor to feel like pieces that Stark puts on, which is reflected with the armor's first suit-up sequence in Iron Man (Vol. 6) #1, in which it can be seen the way the sections of the armor connect.[16]

See Also

Links and References

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Iron Man Vol 6 #1
  2. King in Black #2
  3. Extreme Carnage Alpha #1
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Iron Man Annual Vol 3 #1
  5. King in Black: Iron Man/Doom #1
  6. King in Black vol 1 3
  7. 7.0 7.1 Avengers Vol 8 #47
  8. Iron Man Vol 6 #7
  9. X-Men: Trial of Magneto #2
  10. Iron Man Vol 6 #2
  11. Iron Man Vol 6 #3
  12. Ross, Alex (20 August 2020). Iron Man by Alex Ross. Facebook. Retrieved on 19 September 2020.
  13. Ross, A. and Kidd, C., 2018. Marvelocity: The Marvel Comics Art Of Alex Ross. New York: Knopf.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Ross, Alex (12 June 2020). New- Iron Man designs. Facebook. Retrieved on 19 September 2020.
  15. Spry, Jeff (3 August 2020). Co-creator of Halt and Catch Fire on how his TV work helped him reboot Marvel Comics' Iron Man. Syfy Wire. Retrieved on 19 September 2020.
  16. Geek History Lesson (31 January 2021). Iron Man Spotlight with Christopher Cantwell. YouTube. Retrieved on 10 April 2021.
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