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Tony Stark likes to build Iron-Man armors. That is a gross understatement. Since his first appearance in 1963, Stark has regularly updated and retrofitted the Iron-Man suit and with it a new look. Here is a look at some of the coolest and most bizarre creations to come out of Stark Labs.
1. Silver Centurion:
Tony changed his color scheme of Red and Gold to Red and Silver in this armor. It was originally intended for his friend’s Rhodey’s use, but Tony took it to fight back against Obadiah Stane. Its biggest use was during the Armor Wars where the world gained access to Tony’s armor tech and Tony went on a worldwide campaign to destroy his armor. An iconic feature of the Silver Centurion armor was a chameleon effect which let the armor blend in with the environment.
Tony likes to create armors that can “bust” his opponents. When Thor attempted to take over the earth, Tony suited up in this special armor. It was powered by an Asgardian crystal and designed to look like the Destroyer. It didn’t last long against the Odinson, however, and was quickly defeated.
Iron-Man 3 adapted this storyline for the film, but the comic had a very different outcome for Tony Stark. Writer Warren Ellis and artist Adi Granov introduced the virus in the comics to bring a new look and update to Stark. In order to stop a madman, Tony injected himself with Extremis which linked him mentally to his armor, like it was another limb on his body. This brought the link between Tony and his armor closer than ever.
4. Bleeding Edge:
After the events of World’s Most Wanted, Tony went through a reboot, literally. In order to escape from Norman Osborn, who had taken control of SHIELD, Tony deleted his mind to protect his friends. Thinking ahead, he had downloaded his memories to a hard-drive and tasked his friends to ‘reboot’ him. Having stopped Osborn and regained his mind, Tony wanted to rebuild Stark Industries and have a new armor for a new age. The Bleeding Edge was designed to be the next level of Extremis, with the armor being stored in his bone marrow and ‘bleeding’ out of his pores when a commanded. It sounds gross, but it looks amazing.
5. 1602 Iron-Man:
In the miniseries 1602: New World, Tony is a Spanish Iron-Man (hyuk) named Lord Iron. He is a captive during the English/Spanish War and is forced to make weapons. He is able to harness “lightning in a bottle” and uses it to power an awesome looking steampunk Iron-Man armor. Tony Stark, building in caves with boxes of scrap since 1602.
6. Iron Patriot:
Technically, this isn’t a Tony Stark suit. It’s also not Rhodey’s redesigned War Machine suit that was featured in Iron-Man 3. When Norman Osborn headed up SHIELD, he gained access to Stark’s Iron-Man suits. Wanting to create a new Avengers team for the PR, he made sure to emulate the Avengers of old to win over the public. He combined the patriotic look of Captain America with an Iron-Man suit and wore the Iron Patriot suit for his time as leader of the Dark Avengers.
The events of ‘Five Nightmares’ lead to Pepper Potts being injured in an explosion. To save her, Pepper got an experiment similar to the one that saved Tony in the original accident that created Iron-Man. With an arc reactor in her chest, Tony also created a special suit of armor to protect her from danger. For a time, Pepper Potts used the suit and the J.A.R.V.I.S system to be a hero while Tony was on the run from Osborne.
8. Space Armor:
Sometimes a billionaire in the world’s most advanced robotic suit wants to get away from it all. Sometimes that may involved battling against interstellar threats. The suit would be later updated in recent years to give Tony the chance to fly off to meet up with the Guardians of the Galaxy and have a drink with Rocket Raccoon while flirting with Gamora. Yes, this happened.
9. Ultimate Iron-Man #6:
At the end of the Ultimates, America was attacked by a group called Liberators. To fight back against the Crimson Dynamo’s army, Tony took control of his 6th armor. This version happened to be a space station that allowed Tony to lay waste to the army with pinpoint accuracy; something that he was impressed with considering the amount of drinking he was doing.
10. Phoenix Killer:
The Phoenix Force is not an entity to take lightly. It has destroyed an entire universe in a fit of anger. When the Phoenix Force was returning to earth in ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ Tony was ready. His Phoenix Killer suit was a gigantic rocket ship with enough power to take on a galactic god entity. It was strong enough to break the force into five pieces, but not enough to destroy it entirely.
11. Fear Itself:
During the comic event of ‘Fear Itself’ the world was under siege by The Serpent and his Worthy, a group of heroes and villains wielding special hammers similar to Thor’s. To fight back, Tony made a deal with Odin to get access to his forge to create uru (the metal that Thor’s hammer is made of) weapons for the Avengers to fight back. To give himself a suit powerful enough to fight Asgardians, Tony leapt into the fires of the forge and bathed his suit in uru, creating one of his strongest and coolest looking armors.
No coolest Iron-Man armor list would be complete without listing one of the most popular ones. The Hulkbuster was built to be strong enough to take on the Hulk and is one of the biggest and most menacing suits that Tony has built.
13. Superior Iron-Man:
The most current suit of Tony’s is one of the strangest ones. The aftermath of the ‘Axis’ event left Tony Stark inverted. In comic-speak, this means his personality was inverted into an evil version of himself. He moved to San Francisco to start anew and donned a new armor that resembles what it would’ve looked like if Steve Jobs had built a suit. iRon-Man indeed.