Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Iron Man 3 Armored Suits
The first official photo from the set of "Iron Man 3" was released today, and it shows Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) reunited with his seven armored suits.
The still shows Downey facing his collection of Iron Man suits, which has been expanded since the last movie. In "Iron Man 2," his shop only featured four suits, but now it includes the ones he wears in "The Avengers."
This is the suit Tony Stark built out of spare weapons parts to escape imprisonment. He abandoned it in the desert where it was picked up by his captors, but he was apparently able to get it back for his collection.
Tony only ever took his silver prototype version out for a test flight (and crash landing). In the second movie, Stark's friend James "Rhodey" Rhodes took the suit and added on weapons to become War Machine. In the new photo, it looks like Tony stripped it back down to its shiny basics.
The first red-and-gold armor. The first cut of "Iron Man" didn't have the scene where Tony's suit gets assembled piece-by-piece around him, but after the success of "Transformers," the studio handed over more money to add in some additional high-tech gadgetry. In the new photo, the suit is still battle-damaged from Stark's climatic fight with Iron Monger.
Tony developed a more streamlined suit for the Stark Expo (but it's equally good for picking up doughnuts). In this shot, Robert Downey Jr. is in the full costume, but usually during filming he only wears the top half for the sake of mobility. The mechanical legs are then added in digitally.
The silver and red suitcase armor he used to fight against Whiplash in Monaco during the Grand Prix. This was actually inspired by the original comic books, which showed Tony carting around his suit in a briefcase. But in the books the case didn't transform; the suit was simply carried inside.
Stark wore this suit with the redesigned with a triangular chest repulsor in both "Iron Man 2" and "The Avengers." Tony uses clues left by his father Howard Stark to develop a new element to power his chest reactor. This is a reference to vibranium, the extremely rare metal Howard used to create Captain America's shield.
Stark's most recent suit is the bulked-up, three-color armor he used for the final battle against Loki and the Chitauri army in "The Avengers." Writer/director Joss Whedon told Empire Magazine that he insisted that Tony's suit go back to the circular light in the chest. He said, "I'm a classicist. The circle has meaning, the triangle does not."
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