This week Marvel has been releasing a ton of Tony Stark's new armor designs, all of which look incredibly cool, and I'm sure we'll be seeing more of them! There's 42 new suits of armor that are in Iron Man 3 and you'll get to see every one of them in action doing their thing. In another interview with Marvel president Kevin Feige, he discusses the evolution of Stark's Hall of Armor and the suits that reside there.
Tony’s taken that idea of a suit that can deploy to him even further at the beginning of this film, and we have what we call the prehensile suit, which allows each individual piece of the suit to fly separately and latch on to him. It doesn’t quite work perfectly, but it is a great advancement that Tony uses throughout this movie, so that wherever he is, theoretically, he can call it to him and it can arrive. It doesn’t always work, and there’s a great scene in the movie, which we gave a little taste of to fans at Comic-Con this year in a giveaway of an art poster that Ryan Meinerding had done, where the entire suit doesn’t come to him. He just gets one glove and one boot and has to fight off a battalion of bad guys with just the boot and just the glove.”
It’s often the limitations of the suit that can provide the most fun—when the suit breaks, when the suit doesn’t quite work—and there’s that in spades. We also, though, hint early on in the film by mentioning that this is not the Mark 8 as you might think because the Mark 7 was the last suit revealed in “The Avengers.” It’s the Mark 42. So there are well over 40 suits that Tony has built in between the time of “The Avengers” and “Iron Man 3” because of his obsession.
By the end of the film, we see each and every one of them, and you realize Tony is a mechanic, and he has been tinkering. Any conceivable idea he had about the suit technology he built and stored in his Hall of Armor. Finally, after talking about it for four movies we finally see his Hall of Armor and the giant army of suits that he’s built for himself.
We get a tease of these suits in the latest trailer for the film, and it's going to be incredibly cool to see each of them in action and in battle! The ending of the film was so awesome that Avengers director Joss Whedon is worried about trying to top it in The Avengers 2!
The movie stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau, Rebbeca Hall, and Guy Pearce. It's set to open in 3D and 2D theaters on May 3rd, 2013. That day can't get here soon enough!