In May 2013, we will all be seeing a brand new Iron Man movie in theaters; it will have a new director, a new plot, and, of course, because Tony Stark loves his toys, a brand new suit. That’s not the surprise that Marvel just unveiled to fans at the San Diego ComicCon this Saturday afternoon. The surprise was all of the gold. Here’s a great picture of the suit, on loan from the film’s set in North Carolina, as shared by CinemaBlend:
As this new suit stands, mid-stage, in front of all of the suits of the past, it is hard to ignore its distinguishing characteristic.While no other news beyond the cosmetic have been revealed at this point, there will be a Marvel panel later on in the day which will hopefully shed some more light on the topic. Katey Rich who reported for CinemaBlend also added these observable cosmetic details from her perspective at the Con, “ it’s got some strange vents that look like abs on the front, not to mention some seriously 80s style shoulder pads.” Which aren’t too dramatic, so that brings me back to the gold.
Iron Man Has Been Gold Before
It’s deep in Iron Man’s history, but he did have a gold suit before. It was the MK II armor, a “slightly modified version of the MK I armor [by] painting it in gold to make its appearance not as creepy when Stark realized that the MK I’s appearance was frightening to everyone around him.” Why was the suit painted gold then? I really love this, “His date Marion who went with Stark [to] a circus suggested the armor be painted gold like a knight in shining armor which Stark conveniently did.” While I think it would be awesome for Pepper Potts to suddenly inform Tony he’s looked creepy all these years, I highly doubt audiences worldwide would find this endearing.
What We Know About Iron Man 3 So Far
According to Variety, the “plot will borrow elements from Warren Ellis’ six-issue Iron Man: Extremis” and we will be seeing Firepower as one of the villains in the film. Firepower “is the pilot of an experimental armored suit under the secret mission dubbed Project: Firepower.” Add that to what we know about Extremis, and perhaps we can start pulling some pieces together:
The Extremis virus has fused Stark’s armor to his body. Initially the inner layers of the Iron Man armor were stored in the hollows of his bones, but later his entire exo-armor would be contained within carbon nanotubes. He is able to manifest and control the armor through direct brain impulses and even utilize some of its powers when unsurfaced. He has direct, cyberpathic control over the communication devices, scanning equipment, and recording devices located in his helmet.
My (Probably Ridiculous) Theory
You can nerd-slap me when I am completely wrong after today’s Marvel panel at the ComicCon reveals the real deal, but here’s what I’m thinking: Tony Stark is infected with Extremis, which ends up being insanely painful and/or life-threatening until Stark comes up with this gem: gold is soft! He, therefore, is able to redesign his suit attached to his body by somehow using the experimental technology that created Firepower’s suit and viola! A gold suit is made!
No? You think that’s silly… alright maybe, but it’s all I’ve got right now. I need better theories! Lay ’em on me! Is this just a cosmetic change, or is there some awesome property of gold that Stark is planning to use to his advantage? Put your theory in the comments and let’s see who wins the nerd-knowledge challenge of the moment!