Movie Makeover: Iron Man Armor For “Iron Man 3″

Note: The Iron Man film series has changed the way we think of super-hero movies, and when Marvel gave us a first look at the new armor Iron Man would be wearing in next year’s Iron Man 3 people were taken aback. In addition to making gold the dominant color over the traditional red, the movie designers have given it a more segmented look. Personally, I really enjoy the pieces around the ribcage, as well as the elbow joints. Head over to ComicBookMovie.com who has collected all the various shots released into one massive post. – Chris A.

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33 comments on “Movie Makeover: Iron Man Armor For “Iron Man 3″
  1. Some friends and I have taken to calling this the Butterscotch Armor.

    “FLAVORBEAM!”

    That said, I’m actually warming up to it. If the plot of Iron Man 3 is meant to center around Extremis, then it kind of makes sense that the armor would have less red and more of a fleshy tone to it.

    Honestly, though, this might not even be Tony’s final suit in the movie. Look at Iron Man 1, 2 and Avengers. He always sports a second armor in the third act. This could be a prototype of some sort. Just something to whet the fans’ appetite.

  2. I’ve heard alot of complaints about the colour scheme, but is it really that unexpected? Lets think about this; Tony himself has stated the suit is primarily composed of a gold-titanium alloy, which means the the iconic red are the only painted components of the armour. It also works from a narrative perspective.

    In the events of The Avengers, Tony essentially created clean energy and managed to maintain (for a short time at least) an entire building. An entire building, a skyscraper, off the grid! Certainly that good publicity warrants a chance to live up to that golden boy image. Plus, Tony was originally hailed as The Golden Avenger.

    I do have to say, I appreciate the segmented look the movie designers have given the suit. I can’t wait to see all the pieces of the suit zoom around.

  3. it’s a brave design i think and it works,i think the test is really that you need to be able to look at it and not feel distracted from the character,it’s has to make sense…which is why the superman design ultimately needs underpants…the lack of red in the middle makes him feel naked and the design is weaker for it

  4. I don’t know, it just seems off to me. The design is great, but maybe I’m just conditioned to expect red as the dominant color.

  5. Not sure if it’s the angle but it does seem like the “frown” and “scowl” are emphasized more than in previous versions. Also the helmet colors should be reversed to match the rest of the suit.

    Overall, I’m not a fan of this one.

  6. I like the highly sectional look, but HATE the colours. Please, try something more classic when painting it.

  7. Tom Brazelton: Some friends and I have taken to calling this the Butterscotch Armor.
    “FLAVORBEAM!”That said, I’m actually warming up to it. If the plot of Iron Man 3 is meant to center around Extremis, then it kind of makes sense that the armor would have less red and more of a fleshy tone to it.Honestly, though, this might not even be Tony’s final suit in the movie. Look at Iron Man 1, 2 and Avengers. He always sports a second armor in the third act. This could be a prototype of some sort. Just something to whet the fans’ appetite.

    I love the butterscotch quote. Personally, it looks like the Grey Poupon factory exploded and Tony was at ground zero. Not really digging the color scheme imo. Too much gold overtaking the hot rod red. But, as you mentioned, it might be A suit of armor and not THE suit of armor for Iron Man 3 so fingers crossed.

    Mr. Q

  8. Ironman is the perfect hero for this type of redesign. As a fan of the comic series every few years we have the same debate over what ironman armor is the best.

  9. It looks downright badass from the back. Maybe with a little battle damage the front will look cooler. The “unpainted” index finger and thumb lead me to believe that this is an unfinished look he’s having to use or has cobbled together.

    My biggest gripe with the paint scheme is that it makes him look like he’s wearing spats. Red boots and a chest piece would make this look loads better. Or maybe just a different color beige, something gunmetal or silvery would look great.

  10. I like it, it’s more along the lines of the full gold look he had way back when he first joined the avengers, just normal since in the movies, he is an avenger now.

  11. The plating design is excellent, no complaints there, but the dominant gold could’ve been a little more sensitively implemented, I think (I’m looking particularly at the odd-fingers-for-no-reason gauntlets here). Seeing it in action wil be the clincher, though.

    I agree with Luke to an extent; if the red and gold were reversed, specifically on the chestpiece and shoulders, I’d be much happier with the design.

  12. I’m not a fan, but change those four little plates on the stomach to red and I’d instantly love it. Crazy what a difference one element can make.

  13. I don’t know, the first thing I thought when I saw this was “he looks like a sodastream” but maybe that’s just the light making the gold look washed out or something.

    The gloves are sweet though

  14. I don’t like it very much,of course the reason is the color,because the armor itself is cool.
    Are we sure it isn’t a temporary or one scene armor like the case-armor in Iron Man 2?
    But if not I believe this new armor is made for pretty commercial reasons,Iron Man is one of the strongest characters commercially talking and it needs different armors to sell more toys and action figures.

  15. For myself, I do think the gold is a little out-of-proportion to the red. However, the whole thing just makes me think more about the suitcase-armor from IM2 rather than the primary suit… Fingers crossed.

  16. Tim: I don’t know,it just seems off to me. The design is great, but maybe I’m just conditioned to expect red as the dominant color.

    Yep. I’d like to see 10-15 percent more red here.

  17. Auuugghhauuuugh the articulation!!! Enough people will probably complain about the color scheme, but the segmenting of the abdominal section makes me quite the happy camper. This armor seems like a good counterpoint to the Iron Patriot’s bulk, from the preview images shown of it.

  18. At first the amount of gold bothered me, but now that I see it like a roided-out C3PO, I’m ok with it.

  19. I really, really, REALLY love how the hands look, but the butterscotch colour is just really off-putting. Almost seems like a different character’s armour – not like Tony Stark would wear.

  20. As far as I’m concerned he’s been wearing the same boring suit since IM1, little things were changed which were barely noticeable so this new suit is pretty exciting, considering that you can actually SEE it’s not the same one he wore in IM1, IM2 and Avengers.

    Also FYI that white portions of the suit are actually golden, it doesn’t translate that well on a statue made out of plastic.

  21. I’m guessing the color change will have something to do with the plot… but it does look a little strange, not because Iron Man isn’t red, we’ve seen that before, but the way the color is displayed throughout the suit. There doesn’t seem to be a design concept at work… just random parts are gold and others aren’t. Also, if the suit is made from a gold-titanium alloy, why are his joints gunmetal/silver. Did he make the whole suit from this super alloy and then decide the joints don’t need to be as strong?

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