Whether you watched the Super Bowl or not, by now there’s a good chance you’ve seen the latest television spot for Avengers: Infinity War. Though it was composed of all-new footage. the promo didn’t reveal much in the way of spoilers, but it was heavy on characters and a foreboding sense of danger. It showed us bits and pieces of new scenes, offering us extended takes on what we had previously seen in the movie’s teaser trailer.
You might have caught a glimpse of a teenage Groot who can’t be bothered to look up from his phone, and you may have cheered on when Captain America got a new shield courtesy of Black Panther. But perhaps the most revealing aspects of the spot was our first look at Tony Stark’s new Iron Man armor in action. From what little we saw, it looks like it’s inspired by the Bleeding Edge suit from the comics.
The Bleeding Edge armor first appeared in Invincible Iron Man #25 by Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca. At the time, it was the most advanced armor Tony Stark had ever designed. Its main feature was that the armor was made up entirely of nanites, and almost appeared to be liquid, flowing out from Tony’s own body to wrap him in an Iron Man shell, and even other weapons if need be. This meant that Tony didn’t need to carry the armor around in a briefcase and other such contraptions — instead, it was truly a part of him.
In the Infinity War Super Bowl Spot, eagle-eyed viewers noticed a rapid scene that showcases Tony’s new armor forming around his body. It’s a very brief glimpse, but one that is very telling. This new armor does not arrive from the sky in various pieces — it’s already there, and it transforms around him. It might not appear as liquid as it was in the comics, but more like a roided-up version of Iron Man 2‘s famous suitcase armor.
But where is this armor coming from? Best we can tell, it’s being stored in the arc reactor that Tony is once again sporting on his chest. That the reactor has returned is curious, considering that the character has not had one attached to his body since the end of Iron Man 3. Chances are Tony has designed a new arc reactor, or something similar, that contains an entire nanite suit in its core, allowing it to wrap around him on command.
This would explain the suit’s new organic look, and its ability to create wings and canons, as we have seen in promo shots and even on a leaked Funko Pop! vinyl figure. By all accounts, it seems we are looking at the MCU’s version of the Bleeding Edge armor, if not in look, then in functionality. We can only assume that this new suit also enables all manner of space-faring battles, but it remains to be seen how it will hold up against Thanos’ power — and the Infinity Gauntlet.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Anthony Mackie as the Falcon, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, Tom Holland as Spider-Man, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, Chris Pratt as Star Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Vin Diesel as Groot, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, and Josh Brolin as Thanos. The film opens May 28.
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