Avengers: Infinity War's 'Invincible' Iron Man Armor, Explained

A new Avengers movie can only mean one thing: A new Iron Man armor for Tony Stark to show off.

Since debuting in 2008's Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr.'s genius-billionaire-playboy-philanthropist futurist has famously worn a new and upgraded version of his armor with each subsequent appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Over the past decade, audiences have seen over forty different versions of the Armored Avenger, so it's little surprise Avengers: Infinity War will introduce the newest -- not to mention most advanced -- version of the red and gold battle armor.

While we've seen a bit of this new armor in action in the trailers, the recent release of promotional artwork offers the first glimpse of the armor's new abilities. And while the film's 30-second Super Bowl spot led us to believe we were looking at an armor that was inspired by Stark's Bleeding Edge suit, the promo artwork, which highlights the armor's morphing abilities, indicates that this new suit may be more inspired by Stark's much more recent Invincible Iron Man armor.

The Infinity War promo artwork shows the movie armor's ability to form wings, along with some sort of plasma-enabled canon on the arm. Both of these features call to mind Tony Stark's 'Model Prime' Armor, which debuted as part of Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez's All-New, All-Different relaunch Invincible Iron Man in 2015.

The Model Prime armor's main feature was that it was able to incorporate every single one of Iron Man's armors into one. It was composed mostly of hexagonal scales that could link up to create any construct or tool Tony required in any given situation, from wings and extra thrusters to cannons and other weapons. It was even able to change colors as well as size, ranging from the classically sleek Iron Man look to a much more bulky Hulkbuster-esque mode. When not in use, the armor could scale down to the size of a bracelet which Tony wore around his wrist. In many ways, this armor could be seen as Stark's crowning achievement, his most powerful and most useful armor for whichever situation he would find himself in.

This would likely explain how we can see the Iron Man armor forming itself around Stark, in the Super Bowl spot. It may even call back to the bracelets Tony wore back in 2012's The Avengers. A suit like this could easily be taken to space for intergalactic warfare, as it was in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy comic. After all, Stark is going to need his absolute best when he goes up against Thanos, and the Invincible Armor would be just the tool for that.

Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie. The film opens May 4.

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