Check Out the Never-Before-Seen Concept Art for Tony Stark's Original MCU Iron Man Suit

Thursday, 31 August 2017 - 10:09AM
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Thursday, 31 August 2017 - 10:09AM
Check Out the Never-Before-Seen Concept Art for Tony Stark's Original MCU Iron Man Suit
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We've gotten a glimpse of Tony Stark's new armor for Avengers: Infinity War, but what about the armor that started the series (and the MCU franchise) back in 2008? Well, to celebrate the 100th birthday of Jack Kirby, Ryan Meinerding revealed some never-before-seen concept art of Tony's early suit, the infamous "box of scraps" armor that got Tony out of captivity and launched him to freedom. You may remember it from this scene:



From the makeshift gauntlets to the manually fired weapons and janky hydraulics, this thing is more of a Rube Goldberg machine than a superhero suit, but that makes it even more interesting to see the work that went into creating it. Here's Meinerding's original concept art:



Because of the shadows, gunfire, and shaky camerawork in the original scene, you don't get to see too many of the fine details of the suit in the movie, especially the rear part, but Meinerding's concept art shows that yeah, it was originally just a half-shell with a bunch of motors strapped to the back, designed with the assumption that any enemies will be attacking from the front. If you're wondering why the suit's mechanical workings remind you vaguely of a car (what with all the belts and motors), there's good reason for that—read Meinerding's caption below:

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It's fun trying to figure out how things could work and looking for and finding inspiration in a variety of places. I actually studied Industrial Design at Notre Dame before heading west to California for art school so I'm sure my days there came in handy for these early MCU designs. And of course I also had awesome guidance in the form of @adigranov who already had history with the character and @philjdsaunders who came from a car design background. I was in very good company. Those early days working for @jonfavreau on Iron Man are still some of my fondest memories.
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Considering Tony's love of cars, it makes sense that the original Mark I suit would employ a lot of the same mechanical elements. It's a cool little Easter egg for fans, and it gives some more realism to the suit, which becomes more and more sci-fi as Tony develops and improves upon it. By the time we get to the Mark III, the sleek design and thousands of moving parts are a far cry from the cobbled-together original, which had to be forged and hammered by hand. There's something almost rustic about the Mark I, maybe because we can still see the marks of human hands and craftsmanship. It's the same thing that makes the Mark II testing scenes so fun and engaging: watching something being built from scratch, with all its malfunctions and flaws, is way more interesting than something that's perfect, with no sharp edges.

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