Tony Stark loves his armors almost as much as he loves himself. The genius billionaire playboy philanthropist proves it by donning at least two different armors in each movie. His fashion upgrades have become so popular, in fact, that they're a regularly anticipated part of any given #Marvel movie for many fans.
#AvengersInfinityWar is heading our way next year, and in it Tony will be donning a suit appropriate for fighting against the end of everything. Now we have our first look at it, and it turns out it's actually a beloved armor from the comic books.
MCU, Meet The Bleeding Edge Armor
Twitter users @Marvel_Freshman and @JustJared recently posted a batch of set pictures from the Infinity War set that feature Iron Man's new suit. Fortunately for us information-hungry fans, the images show us the #MCU is introducing its version of the shape-shifting Bleeding Edge armor. Take a look:
Comic book nerds will be all too familiar with this armor, but for those who are simply confused about what the suit is all about, let's delve into its background:
So... What Exactly Is The Bleeding Edge Armor?
The Bleeding Edge armor made its comic book debut in 2010, created by writer Matt Fraction and artist Ryan Meinerding as a successor to the Extremis technology presented four years prior. Using the Extremis serum's effect on his body as a blueprint, Stark created a much more advanced form of technology for a new armor.
While the Extremis suit was all about his suit's undersheath being compressed into his bones with the outer plates flying toward him by mental command, Bleeding Edge was stored inside Stark's body. That may (understandably) sound extremely gross and uncomfortable, but it gave our hero some pretty great attributes.
Thanks to its organic connection to Tony, the hero could simply summon it from his body when he needed to kick some villainous butts. #BleedingEdge could change its structure to create anything from guns, lightsaber-like weapons and even civilian clothing in a second.
As if that wasn't impressive enough, the suit had seemingly unlimited strength. He could take down a powered-up Red Hulk, and hold his own against Thor with seemingly little effort. Since its introduction, Bleeding Edge became one of Tony's most popular suits, and he used it for quite a few years before inevitably upgrading to a new model.
Is Bleeding Edge Actually Appearing In 'Infinity War'?
It's important to note that the Bleeding Edge suit had been previously teased in the MCU. In #CivilWar, Tony got a brand new armor that, due to its more organic-oriented design, heavily resembled Bleeding Edge. It was so similar in fact, that at first many fans were under the impression that was it.
But the suit didn't have the techno-organic elements that make Bleeding Edge what it is. These new set pictures confirm the armor will be debuting in Infinity War, but since we know Marvel likes to tweak things, it's worth asking how faithful Marvel will be to the comic book suit. Well, going by a few pieces of information, it looks like things will stay quite faithful.
For starters, in #IronMan3, Tony created his first armor with which he could communicate. While the concept wasn't as advanced as in the comics, it laid the groundwork for the human-machine hybrid technology to be used in the future.
That possibility would only be speculation, if it weren't for other pictures from the set showing Tony Stark, Wong and Doctor Strange walking through a destroyed New York together. Stark's wearing what looks like a pretty advanced tech-suit with an apparent arc reactor on his chest.
The suit's design could tie into the advanced nature of the Bleeding Edge armor for two reasons. The first one being how Tony's "normal" attire doesn't seem to be equipped with anything, yet from what we can tell, the armor appears in that same scene. Secondly, Bleeding Edge was fully powered by arc reactor technology, which is what Tony seems to be wearing underneath his clothes
Going by that, it looks like the Russo Brothers are taking heavy inspiration from the armor's comic book source material. Of course, we'll ultimately have to wait to know how all of its intricacies and elements get adapted on screen.
For now, at least, it looks like Tony will be using the Bleeding Edge armor to help finish off #Thanos. The fact that we are actually getting this suit, with such an accurate representation of its techno-organic design, gets my fanboy heart pumping and even more excited to watch Infinity War.
We'll be able to see Tony's new armor in action once Thanos comes knocking for Infinity War on May 4, 2018.
What do you think about Iron Man's new armor? Which model would you like to see in the MCU next? Let me know in the comments!