With the inbound arrival of the highly coveted sequel - [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035) - hitting our screens soon, it's not a bad idea to look at what might be going to happen in it. I've already looked at a few aspects (if you want to see those, feel free to stop by my profile) and I've now decided to look at the best can opener any of us ever saw.
By can opener, I mean Iron Man, by the way.
Who, coincidentally, is the coolest guy ever to do pretty much anything (okay, aside from Samuel L Jackson) and arguably the figurehead of the coolest group to ever do anything. And that group's name is the Avengers.
So - judging by the fact he's definitely a major fan favorite, and by the fact that he's Tony freakin' Stark, we can expect to see a set of pretty dam cool upgrades on his armor this May.
The geniuses over at Hot Toys released what his new Mark XLIII armor will look like in his battle against the homicidal toaster that is Ultron.
I'm guessing you've all seen that picture already, but still - it's a pretty awesome picture.
I can't express how much thinking my head did when this picture came out, and I've actually been wanting to write this article for ages - but first wanted at least some solid evidence to go on. So, without further ado - here are the upgrades we can expect for Stark in the Avengers' next adventure.
1. More Powerful Arc Blasts & More Frequent Unibeams
As we all know, the ending to Stark's last solo cinematic installment involved him chucking his in-chest arc reactor into the depths of the ocean. And that means, of course, one thing...
His arc reactors are now going to be parts of his suit. Given that he now can hold a much larger reactor inside his armor, instead of in his chest, we can expect to see some baddies getting their asses well and truly handed to them.
For the more adept Iron Man 3 fans, we know that we have already seen his Silver Centurion suit, featuring hidden blades and being labelled as an "enhanced energy armor." We can now, pretty fantastically, expect all of his suits to match the power output of the Silver Centurion's - which is gonna be just awesome.
Also, when asked about his new character, the beloved Robert Downey Jr. said:
Well, when you see it (the armor), you'll quite clearly be able to notice differences. I think it's... I think it's pretty damn cool, actually! (laughs)
Which could indicate any one of my assumptions (or all of them - who knows) may be correct... I'm trying to guess at least one!
2. Enhanced Propulsion and Longer Battery
Well, duh. If he's gonna have a bigger battery - he's going to be able to move faster! And probably for longer too. We noticed in Avengers Assemble the problems both his flight skills and battery life presented him with, and I'm pretty sure we're not set to see that again. It would feel too repetitive.
If the Iron Warrior were able to fly faster, better, and for longer, we may see this create a sense of Downey's character being pretty damnpowerful. If we tie this in with Marvel Comics' current Superior Iron Man back novel series, and the upcoming [Captain America: Civil War](movie:994409), I think we can expect Mr Stark's new abilities to make him a little arrogant.
Oh, and I mean more than he was already.
We already know we're set to see the seeds of Civil War planted, as we saw this leaked clip of an argument between Super-soldier Steve and Tin Tony erupting in the midst of Ultron's chaos.
Sorry about the video quality - it's the best YouTube had to offer.
Or awesome. Whichever way you want to see it really.
3. Iron Man Upgrade to Include Stealth Mode
We know in Iron Man 3 we saw Ty Simpkins play Iron Man's kid friend at the age of 13. There's speculation that he'll actually go on to replace Stark at the time of his death. *sobs*
However, he did seem to have his head on straight when it came to Iron Man suit construction. He suggested to Tony "retro-flash panels" in order to create a stealth mode - and this even impressed Stark. With his new and larger tap on power, I don't see why this couldn't be made to happen.
We see in the first released trailer for the upcoming sequel these two stills:
We know that (as it's pretty much been confirmed) the Avengers are going to be storming this castle - namely, Baron Von Strucker's. For whatever reason, we don't know. But what we do know is that, in the same trailer, we see Hawkeye in a stealthy getup during what's speculated to be the same assault.
And hey, if Hawkeye can do stealth, why can't Iron Man?
4. Extremis-Modified Suit
In case you didn't know already, in the comics and graphic novels, Iron Man sports an armor that has been modified with the already-cinematically-introduced Extremis serum. This allows him to actually store the armor inside his bones, and seep out through pores in his skin if and when he needs it.
Given that the suit still looks, uh... clunky, I know that this is a long shot - although in the graphic novels, Stark has the modified armor equipped by the time Civil War comes around.
And we haven't technically seen him suit up in The Avengers: Age of Ultron yet... so who knows? Why not?
So - taking all of that speculation into account - what do you guys think? Am I right or am I wrong? You can always be sure to check out my profile for everything superhero! Have your say in the comments guys, or take the poll! And remember - Iron Man is the coolest, no matter what.