We all know that Iron Man is probably one of the more badass Marvel characters that there are in the MCU. Whether it’s his trendy costume designs or his original fighting style, nobody can deny that Iron Man looks pretty awesome when he fights evil.
Tony Stark is one of the most intelligent creators and heroes in the entire Marvel Universe. So intelligent that he has created a ton of Iron Man Mark suit designs (and this isn’t including War Machine’s or any other gadget he’s created.) But, of course, with so many suit designs, some are pretty lame. Here are some of the coolest (and some of the lamest.)
10 COOL: Iron Man Mark 1
Starting off the list is Iron Man Mark 1. As said in the original Iron Man movie, Tony Stark built this custom suit design as a prisoner in a cave. This is the suit that started it all and it continually brings Tony Stark into recognition of his roots as to where he started from.
Whether one likes the suit design or not, Iron Man Mark 1 is a symbol for what Iron Man is and what Tony Stark can create even in the most extreme situations. Overall, this suit is pretty awesome.
9 LAME: Iron Man Mark 37
Iron Man Mark 37 (Hammerhead) is an ogre-looking design that some of us wish Tony Stark never created. It’s bulky, has a weird body proportion, and is overall pretty ugly to look at. How Tony Stark ever got around in this design is beyond fan’s conception.
Hammerhead may have served a purpose in helping Tony Stark create the perfect suit, but this representation is far from cool.
8 COOL: Iron Man Mark 4
Iron Man Mark 4 as seen in Iron Man 2, is a much sleeker and visually interesting suit design that Tony Stark got right. As he makes his flashy entrance in the beginning of Iron Man 2, the crowd can’t help but roar in excitement at the wonderful aesthetic of the armor.
The pompous attitude mixed with the flashy colors may give off bad character, but nobody can deny the suit looks extremely cool.
7 LAME: Iron Man Mark 44
Iron Man Mark 44 is huge and mighty, but that doesn’t mean it looks cool. This armor was worn by Bruce Banner in Avengers: Infinity War where he was seen running across the field into battle, and even trips on a stick because of the suits poor design. It’s bulky, hard to maneuver in, and overall doesn’t conceptualize the main ability of Iron Man: Agility.
The suit may do work on the battle field, but in order to get there, one has to deal with the burden of the suit’s bulkiness.
6 COOL: Iron Man Mark 39
This design by Tony Stark is a mixture of phenomenal suit engineering with weapons manufacturing. Although it strays away from the typical red and gold armor design, the switch in color actually makes this design work much better.
The silver plating might get ruined immediately in battle, but the initial sleek and shine of the design is flashy and gives off a cool effect.
5 LAME: Iron Man Mark 26
Iron Man Mark 26 is a perfect example in which a color change was a bad idea. This suit is called “Gamma” and is worn by Tony Stark in Iron Man 3. However, the hammer fists make it impossible for grappling anything and have an overall inhibiting affect.
Along with this, the green design mixed with the single blue line in the chest is a poor fashion technique and does not make the hero look cool.
4 COOL: Iron Man Mark 20
Iron Man Mark 20 (Python) not only has a cool name, but also has a fabulous design. The black and gold plated armor makes the hero look like he has a dark side (which he very well might at times.)
The sleek and enriching platinum steel is enough to make fans want to suit up in Iron Man gear themselves and go fight forces of evil.
3 LAME: Iron Man Mark 38
Iron Man Mark 38 (Igor) is another suit design where Tony Stark tried out not only a differentiation in color, but also the bulky look. The metallic blue mixed with the silver-plated second finish is a far stray away from what Iron Man originally looks like.
Ultimately, the fashion trend goes far away from the original Iron Man and what the original suit stands for.
2 COOL: Iron Man Mark 6
Iron Man Mark 6 is a perfect example of a gritty, original design that encapsulates what the hero stands for, along with giving him a flashy and badass appearance. Even as the suit gets chipped away, it ages like fine wine.
The triangular, golden chest plate mixed with the rough ruby red is a perfect match up for the overall aesthetic of the hero. This design is one of Tony Stark’s best.
1 LAME: Iron Man Mark 27
Topping off the lame list is Iron Man Mark 27. This suit is just outright ugly and leaves fans asking questions such as “why was this necessary to design?” The colors don’t match and the armor seemingly isn’t improved in any way so there’s really no point to the overall design.
The agility may be there with this suit, but overall this mark doesn’t seem to substantially move the character besides making him look pretty lame.
As one of the geniuses of the MCU, Iron Man has created some cool-looking costumes for himself over the years, along with some lame ones, too.