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Iron Mans Mark V Proved the Simplest of Suits Could Have the Strongest Appeal

Even though it had a brief appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Iron Mans Mark V remains the best in the superheros armory.

Iron Man 2 introduced a fanfavorite iteration of the Iron Man Armor to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Though its appearance was brief the Mark V armor has had a lasting legacy among fans and audiences alike. And while seemingly bigger and better armors have appeared since going all the way to the Mark LXXXV in Avengers Endgame the Mark V remains the best among them.

The armor briefly appeared during the films sequence set during the Monaco Grand Prix. After Vanko attacks Tony Stark during the race Happy and Pepper race to his aid with a red and silver suitcase handcuffed to Happys wrist. But its quickly revealed that the humble case contained an Iron Man suit that transformed around Tony in one of the best suitup sequences in cinematic history. Though it gets very heavily damaged by Vankos attacks Tony emerges triumphant by destroying the arc reactor powering Vankos suit.

While many of the Iron Man suits have a plethora of tricks and gadgets up their metaphorical sleeves the Mark V is simple by comparison. It has a barebone almost skeletal look to its design and its not even clear whether its capable of flight. There are no onboard weapons beyond the palm and chest reactors and it almost gets destroyed by Vankos whips. However while other suits are capable of a lot more there is an inherent appeal to the Mark Vs simplicity. Its the underdog armor which is a charm of its own.

The design also references the color scheme of the Silver Centurion from the comics and while unorthodox red and silver look good on the Iron Man Armor. It looked so good in fact that the MCU later made another red and silver suit for Iron Man 3 that was also called Silver Centurion. And to that point many of the design choices of the Mark V would influence the design of later armors.

The portable nature of the Mark V and its ability to be stored in a suitcase would later get utilized similarly for the Mark VII suit in The Avengers. The portability of the Iron Man armor even became one of its most developed features with the Mark XLII being able to come to Tony in separate parts in Iron Man 3 and the Mark L in Avengers Infinity War getting stored entirely in Tonys chestpiece.

And sure those suits are much more powerful than the Mark V but the genesis of the design behind those suits began with the Mark V. There is also a simple reason why the simplicity of the Mark V suit helps it be so appealing it does a lot with very little. Watching Tony suit up into the Mark V is one of the coolest sequences in the MCU and it does so much for the suits popularity. The action sequence featuring it is barely more than three minutes long and yet t

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