Either the military has had some genius toiling away in a cave for the last few weeks or it's actually easier to become Iron Man than we had previously thought.
How bad do you want to be Iron Man?
It still lacks thrusters and mini-missiles, but we're not complaining.
Iron Man-loving fanboy Ryan Brooks has created a working version of Tony Stark's helmet, complete with mechanized faceplate action.
Red and gold aren't the only colors Iron Man suits come in.
Patrick Priebe makes movie props without using any blueprints or other templates, like this sweet Iron Man gauntlet with a built-in laser.
Unless you're blessed with superhuman powers like the Man of Steel, you need money — lots of it — to transform yourself into a believable crime fighter. How much does it cost to don the Iron Man suit and live Tony Stark's lavish life? Way too much money.
Iron Man 3 isn't scheduled for a release until 2013, but that doesn't mean Marvel can't tease us with Tony Stark's new suit of armor. Noticeably different from previous outings is that the new Iron Man suit is trimmed with more gold than red.
Iron Man is frequently paid tribute by skilled costume makers (exhibits A, B and C) — some who, like Mark Pearson, may have never known they had a little Stark in them. Maybe that's because, as Pearson says: " I like the fact that he is not really a superhero, he is just a man with a flying suit But what a suit — it's the Ferrari of superhero suits."
Anthony "Master" Le, who can handily boast of having the coolest homemade suit of Iron Man armor around, just added another little flair to his Mark VII armor, fashioned after Tony Stark's suit from the newly released film, The Avengers: an animating, light-up jetpack, installed with CO2 canisters to simulate hot jet stream air.