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"This is our ticket outta here!"
―(Iron Man) Tony Stark to Ho Yinsen about the Mark I.

The Mark I (Mark 1), is the first Iron Man suit built and created by Tony Stark. It was built in the initial events of the live-action film, Iron Man. The suit was later used as a model for Obadiah Stane's Iron Monger suit.

It was featured in the first Iron Man movie, and first appeared when Tony and Ho Yinsen were held captive by the terrorist group known as the Ten Rings. While they were held captive, Tony and Yinsen devised a plan. In the cave, they created the blueprints for the Mark I.

The suit was very crude, due to the limited tools and resources that were available. Its successor was the Mark II, built inside the Stark Mansion.

The suit has several notable functionalities and weapons. It is equipped with a Manually Deployed Rocket Launcher, two Flamethrowers mounted on each arm, Jet Boots equipped in its soles, an exposed Internal System attached to its back, and the very first Miniature Arc Reactor in the center of its chest. This reactor powers the entire suit. Later, Tony created an upgraded version that would power almost every other suit to date. This Armor was destroyed twice

First: the crash landing (was rebuilt).

Next: the attack on Malibu Mansion (didn't get rebuilt after that).

Armor Data[]


The Mark I is bulky, especially on the front and sides. This is due to the fact that Tony had limited resources when constructing the armor. The Ten Rings wanted Tony to build the Jericho missile, and provided him with other Stark designed weapons. This is why the suit is so scrap-like in design. The suit had a pointed chest plate and curved helmet. It is composed of an iron-copper-magnesium alloy, giving it decent resistance against small fire arms. The blueprints Tony Stark made prior to the suits creation might have been left in the cave. It seems that the legs of the suit give the wearer more height than the modern, sleeker deigns. This is revealed when Tony is testing out a leg mechanism while being watched on camera by Raza.


The Mark I only has one special feature.

  • Jet Boots:
    The suit features Jet Boots with limited flight capabilities as the armor has no aerodynamic control. The jets are fueled by solid-state rocket fuel salvaged from the scrap missiles propulsion systems, which run out shortly after Stark escapes the explosion. The jet boots can fly only for a few seconds. It should be noted that the Jet Boots, for as short as they lasted, launched the armour in an almost perfect vertical line.


The Mark I has no special or notable systems, aside from the basic programming, internal systems and power the armor needed for movement and use of weapons. Interestingly though, in the scene where we are shown how it is being coded, Tony Stark responds to Yinsen asking: "Okay? Can you move? Okay, say it again." by saying

"41 steps straight ahead. Then 16 steps, that's from the door, fork right, 33 steps, turn right.". This implies that the entire path to outside was preplanned and coded.

Armor Composition[]

The armor's pieces are composed of a crudely put-together metal alloy. A leather suit is worn under the heavy armor by Tony. The protection it provides him is very much adequate enough to escape, allowing enough mobility to dodge a rocket fired from Yaza, take the full force of around five men with automatic weapons, and even a machine gun, the only time we see the armour crippled is when a armed person aims precisely for an exposed area in the leg's motor, causing Tony to loose balance.


  • Superhuman Strength: The armor greatly increased Stark's strength and durability, enabling him to overpower armed terrorists and survive an aerial impact with the ground after escaping. The suit was powered by a small electric motor that is partially exposed at the suit's lower back and the miniaturized arc reactor. The engine powered a pair of external, belt driven mechanisms in the suit's legs that helped support the vast weight of the metal suit. Similar mechanisms in the suit's arms and legs helped Stark to move around while wearing the armor and amplified the strength behind his movements, allowing him to throw punches that could destroy a heavy metal door, knock human enemies back several feet, and partially embedded his arm in a cave wall. Wrapping his hands with tape and the thick welding gloves prevented his hands from breaking on the impact.
  • Superhuman Durability: Multiple layers of durable metal salvaged from missile casings made the armor impervious to medium caliber firearms and reinforced its physical attacks. Because the armor only covered a majority of the vital areas to keep from becoming too cumbersome, Stark wore the thick pants, leather jacket, hand wraps and gloves that he used for welding and molten metalwork, underneath the armor as added protection and insulation against the heat from the suit's flamethrowers.
  • Flight: While not capable of sustained flight, and likely incapable of handling upper atmosphere temperatures even if it was, the armor was capable of limited flight through single-fire rocket thrusters located on the back of each leg, enabling him to escape during the destruction of the Ten Rings' camp.


  • Flamethrower: The armor has flamethrowers mounted on the right arm. The device is fueled by small gas tanks behind it. When the gas is ignited by a flame through manual control, it creates a very destructive flame-thrower.
  • Manually-Deployed Missiles: The armor has mounted on each arm missiles along with one single-shot missile concealed in the left arm.
  • Electro-Magnetic Gloves (comics)


Iron Man[]

In a life changing moment, Tony Stark was attacked and captured by terrorists, named The Ten Rings. While being held captive, Tony was forced to build a Jericho missile for them.

With the help of Ho Yinsen, Tony instead builds the Mark I suit. With time running out, Yinsen sacrifices himself to allow Tony time to bring the suit online. Once it is, Tony fights his way out, killing many members of the Ten Rings and destroying their weapons stockpile. As the stockpile explodes, Tony flies off in the Mark I but it crashes in the desert and is destroyed. A few weeks later, he builds the Mark II Armor.

The Mark I is highly resistant to damage, easily shrugging off small arms fire, such as 5.56 and 7.62, however, it appears to have trouble with higher calibers such as 12.7. It also appears that due to gaps in protection, small arms can disable it. It can even withstand a missile strike. The suit is later reduced to pieces after Stark ends up crashing to the ground. The suit has no control over its flight. After Stark's escape, the Ten Rings recover the pieces and reassemble the suit.

The Ten Rings give the Mark I to Obadiah Stane. After taking out the Ten Rings terrorist group and stealing the remains of the Mark I suit from them, Obadiah Stane had the Iron Monger suit built based off the Mark 1. After Potts discovered Stane's plans, she and a few S.H.I.E.L.D. agents went to arrest him but they were no match for Stane's new suit. As he was about to kill Potts, Stane discovered that Tony was alive and had come to save Potts. The two then fought in a final battle over the Stark Industries building. In the final moments of the battle, with Stark's power supply running low, Tony had Pepper Potts overload the prototype large-scale arc reactor in the complex. Stane was knocked unconscious by the blast, and he with his suit tumbled into the generator, causing an explosion that killed Stane . A S.H.I.E.L.D. agent working with Stark later covered up Stane's death by explaining he disappeared in a private plane while on vacation.

Iron Man 2[]

The suit appears next to the Mark II and Mark III when James Rhodes puts on the Mark II suit.

Iron Man 3[]


It appears for the last time next to the Mark II, Mark III, Mark IV, Mark V, Mark VI, and Mark VII in the Hall of Armors. It is destroyed in the attack on the Malibu Mansion.

Other Media[]

Lego Marvel Superheroes[]

The Mark I Armor first appeared in Level 5 - Rebooted Resuited. There is a laser that will come to the top and will kill the player. To do this, the player needs to control Captain America, then the player has to activate the shield in order to avoid the beam. The beam will reflect to the laser and it will be destroyed (needs 3 times).

Once the player destroyed the laser, build the control panel to control the drone. Fly the drone to the blue icon. Once it is done, now the player can get the Mark I. 

The Mark I will be unlocked when the player completes the level.

Lego Marvel Avengers[]

The Mark I Armor can be unlocked located at the Malibu Mansion. It is located at the basement, to do this. The player needs to control Scarlet Witch, there is an object that can be controlled by telekinesis powers. The player needs to control the object and smash to the ground so the parts are scrambled. Then the player builds the lever and activate the lever.

Once it is activated, the Mark I is unlocked and it is obtained to the player.

Marvel's The Avengers: Iron Man - Mark VII

The armor appears in the beginning and throughout this game in the Hall of Armors next to the Marks II, III, IV, V, and VI.

Marvel's Iron Man 3 - JARVIS: A Second Screen Experience[]





  • The Mark I is the first Iron Man suit to be created by Tony Stark.
  • The Mark I has been destroyed on film 3 times (twice in the first Iron Man, and once in Iron Man 3), and rebuilt twice.
  • The Mark I Suit's design was used by Obadiah Stane to build his version of the armor.


  • This is the first and only armor to be equipped and armed with a Flamethrower.
  • The Mark I is one of the heaviest armors in existence.
  • The Mark I was never featured in Iron Man 3 - The Official Game.
  • The Mark I armor did not have any repulsors.
  • But strangely, in Lego Marvel Superheroes. The Mark I can shoot rockets, it was meant to not have repulsors.
  • The Mark I is the only armor that can't fly in Lego Marvel Superheroes.


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