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The Mark III (Mark 3) was the third Iron Man Armor designed and created by Tony Stark and is the successor to the Mark II. The armor was designed with upgraded technology and improved features to surpass its predecessor's capabilities. It is also the classic armor.

The strongest of the armors in Iron Man, it was designed for customization. The Mark III was equipped with a variety of incredible enhancements and upgrades. It was heavily damaged at the end of the first Iron Man by the Iron Monger. It was later succeeded by the Mark IV.

Even though it was not used in Iron Man 2 it was put in the Hall of Armors with the other original 7 armors. Also, the suit has flares and strong repulsors, along with micro-missiles of varying type. The Mark III appears in Iron Man 3 along with other 6 armors in Tony's garage, and also after where it is destroyed when a terrorist attack occurs in Tony Stark's Malibu Mansion.

Armor Data

Armor Design

The Mark III is the first armor to feature a Red and Gold color design on its armor plates. Its overall theme was based out on Tony's Hotrod car that he owned in his garage. The armor's design is based mostly on the Mark II, with the exception of the color scheme and the capabilities of the armor.


The armor has various new features

  • Flaps
  • Flight Stabilizers
  • Thruster Systems
  • Other Features
  • Flight Systems


The Mark III has various systems.

  • J.A.R.V.I.S. AI.OS: J.A.R.V.I.S. is integrated into the armor, allowing him to assist Tony and manage the armor's condition as well as the systems and functions of the Mark III.
  • HUD
  • Other Systems

Armor Composition

The armor is composed of a 95.5% Titanium and 4.5% Gold Alloy. This combination results into a highly durable alloy that can withstand blasts and strikes and is fully resistant to bullets and it's used for all Iron Man's armors.


  • Enhanced Physiology
  • Superhuman Physiology
  • Superhuman Strength: The armor increases the user's strength. It allows Stark to easily break concrete walls with a single punch, throw people single-handedly, and lift cars.
  • Superhuman Durability: The suit is very durable as the shell is constructed from a gold-titanium alloy. It can effectively withstand firearm bullets, tank shells, and a collision with an F-22 Raptor.
  • Flight: With it's Flight Stabilizers and Propulsion Systems, the Mark III is capable of full flight and can achieve supersonic speeds.


The following below list the special capabilities of the Mark III.

  • Ice Resistance: Based on the flight test of the Mark II, the Mark III was given an advanced upgrade which enabled it to resist the build up of ice when flying at high altitudes. The armor will not freeze at the Mark II's altitude limit and does not have any more difficulty compared to its predecessor when flying at very high altitudes.
  • Fire Resistance: Since Tony built the Mark III out of gold mix titanium alloy, it is fire resistant like all his other suits.


The Mark III's Repulsors.

  • Repulsors:
    The Mark III is equipped with the finalized version of the Mark I Repulsor technology. It is capable of projecting powerful plasma blasts when charged. Like every Iron Man Armor, the Repulsors serve as the suit's main weapons.

Stark's Palladium Arc Reactor Mark II, and later on by the reactor's predecessor. As the armor's most powerful weapon, it is capable of immense destruction as it is able to project a beam of plasma for a limited amount of time. Although when the Unibeam is used, it drains a lot of energy from the reactor which weakens the armor's strength. Because of this, regular use of the Unibeam is not recommended.

  • Smart Micro Guns:
    The armor is equipped with six-barrel miniguns which are mounted on its shoulders for quick use and is supported by the suit's Targeting System which allows it to have superb and perfect precision and accuracy when fired at its target.
  • Micro-Missiles:

    The Mark III firing a KE Micro-Missile.

    The Mark III is equipped with a Kinetic Micro-Missiles on each arm, capable of penetrating at least 400mm LoS (Line of Sight) of steel armor and feature programmable warhead with High-Power explosive charge. They are mounted beneath each of the armor's gauntlets. In Iron Man, after Tony was blasted out of the sky by Chieftain Mark 5 Main Battle Tank, he retaliated with a Micro-missile from the armor's right arm, scoring a direct hit, penetrating the tank's Turret armor and programmable explosive detonated 3 seconds after penetrating armor, destroying the tank.[1]
  • Flares:
    The Mark III is equipped with flares, which are used for emergency purposes or to confuse Heat Seeking Missile's targeting system. Although not considered a weapon, they were also seen used as a distraction to blind Obadiah Stane while he was crushing Tony inside the Mark III using his Iron Monger Armor.

    The Flares are still lethal and can cause burns or act like bullets when used up close to a target.


Iron Man

After his test-flight with the Mark II suit discovers several flaws including ice forming at high-altitude, Tony orders the Mark III built with the flaws corrected and made out of gold-titanium alloy to fix the ice problem. After finding out that the Ten Rings have taken control of Gulmira and are using it to stockpile weapons, Tony flies the Mark III to the village and takes down the terrorists.

He then destroys a tank and the weapons stockpile. On the way home, Tony is confronted by two F-22's and accidentally destroys one before Rhodey manages to call them off after Tony saves the ejected pilot's life. Tony then has trouble removing the armor and Pepper Potts catches him doing it. Following the betrayal of Obadiah Stane and the theft of his Mark II Arc Reactor, Tony dons the armor in order to stop Stane.

On the way to Stark Industries, J.A.R.V.I.S. warns Tony that the Mark I Reactor can't fully power the suit and he only has 48% power at the start. Tony arrives in time to save Pepper from Stane who has donned the Iron Monger suit he created based off the Mark I. With Stane's bigger and more powerful design and the Mark III's low power levels, Stane has the upper hand in the battle that follows, but Tony manages to hold his own somewhat, using the Mark III's immunity to icing that the Iron Monger suit lacks.

On backup power only, Tony orders Pepper to blast the roof with energy from the factory's Arc Reactor as he can't defeat Stane with the weakened Mark III. Tony manages to hold Stane off, ripping out his HUD and weapons targeting systems, but Stane overpowers Tony, destroying the armor's helmet and the glass covering the Arc Reactor.

Tony has Pepper blast the roof while he's still on it with the blast throwing him clear, but knocking out power to the suit and Arc Reactor. The Iron Monger suit loses power too and falls into the factory's Arc Reactor and is destroyed in a massive explosion. The Mark III and Tony's Arc Reactor regain power shortly afterward.

Iron Man 2

The Mark III was contained inside the first Hall of Armors, which could only hold four of his known Iron Man suits. It was in between the Mark II and the Mark IV and the armor's Status displayed that it was currently Battle Damaged. (After his battle with the Iron Monger at the end of the first movie) This was right after Tony had his court conference with the government concerning the usage of the Iron Man armor.

The armor was seen again in the Hall of Armors when James Rhodes accessed the garage and donned the Mark II armor to battle Tony against his Mark IV armor when he was in a drunk-state at the night of his birthday party.

Iron Man 3


The Mark III was destroyed in the attack on Tony's mansion in Malibu, along with the suits in the Hall of Armors.

Other Media

Iron Man 3 - The Official Game

The Mark III is the first armor available for use in Iron Man 3 - The Official Game. It is the weakest and most basic armor in the game, having a Score Multiplier of x1.0, and very low Armor Statistics.

It is automatically bought in the start after J.A.R.V.I.S. instructs the player how to play and navigate through the game after initially using the Mark XLII as the starting armor and getting it damaged, with any one of Tony's previous armors replacing it, which was the Mark III first.

Marvel Heroes

Iron Man 3 - JARVIS: A Second Screen Experience

In the Jarvis App, the Mark III is a viewable armor available in the Hall of Armors after being unlocked through the Blu-Ray of Iron Man 3 when scanning, or asking J.A.R.V.I.S. to unlock them all by saying the command "Roll Call".

Even though the other armors are fixed and shiny, this is the only armor seen in the Application with damage on it's chest plating, referencing the battle that Tony had against Obadiah when using the suit.





  • The Mark III was the third Iron Man Armor created by Tony Stark.
  • It was one of his first armors to be painted.


  • The Mark III is the very first armor to feature the famous Red and Gold color scheme in it's armor design.
    • The armor's design is based on that of the same color scheme and design of the Post Proto-Classic Armor in the comics.
  • This is also the first armor to feature the gold-titanium alloy that would be used in many armor built after it.


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