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"High Velocity Suit Upgrade. Optimized for extreme velocities, extended flight missions, and capable of achieving speeds in excess of Mach 5."
―(Iron Man 3 - JARVIS: A Second Screen Experience) The Mark XL's description in the JARVIS Application.

The Mark XL (Mark 40), also known as "Shotgun", is a Hyper Velocity Traveling Suit and was one of several new Iron Man Armors created by Tony Stark as part of the Iron Legion. The armor was created sometime between the Battle of New York and the Mandarin's Threats.[1]

It was featured in Iron Man 3, and made its debut when Tony ordered J.A.R.V.I.S. to initiate the "House Party Protocol", in which it was activated along with the rest of the Iron Legion to aid Tony in his battle against Aldrich Killian.

The suit was named "Shotgun" due to the explosive sound it creates, like a real Shotgun itself when breaking the sound barrier while in flight.

The armor was built for hyper velocity traveling, and specializes in high speed flights. It is currently known as the fastest hypervelocity armor among Tony's armor arsenal, with a speed of over the excess of Mach 5.

Armor Design

It has a bluish gray or silver color scheme overall, as opposed to the regular red and gold. The helmet seems to have a flat beak-like mouthpiece. This was most likely created for the purpose of fast bursts of speed, due to the streamlined structure of the mask, in contrast to the sharper, angular mask over the original faceplates. On the back lies a jet with a triangular gap.

The armor also has a few golden platings on it that are not as noticeable afar but can be seen when viewing the armor close up.

Armor Capabilities

The Mark XL has many unique capabilities as a Hyper Velocity Traveling Suit. It's most notable ability is its Extreme Speed, it being over the speed of Mach 5.

Extreme Speed

The Mark XL has an incredible ability to fly at very high speeds. The armor can go over the speed of Mach 5, making it the fastest hypervelocity armor ever created by Tony. The speed limit of the armor is unknown, but most hypervelocity projectiles travel at a maximum speed of between Mach 7.3 and Mach 8.8 (between 5600 mph and 6700 mph), so it's safe to assume that is the range of the armor's top speed. It can easily outrun any existing Human Aerial Vehicle in the modern world, including the North American X-15, which is the fastest manned aircraft in the world, with a top speed of Mach 6.7.

Armor Features


The Mark XL has powerful Repulsor powered thrusters on it's back, used to propel itself faster or support heavy pressure under the atmosphere.

Donning System

The Mark XL, along with all the other newly built Mark suits, uses a more advanced technology that was based off on the Mark VII's technology, which is able to wrap itself around Tony's body, without the aid of robotic arms or any external mechanicals.

It can flexibly open itself to allow Tony to enter into the suit and automatically wrap itself around him, anywhere at anytime, much like the Mark XLII's technology and the other newly built Mark suits'.



The Mark XL has standard based Repulsors, modified with improved power and propulsion speed to match it's streamlined armor design and extremely fast speed.


The Mark XL has a vertical rectangular Unibeam, and is powered by the new and improved Arc Reactor Mark II.


Before Iron Man 3

The Iron Legion and Creation

Sometime after the Battle of New York, Tony Stark, who was haunted by his near death experience from the invasion, suffered from post traumatic stress disorder, becoming paranoid and obsessed with security.

Because of this, Stark began working on the Iron Legion, and overtime, created several Iron Man Armors, from the Mark VIII to the Mark XXXIX, which were all built with various designs and purposes. After the Mark XXXIX / Gemini's completion, Stark proceeded to working on his next armor, the Mark XL.

Tony created the armor not long before the Mark XLII's creation on December 18, 2012. Stark re-used the previous speed technology of the Mark XXXI and Mark XIX to create it's ultimate successor, the new and improved Mark XL.

In it's creation, the armor was designed to surpass the Mark XXXI in all aspects of speed and agility. Tony doubled the speed achievable from the Piston armor and integrated it into Mark XL, making it the faster armor, as well as the fastest in his armor arsenal. Since the armor's speed was brought to greater heights, the suit's type was renamed from the Mark XXXI's older High-Velocity Centurion Suit to the new Hypervelocity Traveling Suit.

Tony also named the suit "Shotgun", stemming from the explosive sound it creates, like a real Shotgun itself when breaking the sound barrier in flight.

The Mark XL in the Hall of Armors.

It was presumed that during it's initial completion, the armor was tested a number of times before it reached perfection, became fully functional and combat ready.

Completion and Storage

After completing the armor, Stark stored it in the Hall of Armors Chamber beneath his Malibu House, where all the other previous Iron Man Armors he completed were stored in as well.

With Shotgun's completion, Stark proceeded to work on a new type of suit with increased agility and a new feature called Prehensility, creating the Mark XLI.

Iron Man 3

Malibu Raid

When Tony's Malibu Mansion was raided, and later destroyed, the Mark XL along with the rest of the Iron Legion were still stored safely within the Hall of Armors Chamber, as it was left undamaged during the attack. The chamber was still intact, completely sealed, and concealed from view.

This was part of Stark's plan, in which the Iron Legion was to be used later after he uncovered the truth behind the Mandarin and A.I.M.

Activation of the "House Party Protocol"

The Mark XL was activated by J.A.R.V.I.S. along with all the other armors in the basement of Tony's Malibu Mansion, under Tony's order of the "House Party Protocol". It then flew out of the Hall of Armors, and proceeded to fly towards the Roxxon Oil Rig right after together with the Iron Legion.

Arrival with the Iron Legion

The Mark XL arriving at the scene with the Iron Legion.

When the Iron Legion arrived, the Mark XL was the fourth suit to arrive flying beside the Mark XVII and being one of the first seven armors to arrive at the scene, forming a line with the other armors to surround the area.

The Mark XL hovering.

After Tony finishes his remarks, the Mark XL along with the other armors await his command through J.A.R.V.I.S.

He then tells J.A.R.V.I.S. to "Target all Extremis heat signatures. Disable with extreme prejudice.", which J.A.R.V.I.S. replies with "Yes sir!", which echoes out through out all of the suits, including the Mark XL. The armor then targets and attacks the Extremis Soldiers and battles them in the oil rig with the help of the other armors.

Duel with Killian

Shotgun catching and enveloping Tony Stark.

In the heat of the battle, the Mark XL travels at high speed as it is controlled by J.A.R.V.I.S., and quickly flies to save Tony as he falls down from being ejected from the Mark XVI. It grabs and quickly envelops Tony. The armor, now controlled by Stark, flies with extreme speed and Tony grabs Aldrich from the platform above. Flying at high speed, Aldrich hurls Tony off of him as they crash into the roof.

Stark firing the armor's Repulsors at Killian.

Tony lands swiftly and uses both of the Mark XL's Repulsors to blast Aldrich as he turns to face Tony. Tony fails and Aldrich dodges all of Tony's blasts.
The two brawl on the roof, and as they fight Aldrich scratches both sides in the abdomen area of the armor, while Tony counters and gains the upper hand in which he shoves Aldrich back to a wall and blasts him with both Repulsors again.

The second wave of Repulsor blasts.

Tony misses and prepares to fire again, but Aldrich grabs his arm and turns the Repulsor to him which causes it to blast himself. Stark falls off the platform, but the armor's thrusters activate and Tony regains his stability.

After going back on the platform, Tony re-engages Aldrich. Aldrich tries to grab Tony, but Tony activates the armor's Boot Repulsors and uses it to kick Aldrich in his stomach. He repeats the same move again on his face, then uses the Hand Repulsors, and makes a powerful blow to Aldrich's face. Tony then kicks him in the side after, but Aldrich quickly regains his focus and grabs the armor's leg, which detaches itself from Tony.

Losing the Battle and Destruction

"Well, here we are again. On the roof."
―Killian to Stark moments before slicing the Mark XL in half.

As Killian holds the detached leg, he immediately slices it off of the armor after. Tony then loses his footing, while Aldrich proceeds to hit Tony using the armor's leg that he sliced off.

While regaining his footing, Stark tries to punch Aldrich again, but Aldrich grabs him and somersault's him to the other side. As Tony rises, he tries to blast Aldrich again, but Aldrich easily grabs the armor's hand and crushes it.

With Stark losing, and after a short conversation between the two, Killian heats up his hand and slices the Mark XL in half, completely destroying the armor. Tony is ejected from it a split-second before, saving him.

Tony falls down to the platform below and the armor's pieces follow, rendering the armor completely destroyed.

Other Media

Iron Man 3 - The Official Game

The Mark XL - Shotgun is an unlockable armor in the game, and was one of the initial arrmors available during the release of the game. It is categorized under the Frost Charge special power, and is the third armor unlockable under that section. It's the 4th weakest armor with the Frost Charge Special Power and the 12th weakest armor in the game.

Marvel Heroes

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





  • The Mark XL is the 40th armor created by Tony Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • It is unknown why the Mark XL is called the "Shotgun", but it may stem from the explosive speed of the suit, like a real shotgun itself.
    • It's name may also be derived from it's resemblance to an "IronNinja", as it was named as a parody of a Shogun, a Japanese warrior.


  • The Mark XL is currently known as the fastest hypervelocity suit in existence. Having a speed of over the excess of Mach 5.
  • The Mark XL is the second, as well as the last suit to use the streamlined body armor and face mask covered designs in it's appearance. The first being the Mark XXIII.
  • The Mark XL was one of the six un-lockable armors available, as part of the "Iron Man 3 Unlock The Armors" promotional event for the film. It was released together with the Mark XVII, Mark XXXIII, Mark XXXV, Mark XXXVIII and Mark XXXIX armors.


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