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In Iron Man (1), Tony is shown escaping the terrorist camp in the Mark I armor. He crash lands in the desert, and leaves the scraps of armor there. In fact, the terrorists are shown recovering it later in the film.

In Iron Man II, however, the Mark I armor is shown in the armor "gallery" in his house in Malibu. How did he recover the Mark I armor? Was that ever addressed?

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Sequence of events, all which took place on screen in the Iron Man (1) movie:

  • Tony escapes with the armor and crashes in the desert.
  • Raza (the terrorist leader) recovers the armor from the desert.
  • Obadiah Stane recovers the armor from Raza and brings it back to Stark Industries to try to recreate it.
  • Agent Coulson and Pepper Potts enter Stark Industries, find the Mark I, and are promptly attacked by Iron Monger (Obidiah Stane).

Since the Mark I was at Stark Industries, Tony was in a position to just acquire it and move it to his estate after the events of Iron Man (1).

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The armor was literally in the same building (or the next building over) as Tony's office by the end. –  Chris B. Behrens Jun 23 at 17:24

In one of the scenes where Tony's lab is visible through VR overlay (if I remember correctly it was his helmet HUD), all armours have overlaid labels. Mark I is described as reconstruction or something of that sort.

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