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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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Are you sure it isn't just a holograph? Check the picture below. The light beams make it look like it might be one. – Rogue Jedi Oct 18 '15 at 20:51
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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 '14 at 17:24
Wasn't that building blown up? – Mary ML Mar 15 '15 at 0:46

From Iron Man 2 after Tony returns from DC. enter image description here

The word "Reconstruction" is (just) readable above the Mark I armor.

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Great job :) But you should add a description/explanation of what this means. Frankly I think you should have simply edited this image into user28639's answer... – Lightness Races in Orbit Oct 18 '15 at 19:49

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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Do you have a screenshot, or know which movie that is in? – Nerrolken Feb 18 '15 at 17:13

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