Over the course of the Iron Man films, Tony steadily improves his armor, very clearly learning from past weaknesses. In Iron Man, he solves the icing problem with the Mark 3. In Iron Man 2, he fixes the remote deployment issue. In Avengers, he fixes the electrocution problem. Iron Man 3 and Age of Ultron show him trying to solve the alien invasion problem.

He encounters problems, and solves them by incorporating fixes into the next suit. Early in Age of Ultron, we see that Ultron has the ability to move things remotely, and our best guess is that this is some form of magnetism. Later in Age of Ultron, Tony

uses a new set of armor, with the new FRIDAY assistant.

Did this include some sort of solution to the magnetism weakness? If so, how?

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    Non-Ferrous-Metal Man, AHOY!
    – Jeff
    Oct 3, 2015 at 4:51
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    Just as an aside, as someone pointed out on one of my answers: "You can make just about anything float with a strong enough magnetic field: youtube.com/watch?v=2VlWonYfN3A".
    – Jeff
    Oct 3, 2015 at 4:53
  • “In Avengers, he fixes the electrocution problem.” He does? When? Also I think Iron Man 3 is mainly about him fixing the PTSD problem. Oct 3, 2015 at 11:55
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    @PaulD.Waite Remember Thor's Lightning vs. Iron Man's suit?
    – user1027
    Oct 3, 2015 at 15:15
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    @PaulD.Waite ...That fight showed the consequence. IM2 had him facing Whiplash's electric whips. In the next movie we see his suit take a blast of electricity, and it handles it MUCH better.
    – user1027
    Oct 4, 2015 at 16:13

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In advance, the answer is:

We actually don't know. The general assumption, however (based upon how he reacted to past issues with the armor), is yes."

In the later half of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ultron never appears to use the magnetic attack for a second-go-round. With this in mind, and the fact that Tony Stark appears to use similar armor (sets) throughout the film (exception being the Hulk-Buster AddOn - not a fullOn separate armor), it appears as though one of two situations occurred - Either:

  • Stark never got the chance to fix the issue, and Ultron simply never used the magnetic attack against IronMan again
  • OR
  • Stark did fix the problem, and Ultron never successfully used the magnetic attack again (against IronMan) during the film

Let us set up some context.


Ultron was originally an foriegn artificial intelligence (A.I.) that was trapped in the gem of Loki's scepter. This A.I. was used by Bruce Banner and Tony Stark in something known as the "Ultron" global defense program. When they initiated his (Ultron's) systems, his first act was attempting to destroy J.A.R.V.I.S. - which he nearly succeeded in doing. Seeing that Ultron was also able to access technical systems internationally, crack into the world wide web, and even process monetary transactions involving money he didn't own (how did he pay for the vibranium?), it must be noted that he also may have been able to access the IronMan's systems as well.

More on Ultron's technical capabilities and IronMan's security depth here:
Why wasn't Iron Man's armor a weak point in Age of Ultron?

With this clarified, I now introduce a theoretical statement, which will act as the ground of my reasoning:

Ultron was a pragmatist, and did not waste time or energy on anything that wouldn't have pushed his agenda/world-ending plot

In this case, two situations (as mentioned earlier) arise - Either:

  • Ultron had no further use for this magnetic weapon, which is why it never appears to be used again in the movie spotlight
  • OR
  • Ultron (was able to) scan IronMan's armor, and detected that the vulnerability no longer existed, nullifying the use of this weapon for the rest of the movie

In the first case, it would not have mattered whether or not Stark had fixed the issue - Ultron never uses the magnetic weapon again, and therefore, the fix is little more than dead-weight on the IronMan. In the second situation, IronMan's (theoretical - not confirmed) proactive thinking keeps him from getting his NicTol hide handed to him in a second round. In addition to this, I also introduce one final note:

(specifically, the section labeled "Powers and Abilities")

This may change things, seeing that the attacks Ultron was using may have been gravity-based, and not magnetically-based. In this case, it appears as though Ultron simply chose not to use that type of attack against Stark later in the movie. This leaves us with an absence of important data that would have gone into further analysis. So, to answer the question of:

"Did this include some sort of solution to the magnetism weakness? If so, how?"

We actually don't know. The general assumption, however (based upon how he reacted to past issues with the armor), is yes.

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