I know that Iron Man has protection against EMPs, but does he have any protection against magnets?

Have his enemies tried to manipulate him with magnets and succeeded or failed?

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1) In "Iron Man: Armored Adventures" animated series ("The X-Factor" episode, aired March 21 2012), they pit Magneto against Iron Man

(in the conclusion) Using a special armor, Iron Man fights Magneto with War Machine's help. Both Iron Man and War Machine had a hard time fighting Magneto and his magnetic powers. Using his special force field, Iron Man blocks Magneto's magnetic attacks

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2) There is likely some protection, since for the up-coming AvX comics, they are planning a match against Magneto, which - absent some magnetism protection - would be utterly ridiculous:

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As a side note, Iron Man Costume (at least MK 1) could use magnetism. From Wikia:

Magnetism: Iron Man’s armor was equipped with an array of miniature electromagnetic generators that allowed him to manipulate magnetic fields for a variety of effects:
- Jamming - Iron Man could generate electromagnetic interference which could be used to jam transmissions or disrupt the function of nearby electrical equipment. (First demonstrated in Tales of Suspense #39)
- Reverse Magnetism - Iron Man could redirect the path of ferrous projectiles in flight. (First demonstrated in Tales of Suspense #39)


In AvX: VS #1, they pit Iron Man against Magneto. It was revealed within the first few pages that Iron Man's armor (in current comic-book lore) is made of carbon nanotubes, not iron:

A page from AvX: VS #1 showing Iron Man describing his carbon nanotube armor


Speaking purely from the movie, the suit was a Gold/Titanium alloy. Neither of which is is magnetic.

That being said, there has to me large numbers of wires/etc that are likely to be magnetic and would have to be shielded.

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    Well, if we want to be purely accurate all matter is magnetic, given a strong enough magnetic field (this is how nMRI/MRI machines work). However, yes the amount of energy needed to align the spin of the atoms in Gold and Titanium is quite high.
    – ewanm89
    Apr 26, 2012 at 20:58
  • I wonder how much energy you'd need to make the human skeleton magnetic. Jun 25, 2015 at 16:01

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