It looks like there are about fifty Iron Men in the new Iron Man Movie: Iron Man 3.

Who are all these Iron Men? Is Pepper Potts one of them? Or is it all The Avengers, but wearing Iron Man costumes?

Here's a snapshot from the international trailer:

a bunch of iron mans

  • Perhaps among them is the people who look like they're being fitted with suits at 1:51?
    – Izkata
    Commented Mar 7, 2013 at 18:19
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    @Izkata Heh, I assumed they were getting injected with an Extremis dose.
    – user1027
    Commented Mar 7, 2013 at 18:36
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    it's a trailer - i'm assuming that the identities will be revealed in the full movie when it is released
    – HorusKol
    Commented Mar 8, 2013 at 4:13
  • I'm with HorusKol on this one. Commented Apr 30, 2013 at 18:50

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This is an allusion to the ArgonautsArgonauts Armors

As well as this image by Oliver Coipel

Armors where Tony demonstrates his ability to control several armors at once using tech similar to the NTU-Telepresence armor.

You can see in this still shot he is wearing what I believe is a Telepresence headset.


  • Yes this must be it. The trailer shows the fat one, second from the left in your first picture. Commented Mar 7, 2013 at 18:48

Elsewhere in that same trailer, we see a flying Iron Man suit that Tony jumps into. The back of the suit is open, and he leaps into it, then takes over. This suggests that these suits may be remote controlled, so it's likely that most of them are empty in that image.

It's unlikely that if there are pilots in the suits that they would be Avengers, as Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios President stated in an interview:

Journalist: After cell phones came out horror directors had to come up with elaborate ways to explain why people wouldn’t call someone on a cell phone for help, now that all The Avengers know each other do you have to come up with excuses for why Tony Stark wouldn’t reach out when he needs a hand?

Feige: It’s a good question, and it’s sort of half and half. I am betting that like the comics you don’t have to keep – if you are reading a standalone “Iron Man” comic, they don’t spend every page explaining where every other Marvel hero is. The audience kind of accepts that there are times when they’re on their own and there are times when they are together. I’m betting that movie audiences will feel the same way. That being said, there is a little bit of lip service here and there to that. There is also just the very nature of Tony wants to, once he barely survives that house attack you saw today, and even you saw it in the message he left for Pepper, he’s basically saying “I’m going off the grid to try to figure something out.”

It's currently unknown who is controlling them remotely (Tony, JARVIS, a villain, etc.), as the film is not yet released. It's likely that Tony is doing so, as in a previous trailer (Trailer 1 at 0:27) we see him wearing a device on his head and remotely guiding components of a new Iron Man armor onto himself. In addition, it's been discussed in interviews that the movie will adapt the Extremis storyline. In that storyline, Tony gets some augmentations to himself, which allows him to remotely guide and control Iron Man suits.

  • That's basically a non-answer. Just because the film hasn't been released doesn't mean nobody knows what happens in it, or at least some specifics of the plot. Commented Mar 7, 2013 at 18:47
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    @user973810 Actually that's pretty much exactly what the issue is with unreleased movies, we don't know what happens in it. Anyway, see my edit. I was able to at least address your 'are these the Avengers?' question.
    – user1027
    Commented Mar 7, 2013 at 18:50
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    Until the film is finished being edited, nobody (except the director and editor/s) knows exactly what is happening. Everything is subject to change at pretty much any time. Things written or even filmed are never guaranteed to be in the final version. Hell, even things shown in the trailers are cut from the movie (see The Amazing Spider-Man for a great example of this).
    – phantom42
    Commented Mar 7, 2013 at 18:55
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    And yet major details can be changed at the very last minute. Look at how nobody except for Lucas and James Earl Jones knew about Vader and Luke's relationship until the movie was released - including the actors in the scene.
    – phantom42
    Commented Mar 7, 2013 at 19:06
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    Yes, I've read that. Pretty much everyone's take is that Prowse was either joking or speculating - much like what has to be done to answer this question fully right now.
    – phantom42
    Commented Mar 7, 2013 at 23:23


They are remotely controlled by him: Operation "House Party"

The movie came out last week in japan (4/26/2013)

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    Although there’s quite a lot of artificial intelligence involved as well. Commented Apr 30, 2013 at 20:12

Armors in the film were mark 25 striker mark 33 silver centurion mark 38 igor mark42 mark 17 heartbreaker mark 40 shotgun mark 39 starboost mark 35 red snapper mark 37 hammerhead.. These are the armors Stark built in the film.


The suits were all (almost all) unmanned, and controlled remotely by JARVIS as part of operation "House Party".

They are all the various prototype and production suits Tony had built.

During the battle in which they participated, Tony jumped from suit to suit, as needed, which is why I say "almost all" are unmanned.


We've had an example of someone else wearing Iron Man Armour in War Machine, if a big enough threat makes it's self apparent there is no reason Tony couldn't have a military unit suited up in a set of Iron Man suits.

About 1:50 in this trailer we see what looks like people being measured for suits? That could hint at an army of Iron Men?

Although the conversation between Tony and Rhodes:

"We do need backup"

"That's Your department"


"There's my boys"

Imply that it might not be military, and might be as other have suggested remotely controlled, or AI controlled Iron Men.

There is precedent for this, the suits that Vanko puts together in Iron Man 2 are remotely controlled.

  • I believe Tony uses the term "Boys" to mean robots. He refers to the robots in his house as "Boys" on several occasions.
    – Monty129
    Commented Mar 8, 2013 at 14:43
  • The scene in the trailer you're talking about appears to be of soldiers getting ready to take the Extremis serum. If you look closely at this screen capture you'll see Aldrich Killian, the inventor of the serum, standing in the room (middle).
    – Chad Levy
    Commented Apr 30, 2013 at 15:49

the suits are being controlled by Jarvis under Tony's control.

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    Although you're not wrong, this answer does little more than repeat what you can see in earlier, better referenced answers.
    – Valorum
    Commented Apr 4, 2015 at 20:47

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