In Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Tony Stark is the first member of the Avengers to get inside Baron von Strucker's castle, where he takes down a room full of soldiers before stepping out of his suit and travelling down a secret passage.

Why does he take off his suit in the middle of an enemy base when it might have protected him against Scarlet Witch's magic, or at the very least helped him better search the passageway with Jarvis' HUD?

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    Robert Downey Jr. needed to show his rugged, handsome self.
    – eirikdaude
    Jun 9, 2015 at 8:44
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    “One could argue that inside his armor he might have been unaffected by Scarlet Witch's magic.” One could also argue the effects would have been worse. He gets scared and suddenly launches missiles, brings down the entire base. DIDN’T THINK OF THAT, DIDJA?!?!? Jun 9, 2015 at 9:03
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    @eirikdaude, you might say that in jest, but that is almost certainly the real-world answer to this question, seeing how Robert Downey Jr. has made it no secret that he wants more 'face' time in these movies.
    – LJ2
    Jun 9, 2015 at 13:06
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    Watching Age of Ultron, I literally thought as Tony was taking off the suit: “Oh, Scarlet Witch needs to get him for the narrative. That’s... showing your hand a little obviously there,” and I kind of assumed that everyone else watching thought pretty much the same thing. The needs of the narrative to have this happen fluidly trumped the needs of verisimilitude to have Tony behave realistically here.
    – KRyan
    Jun 9, 2015 at 16:39

3 Answers 3


1. The Avengers were unaware of the second enhanced at the moment: When Tony breached the shield and entered the castle, the Avengers knew only of "the blur". They later found out about Wanda. And since rest of the Avengers were already tackling "the blur", Tony let his guard down.

2. Greater maneuverability/Convenience: Tony wanted to check out the entire lab & all the computers, and the Iron Man armour isn't quite the tool to do it with. He had already run a thermal scan of the entire area, and since it was clear, he had no reason to believe he would be in any kind of danger. He wanted to check out the computers by himself. (And after watching Iron man 3, I believe we all know how ridiculous it is when Tony tries to walk around in that armour :P)

3. The Armour was in sentry mode: Tony had put the armour to sentry mode, which essentially meant that he had J.A.R.V.I.S. looking out for any danger. He could summon the armour any time he needed it, as he does whilst reaching out for the scepter.

To summarise: Tony believed himself to be in a condition safe enough to come out of the armour, considering the information that was available to them at the time.

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    @Taladris - over-confident more than carefree I would say... Also, The Avengers weren't entirely sure of "The Blur"s powers at the moment.
    – Stark07
    Jun 9, 2015 at 8:11
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    Sentry Mode turned out to be useless.
    – Petersaber
    Jun 9, 2015 at 8:16
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    Anyway yes the answer is that it's a lot easier to type with your own hands than it is through Iron Man hands, and with the armour standing by it really didn't do him any harm. Well, until he left it upstairs. Yay! Jun 9, 2015 at 9:58
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    @LightnessRacesinOrbit - I've already stated in point #2 that Tony had run a thermal scan of the area and that is why he felt safe enough.
    – Stark07
    Jun 9, 2015 at 10:00
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    So when Tony enters the secret room, he's already out of the armour.... Hence, the team come to know of the second enhanced after Tony steps out of the suit...
    – Stark07
    Jun 10, 2015 at 16:00

Stark07's answer here is perfectly correct when at looks at the reasons from Tony's perspective about why he leaves the armour behind, but I think this is worth digging a little deeper into. Tony Stark is one of the most well developed characters not just in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but in modern cinema today, and his relationship with his Iron Man suits is as fascinating as it is unhealthy.

If you recall the events of Iron Man, you will remember that Tony Stark first designs his Iron Man suit (and later refines it) in order to escape captivity in Afghanistan, where he was being held by the Ten Rings terrorists. It doesn't take many rewatches of Iron Man and Iron Man 2 to see that not long after his imprisonment, he begins to suffer from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) - simply look at his actions in the films, almost all of which are motivated by a greater need to "take control".

By the time Iron Man 3 rolls around, Tony Stark is in a worse state than ever after flying through the portal in The Avengers/Avengers Assemble. It is here we see his PTSD at it's worst state - he is quite literally a mess, having panic attacks if asked to recall the events of New York and spending increasingly large amounts of time building more Iron Man suits, to the point where it is putting strain on his relationship with Pepper Potts.

The events of Iron Man 3, which leave Tony suitless and force him to rely on himself rather than the suits for the first time since Afghanistan go a long way to easing some of the worries he faces - most importantly, that HE is Iron Man, not the suit. The end result of this is that by the time Avengers: Age of Ultron rolls around, we find ourselves in the company of the most mentally sound version of Tony Stark we have seen since his first appearance in Iron Man - at least until Scarlet Witch interacts with him.

Tony Stark's PTSD and his new found ability to cope with it is the reason that he takes off the suit in Baron von Strucker's base. It's a way of showing the audience that Tony Stark isn't as reliant on the suits as he once was - that he is "better", so to speak. He feels confident that he is relatively safe without the suit, and as such he leaves it behind - but not too far behind. He is Iron Man after all.

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    “He feels confident that he is relatively safe without the suit, and as such he leaves it behind” — yup. Then he has one hallucination and goes full-pelt towards surrounding the entire earth with Iron Men. TONYYYY Jun 9, 2015 at 9:07
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    @PaulD.Waite That's actually one of the things I love about Avengers: Age of Ultron. Tony doesn't magically get over PTSD - he learns to liveand cope with it, and we see that it can be retriggered. Jun 9, 2015 at 9:12
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    @Stark07 His PTSD absolutely was manifesting as dependancy on the suits, and not just in Iron Man 3 - take another look at Iron Man 2, such as when he gets incredibly drunk in his suit or when he hangs out on the donut in his suit. In Iron Man 3 the problem has got so bad that he develops new technology to call the suit to him at any time, as well as creating one that is activated in his sleep and attacks Pepper, which is when he is at his worst. I'll agree that part of it was about having back-ups and options, but that is still dependancy on the suits. Jun 9, 2015 at 11:43
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    @Stark07 This is getting pretty lengthy and unsuitable for comments - but Tony Stark definitely has PTSD in Iron Man 1 and Iron Man 2. This is a man who was blown up, tortured, and shown his life work was in the hands of his enemies, before being forced to kill multiple people in order to escape - an escape that cost Yisen, the man who saved him, his life. After that we see him shut down his company, completely change his personality and begin illegally entering active war zones due to his new found need to help people. Jun 9, 2015 at 12:55
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    @Stark07 "And trained military personnel too can get PTSD." I know that. Bruce Banner literally went into hiding out of fear of himself and his ability to hurt others - maybe knowing you cannot be harmed takes away the liklihood of PTSD developing. And Wanda and Pietro were so scarred by their experience of a war zone that they underwent experimental, highly dangerous medical procedures just to make themselves stronger. Sounds similar to Tony Stark and his need for the suits to me. Jun 9, 2015 at 13:05

Below are the answers from an out-of-universe perspective.

1) To keep the story moving forward. With the suit on, Tony Stark cannot be brainwashed or the brainwashing is less convincing to the audience. Brainwashing a suit of armor would look stupid, something Michael Bay would do.

2) Stark is the oldie and Witch is the newbie. The relationship must start very early in the movie, and it must begin human to human.

  • This is written from an out-of-universe perspective on good storytelling practices, but I think the question is looking for an in-universe explanation.
    – Null
    Jun 9, 2015 at 14:07
  • @Null This makes sense, thanks!
    – tidwall
    Jun 9, 2015 at 14:21
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    @tidwall Out of universe answers are not off topic here, unless specifically stated so in the question. Jun 9, 2015 at 14:30
  • The original question did state that the OP was looking for in-universe explanations only.
    – Stark07
    Jun 10, 2015 at 11:57
  • @Stark07 The original question only stated that this answers first point "to allow the film to happen" isn't wanted. His second point (which could do with being expanded really) is still a valid answer. Jun 10, 2015 at 12:01

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