Bleeding Edge Armor
First Appearance:
The Invincible Iron Man Volume 5 #25
(June 2010)
Armor Information:
Creator / Designer: Tony Stark
User(s): Tony Stark
Model Number:  Model 38
Mark Number: None
Armor Color:  Red, Gold & Black
Status: Active
Armor Features:
Repulsors, Unibeam, Arc Reactor,
Nanotechnology; Bleeding Edge Tech
Preceded By:  Prison Escape Armor
Followed By:  Iron Destroyer Armor

The Iron Man Armor Model 38 (Model XXXVIII), also known as the Bleeding Edge Armor, was an armor that appeared in the Iron Man Comics of the Marvel Comics Universe, that was published and created by Marvel Comics.

It was created by Tony Stark and its design was based on the armors of the 2008 film Iron Man.

Armor DesignEdit

This armor made Iron Man one of the most powerful heroes in the world. It can go toe to toe with Thor and savagely beat an amped Red Hulk. Its power source has been described as a man made star. This entire armor is kept inside Tony's body until mentally commanded, at which point it manifests itself as the Iron Man Armor. The armor is made up of Nano-Machines that can be commanded to turn into any type of structure upon Stark's skin. For example, the Nano-machines can turn into clothes, other armors, or even different beings completely, by having the Nano-machines change their properties into whatever Stark wants them to be. It can also dissociate to transform into the Iron Man armor whenever Stark wishes. The armor and Stark's own transhuman body are powered by the high-yield R.T. node mounted in his chest. The high output of the node has greatly augmented Stark's intelligence and provided him with superhuman-level multitasking and learning capabilities. The previous armor, Extremis armor, was enough to defeat The Sentry.

The known weaponry includes repulsors, uni-beam, pulse bolts, tasers, and an energy blade. Defenses include deflector shields. Other type of weapons and upgrades seems to be created by Stark's imagination, such as a boxing glove, large guns extending from his arms, or cannons.

The suit's repulsors, which are located around the knuckles, chest, back and legs of the armor, as well as in the traditional palms, now function also as cameras, or "eyeballs", which afford Stark a 360-degree panoramic view around himself.Temporarily replacing the suit's primary composite - iron/platinum - with carbon nanotubes rendered it unaffectable by Magneto's powers when he and Iron Man engaged in combat over Utopia.


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