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Mark 38

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Based On: Hulkbuster Armor (possibly)
Armor Profile:
Designer / Creator:
Tony Stark
Mark Number: Mark 38 (XXXVIII)
Code Name: Igor
Armor Class: Special Iron Man Suit
Armor Type:
Heavy Lifting Suit
Armor Color:
Dark Blue With Silver Plates
Armor Height: Around 8-12 ft (fully standing)
Status: Unknown
Armor Data:
Power Core:
Vibranium Arc Reactor Mark II
Armor Features:
Armor Gauntlet
Armor Boots
Armor Systems:

Status System

Propulsion System
Repulsors (Repulsion Mark I)
Unibeam (Chest Repulsor)
Armor Composition:
Titanium Plating
Armor Capabilities:
Lifting Heavy Objects


Extreme Strength
Special Features:
Spine Lifter

Pressure Supporters
Enhanced Chest RT
High Energy Output

Advanced Donning system
Armor Chronology:
Predecessor: None
Successor: None
Preceded By: Mark 37
Followed By: Mark 39

"Jarvis! Get Igor to steady this thing!"
Tony ordering J.A.R.V.I.S. to make Igor hold the dock crane in place, to keep it from collapsing.

The Mark 38 (Mark XXXVIII), also known by its name as "Igor", is a Heavy Lifting Suit, and was one of several new Iron Man Armors created by Tony Stark as a part of the Iron Legion. The armor was created sometime after the Battle of New York.[1]

It was featured in Iron Man 3, and made it's debut when Tony ordered J.A.R.V.I.S. to initiate the "House Party Protocol", in which it was activated along with all the other suits to aid Tony in his battle against Aldrich Killian.

The suit was named "Igor", because it of its design, bearing a resemblance to some features of a real "Igor", featuring a slouched posture and bulky appearance. It specializes in lifting heavy objects such as debris, and is capable of tremendous strength and power.

Armor DesignEdit

The Mark 38's design is unique compared to any other armor built by Tony Stark. Its resemblance is similar to the shape and size of an Igor, hence where the suit get its name.

The Mark 38 has blue and silver plates, with blue as the dominant color. The silver plates cover areas that highlight the armor's appearance, such as the face plate, the arms and legs and the middle area of the armor's abdomen plating and also much larger legs and forearms and a very heavy bulky and stubby design.

Armor CapabilitiesEdit

Extreme StrengthEdit

Having been built to carry and lift heavy objects, the Mark 38 has an incredible amount of strength and power. Capable of lifting almost anything ten times its size (such as the oil rig), the armor has fives times the regular strength of a simple Iron Man armor. With this ability, the Mark 38 is the strongest of all armors. (except Hulkbuster armor)

A feature that helps the armor carry heavy and massive objects is it's Spine Lifter, in which it supports whatever object it carries and applies the same amount of pressure to counteract the pressure pressing down on the Mark 38. it's obviously shown that the Mark 38 can lift 100 tons and is able to carry objects much larger than it with gauntlets that slightly collapse on its self. the arms and legs can also lock in place to continuously lift objects.

Armor FeaturesEdit

Spine LifterEdit

Mark 38 Spine Lifter 3D Model

3D Concept of the Mark 38's Spine Lifter.

The Mark 38 has a powerful, pressurized support lifter located in the armor's spine area. Most commonly referred to as the Spine Lifter, this feature allows the Mark 38 to carry heavy and massive objects, such that it could be ten times the armor's size, and could support the weight easily without breaking. the spine lifter is located on the most reinforced part of the suit and is designed to extend so it can stabilize the weight to carry it and can obviously lift objects even heaver than an oil rig, some would say somewhere around 100 tons.

This feature is unique only with this suit, and is the armor's main function, as well as its most notable feature.

Pressure SupportersEdit

With its ability to carry weight, the Mark 38 has specialized arms that enable it to lift heavy objects and grant it's ability to do so. The Mark 38 has two pressure systems, with one on each arm. The Pressure Supporting feature is bulky and makes up one of the most notable features of the Mark 38. the pressure supporters can lift obviously over 100 tons as it's the part that will slightly collapse to stabilize weight.

Donning System Edit

The Mark 38, along with all the other newly built Mark suits, uses a more advanced technology that was based off on the Mark VII's technology, which is able to wrap itself around Tony's body, without the aid of robotic arms or any external mechanicals.

It can flexibly open itself to allow Tony to enter into the suit and automatically wrap itself around him, anywhere at anytime, much like the Mark 42's technology and the other newly built Mark suits'.



The Mark 38 has standard heavy duty repulsors, used to help lift up the suit from it's very heavy weight. It is not used for combat, and is only used when the suit flies.


The Mark 38 has a horizontal rectangular Unibeam, that can project a good amount of power strong enough to destroy and clear debris in its path.


Before Iron Man 3Edit

Iron Legion & the New Armor DesignEdit

Sometime after the Battle of New York, Tony Stark, who was haunted by his near death experience from the invasion, suffered from post traumatic stress disorder, becoming paranoid and obsessed with security.

Because of this, Stark began working on the Iron Legion, and overtime, created several Iron Man Armors, from the Mark 8 to the Mark 37, all built with various designs and purposes. After the Mark 37 / Hammerhead's completion, Stark proceeded to working on his next armor. With the recent development of new designs and technology used for his previous armors, Stark came up with the idea to create another unique armor.

Based on a totally new design by Stark, the Mark 38 was born. The armor was designed to specialize specifically in Lifting Heavy Objects, and thus was titled as the "Heavy Lifting Suit" for it's capabilities. Because of it's special features, the armor was large in size, making it the biggest Iron Man Armor to be created at that time.

During it's creation, Stark also gave the suit the name "Igor", because of it's large and slouched appearance.

It was presumed that during it's initial completion, the armor was tested a number of times before it reached perfection, became fully functional, as well combat ready.

Completion and Building the WineryEdit

After completing the armor, Igor was called for duty and helped Stark build the winery in the basement of his mansion.


When the Winery completed construction, Stark stored the Mark 38 in Hall of Armors Chamber beneath his Malibu House, where all the other previous Iron Man Armors he completed were stored in as well.

With Igor's completion, Stark proceeded to work on a new type suit, which would be the final version of his prototype space armors, the Mark 39 / Gemini - Sub-Orbital Suit.

Iron Man 3Edit

Malibu RaidEdit

Activation of the "House Party Protocol"Edit

The Mark 38 was activated by J.A.R.V.I.S. in the basement of Tony's Malibu Mansion, under the order of the House Party Protocol issued by Tony. It then flew out of the Hall of Armors and went towards the Roxxon Oil Rig together with the other 35 armors.

Later it was used to lift a oil rig after Tony called JARVIS to do so.

"Clean State Protocol"Edit

The Mark 38 most likely have survived and blown up by JARVIS under Tony's order of the "Clean State Protocol" as a sign of his devotion to his girlfriend, Pepper Potts. Because the Mark 38 was supporting the oil rig and it would've fallen if blown up at the same time as the other armors, its detonation was most likely delayed until Tony and Pepper got to a safe distance before the oil rig collapsed on them.

Other MediaEdit

Iron Man 3 - The Official GameEdit

Mark 38 / Igor
Pre-released with the game.
Armor Game Data:
Score Multiplier: x8.0
Special Weapon: Proton Shield
Armor Class: Proton Shield
Limited: No
Armor Requirements:
Stark Credits: 600,000 StarkCreditIcon
IS0-8 Cost: 2,500ISO8G
Build Time: 47 hours, 59 mins, 59 seconds
Required XP: 500,000 XP

A heavily armored suit designed to augment strength to almost inconceivable levels. It's especially effective in hand-to-hand combat against super-powered enemies.

The Mark 38 is a playable suit in the Iron Man 3 - The Official Game, and can be unlocked by unlocking all other armors first. It is one of the Special Offer Armors, and is not limited.

Marvel's Iron Man 3 - JARVIS: A Second Screen ExperienceEdit





  • The Mark 38 is the thirty-eighth suit built by Tony Stark, and is the thirty-first suit as part of the Iron Legion.


  • The Mark 38 is currently the second biggest armor existing that was created by Tony Stark and is currently the fourth strongest. The strongest armor is Mark 44, also known as "Hulkbuster", followed by Mark 45, Mark 43 and this itself.
  • The armor's appearance and shape takes on the look of an Igor, including the helmet.
  • The Mark 38 was one of the six unlockable armors available, as part of the "Iron Man 3 Unlock The Armors" promotional event for the film. It was released together with the Mark 17, Mark 33, Mark 35, Mark 39 and Mark 40.
  • The Mark 38 bears an uncanny resemblance to a suit of Terminator Armour from the Warhammer 40,000 Franchise.
  • Currently, the Mark 38's status is unclear.
    • If the Mark 38 blew up as part of the Clean Slate Protocol, the oil rig would have collapsed as it held it up for the entirety of the battle. But the rig did not collapse at all in the movie.


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