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Mark 41

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Mark41
Based On: None
Appearances:
Continuity:
Armor Profile:
Designer / Creator:
Users:
Tony Stark
Affiliations:
Mark Number: Mark 41 (XLI)
Code Name: Bones
Armor Class: Special Iron Man Suit
Armor Type:
Skeleton Suit
Armor Color:
Black With Golden Plates
Armor Height: 6'5"
Status: Destroyed
Armor Data:
Components:
Power Core:
Vibranium Arc Reactor Mark II
Armor Features:
Armor Gauntlet
Armor Boots
Armor Systems:
J.A.R.V.I.S. OS

Status System

Propulsion System
Weapons:
Repulsors (Repulsion Mark I)
Unibeam (Chest Repulsor)
Armor Composition:
Titanium Plating
Armor Capabilities:
 
Special Features:
Prehensile Technology
Unofficial Level Meters:
Weight Level:
NEW LEVEL METER IN PROGRESS
Strength Level:
NEW LEVEL METER IN PROGRESS
Armor Chronology:
Predecessor: None (First Version)
Successor: Mark 42
Preceded By: Mark 40
Followed By: Mark 42


"Gentlemen."
J.A.R.V.I.S. addressing the Extremis Soldiers through the Mark 41 before attacking them.

The Mark 41 (Mark XLI), also known by its name as "Bones", is a Skeleton Suit, and was one of several new Iron Man Armors created by Tony Stark as 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 its debut when Tony ordered J.A.R.V.I.S. to initiate the "House Party Protocol", in which it was activated along with the rest of the Iron Legion to aid Tony in his battle against Aldrich Killian.

The suit earned it's name "Bones", because of it's external appearance which has a thin plating with the internal contents of the suit being exposed. The suit specializes in speed and maneuverability and is lighter than the regular Iron Man armor.

Armor Design

The Mark 41 has black and silver plates which cover the internal systems of the armor as well as serve as the strong thin layer of armor itself to protect the user operating within the suit. In it's overall design it has thin golden lining and also has gold plates across it's streamlined body armor.

These designs are used to increase it's maneuverability, which gives it the appearance of a skeleton, hence the name of the suit's type.

Armor Capabilities

Armor Separation

The Mark 41 has the special and unique ability to separate its armor pieces and fly separately.

Speed

With the Mark 41's lightweight structure, its speed has increased greatly compared to other Iron Man armors. Having been built to be more maneuverable and faster in speed, the Mark 41 can easily dodge obstacles or projectiles thrown at it.

Its speed may not match that of the Mark 40's, but it can swiftly fly around without any difficulty. Because of its light structure, the Mark 41 is the most versatile of Tony's armors.

Flexibility

The Mark 41's structure gives it several unique abilities. For example, The suit has very smooth joints, which makes movement very easy. Aside from this, the armor itself lacks the regular plating on an Iron Man armor, which would increase the weight and bulk of the suit.

Combining all these factors, the Mark 41 is a very flexible armor and movement made by the user would be very swift and easily done. The armor's flexibility allows it to dodge obstacles easily, as well as projectiles that are thrown at it.   

Armor Features

Armor Add-Ons

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The Mark 41's armor piece interlocking ability.

Built as an exoskeleton suit of an Iron Man Armor, the Mark 41 has little plating covering it's entire structure, which makes it's defense level weak and vulnerable to powerful attacks. Although plateless, the Mark 41 has a special mechanism that allows other armor parts to attach to the uncovered areas of the armor.

The suit allows any usable Iron Man armor plates to be able to attach to the armor and interlock with the suit, which makes it possible to have armor to cover its internal systems.

Weaponry

Repulsors

The Mark 41 has standard Repulsors.

Unibeam

The Unibeam of the Mark 41 is circular in shape and its outer covering is plated with thick golden lining. The suit has twice the power output as the Mark VII's Unibeam due to its new and improved Vibranium Arc Reactor Mark II, which it uses just like the other suits.

History

Before Iron Man 3

The Iron Legion and Creation

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

Because of this, Stark began working on the Iron Legion, and through its development, created several Iron Man Armors, from the Mark 8 to the Mark 40, all featuring various designs and purposes. After the Mark 39 / Gemini's completion, Stark proceeded to working on his next armor.

Somewhere between November and Christmas 2013, Tony ventured onto creating a new design as well as a new type of technology for the Iron Man Armor. Stark's work resulted in the birth of the "Prehensile Technology" and the all-new Mark 41.

The Mark 41 was a completely new armor in design and in capabilities, and would also serve as the prototype base armor for future Iron Man Armors. Stark designed the suit as an external skeleton for the Iron Man Armor which gave the armor a plate-less appearance. All of these features gave room for an increase in speed, maneuverability and flexibility for the user. During the time period Tony spent working on the Mark 41, he gave it the name "Bones" because of it's skeletal appearance.

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The Mark 41 in the Hall of Armors.

It was presumed that the armor was tested a number of times before it achieved full functionality and was certified combat ready.

Completion and Storage

When the the Mark 41 was completed, Stark stored it in the Hall of Armors Chamber beneath his Malibu House for future use. After Bone's success, Tony began working on it's successor. Realizing the capabilities of his new prehensile tech, Stark continued to improve it and combined it into his next armor, resulting into the prototype Mark 42.

Iron Man 3

Activation of the "House Party Protocol"

The Mark 41 was activated by J.A.R.V.I.S. along with all the other armors in the Hall of Armors under the "House Party Protocol". It then flew out of the Hall of Armors and went towards the Roxxon Oil Rig, together with the other 35 armors.

When Tony gives J.A.R.V.I.S. the order to "Target all Extremis heat signatures. Disable with extreme prejudice." J.A.R.V.I.S. replies with "Yes sir!" which echoes throughout all the armors, including the Mark 41.

The armor then begin targeting and attacking the Extremis Soldiers in the area, fighting them off in the ensuing battle.

The armour is later seen hovering in front of five Extremis soldiers. Jarvis, who was controlling the armour, remarks, "Gentlemen," as the armour then splits apart. The corresponding pieces fly into the Extremis soldiers and knock them off the platform, presumably killing all five of them. The armour pieces then reassemble.. The suit doesn't make an on screen appearance for the rest of the movie.

It is unknown what happens to the Mark 41, as it may have been destroyed in battle by the Extremis Soldiers, or blown up by Tony's order of the "Clean Slate Protocol", as a sign of his devotion to his girlfriend, Pepper Potts.

Other Media

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

ARMOR DESCRIPTION:

MARK XLI:

OPTIMIZED FOR SPEED AND MANEUVERABILITY. NOT SUITED FOR HEAVY COMBAT.

Notes

  • Although never mentioned, the Mark 41 is an early prototype version for the Mark 42's prehensile technology.

Trivia

  • The Mark 41 was one of the many suits that could be seen in the Iron Man 3 movie theatrical poster, along with the Marks 16, 17, 24, 33, and 39, with the Mark 42 being worn by Tony.
  • The Mark 41 is the lightest in weight out of all the other suits, the second lightest being the Mark 42 and the third being the Mark V.
  • Since it was built for maneuverability and speed, the Mark 41 takes on a skeleton-like appearance in its design, including its helmet. Because of this, the armor is known as a Skeleton Suit.
  • This armor is the only armor to feature plateless, skeletal designs throughout it's body.
  • Though Mark XLI was mentioned to have Plate Add-on Capabilities, it was never seen in the movie Iron Man 3 replacing it's exposed internals with other Armor Plates.

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References

  1. Iron Man 3

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