First Appearance: Iron Man 3
Designer / Creator: Tony Stark
Affiliations: Hall of Armors
Mark Number: Mark 42
Code Name: None
Armor Class: Special Iron Man Suit
Armor Type: Prehensile Suit
Armor Color: Light Gold With Dark Red Plates
Height: User's Height
Power Core: Vibranium Arc Reactor Mark II
Enhanced Composite Armor With Ceramic Plating & Silicon-Infused Steel
Special Systems: Prehensile Technology
Other Features: --
Preceded by: Mark 41
Followed by: Unidentified armor #1
- Tony: "Focus up ladies. Good evening, and welcome to the birthing suite. I am pleased to announce the imminent arrival of your bouncing badass baby brother."
- Tony: "Mark 42, Autonomous Prehensile Propulsion Suit Test, initialize sequence. "
- ―Tony briefing the initial completion of the Mark 42, to his first 7 Mark Armors in the Hall of Armors.
The Mark 42 (XLII), was the forty second suit, and was one of the many newly built suits, created by Tony Stark, sometime after the events of The Avengers and before the initial events of the present Iron Man 3 timeline.
It was the featured suit in the movie Iron Man 3, and made its debut in the movie during the start, when Tony creates it in his basement, and tests the suit's functionalities. It was seen throughout the whole movie as Tony's main suit, and it was later destroyed by self-destruction when Tony ordered J.A.R.V.I.S. to do so, after mentally controlling it to trap Aldrich Killian within it to blow him up and finish him for good.
The suit is well known for its special ability to fly in separate pieces and wrap itself around Tony's body, piece by piece through a "state-of-the-art" computer chip that was implanted in his forearms, which enables him to mentally communicate with his armor.
The Mark 42 has a unique and special design. Unlike most of it's predecessors, the Mark 42 does not feature the usual Red and Gold platings, but instead has darker hue for the red platings and a lighter color for the golden platings.
It's appearance and design is reversed from the original design of the former armors. Whereas the areas with Red platings from it's former armors are now covered with the gold ones and the same style goes with the Red plates of the armor.
Light Gold is the dominant color of this armor. It has a circular-shaped Unibeam with a white glow, and has a thinner appearance than a regular Iron Man Armor.
The Mark 42 has prehensile technology, allowing it to attach to Tony when controlled by his nervous system.
Remote Command Edit
The Mark 42 also features the unique ability to control itself when Tony Stark isn't inside his suit or when Mark XLII is A.I-deactivated, the Subcutaneous Implant in Tony's forearms allow the armor to communicate with his nervous system helping the armor follow his commands. Any action done by Stark is imitated by Mark 42 if he connects with it.
The suit is made from an advanced titanium alloy that can resist powerful attacks, including energy attacks, that can destroy normal materials. It is reinforced with silicon infused-steel, enhanced composite armor with ceramic plating, a fiberglass frame and an advanced titanium alloy with high durability, hardness, compressive and tensile strength.
It is based on the Mark 24 and the Mark 38's armor, and might also be more durable and stronger than Mark 38. It also incorporates the Mark 33's energy enhancement technology which projects a slight forcefield that enhances the armor and improves durablility greatly. This incredible durability might be based on earlier armors, like the ability to resist extreme heat, like the Mark 23, gamma radiation and electrical surges, like the Mark 26, biohazards, radioactivity (gamma and nuclear, like the Mark 28) and chemicals, like the Mark 35 and other potentially fatal conditions.
The suit has incredible damage resistance, thanks to the advanced Titanium alloy and its perforated fiberglass-ceramic frame. The armor incorporates an adaptive pressure modification system which regulates internal strength, giving it underwater and sub-orbit capability. It is based on the Mark 39 which can travel to space which gives the Mark 42 the ability to go to space too. This is because the armor is strong enough to withstand cold temperatures, radiation and the low pressures in space.
It can travel far into space because of the technology of the Mark 20 which makes it use less energy. It can also travel underwater like the Mark 37 because the armour is strong enough to withstand the crushing pressures deep under the ocean. It can also travel fast underwater.
The suit used a directed energy reactor, focusing its power and channeling it through to the suit's appendages and weapon systems, giving it enhanced speed, strength, and firepower. Because of the extra energy output, this armor also has a slight energy shield that passively improves its durability. This shield enhances its armour and greatly improves the durability.
The Mark 42 vividly features extremely powerful Electromagnetism. The much more powerful Electromagnets are the results of the armor's Enhanced Directed Energy Reactor, the feature first conceived on the Mark 33. The Electromagnetic Gauntlets of Mark 42 are extremely enhanced. The single hand using an Electromagnetic Gauntlet can carry more than 12 people (with metallic objects such as name tags.) unto the Mark 42. This is proven in Iron Man 3, wherein Tony Stark saves more than 10 people through the use of his Electromagnets. Such powerful electromagnetics can be used as a warp-ripping weapon.
The repulsors on its leg are stronger allowing it to travel into space. Its speed could also be based on the Mark 40 "Shotgun" that is designed to travel up to hypersonic speeds so that the Mark 42 can travel to hypersonic speeds (Mach 1-Mach 10) or reentry speeds (>Mach 25). The armor also has an upgraded flight stabilizing system which enables the armor to have improved versatility during combat and precision during flight. This suit can also fly at very high altitudes without ice building up, because (like all previous armours) it is also based on the Mark 3 which is the first armor to solve the icing problem.
The suit has a standard set of pre-release systems, including amplified muti-stage repulsor systems. It has compact missile systems, much like the Mark VII, and it also has more conventional rocket systems.
The suit employs some of the most advanced repulsion systems of all of his previous designs, utilizing a plasmic-based photon projector system, which captures plasma and electrons in a electromagnetic field, firing it in a beam-like shape with high penetrating capability and immense strength.
The armor has a higher energy output than previous designs, taking from the Mark 33, with energy diversion and enhancement systems. Due to the armor being in the prototype phase, the combat and flight system frequently fault out, forcing Tony to rely solely on the repulsors. Since the suit can go in to space, (just like the space armor in the comics) it has long range cables used as Grappling Hooks.
The Mark 42 utilizes the real-world principle of Plasma Acceleration, a process wherein the use of Electromagnetic Fields to charge atomic energy results in Plasma-based Particles that fuse together to create directed energy Lasers. The Mark 42's Repulsors are ultimately enhanced through this technology. Being able to penetrate and cross through the thickest wall ever possible.
The Mark 42 is equipped with the standard based Repulsors. Pre-pulsion and flight stabilization are much stronger in the suit, due to each of the armor's pieces have a single Repulsor to fly off seperately.
The suit can directly focus its power into the Central Unibeam Projector. It will then fire a concussive blast of energy, stronger than normal weapons such as repulsor rays, that can destroy or overwhelm almost anything in its path at full power. It is shown to be able to kill Eric Savin, whose biology is enhanced with the Extremis virus, which gives its host enhanced healing abilities.
In this case, a point-blank blast went through Savin's chest, a wall behind him and kept going. Its design, incorporating many features of the earlier Mark 33 suit gives it more efficient energy enhancement technology and therefore increases its speed, strength, and durability. This is also due to the high output of the Vibranium Arc Reactor. The Mark 42's Unibeam is one the strongest and most powerful Unibeam's of all the armors.
This armor is equipped with special, non-lethal Flashbangs, one was given by Tony to Harley, in which he later on used it to distract Eric Savin, so Tony can shoot him in the face with a manual hand-Repulsor.
Before Iron Man 3 Edit
Tony creates the prototype version of the prehensile technology system after testing the separate functional capabilities on the Mark 41.
The Mark 42 is first seen when Tony Stark is testing it in his workshop. It is later used when Tony was seeing who was at his front door finding Maya Hansen. When the Mandarin attacks Tony's home, Tony controls the suit to wrap around Pepper until she made it safely out of the house. Tony then uses the suit to try to fend off the Mandarin's attack.
It was able to destroy two out of three helicopters but was heavily damaged. It fell down with his house but was able to make it out of the wreckage and away from Malibu. Tony finds out that the suit has flown all the way to Rose Hill, Tennessee. The suit is low on power and Tony has to find a way to charge it. He finds a garage to keep it where he meets Harley Keener. Before Tony Stark and Harley Keener left Harley Keener's Garage, Tony Stark toke a Grappling Hook from the Mark 42. Tony and Harley are able to charge the suit but not fully.
Tony later uses it to escape from Trevor Slattery's house and deal with his guards. Later, controlling the suit remotely, Tony kills Eric Savin and saves citizens falling out of Air Force One. It is hit by a truck and is knocked into pieces, but is somehow later put back together and arrives at the docks to aid the other suits in killing Killian, but hits a pole and falls into pieces. It is then used to trap Aldrich and self destructs on Tony's orders but fails to kill him.
In Iron Man 3 - The Official Game, it is one of the strongest armors available for use, having a x7.0 Score Multiplier, and categorized under the Striker Missile special power.
It is initially available for use in the start of the game, having a x1.0 Score Multiplier but then gets damaged after one short run of an instructional game to teach the player how to play, so the Mark III replaces the Mark 42 while it is being repaired.
- Score Multiplier: x7.0
- Special Weapon: Striker Missile
- Game Description:
This section is under development. Information will be placed here soon.
- Armor Description:
- This armor was based on the armor with the same functionality and name in the comics, which is the Extremis Armor.
- There has been some speculation that Mark 42 is in fact the Mark 8 or the Mark 47, due to it being the next suit created after the Mark VII (7), prior to the "House Party Protocol" suits, leaving a gap as to whether the Mark VIII (8) suit was created at all.
- It has already been confirmed that this suit is indeed the Mark 42, and that it is neither the Mark 8, nor the Mark 47. As the Mark 8 is a completely different suit that Tony created in the movie, and exists, and as for the Mark 47, Tony has yet to create it and it never existed in the movie.
- The Number 42, according to 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy', is the meaning of life. Not suprisingly, Tony finds his own meaning of life using this suit.
- According to its description in Iron Man 3: The Official Game the suit has a self-repairing function, this may be why Tony is able to use it after crash landing in Tennessee and getting hit by a truck.
- The Mark 42 was one of the many suits that could be seen in the Iron Man 3 movie theatrical poster, being worn by Tony, along with the Marks 17, 24, 33, 39, and 41.
- The Mark 42 is the first armor to feature more Gold platings than red, other than the usual Red and Gold plating style.
- Despite the powerful characteristics of the armor, the Mark 42 armor in the movie is somewhat weak, this is somewhat seen during the Mark 42's performance during the film.
- A possible explanation for the Mark 42's weak performance in Iron Man 3 is the fact that the armor is still in the prototype stage when Tony used it in the film.
External Links & ReferencesEdit
- The Mark 42 on Wikipedia.
- The Mark 42 on the Marvel Database.
- The Mark 42 on the Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki.
- The Mark 42 on the Marvel Movies Wiki.
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