In order to make the armor less frightening to the general public, Stark created and planted a gold-colored version of his Mk. I armor with a wide array of improvements over the original. The new armor used the three dimensional, collapsible micro-structure now common in Stark's suits, so that it could be folded up and stored in his briefcase while inactive. The chest plate was streamlined so that it could be worn under normal clothing without being noticeable. The suit had a semi-rigid interior with 3D knitted metallic exterior of a lightweight iron alloy, providing the same protection as his old suit did. This was also the first suit to be equipped with a force field generator. Power was still provided by flat linear armature DC motors, now rechargeable via solar recharger as well as electrical outlets, and motion sensing was still provided by negative feedback. The Mk I boot-jets provided limited flight; steering while flying was accomplished by bodily movement. Weaponry consisted of the chest-mounted Mk II Monobeam (usable as either a concussive force beam or a heat beam), a sledgehammer, hacksaws extending from the fingertips, hand drills, electromagnets allowing him to pull things to him and push them away, and an electrical field generator. Communications and sensor arrays consisted of a loudspeaker, short-wave two-way radio, radar, and a tape recorder. When one iteration of this particular armor was partially destroyed by the Melter, a super villain who could dissolve iron and iron alloys with a special ray, Stark built an exact copy out of aluminum which was unaffected.
In Other Media
Iron Man wore the Mk II armor in the very first episode of his feature, which was his animated debut. However, by the second episode, he'd switched to his more familiar Mk. III armor.
- The Mk II armor appears as a variant costume in Marvel Heroes.
- An homage to the MK II armor is featured in Iron Man VR as the Golden Avenger armor.
- ToyBiz produced a figure of the Mk II armor for the Collector's Edition Avengers box set.
- ToyBiz produced a figure of the Mk II armor as a Chase Variant for the Marvel Legends Mojo Build-a-Figure wave.
- The MK II armor was featured in the HeroClix figure game as part of the Armor Wars series.
- The MK II Iron Man was included in the Minimates Avengers #1 box set from Diamond Select.
- Hasbro produced a figure of the Mk II armor for the Marvel Universe Classic Avengers box set.
- Gentle Giant Studios produced a bust of the MK II Iron Man armor.