Marvel’s been running a fun series of articles on its official website wherein scientists hypothesize as to how Iron Man’s armor might work in reality. It’s been a long time since I’ve studied physics and chemistry, so I’ll admit it took a couple reads to fully grasp the science being discussed in these. What I’m able to glean is that Shellhead’s rocket boots are probably the hardest things to reconcile out of all his technological wonders. That’s right, his arc-reactor heart is actually more plausible than his rocket boots. The rub seems to be that such a propulsion system would need a LOT of fuel and Tony isn’t exactly flying around with a big tank on his back. They actually bring up the delightfully macabre notion that Mr. Stark’s own bodily-fluids could prove to be a viable alternative source. You’ll have to read it to understand.
You know, I rarely ever get a bug up my butt about suspending my disbelief but… I had to raise my eyebrow over Tony’s whole solution to his “palladium predicament” in IRON MAN 2. I don’t know if it was even so much that he was able to synthesize a completely new element in his living room (and what was it supposed to be? Vibranium?) but the notably arcane way he figured out its composition.
Marvel’s articles drop links to various photos and videos of prototype jetpacks as examples of “real life Iron Men” in action, but I have to say I’ve already seen a real life Iron Man. There even was an entire documentary about him called PROJECT: GRIZZLY. I’m talking about Canadian inventor, Troy Hurtubise, who designed eight different marks of his Ursus armor so he could eventually fight a grizzly bear mano-a-mano to settle an old grudge. You’ll understand what I’m saying after you watch the trailer below… == TEASER ==