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Iron Man's best quantifiable feats of power

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What part of Invincible Iron Man didn't you understand
What part of Invincible Iron Man didn't you understand

Edit: IDK why Comic Vine does this, but

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sometimes the text will appear like that^

General lifting strength and the like: https://imgur.com/a/0ZLuul1

Just some stuff to show he is an in-universe powerhouse as well: https://imgur.com/a/RZ0IWaN Links under imgur images tend to separate for some reason, all you gotta do is close the spaces to get the proper links. (There's a feat of Iron Man stunning the Hulk and saying he's prepped enough scenarios to be ready for him in Avengers: Season One, but I'll elaborate on why I removed it in the "Extras" section)

Iron Man's speed: https://imgur.com/a/hmnSc6X

Floors an attacking Hulk in a brief unexpected encounter: https://imgur.com/a/V4a74B0

Absorbs Thor's lightning and gains a solid physical edge: https://m.imgur.com/a/iIVuee9

Fought Thing, Vision, and others at the same time just barely losing due to a weak spot in the armor: https://imgur.com/a/BoEWzQa

A broken Endo-sym armor was capable of physically cracking a glass prison that held this Terrax. T'challa states that's impressive when Black Swan does it which is why she was given an explosive necklace, but not Terrax: https://imgur.com/a/njVzjZ0

Discussion thread on what black holes could generally quantify as: https://comicvine.gamespot.com/forums/gen-discussion-1/is-a-black-hole-level-durability-feat-quantifiable-2261719/ I personally use the star mass and gravity that black holes exceed for quantifying them. The Universal black hole is something I don't count as a standard level Iron Man feat so I'm not worried about calcing it or anything, it's obviously impressive though.

(For this thread I'm including everything, including showings where he got amped and maybe some outlier feats that would be impressive to show since I feel like outliers are already used so much for other characters.)

A few people keep acting like Tony is some dude who can't survive a good hit from Thor or even contend with the Thing or Red Hulk which is false (it's arguable whether or not they have planetary consistency anyway). Even without the scaling he can do this (most of these aren't outliers in my opinion):

BEST FEATS

All things considered, I'd say this is some food for thought: https://imgur.com/a/5OjgLGy

Should also be obvious Iron Man can control the amount of force he hits with.

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Iron Man: Legacy issue 1
Iron Man: Legacy issue 1
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Iron Man & the armor wars issue 1
Iron Man & the armor wars issue 1
Extremis Iron Man bullrushes Terrax into Space in just a few panels and shoved him through a satellite + out of the Solar System -Iron Man (2020) #1

Here since someone made me feel like I was low-balling this feat, I'll leave it up to interpretation LOL: https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/resources/2232/where-is-the-edge-of-the-solar-system/ (crossed out part is old)

Also I'll say "out of the solar system" gives us a baseline distance that Terrax was launched, it just makes the feat more impressive considering he likely went even farther.

It just depends on what you consider the edge of the solar system, which would be the baseline of Iron Man's feat in this case.

We can see Terrax was at least shoved out of the solar system in a shorter span of time than it took for the night to pass, so it was presumably pretty quick. It should go without saying Iron Man overpowered the Earth and Sun's gravitational fields etc. making it a little more impressive.

Since Iron Man doesn't seem to have been gone for very long, I'm going to guess he didn't gently accelerate Terrax to escape velocity and then bring himself back down gently as well. The other option would be to punch or throw Terrax really hard and rely on his suit to 1) keep him from flying out of the solar system in the opposite direction and 2) keep his throwing arm from tearing itself apart with the force.

Solar escape velocity is 16.6km/s at an altitude of 200km, and a stable orbit at 200km requires a speed around 7.8km/s. Assuming Iron Man lined it up to take advantage of the orbital velocity and assuming the throw/punch accelerated Terrax from stable orbit velocity to solar escape over the space of one second, that's around 8800m/s2. According to this calculator that's 10.97694MN of force or 2467713 pounds-force. The Satellite size looks comparable to Viasat-1 so I'll say it’s 6,740 kg (7.43 us tons).

Altogether that required 1,126.765366 metric tons or 1.126765366 kilotons of force (small town level).

Lowkey I think this is also a skill feat since Tony would've needed a crazy precise application of force to pull off the attack the way he did.

Casually sends Iron Clad flying miles away in his neon classic armor with a repulsor boosted punch. It's very impressive considering Iron Clad was a heavy, density shifting Hulk villain. Iron Clad could go toe to toe with Hulk to an extent during this same time period (he also gave Mindless Hulk one of his best feats during their clash). Iron Man's repulsor packed punch sends Clad flying from some place underground. He gets launched through the roof like a cannonball and is sent miles away. -Avengers West Coast (1989) #53

The same Iron Clad shook infinite dimensions with Mindless Hulk and his whole thing is increasing his density, yet he got physically smacked away by Iron Man hard enough to make people think it was an Earthquake when Clad pulls himself up from a street miles away.

Iron Man with momentum punches through a giant sphere comprised of 32.65% vibranium, 26.28% adamantium, and 41.07% iron. Vibranium/adamantium alloy mixes can be VERY strong, but also fodder. I think it was at least stronger than low-grade/secondary adamantium since his repulsors couldn't do anything to it. -Iron Man (2020) issue #2
-Captain America: Man Out of Time #4
-Captain America: Man Out of Time #4

Iron Man Model 2 tanked Kang hurling Mjolnir "hard enough to split the Moon". It could be hyperbole, but at the same time it wouldn't make sense if Cap hyperboled on how hard Mjolnir was thrown since he only brought it up when talking about how hard Thor would be to hurt with his own hammer. Captain America recovers a little quicker than Giant-Man, Iron Man, and Thor here. He also was hurting and damaging Kang with his hits so it's not far-fetched to say he was portrayed as stronger than he's supposed to be in this story. Nonetheless this feat actually does reinforce my point of Iron Man being able to tank serious hits from Thor since he took a Mjolnir hit from KANG that was not only stated to be able to significantly harm even Thor, but also was stated to be hard enough to split the Moon. Thor has durability feats of that caliber and Mjolnir obviously has shown striking of that caliber, take it as you will. Plus the statement kinda washes away the inconsistency between Thor tanking Mjolnir vs getting whooped by Mjolnir so it is a bit useful.

(in mere seconds) Casually drills through layers of the Earth in basically his oldest suit with some giant scissors - Tales of Suspense (1959) issue #43
Tanked getting slammed deep into the Earth by Ramrod (who was implied to be a planetary threat multiple times) hard enough to shake the island of Manhattan with a tremor more violent than any ever felt in the East Coast. Ramrod did this in an attempt to shake Iron Man off him and Iron Man withstood the pressure. - Iron Man (1963) #36
Tanked getting slammed deep into the Earth by Ramrod (who was implied to be a planetary threat multiple times) hard enough to shake the island of Manhattan with a tremor more violent than any ever felt in the East Coast. Ramrod did this in an attempt to shake Iron Man off him and Iron Man withstood the pressure. - Iron Man (1963) #36
After being supercharged by Thor's lightning, Iron Man overpowered the pull of Galactus' galaxy sized Black Hole which was both stated and shown to have a universal gravitational force/pull. -Fantastic Four Epic Collection #Into_The_Timestream_(Part_2)
Used his power to help create and tank an explosion that destroyed several mountain ranges, and was felt all the way on the opposite side of the world (despite him previously tanking Mountain shattering blows from Fin Fang Foom/Mandarin. This blast did vaporize Fin Fang Foom if you do want to bring scaling into it, also it triggered Peter's spider-sense despite being so far away.) The explosion lasted for 16 hours and was tearing through "space and time" itself.-Iron Man (1968) #275
With no strain Iron Man releases high-frequency sonics equal to at least 2,000 fricken DECIBELS. (I'm just gonna say IRL this would've been a lot more catastrophic. It would only take 1,100 decibels to destroy the observable universe, so perhaps Tony figured out a way to stabilize such energy with his suit.) Decibels have a logarithmic scale so the writer probably didn't understand, still too good to not put here -Avengers (1998) issue #36
With no strain Iron Man releases high-frequency sonics equal to at least 2,000 fricken DECIBELS. (I'm just gonna say IRL this would've been a lot more catastrophic. It would only take 1,100 decibels to destroy the observable universe, so perhaps Tony figured out a way to stabilize such energy with his suit.) Decibels have a logarithmic scale so the writer probably didn't understand, still too good to not put here -Avengers (1998) issue #36
He escapes from the center of a Black Hole created by the Godkiller self destructing (scan on the right is supposed to be first). This is a strength, durability, and speed feat. I'll interpret this as a black hole with the diameter of Earth (7,917.5 mile radius). It would have the mass of 4,313 Suns and the gravity to pull an object at 3526748197 meters per second according to the Schwarzschild radius calculator which will be linked below. This was described as a space-time distorting, dimensional collapse that would pull everything along with it "out of reality" and it seemed Iron Man overcame the process of spaghettification which means it's indeed a physical feat rather than just "portal resistance" or whatever. That's why the legs of his armor were cracked. This has no anti-feats to say it’s weaker than a real black hole, so I will assume it's at least as strong as one (considering the Godkiller itself is far more powerful due to being above Celestials). -Iron Man (2013) #16

https://imgur.com/a/qRJB0VH (scans in order)

Calculator: https://www.omnicalculator.com/physics/schwarzschild-radius

For Reference (in case being more powerful than fricken Celestials wasn't enough lmao)

The Godkiller had actually destroyed a planet in the same run. The planet busting explosion is drawn as a similar size to the black hole in my opinion. The Godkiller was also powerful enough to destroy the Earth, had it gotten the chance -Iron Man (2013) issues #14-15
Iron Man trades blows with and defeats Magneto who was explicitly using the power of the Sun's magnetic field (and the magnetic fields from an unknown amount of planets). Honestly I think this is mad impressive. Magneto does pretty much all of his other feats without using an amp nearly as excessive as what he uses against Iron Man here. I definitely put Magneto's abilities above Storm's too -AvX: Vs #1
Iron Man trades blows with and defeats Magneto who was explicitly using the power of the Sun's magnetic field (and the magnetic fields from an unknown amount of planets). Honestly I think this is mad impressive. Magneto does pretty much all of his other feats without using an amp nearly as excessive as what he uses against Iron Man here. I definitely put Magneto's abilities above Storm's too -AvX: Vs #1

For Reference:

Shrugs off point-blank Dyson Sphere destruction via Sols Hammer (for reference this could destroy planets and wipe out the Shi'ar empire at 2% power) (scans are definitely out of order) - Avengers (2013) #44

Scans in order(hopefully)

While wearing his oldest armor he calculates that a punch from classic red n gold armor would make him a grease spot somewhere 6 states away -Iron Man Epic Collection #14
While wearing his oldest armor he calculates that a punch from classic red n gold armor would make him a grease spot somewhere 6 states away -Iron Man Epic Collection #14
He shrugs off and fodderizes some people with power suits that had the firepower of some small countries in his classic armor -Iron Man(1998) #37
Scans are wildly out of order but you can read lol Iron Man catches and tanks a West Coast destroying Satellite (it could turn the West Coast into a crater with just its Kinetic energy alone). The big ass satellite was actually a bomb so Iron Man first overpowers the sheer kinetic energy capable of cratering the West Coast, then proceeds to tank the self-destruction of said satellite -Iron Man: Fatal Frontier Infinite Comic - Issue #1

Iron Man Deep-space armor West Coast feat (in order): https://imgur.com/a/Idnnx4s

Scans are pretty out of order but Iron Man takes a weakened blast from IG Thanos that was stated by Galactus to be destroying parts of the galaxy, which also demolished the West Coast (13 countries, some of them LARGE). (note that the West Coast was demolished from the shockwave of what Iron Man intercepted in space without even touching the ground) - INFINITY GAUNTLET (1991) ISSUE #2

Iron Man Neo Classic armor West Coast feat (in order): https://imgur.com/a/oWZ2Znu

We see Tony and Nick Fury discuss the Subterranean Argonaut causing seismic activity on the Persian Gulf (among other things) -Iron Man(2005) #12
We see Tony and Nick Fury discuss the Subterranean Argonaut causing seismic activity on the Persian Gulf (among other things) -Iron Man(2005) #12
This is how big the Gulf looks on Earth for reference (keep in mind that Extremis Tony outclassed and fodderized all of the Argonauts)
This is how big the Gulf looks on Earth for reference (keep in mind that Extremis Tony outclassed and fodderized all of the Argonauts)
A prototype Iron Man armor created/withstood a planetary EMP so powerful that it was stated every nuke ever created being detonated at once couldn't match the surge (essentially a massively planetary electrical discharge or at least briefly caused one, yikes) -Fantastic four(1998) #15
A prototype Iron Man armor created/withstood a planetary EMP so powerful that it was stated every nuke ever created being detonated at once couldn't match the surge (essentially a massively planetary electrical discharge or at least briefly caused one, yikes) -Fantastic four(1998) #15
On short notice he was able to bring out repulsors and ultrasonics with enough FORCE to power a continent (without even draining his power). Keep in mind Iron Man was using a mobile CAR armor, not really built to be able to hang with the Hulk. This was an Extremis amped Doc Green Hulk who was angrier than ever on top of that. -Original Sin: Hulk vs. Iron Man (2014) #1
On short notice he was able to bring out repulsors and ultrasonics with enough FORCE to power a continent (without even draining his power). Keep in mind Iron Man was using a mobile CAR armor, not really built to be able to hang with the Hulk. This was an Extremis amped Doc Green Hulk who was angrier than ever on top of that. -Original Sin: Hulk vs. Iron Man (2014) #1
Now I will be talking about the Stark Weather Satellites. They work on a global scale and have Weather control potent to kill all biological life on Earth -The Mighty Avengers (2008) issue #4

They came up again later though, Iron Man states he figured out how to make Weather kill whomever he wants ("All of the weather, everywhere. With Machines"). To add on to that Thor even states his own weather powers aren't working (due to a machine that stole old Stark Weather tech): https://imgur.com/a/QM2FFMg

That time the weather control was shown to extend to both the Earth and Moon. Lunar atmosphere weather was manipulated.

Reason I bring this up is because Stark Satellites are technically something Iron Man always should have access to (especially during the Bleeding Edge/Extremis era). Sometimes they're inconsistent on whether they exist or not, varying with abilities ect. Still figured I should bring them up here.

Honorable mentions

He reacts to and uses his shields to no-sell a blast that had a high enough yield propellant to go to Mars and back. This oneshotted the Hulk but I'm pretty sure it's impressive without scaling. -The Mighty Avengers #22
He reacts to and uses his shields to no-sell a blast that had a high enough yield propellant to go to Mars and back. This oneshotted the Hulk but I'm pretty sure it's impressive without scaling. -The Mighty Avengers #22

Full Fight: https://imgur.com/a/Fz2o05X (He didn't have the Extremis virus enhancements there, just the armor which is why I said "weakened")

This is the armor that will be used in the next feat^ He admits it's less robust than a standard model, meaning weaker
This is the armor that will be used in the next feat^ He admits it's less robust than a standard model, meaning weaker
Iron Man briefly holds up an 80,000 square feet underground UFO/bunker in the desert, and blasts a hole through it that's big enough for them to crawl out of -Iron Man (1998) issue #71
Renaissance armor can (somewhat) match and ragdoll the strongest variant of Firebrand -Iron Man (1998) issue #5
Not sure how this would quantify yet, but Firebrand wields the power to cause immediate volcano eruption when he blasts it -Iron Man (1998) issue #4
Renaissance armor tanks an island vaporizing explosion from Firebrand, which was powerful enough to still damage most structures on the island despite happening underwater. Not to mention Firebrand is able to vaporize thousands of tons of rock miles away while missing, which scales to Iron Man. -Iron Man (1998) issue #4
Classic armor completely no-sells a mountain pulverizing machine -Iron Man (1968) #95
Extremis armor tanks hits from and contends with Ezekiel Stane
Stane's attacks are stated to exceed the combined power of both Tanzania and Manila explosions, which have nuke yields compared to hiroshima - Invincible Iron Man (2008) #1-5
In classic armor, he impressively is able to physically hold up against a surprise assault from Hercules. Herc didn't know who he was so he probably thought Stark was a robot or something, yet still he was having trouble with damaging the suit. Their wrestling is so loud that people floors below on the streets of New York (and possibly throughout Manhattan) can hear it. Hercules himself is hitting Iron Man hard enough to not not even notice Iron Man is yelling. -Avengers (1963) Annual 1
In classic armor, he impressively is able to physically hold up against a surprise assault from Hercules. Herc didn't know who he was so he probably thought Stark was a robot or something, yet still he was having trouble with damaging the suit. Their wrestling is so loud that people floors below on the streets of New York (and possibly throughout Manhattan) can hear it. Hercules himself is hitting Iron Man hard enough to not not even notice Iron Man is yelling. -Avengers (1963) Annual 1
Iron Man destroys mountains with the shockwaves of his punches and no-sells one falling on him (Note that these scans are completely out of order) -Marvel Feature(1971) #12
These were the size of the mountains for reference
These were the size of the mountains for reference

Mountain busting shockwave scans in order: https://imgur.com/a/LiupXXl

Iron Man cancels out Earthquakes that would be 9-11 on the Richter Scale -Iron Man (1968) Annual 12
Iron Man crashes into a man-made island moving at great speeds hard enough to put it to a stop and send cracks throughout the entire island while holding back in order to not kill everyone -Iron Man (1968) issue #127
He crashed into the Earth hard enough to crack his SKIN armor which is low-grade adamantium/nearly as hard as adamantium (low-grade usually isn't that strong though to be fair so probably an exaggeration). Also a re-entry impact feat -Iron Man (1998) issue #49
Iron Man casually tanking 5 modern nukes dropped on him at less than 5% power -Iron Man (2005) #32
Iron Man obliterates a mountain the size of Manhattan thrown at him by Terrax on impact -The Avengers (1963) _Annual 16

Iron Man beat Terrax back then too, except by using the herald's own power against him: https://imgur.com/a/z7vLEgT

Tanks several explosions that put considerable craters on the moon -Iron Man: Fatal Frontier Infinite Comic - Issue #2
In his classic armor he was able to blast a massive hole through multiple mountains dropped on them by molecule man with one full power repulsor blast that channeled the combined powers of Human Torch and Monica Rambeau through it. Thor even said he was struggling to get through those mountains and they were stated to be dense enough to go on for miles. This feat probably exceeds a gigaton of force at least. His newer armors should be capable of sustaining a lot more power -Secret Wars (1984) issue #4
(Scans are from right to left in order) Iron Man reacts to and stops a small megatsunami with an enlarged casual repulsor blast -Iron Man: Fatal Frontier #1

Vs Wonder Woman & Aquaman (Post-Crisis)

Before I get into this, I'll make it clear that Avengers/JLA, Unlimited Access, and all these other crossovers I'm users are canon to both verses.

Just look at what Kurt Busiek, writer of JLA/Avengers, says about people who try to dismiss it as non-canon:

I’m kind of impressed by the number of people trying to logic out ways to say it’s okay that JLA/AVENGERS isn’t canon.
You don’t need to do that. It’s not puzzling or complicated. It’s acknowledged by both companies.
It doesn’t need special status. It’s just plain normal canon.

— Kurt Busiek (@KurtBusiek) December 4, 2019

lmao Wait, there is more:

This is a very odd article. It asks the question, "Is JLA/AVENGERS canon?" then says, 'well, it's complicated,' proceeds to point out that yes, it's canon in both universes, and sums up with an 'I guess we don't know' conclusion.
It's not that complicated. https://t.co/df1i5iA7xo

— Kurt Busiek (@KurtBusiek) December 4, 2019

I used to think Unlimited Access was non-canon myself, but honestly there is plenty of evidence supporting Marvel vs DC and Unlimited Access being canon, so I'd say it is canon to Marvel (616) and Post-crisis DC.

Anyway, after a brief argument with a buddy of mine I've come to realize how decisive things are for Iron Man.

Meh I feel, Scaling wise, Im matches scaling of the others but more "hax" versatile. so would win.

I used to think that and thought Diana would just counter him tbh, but even ignoring the quantifiable feats we have direct scaling between them. Most notably half-powered Hercules putting up a fight against Wonder Woman whereas Iron Man leaves a half-powered Hercules bleeding and barely able to speak with a single punch.

There's also his actual fight with Aquaman where Arthur struggles to hurt him, meanwhile Iron Man destroys his hook hand with a blast. The hook that has shown to endure blasts that have laid Aquaman out and even ripped through teeth that Aquaman could not escape if I recall correctly.

Matter of fact it's seems as if Iron Man actually won that fight against PC Aquaman now that I've taken a closer look at it

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JLA/Avengers #2
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Not only was Aquaman not seen again until the page where he's on the ground, you can see Iron Man actually moving on to fight the Flash before that. This is GOLD lmao (Meanwhile Wonder Woman was struggling with half-powered Hercules even though in the same story Superman could barely beat full-powered Thor)

In another canon crossover, Aquaman himself calls the very same hook that was destroyed by Iron Man "unbreakable"

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A surprise repulsor blast from Iron Man briefly incapped Wonder Woman and Kyle Rayner

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JLA/Avengers #2

The fact that it was too fast for Wonder Woman react to is also considerable.

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She admitted Thor's power far exceeded her own. Iron Man not too long before such crossovers, donning the same armor is portrayed in a good light to Thor in Thor's own book: https://imgur.com/a/XifA4SS He even managed to rush Destroyer hard enough to bother the person controlling it. Same Destroyer that was no-selling full-powered repulsors, Mjolnir, Thor's best hits, and even Thor's best wind-storm.

Destroyer saw Iron Man as such an immediate threat, that he blasted Thor away without a word and ignored Hawkeye to prevent getting bullrushed by Tony again:

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But wait there's more! Iron Man created the Thorbuster to fight Odinforce Thor: https://imgur.com/a/tNTXhqb it was powered by an Asgardian Crystal with a similar enchantment to Mjolnir itself, yet Iron Man says this

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Pretty sure this^ was around the same era/time period of the canon Marvel/DC crossovers too...

Let's look at Unlimited Access where model 2 was stalemating Hal: https://imgur.com/a/d4D8Io5

Hal wasn't jobbing either because the issue prior he could go toe to toe with Hulk just fine: https://imgur.com/a/g9huKpD

I won't even mention the outdated PC Aquaman struggling with and even losing to Cap. However I'll quote myself

Thing is slow, but not to worry it's only natural considering Iron Man was FTE to Giant-Man BEFORE he activated rollerskates:https://imgur.com/a/vLOzRRQ, Thor struggles to hit Iron Man more than once for a whole minute once Tony decided he doesn't wanna be hit (even contemplating on if something as simple as zooming in a circle around Thor would confuse him LMAO):https://imgur.com/a/jnb2Ezo, a mind-controlled Hulk trying to murder Iron Man (who typically holds back on Banner) can't manage to throw a single punch at Tony during the entire scuffle due to Iron Man relentlessly keeping him off-balance and only manages to hold Iron Man for a single page, Hulk even wipes his lip and is defended by Iron Man after the confrontation:https://imgur.com/a/XyESt6r

Model 2 completely blitzed the same Giant-Man who managed to tag Wally and in JLA/Avengers Iron Man kept up with Superman and was prepared to counterattack Superman/Wally rushing at him. This would scale Iron Man to far better speed than Wonder Woman, who unlike Iron Man & Superman, held no significant speed advantage over a single Marvel opponent she fought. Aquaman is literally peer to Wonder Woman's speed at best.

I'd say Iron Man scales better overall even if we look past quantifiable feats and try to wank scale everyone 🤣 I mean, this didn't even factor better armors like Bleeding Edge. Post-crisis Wonder Woman and Aquaman would scale as weaker peers of Iron Man at best based off all of this, they'd need amps above their normal power levels to for things to be less in Iron Man's favor.

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Vs Spider-Man

Spidey is my favorite, but his fanbase is toxic here and I hate it tbh.

Spider-Man's case certainly isn't looking good here, or here (post #9). This thread basically will give the context of why Spidey gets shat on so much when it comes to the topic of Iron Man: https://comicvine.gamespot.com/forums/gen-discussion-1/spider-man-is-fodder-to-iron-man-2144211/ ...and for good measure

Moving on!

More feats and generally cool moments

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Iron Impostor vs Fantastic Four: https://imgur.com/a/z0sB4qT (Thing was actually taken out by a fall in his fight against Sentry so he definitely was losing if it weren't for Reed catching his fatass lmao)

Iron Man vs Red Hulk (round 2 technically): https://imgur.com/a/kvqhG5F (blitzed and manhandled him, don't care what any copers say, even the cover correlates with the fight perfectly)

Iron Man vs Mr Hyde: https://imgur.com/a/0w4G3Fa (Manhandled him here, which is fairly impressive given Mr Hyde's feats. It's true Mr Hyde cracked Iron Man's ribs before but that was in an experimental armor among other problems Tony was having I believe, plus Tony still won that fight. Remember Thing failed to harm Iron Man in a IIRC shittier version of said experimental armor? LMAO)

Iron Man vs Thorforce/Odinforce Thor: https://imgur.com/a/jkvwP4p (According to this encounter in Thor's own book, Tony should comfortably be able to fight base Thor. Funny how people try to backtrack and dismiss this is as an outlier for Iron Man when this has been their favorite out of context showing of Thor's superiority)

Thorbuster vs King Thor: https://imgur.com/a/tNTXhqb (This is the same Thor who had the Odinforce and was the king of Asgard, Iron Man was ready to fight more in his classic armor but Cap intervened. In-universe this is impressive, Thor accidentally dents Cap's shield right after the fight. Thorbuster was powered by an asgardian crystal, but people try to argue it has no power without Thor smh. King Thor in the same arc fodderized Thing and Hulk while weakened on other hand)

Iron Man vs Mallen: https://imgur.com/a/3iGsQBu (Mallen was too fast for Iron Man's trackers prior to this and quickly ran across states. He's comfortably in the supersonic-hypersonic range, yet Iron Man now moves FTE to him and his electricity)

Iron Man vs Hyrm, Loki, and Ulik: https://imgur.com/a/7Dw0znf (one of his most impressive showings tbh. This was also the same armor Mallen specifically clobbered btw)

War Machine vs Colossusnaut and Storm: https://imgur.com/a/gMOT6mF (Colossus didn't use full power but he was still amped to levels that allowed him to fight evenly with Red Hulk, even depowered normal Juggernaut is strong though)

Iron Man vs New Warriors: https://imgur.com/a/gtIvO1J (A sentient A.I. was controlling the armor. I'm pretty sure it beat Nova with less trouble than Thor and Gladiator did honestly. Base Nova is about low-high tier I'd say and Iron Man shitstomped him with help, yet people think they're comparable lol)

Iron Man vs the Inhumans: https://imgur.com/a/yt1X0h3 (I don't even need to say much, should speak for itself)

Iron Man vs Thundra, Luke Cage, and Spider-man himself: https://imgur.com/a/KxgQ7Gr suit was intended to have Spidey sense, don't @me

Bleeding Edge sonics were killing depowered Juggernaut who was able to fight off Thor and outlier Luke Cage: https://imgur.com/a/fnZGGj8 (Juggs has been beaten by powerful sonics before but eh, I don't see anything that implies he's any less resistant than other bricks of his weight class. Tony is confident he could've soloed him earlier in that fight and honestly I believe him. 616 Iron Man has backed everything he said at one point or another, in fact War Machine fighting Colossusnaut and Iron Man attacking Red Hulk prove he'd probably beat depowered Juggs physically)

Iron Man vs Ionic Wonder Man: https://imgur.com/a/sPIM46A (Around this time Wonder Man was portrayed as someone who could bring Thor to his knees with a single punch and casually stomp Red Hulk, yet you clearly see Iron Man catches his swing here)

Blocks a blast from Final Form Ultron: https://imgur.com/a/vH5Sbp0 (same type that wiped out the entire planet's worth of heroes lime nothing)

Iron Man vs Hulk: https://imgur.com/a/fIBNLfw (not the prettiest armor, but eh still a cool moment)

Iron Man vs Zombie Abomination: https://imgur.com/a/OyO8rCh (very impressive, pre-jobbing Iron Man clearly since you see Carol Danvers was not outperforming him in the slightest even as Captain Marvel. On a good day Abomination is at least twice as strong as the Hulk. Hulk was weakened here due to brain cancer, but was still at a level of strength where he could flex off adamantium bullets. Iron Man's punch actually rocked Abomination off his feet. Captain Marvel was weakened by his radiation seemingly, but even the initial impact of her bullrush was far less effective and even Hulk couldn't seem to knock Abomination off his feet here. It's unclear if Abomination even managed to KO Iron Man like he did to the others, but we do see Tony can catch Cap's shield being flinged away by such strength)

Iron Man vs Classic Graviton: https://imgur.com/a/Y3nVSQ7 (Outperformed several powerhouses here to varying degrees)

This just shows Iron Man has Wolverine's number on a good day: https://imgur.com/a/kGDyhiE (unable to kill Iron Man, even with the armor being disabled for several seconds) bricks like Hulk & Thor have far more trouble with Logan due to their lack of speed and such

War Machine beating a Super Skrull: https://imgur.com/a/v1ihmqv

Birth of Celestial Hulkbuster: https://imgur.com/a/iUz96rA

Godbuster: https://imgur.com/a/cjiP4Sw

This: https://imgur.com/a/IvVCBTX

Iron Man vs the Inhumans: https://imgur.com/a/yt1X0h3 (I don't even need to say much, should speak for itself)

it's mainly impressive due to the efficiency, skill, and speed shown when he fought them.

I probably wouldn't have considered these guys high-tier, but looking at Medusa's respect thread it seems Iron Man's taser one-shotting her is pretty impressive actually. Her hair's best feats on otherhand are actually damaging Iron Man armors, so that's probably low-end for Iron Man honestly. Although restraining Blastaar for an entire comic is considerable.

Karnak is this fast for reference:

Iron Man's creates a self-destructive duplicate and leaves with his target faster than anyone could notice, given the fact that he's gone within the flash of Crystal's lightning this could be a massively faster than lightning feat for Iron Man. Hell it would've already been amazing just off the fact that he's quick enough to pull off this duplicate switcheroo without even the reader noticing. I could bring up how Model Prime multi-tasked with Gamora and Captain Marvel simultaneously, but it’s also a shitty showing due to Bendis writing the armor with fodder durability because I guess he wanted to show off it's healing smh: https://imgur.com/a/C3GdTAP people try to act like this is a speed anti-feat. Not really imo, Karnak hitting Iron Man while he's also trying to fight a bunch of other mfers at once isn't the same as the blitzing shit I showed Iron Man doing to the Inhumans prior. Shitty showing for the reasons I've already stated, but to be fair Stark didn't seem worried.

Speaking of speed, I would like to point out Thing was basically statued by Iron Impostor here. Either the attack he received was just unbelievably painful (similar to how Iron Man was responding to get destroyed by Odinforce Thor) or Iron Impostor moved so fast that Thing could not process the sudden retaliation from the armor. Not to mention how Thing felt the need to verbally complain about what the Iron Man clone did to him several times:

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Putting emphasis on this scan, because he seems reference the Iron Impostor knocking him out the building and found it considerable enough to compare it to being "smashed". Perhaps Iron Impostor's hit reminded him of an ass-kicking from the actual Hulk lmao

Iron Impostor vs Classic Iron Man: https://imgur.com/a/uUv09LL Stark might've actually had more power than the clone since he overloaded it with his energy.

Thing is slow, but not to worry it's only natural considering Iron Man was FTE to Giant-Man BEFORE he activated rollerskates: https://imgur.com/a/vLOzRRQ, Thor struggles to hit Iron Man more than once for a whole minute once Tony decided he doesn't wanna be hit (even contemplating on if something as simple as zooming in a circle around Thor would confuse him LMAO): https://imgur.com/a/jnb2Ezo, a mind-controlled Hulk trying to murder Iron Man (who typically holds back on Banner) can't manage to throw a single punch at Tony during the entire scuffle due to Iron Man relentlessly keeping him off-balance and only manages to hold Iron Man for a single page, Hulk even wipes his lip and is defended by Iron Man after the confrontation: https://imgur.com/a/XyESt6r

Ironically Iron Man/Thor mini-series was actually a high-end for Thor in a way considering he could keep up with amped Iron Man villain, Crimson Dynamo, in combat who was portrayed as this fast in this same story. There's some wank for slowdinson's speed, you're welcome 😊

Iron Man vs Zombie Abomination: https://imgur.com/a/OyO8rCh (very impressive, pre-jobbing Iron Man clearly since you see Carol Danvers was not outperforming him in the slightest even as Captain Marvel. On a good day Abomination is at least twice as strong as the Hulk. Hulk was weakened here due to brain cancer, but was still at a level of strength where he could flex off adamantium bullets. Iron Man's punch actually rocked Abomination off his feet. Captain Marvel was weakened by his radiation seemingly, but even the initial impact of her bullrush was far less effective and even Hulk couldn't seem to knock Abomination off his feet here. It's unclear if Abomination even managed to KO Iron Man like he did to the others, but we do see Tony can catch Cap's shield being flinged away by such strength)

I never noticed how impressive the showing was, but a Hulk this strong and Captain Marvel's bullrush hit with less force than Iron Man's last punch:

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Captain Marvel might've been getting weakened or something from the radiation, but I doubt she immediately lost most of her strength on contact (especially considering she can fly around the world this quick, but I digress).

You can see Abomination completely stays in the same spot when Danvers tries to bullrush him. Abomination also ate some punches from Hulk with utter ease, completely standing his ground. You see when Iron Man's comes to strike, Abomination's entire body is turned side-ways lining up with the flying armor. Means Blunsky was completely rocked off his feet before he retaliated and punched Tony to the ground.

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Confirmation Abomination indeed had intent of being stronger than non-weakened Hulk in this exact story^ Zombie Abomination is basically a corpse being controlled so the difference is it doesn't feel pain at all. That means all attacks that notably affect him are more than just stinging and sheer power based. Iron Man's blast forced him to drop the Hulk.

Last but not least Sunspot was massively outperformed by Iron Man here.

Just gonna add this cause why not? Thanos' cosmically empowered Zodiac Taurus lunges for the jeep and gets intercepted by a surprise bullrush from Thor. He shrugs it off and proceeds to two-shot Thor faster than he could react, via battering Thor at Iron Man himself, punching Thor, and then simply throws him at the jeep: https://imgur.com/a/WStWlVD Iron Man dives back at Taurus with a critical axe handle strike, Hawkeye's supporting electric arrow doesn't make Taurus scream as much, then Iron Man decks the monster again which reverts him back to human form for a second.

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Taurus was explicitly said to be able to go head-to-head with Thor in narration, which means he's a similar power level to Odinson at worst. Quite possibly more powerful given what happened though.

People might try to say Taurus was a low-end for Thor at best cause he was hurt by Hawkeye's arrows. Lol Hawkeye's arrows have good feats and still didn't hurt Taurus as much as Iron Man.

I'm analyzing scans to prove Iron Man's feats are a lot better than people would like to give him credit for. Hah! Respect Iron Man!

Powerhouse portrayal and intent in other media

(yes I'm specifically avoiding MCU because it's a shithole that I barely care to debate or analyze anymore tbh, at least when it comes to this goofy site lol)

Avengers Game Hulk vs Iron Man:

https://youtube.com/shorts/S7xRK9pJXRo?feature=share MCU Tony probably would've been scared, but this guy did not give a shit if Hulk was upset. The interesting part was that Iron Man chased him to have a fight off-screen and Hulk was the only one who seemed damaged when they came back. We don't even know if Iron Man equipped a full Hulkbuster or not, definitely was a cool scene to see.

9:41 you can see Hulk comes back seeming worn out up and reverts back to Banner. Iron Man comes shortly after with no signs of damage whatsoever.

In the EMH cartoon an outdated Iron Man armor (far weaker than his later suit) was rated as a high threat level by doctor doom:

Avengers Earth's Mightiest heroes #13
Avengers Earth's Mightiest heroes #13

We see the latest Iron Man take down Skurge the Executioner, Thor villain, can give the Hulk himself a workout etc. Tony didn't even amp his punch, like he could've

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Avengers Earth's Mightiest heroes #15
Avengers Earth's Mightiest heroes #15

Terrax had previously dropped Vision and Thor simultaneously, but it was Iron Man who got hit with the strongest blow!: https://streamable.com/wr46x

Tony recovered within 30 seconds to about a minute at most if I recall correctly.

At about 1:13, the old armor easily tanks being hurled into deep-space with the gravitational force of a Black hole:

Once the effects wear off, Tony quickly comes back to rescue Thor (the only thing that overwhelmed Graviton more than this Uni-beam was Thor's godblast): https://streamable.com/k5782

There is also the fact that even in this show Iron Man managed to defeat Ulik while just having one repulsor gauntlet and the uni-beam in his chest along with him hurting Galactus together with Thor. I don't have the scene where Tony reacts to Living Laser and blasts him out into Space zooming past multiple planets, but there is this video that actually goes into how brutal it was to beat Living Laser like that:

Kinda crazy how this Iron Man villain that Stark has managed to handle sometimes, is generally considered a solid high-tier yet Iron Man isn't just cause he jobs lol The double standards. Anyway you can see Iron Man is a well-established powerhouse in other forms of media, so the conception that he should be mid-tier or fodder to proper high-tiers is BS in my opinion.

Just to add, in Marvel vs Capcom 3 Iron Man defeated Galactus in a standard armor and proceeded to create an even more powerful suit

Yeah Galactus (the guy who was destroying planets with ease and apparently threatening the entire universe). The most impressive part to me is that Stark could create something that would far exceed an armor that already had the power to beat Galan. Personally I think buster suits should only exist for higher level threats like Galactus and Phoenix. Guys like Hulk and Fin Fang Foom should be something normal armors can hang with.

Special suits

Celestial Hulkbuster moves interplanetary distances near instantly -Thor (2020) #25
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Celestial Hulkbuster's assault on Starship Hulk is causing an explosion that nearly dwarves the Black Hand of God and he has no trouble enduring it -Hulk (2021) #7
Celestial Hulkbuster's assault on Starship Hulk is causing an explosion that nearly dwarves the Black Hand of God and he has no trouble enduring it -Hulk (2021) #7
Same Black Hand of God is big enough to have a prominent presence at interplanetary distances, yet it appears to have been thrashed by Iron Man's attacks -Hulk (2021) #7
Same Black Hand of God is big enough to have a prominent presence at interplanetary distances, yet it appears to have been thrashed by Iron Man's attacks -Hulk (2021) #7
Celestial Hulkbuster can output power of a hundred thousand exploding stars, which makes sense considering it's a Celestial, cosmic based armor -Hulk (2021) #7
Celestial Hulkbuster can output power of a hundred thousand exploding stars, which makes sense considering it's a Celestial, cosmic based armor -Hulk (2021) #7
Tony vanquishes a star in an instant which is collateral damage from him having a brawl that spreads throughout the galaxy, the weight of planets and them exploding also seem to be nothing to Iron God -Iron Man (2020) issue #15
Tony vanquishes a star in an instant which is collateral damage from him having a brawl that spreads throughout the galaxy, the weight of planets and them exploding also seem to be nothing to Iron God -Iron Man (2020) issue #15
Thorbuster caused massive explosions and continued to fight inside of them while no-selling lightning -Avengers_ Standoff (2010) TPB
WW hulkbuster shook the city including helicopters with its punches and leveled multiple buildings; punched Hulk across the city withstood being punched back across the city. I think they even caused some mini tsunamis in a retelling. This all happened in a fight that was just a few moments long -World War Hulk issue #1
(The retelling of the fight above) They clash in mid-air in the middle of city so hard it breaks buildings and effects the surrounding bodies of water. -The Incredible Hulk (2000) issue #107
(The retelling of the fight above) They clash in mid-air in the middle of city so hard it breaks buildings and effects the surrounding bodies of water. -The Incredible Hulk (2000) issue #107
Godkiller MK 2 (just gigantic like the Dark celestials, was implied to be able to kill them during self-destruction, and it had the power of 14 nuclear reactors). They were fighting and causing destruction on a country-wide range for decent amount of time. -Avengers (2018) issue #6

Extras (involves scaling and probably high-balling)

Iron Man has hilariously good consistency against Ulik. Like this for reference

Context for Taranus
Context for Taranus

Stark also rocked an enraged Ulik (who as a troll, gets even tougher when angry) pretty good with a single blast before he killed Hyrm in "Thor (1998) #81". In my opinion, Iron Man's consistency against Ulik only further solidifies him as a powerhouse in Marvel. This is how strong Ulik is on his better days (stated by Thor himself to have the strength to level a planet):

I don't think Ulik as strong as Thor, he is somewhat of a jobber in fact but I think he's a lower-end high-tier capable of giving Thor a good deal of trouble at his best. -Thor (1966) #137
I don't think Ulik as strong as Thor, he is somewhat of a jobber in fact but I think he's a lower-end high-tier capable of giving Thor a good deal of trouble at his best. -Thor (1966) #137
Colossusnaut (not fully transformed) only slightly staggers Bleeding Edge Iron Man with his punch -Avengers (2010) #25
Colossusnaut (not fully transformed) only slightly staggers Bleeding Edge Iron Man with his punch -Avengers (2010) #25
The same Colossusnaut is evenly matched with Red Hulk and they shake/crack the San Andreas fault. Windows shatter miles away. Personally I think it's fair for Iron Man to scale to this since it literally happens during the same run and during the same fight that Colossusnaut punches him. Tony took that punch well enough for him to (at the very LEAST) be in the same weight class -Avengers (2010) #25
The same Colossusnaut is evenly matched with Red Hulk and they shake/crack the San Andreas fault. Windows shatter miles away. Personally I think it's fair for Iron Man to scale to this since it literally happens during the same run and during the same fight that Colossusnaut punches him. Tony took that punch well enough for him to (at the very LEAST) be in the same weight class -Avengers (2010) #25

Red Hulk vs Colossus full fight: https://imgur.com/a/CWpF6yv

I think it's worth mentioning War Machine actually fought both on different occasions, and even did well.

Iron Man generates and tanks heat that bothers Thor enough to make him say "It is though the Sun itself has come to Midgard!" -Avengers Vs. Atlas #2
Thor has actually been in the center of the Sun before -Thor (1966) Annual 14
Thor has actually been in the center of the Sun before -Thor (1966) Annual 14
Iron Man compares the new Arc Reactor for the Bleeding Edge to a man-made Star. You might say this is hyperbole but... -Invincible Iron Man (2008) issue #25
Iron Man compares the new Arc Reactor for the Bleeding Edge to a man-made Star. You might say this is hyperbole but... -Invincible Iron Man (2008) issue #25
Iron Man (amped by a city power grid) stunned Mangog with a Uni-beam in the same armor he's describing. Mangog also stated he was "stronger than before" -Thunderstrike (2011) issue #3

Iron Man was actually a big help in that fight with Mangog (Mangog actually had his eyes closed after Iron Man's blast.

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I don't think that happened at any other time in the story): https://imgur.com/a/j9ceqgo

Mangog shrugged off a supernova before (only doing this connection between Iron Man's Arc Reactor statement and stunning Mangog to shut up whoever thinks that is an outlier despite supercharged Iron Man feats being CONSISTENTLY above his normal level. lol killing two birds with one stone really) -The Mighty Thor (1966) #196-197

All in all, I think Iron Man is a well-established powerhouse that could hang with the best. Not only him, but also War Machine would fall into the S-tier category if we put them on a ranking system. I'd say Iron Man is at the upper-end of mid-high tier if you want me to give an exact placement. War Machine was created as the next iteration of Iron Man:

Iron Man (1998) issue 12
Iron Man (1998) issue 12

He has good feats throughout this thread. Cap in a War Machine armor gave hell to endo-sym. Respect War Machine! (Not a "respect thread" per se but still!)

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Almost forgot, Stark has defense against internal attacks. Just throwing it out there: https://imgur.com/a/SYj8iFE

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