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The Mandarin


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Iron Man Unit 007


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Nice homage to when he'd fight the forces of the Mandarin


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Quoyle


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I’m not a massive fan of armours that look like they are bending. Alex Ross is an amazing artist but I do think the suit doesn’t look all that much like metal here. I recall in the early comic book Iron Man strips they tried to maintain Iron Mans armour was like material but also hard like iron. Hmmm


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The Mandarin


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Yes, the armor is micro-chainmail animated and rendered riged by a magnetic force-field. To the human eye, most of it looks liquid.




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MysteryMan


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Back when it didn't look like a transformer


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Quoyle


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I thought that wasn’t very iron like.
In the movies it’s properly articulated but maybe that is only in the movies?


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The Mandarin


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I don't think it was intended to look like iron, so much as ethereal.

Some of Dave and Bob's stuff where they drive home that, for example, even with several coatings of some dulling chemical to tone down its shinyness for cameras, it still looked too shiny for the cameras. I think the vibe they were going for for a long time was the sort of ethereal look that Silver Surfer had in the movies. In other words, Iron Man was supposed to look like a high-tech angel.

Later, Marvel started to want him to look like a gritty high-tech knight. The shinyness was de-emphasized massively, and you started to see articulation.

I don't think looking like iron has ever been a priority. Looking like an angel was the priority, then looking like a gritty knight, depending on the era.




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