It’s not as if the Avengers don’t have enough to deal with already. First of all, they’ve got Thanos running around, doing horrible things. And now, apparently, someone stole the original Iron Man suit!
The Los Angeles Police Department, according to a report released Wednesday morning, are looking into the suspicious disappearance of the suit. The suit in question is the original prop. Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark) wore it in Iron Man back in 2008. Consequently, it’s an extremely valuable piece. It was being stored in a warehouse and was reported as missing on Tuesday.
Why ‘Iron Man’ and His Suit Really Matter
The suit is a significant piece of not only Marvel history but film history. Jon Favreau’s 2008 Iron Man was the first entry in what we now call the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Therefore, it’s not an exaggeration to say that the movie changed everything. The MCU changed the way Hollywood makes comic book movies. In a very real way, it changed the way movie studios plan their franchises and tent pole pictures. Furthermore, Disney chose to purchase Marvel and build its MCU empire at least partially because of Iron Man. As a result, everyone from Warner Bros. to Sony to Universal has been trying their hardest to replicate the Marvel Cinematic Universe formula. Disney and Marvel have held near-complete control over the comic book movie industry for almost a decade now. Iron Man is what started it all.
The disappearance of the suit is an interesting mystery. It’s unclear who originally reported the suit as missing. Marvel and Disney have both declined to comment. That’s not surprising; this news undoubtedly upset them, I’d imagine. In addition, it appears that the suit is the only item that is absent from the prop warehouse. It is apparently valued at $325,000, but we geeks all know we’d pay a lot more than that.
What do you think of the mystery of the missing Iron Man? I like to think Robert Downey Jr. is just borrowing it for the weekend. I imagine it would be a difficult item to sell on eBay, though. How much would you pay for this piece of movie and comic history? Let us know in the comments!