Back in May, we showed you some concept art from Captain America: Civil War that featured Iron Man in the iconic Bleeding Edge armor. Then yesterday, we got a few last set photos as Marvel co-president, Louis D'Esposito announced wrap on this Disney and Marvel sequel. What some of you may have missed, which Heroic Hollywood has been quick to point out, is that the armor in the set photos is based on the Bleeding Edge armor. Which means that elements from that comic book storyline may surface on screen next May, when Captain America: Civil War kicks off the summer movie season.
These latest set photos were taken in Germany, where the last few scenes were shot. They include Chris Evans's Captain America, Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, Don Cheadle's War Machine and Paul Rudd's Ant-Man. And while they all look to have moderately updated costumes, as is the norm for all Marvel movies (gotta keep that action figure line humming), it is Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man who seems to be getting the biggest and best upgrade. And it's a turn of events that will surely please longtime fans of the character.
The advanced piece of Bleeding Edge armor debuted in Matt Fraction and Ryan Meinerding's Invincible Iron Man #25. It arrived on the scene shortly after the extremely popular Extremis armor was introduced in the comics, which served to inspire some of Iron Man 3's storyline. The Bleeding Edge is a fluid substance. Tony Stark keeps it inside of him, and can call upon it on demand. It forms around him, working like his old Iron Man armor. It still allows the superhero flight, super strength, repulser blasts, and a durability to face most any foe. Even Captain America and Hulk! If that wasn't enough, the Bleeding Edge also has the ability to boost Tony's intellect. This gives him the knowledge and willpower to create crafty new weapons of destruction, and he is able to see everything around him at all times. He can even summon an awesome energy sword.
Captain America: Civil War picks up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain. It makes sense that Tony Stark will be getting an upgrade. He'll need it as he faces off against some of his most powerful teammates.
The suit will surely make him much stronger than Steve Rogers. But he'll also have to contend with Spider-Man, whom he's never fought before, and Black Panther. But these heroes might decided to side with Tony Stark once they see how powerful he is. In the comic books, T'challa stays impartial to both sides during the time of the Sokovia Accords (otherwise known as the superhero registration act). And Peter Parker, who first sides with Stark, eventually winds up on Team Captain America, but not before Tony has time to study his DNA and devise a way to end the wall-crawler. It's not yet known how closely the movie will follow all of this.
The movie can't possibly feature Bleeding Edge armor that is as powerful as it is in the pages of the comic book, some of it veers too far off into fantasy land, and the big screen adventures attempt to stay somewhat grounded. But Captain America: Civil War has the potential to put a lot of what is great about the Bleeding Edge armor to good use. It is speculated that we'll get to see Stark's 360 panoramic view, which has the potential to be very cool in IMAX 3D. And we'll most likely see the power sword. But it's doubtful that in this version of the story, the Bleeding Edge armor will rest inside him as an organic substance.
The Bleeding Edge storyline came after Civil War in the comic books. And it was followed by Green Goblin attempting to get his hands on some of Stark's latest technology. Now that Spider-Man is part of the MCU, and with Robert Downey Jr. rumored to have a key role in the 2017 Spider-Man, it's possible that we'll see some of these elements come into play on the big screen. Introducing the Bleeding Edge armor in Captain America: Civil War opens up a number of possibilities for future movies, and it will offer a strong story arc for Tony as he truly becomes one with the armor. Here are the set photos that show the Bleeding Edge armor, in case you missed them.