Iron Man has always been one of the most iconic superheroes of all time, as he is one of the poster boys of Marvel Comics. Of course, because there are different writers that handle the duties of creating storylines for comic book characters, Iron Man has had a lot of different versions in the history of character. That explains why there are several variants or versions of Tony Stark wearing a different armor or coming from another universe. There are even cases when the one in the armor isn’t even Stark at all.
In that regard, these different versions of Iron Man aren’t the same because some of them are stronger than others. It all depends on how they were written and on who is the one inside the suit. So, with that said, let’s look at the strongest versions of Iron Man in comic book history.
20. Iron Maniac
Iron Maniac is an Iron Man variant that came from Earth-5012 and had almost all of the abilities that the 616 version of Iron Man has. However, there are some differences, as this version of Iron Man has a suit that is resistant to magic and can even negate telepathic abilities. In that regard, he has a suit that’s more powerful than most of the suits that the original Iron Man has.
As his name suggests, Iron Maniac is literally a maniac because of the fact that he is a lot more violent than the 616 Tony Stark. He became a violent man when his world was destroyed and was left to resort to violence to achieve his goals. Iron Maniac even killed the Human Torch in his own universe.
19. Iron Destroyer
Tony Stark wore the Iron Destroyer armor during the Fear Itself storyline in Marvel Comics, as this event focused on the Asgardian God of Fear, who wanted to take over Midgard. In that regard, different enchanted hammers corrupted the different heroes and villains of Earth. Iron Man, of course, knew that he couldn’t handle the Asgardian, and that was the reason why he needed to create a stronger weapon.
Stark created a new Iron Man suit based on Uru metal, as this suit was named Iron Destroyer. This new suit had powers similar to the Asgardian Destroyer, as Stark was able to help in the defeat of their enemy. He later returned the Uru metal to Odin after the entire event.
18. Bleeding Edge
Bleeding Edge Iron Man is one of the strongest suits that Tony Stark ever developed, as this was created during the time he stepped down from his role as the director of S.H.I.E.LD. He was able to improve his armor by working alongside Mr. Fantastic, as this armor actually made use of his Extremis armor’s concept to make it even better than ever. On top of that, this suit actually existed within his own body, such that he could form the entire armor around him whenever he wanted to.
The power of the Bleeding Edge armor far exceeded the Extremis armor, as Stark even forced the government to actually want to destroy the suit due to the power that it held. Of course, Tony eventually destroyed the Bleeding Edge armor to shut the government up, as different politicians and government officials believed that the suit had too much power for one man to hold.
17. Iron Man Noir
This is one of the most unique Iron Man variants in comic books as Iron Man Noir is part of the entire Marvel Noir universe, which is set on Earth-90214. The entire timeline takes place during World War II, and Tony Stark is a genius billionaire with a rare heart disease. As such, this version of Stark is a lot different compared to the 616 version of the character.
However, after being betrayed by his lover, Tony Stark went to Atlantis to find Namor so that he could try to find a cure for his heart disease. After doing so, he found out that his assistant, Pepper Potts, was kidnapped by his ex-lover and Baron Zemo, who turned out to be his own father. As such, he sought to create an Iron Man armor that allowed him to defeat his own father and become one of the greatest heroes on Earth.
16. Earth X Iron Man
As the name implies, Earth X Iron Man is the version of Tony Stark on Earth X. However, this Stark is an isolated version of the character as he kept himself away from the entire world due to how Terrigen Mists pollute the atmosphere. So, in order to save himself from becoming Inhuman, he created an Iron Man armor that allowed him to go out in the world without getting exposed to the mist.
A good twist to this version of Iron Man is that Norman Osborn is the president of the country and that he was the one who ordered Tony to create the Iron Avengers. When the Celestials attacked the planet, Tony Stark used his armor against them, only to be defeated. He eventually died later when he got impaled in the wreckage caused by the fight between Galactus and the Celestials.
15. Iron Man 2020
Iron Man 2020 is not Tony Stark but is actually Arno Stark, who is a descendant of Tony Stark himself. In that regard, he wears a more futuristic suit that is an upgraded version of the usual Iron Man armor. It is faster and more durable than any of Tony Stark’s suits. On top of that, this armor has energy blasts that are more powerful as well.
Arno Stark was the one who designed the entire armor, as he even created something called the Flying Star Blade, which is a weapon that he could control remotely. This allowed him to become a pretty powerful Iron Man during his time.
14. Fin Fang Foom Buster
Fin Fang Foom is a gigantic dragon monster that Iron Man fought in the comics during the early part of his storyline. In that regard, he had to deal with this giant dragon by building a suit that was actually designed for fighting gigantic monsters. The result was a Power Rangers-like robotic suit that towered over the dragon and allowed him to fight it on equal grounds.
This Iron Man armor doesn’t look anything like any of Stark’s suits. In that regard, it really doesn’t look aesthetically pleasing but gets the job done because of how powerful it is. Of course, it is called the Fin Fang Foom Buster or the F3B.
13. Ultimate Iron Man
Ultimate Iron Man is a Tony Stark variant that existed on Eart-1610. This Stark was exposed to one of the Infinity Gems and acquired the power to mentally interact with any computer system on Earth. As such, Stark himself can now communicate with any kind of machine as he can access any computer in the world.
The fact that this version of Tony Stark can access any computer and communicate with them allows him to have a suit that is incredibly powerful and so intuitive because he can control it with his mind. This is why Ultimate Iron Man is one of the most powerful versions of the character.
12. Superior Iron Man
Superior Iron Man is the version of Tony Stark that became quite evil during the Axis crossover event as an inversion spell made him lose his morality. In that regard, he was prone to doing evil things. And with the help of his Endo-Sym armor, he was able to do a lot of bad things during the existence of this character.
The thing about the Endo-Sym armor is that it is based on the symbiote nature of Venom and Carnage, such that it is a liquid armor that Stark could mentally access at any given moment. As such, he could operate this armor using his mind, and that allowed it to move and function without the need for Stark to be in the suit. It is also powerful enough to absorb electromagnetic energy.
11. Lord Iron
While not entirely powerful when compared to modern-day versions of the suit, the Lord Iron suit is actually overpowered when compared to the technology that was available during this time period. That’s because this Iron Man existed during the war between England and Spain, as Anthony Stark became known as Lord Iron.
The storyline is actually Stark having a grudge against David Banner for capturing and imprisoning him in the past. As such, he invented a suit that allowed him to fight Banner on par. In that regard, this was a more vindictive version of Iron Man that eventually became good when he became a resident of the Roanoke Island colony.
10. Age of X Iron Man
Also known as the Steel Corpse, Age of X Iron Man has a tragic back story that involved a mutant virus infecting Tony Stark’s armor and binding with his body. This virus ends up consuming his own flesh at a slow but steady rate. That explains why he is called the Steel Corpse.
In that regard, Stark begins to hunt down mutants because of this virus. He was still a hero that didn’t kill mutant children. However, because a virus infected his armor and made him kill children, he asked Captain America to kill him. This is why is one of the most tragic versions of Iron Man.
9. Iron Lad
Iron Lad is an Iron Man version that comes from the 40th century, as this character has one of the most advanced suits ever seen on the pages of Marvel Comics. The suit can be controlled telepathically but has a tech that is far from the Endo-Sym armor. In that regard, the suit is capable of altering its shapes and weapons depending on what Iron Lad wants it to do.
Of course, Iron Lad is capable of time travel, and that’s why he was able to get to the past. There is also the fact that Iron Lad is actually a variant of Kang the Conqueror and was forced to travel back in time so that he wouldn’t have to become Kang in the future.
In the comics, the Odinforce empowered Thor so much that he basically ran rampant. That was the reason why Thor needed to create an armor strong enough to defeat the God of Thunder, as the Thorbuster armor was created in case he ever needed to fight his Avengers companion.
The Thorbuster armor is so powerful that it is able to absorb any of the attacks that Thor throws at him. As such, the armor became more powerful when Thor hit it with his magical abilities. In that regard, the armor was powerful enough to make life difficult for one of the most powerful versions of Thor.
7. Iron Goblin
There is an alternate version of Tony Stark where he was infected by the Spider-Virus and became loyal to the Spider-Queen. However, things changed when he was sprayed with the Goblin formula and obtained the same powers that the Green Goblin has.
In that regard, the formula saved him from being a spider. But he ended up becoming as maniacal and as unhinged as the Green Goblin. But Tony Stark was still able to control himself well enough such that he was able to sacrifice himself to allow the forces of the Resistance to escape from the Spider-Queen and her army.
6. MCU Iron Man
The MCU Iron Man is the one that fans relate to the most because of how Robert Downey Jr. was able to make this character arguably the most popular MCU character of all time. This version of Tony Stark is similar to the 616 version in the comics but is much more human than any of his comic book counterparts.
MCU Tony Stark is one of the smartest versions of the character because it wasn’t too difficult for him to develop different versions of the Iron Man suit in a hurry. In fact, he developed a suit strong enough to make Thanos bleed. But Stark had to sacrifice himself by using the Infinity Stones to erase Thanos and his minions from existence.
5. Doctor Doom
The Doctor Doom version of Iron Man isn’t even Tony Stark at all. Instead, the one inside the suit is Victor Von Doom, who wore the 616 version of Iron Man’s suit for a while. In that regard, the suit was empowered by Doctor Doom’s innate abilities as well as his magical powers as well. That is why this version of Iron Man is one of the strongest, as Doctor Doom’s magical control over matter and reality allowed him to push the suit to its limits.
In addition to all that, Doctor Doom is also known to be one of the greatest minds on the planet and is able to do some of the things that Stark isn’t capable of because he is an evil genius. As such, this version of Iron Man is one of the most powerful in history.
4. Sorcerer Supreme
The Sorcerer Supreme version of Iron Man exists on Earth-9810, where Tony Stark is actually a sorcerer that became the Sorcerer Supreme. In that regard, he was still smart enough to develop a suit of armor that allowed him to amplify his impressive magical capabilities. That is how the suit was born, as it has the same kind of magical abilities that Doctor Strange has.
On top of the fact that this suit could do all of the things that Doctor Strange is capable of, the abilities are amplified by the suit’s technological capabilities. As such, it became the perfect blend of technology and magic.
The Godbuster version of Iron Man was literally a god buster in the sense that he was able to create a suit that is known to be the most powerful suit he has ever designed to date. This suit was created when Stark’s mind was plugged into a virtual reality tech that improved his creative abilities.
This armor has a massive canon that is said to be so powerful that it could kill cosmic entities. However, the armor became so dangerously powerful that it had to be destroyed after Tony Stark used it once.
2. Iron Lantern
Iron Lantern is what you would get when you cross Iron Man with Green Lantern. Yes, this is a crossover between Marvel and DC, as this is an Iron Man suit that was created by Hal Stark. The story takes place when Stark finds a battery near an alien ship that was badly wrecked after he crashed during a simulation flight. The battery allowed him to continue to live when he created a suit of armor using it.
In turn, Stark obtained the powers of DC’s green lantern. However, he is still Iron Man in the sense that Iron Lantern is still a technologically advanced suit of armor. It’s only that he has the abilities of the Green Lantern.
1. Iron Hammer
The Iron Hammer character is actually a combined version between Thor and Tony Stark during the events of the 20128 Infinity Warps comic book event. As such, two of the strongest Avengers combine to form a character with the mind and technology of Tony Stark and the physiology and abilities of Thor.
Because of that, Iron Hammer is an incredibly powerful character with an Asgardian physiology that’s further augmented by Mjolniron, which is a stronger version of Mjolnir. On top of that, it is actually the hammer that contains the suit itself.