“The Iron Man Mark I — the first ever version of the Iron Man suit — has found new life on social media. Artist Ryan Meinerding posted Iron Man concept art for the Mark 1 suit on his Instagram page to honor the character’s co-creator Jack Kirby on his 100th birthday. The artwork shows just how much time and effort went into creating a realistic (and Tony Stark-approved) design for the film.
According to Meinerding, his early days in technical studies helped him out with his concept.”I actually studied Industrial Design at Notre Dame before heading west to California for art school so I’m sure my days there came in handy for these early MCU designs,” he wrote on the post. He added that he had help from designers and illustrators Adi Granov and Phil Saunders, the latter of which has past experience with car design.
“Those early days working for [Iron Man director/executive producer Jon Favreau] on Iron Man are still some of my fondest memories,” he wrote.
Since then, Iron Man has come a long way. The latest iteration of the Iron Man suit can be seen in Avengers: Infinity War, which hits theaters on May 4, 2018.”