Marvel’s Iron Man vs. Fighter Jet: How Do They Stack Up IRL? (VIDEO)
Everyone’s favorite comic book quadruple-threat (genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist) Tony Stark is undoubtedly the heart of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Iron Man, the armored Avenger currently one of the most formidable beings in the pantheon of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Though he lacks the power of a lightning god or an enormous green rage monster, Iron Man has proven capable of standing toe-to-toe with most any challenge that presents itself.
At one point, Iron Man’s most prominent challenge was escaping a pair of F-22 Raptor fighter jets, a pretty tough feat even by today’s standards. While the movie version of the character was able to fly away with a majority of his suit intact (save for some bullet holes), Ship Show Online has concluded a much more level playing field might actually exist in real life.
For one, Ship Show makes the argument that the Iron Man armor might not be exactly what it’s cracked up to be. While Tony Stark has packed the iconic exosuit with bells and whistles such as repulsors, a tough gold-titanium shell, and the ever-present voice of Jarvis, a fighter jet would have several similar advantages, albeit on a much bigger scale. The site confirms air combat vehicles often sport “a variety of air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons, including high caliber guns, bombs, and missiles.”
Another aspect where its said jets have the edge is comfort. Whether it be the Iron Man suit or a fighter plane, either one would come with hours of uneventful flight, and as such could take a physical toll on its respective pilot. Jet flyers have the benefit of being in a strapped-in and seated position while Iron Man is always required to look forward with his wrists and feet angled outward, undoubtedly adding unnecessary strain to these overused joints.
While these are certainly qualities to wonder about, one aspect where both share equal footing is the presence of a fatal weakness. Fighter jets are completely reliant on their machinery working in harmony with pilots, an aspect easily broken if the plane’s wings are compromised. Similarly, Iron Man houses his armor’s main power source in his chest, making it a prime target for opponents to attack. Ship Show points out how Captain America rendered the entire armor immobile in Captain America: Civil War after piercing the arc reactor with his shield.
So how do the two ultimately measure up? Do fighter jets fly higher than Stark, or does Iron Man conquer the war birds once more? Ship Show offers a decidedly diplomatic answer in calling it a tie, citing the two’s very probable coexistence if an Iron Man-like suit is ever actually created. In all likelihood, its assumed Iron Man would still need to utilize planes to transport his armor, and the government would ultimately need the help of tech companies like Stark Industries to continue developing worthwhile planes.
Those curious about the full “Iron Man vs. Fighter Jet” argument can check out the extended write-up on the Ship Show Online website.
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