Iron Patriot

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Iron Patriot
Iron Patriot (James Rhodes).jpg
James Rhodes as Iron Patriot. Art by Mike Perkins.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Dark Avengers #1 (March 2009)
Created by Brian Michael Bendis (writer)
Mike Deodato (artist)
In-story information
Alter ego Norman Osborn
James Rhodes
Toni Ho
Sharon Carter
Notable aliasesAmerican Son
Iron Hulk
  • Superhuman strength and durability
  • Supersonic flight
  • Flamethrowers
  • Energy repulsor and missile projection
  • Regenerative life support

The Iron Patriot is a fictional powered exoskeleton used by several characters appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.


Publication history

An amalgam of Iron Man and Captain America, the Iron Patriot alias first appeared Dark Avengers #1 (March 2009), and created by Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato.

Fictional history

Norman Osborn

Norman Osborn as Iron Patriot. Art by Adi Granov. Iron Patriot (Norman Osborn).jpg
Norman Osborn as Iron Patriot. Art by Adi Granov.

Norman Osborn donned the original Iron Patriot armor during the Dark Reign storyline to exert his authority as "commander" of H.A.M.M.E.R. and the Dark Avengers even in spite of the original Avengers. [1] However, the Iron Patriot armor's star-shaped Uni Beam projector had a less powerful output. [2] Unsurprisingly, Osborn's activities as Iron Patriot have been jeopardized by various superheroes: Osborn gets tricked into attacking Tony Stark, [3] and when the New Avengers led by Captain America used the Iron Patriot armor's tracking device on Luke Cage as a trick to destroy his own house. [4] During Osborn's invasion of Asgard on the grounds of a national security threat, the Iron Patriot armor is disabled during Osborn's fight with Steve Rogers, revealing Osborn's Green Goblin-like face paint. [5] When Rogers, Stark and Thor transfer him to the Raft penitentiary, Osborn blames his Goblin alter-ego for ruining his chance to protect America as Iron Patriot. [6]

James Rhodes

James Rhodes temporarily wore the Iron Patriot armor in Secret Avengers vol. 2 and the Iron Patriot series. [7] [8]

Iron Patriot Drones

An Iron Patriot drone is seen during the Fear Itself storyline summoned to assists the New Avengers, but is vaporized by the Red Skull's powers. [9]

A Iron Patriot drone is seen during the Marvel NOW! event at a weapons expo that Daisy Johnson and Nick Fury, Jr. were attending. During an attack carried out by A.I.M. to fight the Secret Avengers, the Scientist Supreme takes the opportunity to steal and replicate the Iron Patriot armor. [10] As a result, its low-level A.I. grew considerably as an army of sentient drones, which A.I.M. used to incriminate the United States in numerous international attacks. The Iron Patriot drones were sent to attack Iran, to which S.H.I.E.L.D. sent the Hulk to destroy them in response. [11] Using holographic communication, S.H.I.E.L.D. hacks into the A.I.M. network so the Iron Patriot drones can understand these programmed actions are wrong. [7]

The Iron Patriot drones are next seen during the "Inhumanity" storyline as the Secret Avengers' support when the Junkman's technopathic Inhuman powers disable them. [12]

Toni Ho

Dr. Toni Ho wore the Iron Patriot armor as a member of the U.S. Avengers. [13] [14]

Sharon Carter

Sharon Carter briefly wore her own Iron Patriot armor to combat Selene. [15]

Other versions

American Son

American Son is another exoskeleton used by Harry Osborn during the "Dark Reign" storyline, [16] and later by Gabriel Stacy. [17]

Iron Hulk

Robert Maverick wore the Iron Patriot armor during the "No Surrender" arc, calling himself Iron Hulk while combating the original Hulk. [18]

Ultimate Marvel

The Ultimate Marvel equivalent of the Iron Patriot armor appears during the "United We Stand" storyline after Tony Stark / Iron Man was inspired by Steve Rogers / Captain America. [19] [20]

In other media



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