Maybe he couldn't fit an entire arc reactor into a glove or a shoe or a cod piece, so the snap-together suits used a different power source (one that had to be recharged).
The more I think about it, the less justification there is for a suit with such design compromises. In fact, the whole thing falls apart. What does Tony gain
with this modular design? Portability? He already designed a fully capable version to fit in a suitcase. Summonability? Why not just summon a fully assembled, fully capable suit (as he was obviously capable of doing)? So really, there is no design justification at all for a weaker, less capable suit which seemingly exists only so the filmmakers could show scenes of it arriving in pieces.
No, because the writers and everybody else knows that if they depicted “Tony’s character” using a watch battery to power the suit, and made it out of aluminum foil (both of which would be consistent with Tony having to use “technology”), it would be a laughable attempt at ignoring the laws of physics, and no one would buy it.
But that has more to do with Tony's high tech character than anything to do with physics. MacGyver would be using everyday household objects to do what he does.
You think MacGyver could build an Iron Man suit with duct tape, aluminum foil, and a watch battery?? I can just imagine how believable the audience would find that. The Iron Man suit needs
to be built with special high tech alloy, advanced electronics, and a some fantastically advanced power source, NOT because of Tony’s “character”, but to give the audience the feeling that there’s a reasonable verisimilitude to the thing. It, is, after all, a technological device, not something like a magic carpet blinked into existence by some cute blonde in a harem outfit.
You want the suit that ended up in Tennessee to be the same suit (same capability) as the suit in the first movie.
At least. I want the Iron Man suit to improve
over time (it sure as hell did in the previous movies as well as the comic books), not degrade
. There’s nothing the least bit “unreasonable” or irrational about such an expectation (in fact, expecting and wanting the opposite is).
it is a different suit with a different power source and different capabilities
Yes, with nothing to justify such differences, other than as a storytelling device.
You don't have to accept that reality
Which is essentially what I said at the very beginning, so it seems we agree. The only “reality” is the choices
made by the writers, choices which were not necessary or (IMO) good.
the fact is we've seen 3 films with the Iron Man suit taking increasing punishment prior to IM3 where we waited to see a suit ready to go a fe rounds before falling apart but it never happened. TS had those suits before he knew he would be facing a metal melting foe but they were clearly designed to allow him that freedom. That said in the past he's made the suit more and more resistant to punishment based on prior encounters. The discussion is really endless but for me I would have much rather seen the uber suit arrive last minute for a proper bout instead of seeing lava girl/iron lady save the day.
I agree completely.