Will Iron Man be duking it out with the Hulk in his "Hulkbuster" armor? Concept artist Adi Granov doesn't think so. He would know since he's worked on two of the Marvel films Iron Man and Iron Man 2.

Italian website BadTaste had an interview with Granov where he says the Hulkbuster isn't going to show up in The Avengers.

About this topic, there is [an Iron Man armor] that everybody is looking forward to seeing on the screen: the Hulkbuster.

"In the first ['Iron Man'] movie we had the Iron Monger ... the idea for him came from the Hulkbuster. I did a cover with the Hulkbuster in it. Jon Favreau liked that design and asked me to draw something similar to it for the Iron Monger. So, technically, the Iron Monger is the Hulkbuster, and that I think is why for a while we won't see it in a movie. It would only be yet another Iron Man big type of armor."
Of course he could be wrong and it may show up. But, add Renner's comment about being "the only one" who can stop the Hulk and Adi is right.

So, what is the Hulkbuster armor?

Hulkbuster Armor (Modular Add-on)

First Appearance: Iron Man (vol. 1) #304 (May 1994)

The Hulkbuster armor is a heavy-duty exo-frame (an add-on to the Mk. XI Modular Armor) designed for maximum strength amplification at the cost of reduced versatility and mobility. As its name suggests, it was specifically designed for hand-to-hand combat with the rampaging Hulk. The armor was rated with a lift (press) capacity of 175 tons. During its maiden run, the armor enabled Stark to hold his own in sustained physical combat with the Hulk. - Wikipedia
For reference, here's his concept art from Iron Man of the Iron Monger.

Iron Man movie - Keyframe art: Final pencil version of this keyframe featuring Iron Man vs. Iron Monger.

Iron Man movie - Keyframe art: Keyframe art for the first movie.

Iron Man movie - Keyframe art: Final version of this keyframe featuring Iron Man vs. Iron Monger.

Check out more of Adi Granov's work at adigranov.net.

This is a cross-post from Film Sketchr.

What do you think? Should the Hulkbuster armor be in The Avengers? Will It?
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AlexJCavanaugh said...

Since The Hulk and Iron Man are on the same team, that armor wouldn't make sense for the movie.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Alex, how can they not fight? First, the Hulk is always mad, or he wouldn't be the Hulk. Second, he's not really a people person. I'm assuming he's going to be like an atom bomb they drop on the bad guys and stay out of his way. I hope Hulk and Iron Man do fight a little. :)

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