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By Meredith Woerner, io9

Shane Mahan, head honcho at Stan Winston Studio, filled us in with all the new details about Iron Man 2‘s new army of menaces, and Tony’s new armor. Plus, find out why no one could actually “be” Iron Man.

So can you fill us in on Iron Man’s suit? What are his stats? I read that in theory, it was supposed to weigh 600 pounds. How has that changed?

The trick to these kinds of things is, you have to present it in a way that feels the part, when actually it’s quite light. The suit has to feel like it’s being made out of metal. The height of the suit is 6 foot, 5 (inches), and 600 to 800 pounds has always been the number that we kicked around with the design team.

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But what about the shoulders? He looks like he has insanely broad shoulders and a tiny waist.

That’s true, that’s true. That’s the comic book proportions. That’s the trait that makes him successful. He has very broad shoulders, the smallest head possible, and very narrow hips on really long legs. It’s a really interesting body type, which is the comic-book body type.

So is Robert Downey Jr. even close to the actual measurements of the suit?

No, nobody is. The aspect of what it is, is if you were to take a formula for drawing a person, is seven heads tall. Just about anybody, proportional to their body. The comic book [formula] is eight heads tall. His suit is actually eight heads, which is to say, they took the measurement of the head and stacked them eight from the ground up, he’s eight heads tall. I think that’s partially why the suit looks as good.

(Spoiler alert: Minor plot points follow.)

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Tony Stark controls his Iron Man suit using a heads-up display inside his helmet.
What are the new features on the new Iron Man 2 suits?

The aspect comes from the storytelling, most of it is just the design itself. At first glance it looks like Iron Man, it looks like what you remember the first Iron Man to be. But if you put it next to the first film’s suit, or the Mark 3, it’s vastly different. The helmet has stayed the same. But the cut and lines, and the proportions, everything to the legs and how things work, are all very different.

That was because Jon Favreau and the Marvel producers and the art team knew that the second film, you have to improve it. So in the course of the story, time has passed. And Tony, being the billionaire that he is, is going to come up with something different, and something more modified. And that was just from a story aspect. From our aspect, we worked with Marvel’s production designers and Favreau and we’d take [those ideas] and muscle them into shape, so that a person could wear them. You have to make sure that the actors limbs can fit inside the suits. So yes they do have very broad shoulders. So you’re kind of pushing the maximum of what’s achievable and still performable. And that drives the digital suit.

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