Many Marvel fans believe Magneto could easily defeat Iron Man, but Tony Stark’s ingenuity seems to level the playing field every time they meet.
CAUTION SPOILER for X-Men: The Magneto Trial # 2!
Marvel fans tend to believe that if Iron Man and Magneto had to fight, the infamous X-Men villain would be the obvious winner. Logically, this makes a lot of sense, as putting a man in a robotic suit against the Master of Magnetism seems like a super unfair showdown. That being said, one should never underestimate Tony Stark, as he is always preparing for the battles to come.
Iron Man already proved he could stand up to Magneto in 2012 Avengers vs. X Men Event. Dressed in a suit made from carbon nanotubes that Magneto couldn’t control, Tony managed to level the playing field a bit. While Magneto wasn’t able to crush Tony’s suit around himself like a tin can, the infamous mutant still managed to gain the upper hand several times during the fight, and it even looked like he would win. It wasn’t until the infamous villain felt the destructive power of the Phoenix Force wipe out an entire planet that he lost the will to fight, allowing Iron Man to deliver a final blow to secure victory. While Magneto may have won this battle under different circumstances, it seems Tony is better prepared for a confrontation with the polarizing mutant than fans realize.
In X-Men: The Magneto Trial # 2, by Leah Williams, Lucas Werneck, Edgar Delgado and Clayton Cowles, the mutant nation of Krakoa is still investigating the aftermath of the Hellfire gala, including the death of the Scarlet Witch. While Magneto is considered the prime suspect in Wanda’s murder, Captain America, Iron Man, Wasp, and Vision arrive in Krakoa to retrieve his body. A group of mutants rule the Avengers on a tour of the island, but as they take in the view, Magneto breaks away and begins to wreak havoc. The X-Men try to handle things on their own initially, but as Magneto continues to rampage, the Avengers step in to offer help.
Interestingly, Iron Man wears an “anti-magnet” suit, helping him to avoid being immediately defeated by his opponent. Opting for this lawsuit may have been just a precautionary measure for his trip to Krakoa, but given that the X-Men have kept their investigation findings confidential, Iron Man had little reason to suspect foul play. on behalf of Magneto. Instead, it seems more likely that Tony deliberately chose to avoid magnetic materials when building at least some of his suits, rather than just having a specific anti-magneto suit on hand. Tony is constantly improving his armor and in the MCU he has managed to craft new items in a matter of days on the fly. It is therefore entirely possible that he found materials better equipped to protect him than ordinary metal.
If Iron Man really does make several of his “magnet-proof” suits, then Magneto would have a much harder time beating him. The Avenger should still avoid being knocked out by attacks launched against him, but he could at least avoid being stripped of his armor and defeated instantly. Plus, Tony has a lot of tricks up his sleeve and could probably catch Magneto off guard with one of his many inventions. When Iron Man and Magneto The next real rematch to take place is unknown at this time, but their last showdown in X-Men: The Magneto Trial # 2 from Marvel Comics is available now in stores and online.
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