Day 1: "Armor Wars"
The movie's main storyline seems to be pulling from the classic David Michelinie and Bob Layton 1987-88 run "Stark Wars." The story takes place roughly between issues #225 to #231 with art by Mike Bright and Barry Windsor- Smith. When the trade was released in 1990 and again in 2007, it was renamed with the title "Armor Wars."
After defeating an armored super-villain named Force and examining his armored suit, Tony Stark finds out Force's armor uses his own Iron Man technology. Without him knowing, Tony's enemy Spymaster, stole his designs and sold them to his rival Justin Hammer. In a fit of anger Stark vows to bring down anyone misusing, or using at all, his technology and disable it. This includes villains and heroes like the Mandroids, a group or armored agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. using the tech to protect the world. One main enemy Iron Man faces during this run is Firepower, a heavily armored suit that lives up to his name.
The movie seems to be following this storyline while adding some others into the mix, which I'll talk about in the upcoming days of Iron Man week. The movie ditches all the second tier villains that use the Iron Man tech like Force, Stilt-man, Firepower and The Beetle, but keep his main rival Justin Hammer. It seems they added Whiplash into the mix, who was never in the original story line, as the man with a vengeance who teams up with Justin Hammer, played by Sam Rockwell, to mass produce Iron Man like armor. The Mandroids also make an appearance in the film, but it's hard to tell from the trailer if they are a part of S.H.I.E.L.D or Justin Hammers crew, I'm going to guess the later.
Iron Man Week Continues tomorrow with a look at the walking arsenal War Machine!!!