WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Somebody wants to be the new Iron Man as the superhero’s iconic costume worn by Robert Downey Jr. in the movie series’ first offering was stolen.
- The Los Angeles Police Department stated that the suit was reported missing on Tuesday, May 8, from The Movie Prop Storage located just north of downtown Los Angeles.
- The Los Angeles Times, which listed the costume’s value at $325,000, was the first to report the story.
It’s time to call in Jarvis and the Avengers – some supervillains stole the Iron Man suit.
The suit, also known as “Mark 3”, was first worn by Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man in the Marvel character’s first big screen outing in the 2008 Iron Man film directed by Jon Favreau.
The warehouse owners believe the iconic suit disappeared between February and April 25.
An LAPD spokesperson told PEOPLE, “It was reported by the storage facility that the prop was missing. It is considered a burglary.”
L.A. police officer Christopher No stated that while detectives have no leads so far, the theft was considered high priority.
The suit was first seen in the original Iron Man film, the first installment of the multi-billion dollar Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film itself raked in $585 million at box offices worldwide.
News of the burglary arrived just as Avengers: Infinity Wars, the latest installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Downey reappears as Stark/Iron Man, is currently dominating the worldwide box office.
Meanwhile, the Downey Jr. just recently revealed that he, and five out of the six original Avengers, got matching tattoos.
The Iron Man actor exclusively told EW, “Five of the original six Avengers got a tattoo. And the sixth was the tattoo artist, who gave it to five of us, the one who opted out being Mark Ruffalo. It was (Scarlett) Johansson’s idea, and she and (Chris) Evans did it in New York. Then, their New York guy, Josh Lord, who is amazing, flew out to LA, he did me, did (Jeremy) Renner, and then we just bullied (Chris) Hemsworth into doing it, and he got it.”
The 53-year old Downey Jr. shared on Instagram Monday the photos and videos showing off the new body art.