SOMEONE in Los Angeles is stealing from superheroes.

Police officers in Los Angeles are looking to avenge the theft of the original Iron Man suit worn by Robert Downey Jr., in the Marvel Studios franchise, according to police spokesman Christopher No.

The red-and-gold getup - valued at $431,000 - vanished from a prop storage warehouse in the LA suburb of Pacoima between February and April 25, but was only reported stolen on Tuesday night, No said.

 

The suit, used in 2008 film Iron Man, has been missing for months. Supplied by AP.
The suit, used in 2008 film Iron Man, has been missing for months. Supplied by AP. Zade Rosenthal

 

Downey first played billionaire Tony Stark and his heroic alter ego in the original 2008 Iron Man flick.

Actor and musician Robert Downey Jr. with a statue from his latest movie during a red carpet event at the Australian premier of the movie Iron Man in Sydney, Monday, April 14, 2008.
Actor and musician Robert Downey Jr. with a statue from his latest movie during a red carpet event at the Australian premier of the movie Iron Man in Sydney, Monday, April 14, 2008. Mark Baker/AP

He's since reprised the role in two subsequent Iron Man movies, The Avengers franchise and other films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, often wearing different armour.

He is set to play the character again in next year's fourth Avengers film.

The character was developed by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Don Heck and Jack Kirby, and first appeared in a 1963 Marvel comic book.

This story originally appeared in the NY Post and is republished here with permission.


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