The MCUs armor wars The film will feature a multitude of characters taking on mechanized armor like Iron Man, with the superhero War Machine as the main protagonist. A character that appeared in the comic book event of the same name was the comedy villain Daredevil known as Stilt-Man, a criminal who commits crimes in a suit with retractable legs on stilts.
Stilt-Man was one of Daredevil’s earliest adversaries, appearing in 1965. daredevil #8 (by Stan Lee, Wally Wood and Sam Rosen), and while both the criminal’s tricks and persona are too comical for the dark upcoming Daredevil: Born Again series, his high-tech armor could bind him to the armor wars movie. Stilt-Man could easily act as a light-hearted secondary antagonist for War Machine in the same vein as Skurge the Executioner in Thor: Ragnarok acting as a mild threat to exclude the true villain from the film.
Who is the villain Daredevil Stilt-Man?
Stilt-Man was originally a scientist named Wilbur Day who stole designs for a hydraulic ram device to create his suit that could deploy compact stilts that could reach the heights of skyscrapers. He used this suit to commit crimes in disguise and also hired Matt Murdock to sue the original inventor of hydraulics. Wilbur Day came close to successfully winning the lawsuit when he accused the original inventor of being the Stilt-Man so he could be arrested on criminal charges.
However, Daredevil was able to deduce Wilbur’s lies and after a battle inside his lab, Stilt-Man was accidentally shot with a shrink ray. Fortunately for the insane supervillain, the Masked Marauder returned him to his normal size in Daredevil #26 (by Stan Lee, Gene Colan and Frank Giacoia). He returned to his criminal career, teaming up with another comic supervillain named Leap-Frog, who ultimately caused more trouble than Stilt-Man was willing to deal with.
Stilt-Man eventually came into conflict with the Armored Avenger during the original “Armor Wars” storyline in Iron Man #225 (by David Michelinie, Bob Layton, Mark Bright and Bob Sheran). There it was revealed that he, along with a plethora of supervillains, had stolen technology from Stark Industries to upgrade his suit. When Iron Man confronted Stilt-Man, the criminal nearly escaped using modified jet-powered boosters that detached from his stilts to allow him to fly like Iron Man. However, Iron Man’s previous battle with the armored super criminal ; Beetle, goaded him into creating a Stark Tech nullifier, preventing the villain from escaping.
Could Stilt-Man be connected to the Thunderbolts?
While not the most likely outcome, it’s possible that Stilt-Man could be introduced to the MCU as one of the many characters recruited by Fontaine’s Valentina Allegra to her secret team, The Thunderbolts. This could connect to how in Punisher: War Diary #1 (by Matt Fraction, Dean White, and Ariel Olivetti), Stilt-Man was pardoned for his past crimes and recruited as a government-sanctioned S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, provided he assisted them in more dubious assignments. Unfortunately, Wilbur’s new status meant little to the extreme vigilante, the Punisher, who promptly killed Stilt-Man for his past indiscretions.
Therefore, Stilt-Man could be introduced into armor wars as a strange government agent working against War Machine’s goal of preventing Stark Industries technology from falling into the wrong hands. But either as a strange government agent or a criminal saving Stark Tech for his own purposes, Stilt-Man would be a fun addition to the MCU. armor wars movie when it finally comes out in the near future.