‘The Mandalorian’: Why Do Dark Troopers Look Like Iron Man?

One of the most popular shows of the Star Wars franchise is The Mandalorian. The show has seen fan-favorite characters return. One of them was Boba Fett, who is looking for his father’s armor. One development in the series is that Grogu gets taken. 

Dark Troopers arrive at the scene to cause conflict. Several viewers feel that they look like Iron Man from the MCU franchise. However, the show’s creators did not use him as inspiration for their Dark Troopers. 

Dark Troopers appear in ‘The Mandalorian’

Dark Troopers have been around since the 90s and first made their appearance in Star Wars video games. In the fourth episode of season two of The Mandalorian, the show teased the possibility of them showing up. Some fans wondered if Moff Gideon was creating a version of Dark Troopers. 

As it turns out, Dark Troopers arrived a couple of episodes later. According to Screen Rant, Moff Gideon sends them to kidnap baby Grogu. Meanwhile, Mando, Boba Fett, and Fennec Shand fight off some Stormtroopers. The Dark Troopers are successful in capturing the child.  

Unfortunately, the Dark Troopers only appear in the episode for a brief time. Not much is known about their abilities. Their armor looks similar to the style of DT-series Sentry Droids from the animated show Rebels. This type of Dark Troopers comes with jetpacks, which they use to get to Grogu. 

So far, their only purpose is to separate Mando from the baby. More about them may get revealed in later episodes of The Mandalorian

Some fans think Dark Troopers look like Iron Man

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One of the takeaways from this episode is the similarities between a Dark Trooper’s design and a Marvel character. A few fans have made some comparisons to Iron Man. It is easy to see why since they look like metal men. 

In the films, Stan Winston based Iron’s suit on the design from the comics. However, he modified it to look more modern and futuristic. The design has changed slightly throughout the MCU franchise. Still, it is something that many fans will recognize. 

Since the superhero’s look is prevalent in many people’s minds, they are quick to draw up comparisons. GamesRadar+ points out that the Dark Troopers are nimble, strong, and likely have a lot of firepower. Not to mention, they soar through the air with jets on their feet like Iron Man does. 

Some fans may think that they are an evil version of Iron Man. The Dark Troopers are in the episode briefly, but viewers will have to wait to see what else they have in store. 

Dark Troopers debuted in a ‘Star Wars’ game

Since there are a few similarities, viewers may wonder if Dark Troopers are a nod to Iron Man. While it may seem like it, their suits are not modeled after the MCU character. Eurogamer explains that the type in The Mandalorian got based on the ones from the game. 

As mentioned before, the Dark Troopers first appeared in the 1995 game Star Wars: Dark Forces. It is the first installment of the Dark Forces saga, which was the longest series of games in the Star Wars franchise. The game is a first-person shooter, and the player works to discover the Empire’s Dark Trooper project.  

There are three phases of Dark Troopers. The first phase is a mere prototype, and the second phase has the suits become more reinforced. The last one is a large exoskeleton.  

Phase II got used more frequently, and the design is similar to that in The Mandalorian. Troopers from the second phase have jump packs, and the jetpacks from the show are likely a modified version.