Originally Posted by Crimson King
My money is on a run-of-the-mill marketing tagline rather than a hint that 41 other people are suiting up for the final battle. That wouldn't make sense in the slightest. Tony had to practice flying the suit, let alone become comfortable with the combat aspects of it. No way he sends a bunch of noobs up there to fight an Extremis army, or whatever Mandarin throws at him.
I was thinking that, too. But there *are* some guys who might already be considered to have the basic skills to fly an Iron Man armor: Air Force pilots. If Tony asks Rhodey to get some of his best pilots in those suits, I could see it working. Rhodey was untrained when he first "flew" the Mk II; you can assume it's his Air Force training that let him manage that.