Originally Posted by Adder
because it's a MAJOR PLOT HOLE. the 35 unused armors had no reason to be in the movie when you look at their significance to the story. it's clear those armors were added just to satisfy the need for a big action climax.
Well there's that. And also the great marketing opportunity. I'd bet good money it was Marvel's idea (and not Shane Black/Drew Pearce). And I actually applaud Marvel for that idea, it brings out a guilty childhood action figure collectors pleasure in me. But it was under-utilized to say the least. Tony mentioned 4 armor nicknames in this movie. FOUR! bleh. And we'll never see them again. phooey.