Originally Posted by cherokeesam
He didn't create the "Iron Legion" to be proxies, though. He fully intended each suit of armor to be used to its intended purpose in any given situation --- i.e., if he needed to go into space for a mission, or go underwater, or be "invisible," etc. It was a desperation move to fire up the whole batch of them and have JARVIS r/c them into attacking the AIM base en masse.
If he didn't create them to be proxies, why would he have created the house party protocol, if he didn't intend to use it? If Tony didn't believe Iron Man proxies were a natural evolution of his tech, why did we find him at his house testing out a proxy Iron Man just so he could multitask?