Another thing we probably won’t be seeing in any Iron Man movie is the infamous 70’s nose armor. Iron Man #68 saw Iron Man in pitched underwater battle with the Unicorn (who was actually the Mandarin, mind-switched with the Unicorn) when a blast shattered his plexiglass eye shields and he had to flee the battle, vowing to return! While supplementing his armor with new tricks and better waterproofing, he decided to add…a nose?!? Per Stark in that issue: “I'll finish the armor's changes with a slightly modified appearance…to allow a bit more expression to show, and so perhaps increase the fearsome aspects of my character to those who oppose me!" He then charged off to the next issue, and a showdown with the restored Mandarin.
The behind the scenes reasons for the change may have been pretty simple: Rumor has it that Stan Lee had recently asked Roy Thomas why Iron Man didn’t have a nose, and the editor sent down the order to give Iron Man a nose. It later developed that Stan had merely been commenting that the artist was drawing the mask in such a way that there was no room for a nose, and was suggesting that the panels be redrawn to show more helmet space at the nose area. I don’t know if that’s true, but I dearly hope so. The “Nasal Armor” widely reviled, lasted a few years, actually. Will it ever return? Who nose?