Of course, the result won't be anywhere near as slick as what Alex Murphy or Tony Stark wears in the movies. Legacy Effects is bound by the limitations of modern technology, which will likely make this early suit very clunky; think of the makeshift suit near the start of the original Iron Man. Ekso Bionics is hoping to develop a powered exoskeleton, but it could be both heavy (around 400 pounds) and power-hungry. It may end up using a drone engine for power rather than an array of batteries. A Canadian firm, Mawashi Protective Clothing, is developing an unpowered substitute inspired by the natural protection of armadillos and insects.
The US doesn't expect a fully functioning, independent suit until July 2018, and that's assuming there are no big setbacks. However, it believes that the time and expense (estimated at $80 million) will be worth the effort. Soldiers only have so much protection with current armor, and they frequently shoulder heavy loads that slow them down. TALOS may never have sci-fi features like flight or repulsor weapons, but it could both save lives and help troops get around war zones with more agility than a vehicle allows.