Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3 is a superhero film based on the character Iron Man released as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the first part of "Phase Two". It stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man.
Why it Rocks
- The film's main theme is the question "Who is Iron Man? Tony Stark, or the battle suits?"
- The film is a great and realistic follow up to 2012's The Avengers by showing Tony's emotional damage as the aftermath, which is a huge character development for him.
- The side-effects of Tony's PTSD would continue to be a major plot element for his character through the rest of the MCU culminating in Avengers: Infinity War when Tony fights Thanos face-to-face.
- Speaking of Avengers: Infinity War, the side-effects of Thor's PTSD following his failure of defeating Thanos are all shown in unpredecented detail in Avengers: Endgame, where his emotional damage becomes much more extreme than that of Tony's, with Thor suffering from severe depression, and he drinks heavily and plays Fortnite to relieve himself from the trauma, and is officially retired for the next 5 years until Hulk convinces him to return and save the day, similar to Logan. In fact, both Avengers: Endgame and Logan share a lot of themes and characteristics in common.
- While writing the film, director Shane Black focused on avoiding scenes of pure exposition and making every moment propel other narrative points forwards.
- The first two acts remain character-centric, albeit in Shane Black's words "more hectic, frenetic, and large scale".
- Despite misusing a perfectly good Iron Man villain, Ben Kingsely's portrayal of the Mandarin was a great watch and tried his best with an 'actor' role.
- The post-credit scene, where it's Tony telling the entire film's plot as a story to Bruce Banner, is hilarious and endearing.
- This film's amazing, ending narration. With Tony deciding to take a break from Iron Man the new just in time for 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron.
- Tony embracing and mentioning Harley's sister's Dora watch is an amazing gag that improves Tony's character.
- Gwenyth Paltrow's Pepper Potts finally gets some action, from wearing a suit to save Tony's life to finishing off Aldrich Killian near the end.
- The Extremis infected subjects are decent villains, creating a feeling of tension and suspense.
- The suit-up scene in the beginning is both hilarious and epic.
- The action is great and an improvement from the first two films.
- Most Marvel Cinematic Universe films suffer from unmemorable soundtracks, however this movie is an exception as it has an amazing score.
- The Mandarin twist was incredibly controversial and despite the good acting from Kingsley this twist was disappointing and is an example of the MCU sacrificing actual emotional richness for one off jokes.
- Some incredibly dumb moments, such as Tony giving his address to literal terrorists.
- The entire movie except the PTSD is ignored in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, making most of the movie not matter in the grand scheme of things.