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The UnPopular Opinion: Iron Man 3

Aug. 13, 2014by: Alex Maidy

THE UNPOPULAR OPINION is an ongoing column featuring different takes on films that either the writer HATED, but that the majority of film fans LOVED, or that the writer LOVED, but that most others LOATHED. We're hoping this column will promote constructive and geek fueled discussion. Enjoy!

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You might think it odd that IRON MAN 3 would be up for the UnPopular Opinion treatment based on the fact it has a 79% positive rating at RottenTomatoes.com and the incredible $1.2 billion in worldwide box office, but there seems to be a great deal of hate for the film emanating from the online community, especially amongst you Schmoes. Now, as the guy who hated THE AVENGERS, you may not take my opinion seriously, but I am here to tell you that IRON MAN 3 is the best film in the franchise as well as the best portrayal of Tony Stark to date.

IRON MAN 3 had the difficult task of following up the instantly beloved THE AVENGERS. What Joss Whedon’s film was able to do was pull together four distinct and different franchises , all unique in tone, style, and setting. Whedon was able to unite these heroes in an organic manner for a mega-film the likes of which we had never seen. But, after that and knowing they would reunite a few years later for AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, how do you send them on their own adventures without relying on this team dynamic? While CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER and THOR: THE DARK WORLD took their own approaches to making this work, IRON MAN 3 had a different challenge.

He's right behind me, isn't he?

IRON MAN 2 was a f*cking mess. There is no doubt that it was Marvel's first misstep in their cinematic universe. Jon Favreau hit gold with Robert Downey Jr and a great origin film with the first movie, but the second felt like it suffered from sever sequelitis. Everything was bigger, louder, and better budgeted, but it still felt hollow and flat. There was no true progression of the characters aside from the introduction of War Machine and the villain felt underwhelming. So, what do you do when your third film absolutely has to succeed? Bring in new blood behind the camera. Shane Black, RDJ's buddy from KISS KISS BANG BANG came in and took the Iron Man story in a darker direction without sacrificing any of what made the character great: one-liners, comebacks, and a sense of humor.

What worked so well with IRON MAN was that it defied convention. It went with a character who was, until that point, not a top tier Marvel hero and made him the cinematic equivalent of how Captain America was looked at in the pages of the comics. So, instead of making IRON MAN 3 bigger and louder than the second film, Shane Black actually scaled it back. Sure, the destruction of Tony's cliffside home, the air rescue of Air Force One, and the closing Iron Corps battle all provide big screen grandeur, but in between are truly developed moments that give us insight into Tony Stark as a man and the after effects of what happened to him during the Battle of New York. Much of this is a credit to Robert Downey Jr and his amazing turn as Stark. I know the role may eventually be recast, but I cannot envision anyone being Iron Man or Tony Stark in the same was RDJ has.

Never met a supervillain who wasn't a soccer fan.

I could go on and one with how great the existing cast is in the film: Gwyneth Paltrow, Jon Favreau, Don Cheadle, and Paul Bettany are all amazingly solid and their characters are all given more to do this time around, but it is the new cast members who really shine. Rebecca Hall, James Badge Dale, and Guy Pearce are all strong and fully realized additions to the Iron Man franchise, but it is the featured villain who steals the show. From the moment we first heard him in the teasers, everyone knew Ben Kingsley was going to be amazing as The Mandarin. His menace and delivery of his threats is imbued with such a level of evil that there was no doubt he was going to steal the show. But, that is also what left to the incredible letdown many felt when the Trevor Slattery reveal was made.

At the time, the Mandarin twist because the biggest topic online as everyone and their mother took a side on the plot twist. Initially, I understood why everyone felt short-changed at the notion that Guy Pearce's Aldritch Killian would be the "true" Mandarin, but upon repeated viewings, I have no doubt that Marvel had been planning this all along. Writers Drew Pearce and Shane Black of course have admitted to coming up with the plot device, but I think the overall future plan for the MCU includes the possibility of the real Mandarin coming in the future to either battle Tony Stark or The Avengers as a unit. But, what this plot twist also drove into everyone's mind was that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is not Marvel Comics. If you want to see your favorite characters, story arcs, or images come to life, this is not the place for you. The MCU is an alternate reality, a place where the comics serve as a jumping off point but there is no binding requirement to make the movies exactly like the comics.

A little Ultron foreshadowing?

And that is why IRON MAN 3 is by far the best IRON MAN film and one of the top movies in the MCU to date (for my money, only WINTER SOLDIER and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY are better). There are so many perfect moments in this film that cannot be rivaled: Tony's friendship with Harley, Happy Hogan's burgeoning romance with a fellow DOWNTON ABBEY viewer, the way Extremis was visualized, all the way to the closing moments where Tony finally eliminates what forced him to become Iron Man and thereby evolving the character into something else entirely. The accomplishment of IRON MAN 3 is in that it progresses Tony Stark in a way the prior film did not while also putting pieces in motion for AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON.

Marvel Studios are responsible for creating products. To call their movies "art" in the traditional sense may be an overstatement, but there is absolutely a master plan that makes these movies work as independent series as well as one massive ten film franchise. With each successive film, the culmination of each phase comes into focus and we sit back in awe as to how the hell Kevin Feige and a crew of thousands managed to make it all work. IRON MAN 3 launched Phase Two of the MCU and did so in grand fashion. Whether or not Robert Downey Jr and company return for a fourth go-round at Stark Enterprises remains to be seen, but if IRON MAN 3 ends the franchise, they did so without peer.

Oh, and if you have any suggestions for The UnPopular Opinion I’m always happy to hear them. You can send along an email to alexmaidy@joblo.com, spell it out below, slap it up on my wall in Movie Fan Central, or send me a private message via Movie Fan Central. Provide me with as many movie suggestions as you like, with any reasoning you'd care to share, and if I agree then you may one day see it featured in this very column!
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10:40AM on 08/14/2014
Awesome movie, plot holes and all.

The shit that gets me on this site are the ones that hate this movie because "He's never in his suit!! He's not Iron Man!!" The whole point of the movie is that he's a hero with or without the suits. Thank you very much.
Awesome movie, plot holes and all.

The shit that gets me on this site are the ones that hate this movie because "He's never in his suit!! He's not Iron Man!!" The whole point of the movie is that he's a hero with or without the suits. Thank you very much.
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1:44PM on 08/14/2014
I agree with that point. The story was about Tony, just like TDKR was about Bruce Wayne. I have no problem with that aspect of the film, it's everything else about it I hated.
I agree with that point. The story was about Tony, just like TDKR was about Bruce Wayne. I have no problem with that aspect of the film, it's everything else about it I hated.
2:43PM on 08/14/2014
That's great, lets have a movie called "Iron-Man" be about a guy in jeans and a t-shirt. Lets have him run around with a nail gun and duck tape, taking out super powered henchmen. Then have his girlfriend come to his rescue.
That's great, lets have a movie called "Iron-Man" be about a guy in jeans and a t-shirt. Lets have him run around with a nail gun and duck tape, taking out super powered henchmen. Then have his girlfriend come to his rescue.
12:21AM on 08/14/2014
when i first watched it, i thought it was funny and cool as hell. it certainly went bonkers with the mandarin twist. i totally got it, i laughed out aloud and ben king was so hilarious. but somehow when i thought about it more often, iron man 3 went too much in the other direction, focusing too much on stark and less on the coolness of the iron man. throughout the film we see the latest, supposedly most advanced armor treated far worse than all the previous models before it. and we finally get
when i first watched it, i thought it was funny and cool as hell. it certainly went bonkers with the mandarin twist. i totally got it, i laughed out aloud and ben king was so hilarious. but somehow when i thought about it more often, iron man 3 went too much in the other direction, focusing too much on stark and less on the coolness of the iron man. throughout the film we see the latest, supposedly most advanced armor treated far worse than all the previous models before it. and we finally get a glimpse of all the other models he built throughout the years only to be blown up like so much junk.
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11:07PM on 08/13/2014
While I thought IM3 did have its moments (and it's certainly better overall than IM2), it is definitely NOT the best Iron Man movie. That honor strongly belongs with the first film.

ANd you're just all kinds of wrong about The Avengers. :-P
While I thought IM3 did have its moments (and it's certainly better overall than IM2), it is definitely NOT the best Iron Man movie. That honor strongly belongs with the first film.

ANd you're just all kinds of wrong about The Avengers. :-P
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10:00PM on 08/13/2014
The only reason this made it into this ridiculous Unpopular Opinion series is because internet fanboys are fucking morons, and refuse to accept that the majority of people actually LIKED Iron Man 3. They just can't get over that Marvel decided to go with something actually clever instead of slavishly using the retarded, cardboard asian stereotype version of Mardarin that they know and love. Boo-fucking-hoo.
The only reason this made it into this ridiculous Unpopular Opinion series is because internet fanboys are fucking morons, and refuse to accept that the majority of people actually LIKED Iron Man 3. They just can't get over that Marvel decided to go with something actually clever instead of slavishly using the retarded, cardboard asian stereotype version of Mardarin that they know and love. Boo-fucking-hoo.
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10:37PM on 08/13/2014
No moron, it's because the movie was crap, the characters did unbelievably stupid things to advance the plot, Pepper got magic fire powers (although not the fire breathing ...... bummer), and the villains were idiotic.

The only "fucking morons" are the people who get on here and think they can group everyone who didn't like the movie into a single camp with one motivation and dismiss them as if their opinions aren't every bit as valid (probably moreso) than yours.

It's called
No moron, it's because the movie was crap, the characters did unbelievably stupid things to advance the plot, Pepper got magic fire powers (although not the fire breathing ...... bummer), and the villains were idiotic.

The only "fucking morons" are the people who get on here and think they can group everyone who didn't like the movie into a single camp with one motivation and dismiss them as if their opinions aren't every bit as valid (probably moreso) than yours.

It's called projecting. Trust me, you're doing it.
10:27AM on 08/14/2014
The complete opposite. It's the fanboys that keep reiterating what a great movie IM3 is. They think Shane Black can have blank checks now and do whatever he wants. If you read some of these comments below, how Mandarins was portrayed is the least of the movies problems. Even if that had been handled differently the movie still had many issues.
The complete opposite. It's the fanboys that keep reiterating what a great movie IM3 is. They think Shane Black can have blank checks now and do whatever he wants. If you read some of these comments below, how Mandarins was portrayed is the least of the movies problems. Even if that had been handled differently the movie still had many issues.
2:41PM on 08/14/2014
Like Des1 said. We don't like the movie because it is crap. Let me start with Killian's storyline. Or should I say Electro's storyline. Or maybe even Riddler's storyline from Batman Forever, same shit. Then there's the fact that Stark is hardly in the Iron'man suit. It's called Iron Man, not Tony Stark. We don't want to see a guy running around killing super strength fire breathing soldiers with only a nail gun and tape. Also, I don't think having his girlfriend come to his rescue. She gets
Like Des1 said. We don't like the movie because it is crap. Let me start with Killian's storyline. Or should I say Electro's storyline. Or maybe even Riddler's storyline from Batman Forever, same shit. Then there's the fact that Stark is hardly in the Iron'man suit. It's called Iron Man, not Tony Stark. We don't want to see a guy running around killing super strength fire breathing soldiers with only a nail gun and tape. Also, I don't think having his girlfriend come to his rescue. She gets super powers and takes out the weak ass main villain but for some reason doesn't blow up like the rest of them do, how convenient. Oh, now lets blow up all the suits so my girlfriend can have a fireworks show. That will impress her.

You see idiot. not once, until now did I even mention Mandarin.
9:43PM on 08/13/2014
I don't think Iron Man 3 is a bad movie, but it was disappointing and the weakest MCU film, and it has nothing to do with the Mandarin twist. Rhodes is wasted again, and the kid sidekick was somewhat annoying. Stark was barely in the iron man armor, and the producers said this was b/c they wanted to do a film where Stark could rely on his brain and not the suit to save the day. Which sounds good on paper, but that's like doing a Batman movie with just Bruce Wayne using detective skills and no
I don't think Iron Man 3 is a bad movie, but it was disappointing and the weakest MCU film, and it has nothing to do with the Mandarin twist. Rhodes is wasted again, and the kid sidekick was somewhat annoying. Stark was barely in the iron man armor, and the producers said this was b/c they wanted to do a film where Stark could rely on his brain and not the suit to save the day. Which sounds good on paper, but that's like doing a Batman movie with just Bruce Wayne using detective skills and no gadgets or vehicles. Sure, you could do that, but that sure as heck isn't exciting to see in a movie. Comic book fans and non-fans alike have said this was the weakest iron man film. I think Iron Man 2 is much better (but I think anything with Sam Rockwell is great).
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7:48PM on 08/13/2014
He hated The Avengers because it didn't keep his 5 year old's attention. This guy is and always has been a joke writer here. His articles are purposefully absurd to get people to read, react, comment etc. He got me once again. Although, I stopped reading after the first paragraph.

Irom man 3 is a joke. The stupidity of it is laughable. Come on, Iron-Man's girlfriend saved him and kicked the main villain's ass while he had emo depression issues. LMAO. Also, Killian's story was identical to
He hated The Avengers because it didn't keep his 5 year old's attention. This guy is and always has been a joke writer here. His articles are purposefully absurd to get people to read, react, comment etc. He got me once again. Although, I stopped reading after the first paragraph.

Irom man 3 is a joke. The stupidity of it is laughable. Come on, Iron-Man's girlfriend saved him and kicked the main villain's ass while he had emo depression issues. LMAO. Also, Killian's story was identical to that of JIm Carrey's Riddler role and Jamie Foxx's Electro. Don't even get me started on the dog shit that they did with Mandarin.
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7:55PM on 08/13/2014
Thanks Petey!
Thanks Petey!
4:00AM on 08/14/2014
It is true, you are a joke of a writer.
It is true, you are a joke of a writer.
8:25AM on 08/14/2014
Much love, bryson
Much love, bryson
1:05PM on 08/14/2014
LMFAO!
LMFAO!
7:23PM on 08/13/2014
I liked the movie more after watching the short film on the Thor 2 blu ray, All Hail the King. Also was nice to see Sam Rockwell back.
I liked the movie more after watching the short film on the Thor 2 blu ray, All Hail the King. Also was nice to see Sam Rockwell back.
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5:59PM on 08/13/2014
I love Iron Man 3, but even I can't take an article seriously when it starts with "I hated Avengers"
I love Iron Man 3, but even I can't take an article seriously when it starts with "I hated Avengers"
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7:02PM on 08/13/2014
Iron Man 3 sucked and so did Avengers. Not as bad as IM3, but it was mediocre at best.
Iron Man 3 sucked and so did Avengers. Not as bad as IM3, but it was mediocre at best.
7:42PM on 08/13/2014
He hated The Avengers because it didn't keep his 5 year old's attention. This guy is and always has been a joke writer here. His articles are purposefully absurd to get people to read, react, comment etc. He got me once again. Although, I stopped reading after the first paragraph.
He hated The Avengers because it didn't keep his 5 year old's attention. This guy is and always has been a joke writer here. His articles are purposefully absurd to get people to read, react, comment etc. He got me once again. Although, I stopped reading after the first paragraph.
5:14PM on 08/13/2014
Still don't understand the internet hate for this. Mind you, it is just internet hate, every living person I talk to that enjoys superhero movies loved Iron Man 3 just as much as me. The only reason I can see why people would be pissed is if you liked the Mandarin and you disagree with the movie's portrayal of him. But if you roll with it, you gotta love Kingsley's brilliant performance, it's perhaps the funniest in the entire MCU until now. Besides, they rectified that shit in that one shot,
Still don't understand the internet hate for this. Mind you, it is just internet hate, every living person I talk to that enjoys superhero movies loved Iron Man 3 just as much as me. The only reason I can see why people would be pissed is if you liked the Mandarin and you disagree with the movie's portrayal of him. But if you roll with it, you gotta love Kingsley's brilliant performance, it's perhaps the funniest in the entire MCU until now. Besides, they rectified that shit in that one shot, the real Mandarin is still out there. Nothing but love for Iron Man 3, second only to The Avengers in the MCU i(mho).
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5:16PM on 08/13/2014
No wait, it comes third, after Avengers and Winter Soldier (haven't seen Guardians yet)
No wait, it comes third, after Avengers and Winter Soldier (haven't seen Guardians yet)
7:05PM on 08/13/2014
Iron Man 2 and 3. Shit.
Captain America. Shit. (Winter Soldier was THE shit though)
Avengers. Mediocre.
Thor 1 & 2. Shit.
Guardians. Great. Here's to hoping Age of Ultron is somewhat good.
Iron Man 2 and 3. Shit.
Captain America. Shit. (Winter Soldier was THE shit though)
Avengers. Mediocre.
Thor 1 & 2. Shit.
Guardians. Great. Here's to hoping Age of Ultron is somewhat good.
9:56PM on 08/13/2014

Pazuzu_Guerilla - a perfect example of bullshit internet hate

Pazuzu_Guerilla - a perfect example of bullshit internet hate
4:05AM on 08/14/2014
The first cap movie, the 2nd and 3rd iron man movie and shit, the rest range from average to great. Goth being the only great one.
The first cap movie, the 2nd and 3rd iron man movie and shit, the rest range from average to great. Goth being the only great one.
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4:31PM on 08/13/2014

It was crap....

Nothing the author said had any validity. His point basically came down to, "I liked it, so therefore it was a good movie." If character arc was the standard, IM2 was 10 times better (Tony facing his own death, maturing past his philandering, recognizing his feelings for Pepper, etc....). IM3 was full of ENORMOUS plot holes (including people who got so hot they could melt through iron armor in less than a second, but it didn't burn their clothes). He had ALL his armor on AI, but never
Nothing the author said had any validity. His point basically came down to, "I liked it, so therefore it was a good movie." If character arc was the standard, IM2 was 10 times better (Tony facing his own death, maturing past his philandering, recognizing his feelings for Pepper, etc....). IM3 was full of ENORMOUS plot holes (including people who got so hot they could melt through iron armor in less than a second, but it didn't burn their clothes). He had ALL his armor on AI, but never bothered to activate it until the end of the movie, then decided for some bizarre/unexplained reason to destroy every suit.....despite the fact that he has already made himself a target and now would have no defense. Not to mention that one call to his friend with his other suit, and he could have had the tech to repair his humorous falling apart armor before he decided to go all 007 and assault the Mandarin's fortress with a couple of gag weapons. Let's not even talk about the fact that he didn't have ANY of his suits on the ready in case he was attacked (and Jarvis evidently can't monitor missile attacks or TV stations).

Seriously, leaving aside the fact that they took a steaming dump on his most iconic nemesis, every aspect of the film (including the fire breathing douchey bad guy) was bad. Nothing made any logical sense. Everything happened because it was the only way it could happen and still move the plot forward. That's the DEFINITION of a crap movie.
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3:32PM on 08/13/2014
I love RDJ and the first Iron Man movie (and to a lesser extent, The Avengers) but this movie is just plain bad. It all comes down to the Chinese co-production and the utter destruction of Tony Stark's greatest nemesis. I also don't like how the character of Maya Hansen was treated in this film. She and Tony immediately have sex (something that never happened in the comics) she turns out to be evil (she wasn't bad in the comics, just did a bad thing because she was given no other choice) then
I love RDJ and the first Iron Man movie (and to a lesser extent, The Avengers) but this movie is just plain bad. It all comes down to the Chinese co-production and the utter destruction of Tony Stark's greatest nemesis. I also don't like how the character of Maya Hansen was treated in this film. She and Tony immediately have sex (something that never happened in the comics) she turns out to be evil (she wasn't bad in the comics, just did a bad thing because she was given no other choice) then she's killed and never spoken of again. Her arc in the books was much more complex and satisfying to see play out, and she wasn't treated as an object that existed just for Tony Stark to stick his dick in.
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2:46PM on 08/13/2014

Shitty movie

This movie was bad on every level except acting. See Honest Trailers and "Everything wrong.." for proof. And it sucks that they wasted RDJs contract and one movie with this because Iron man is still my favorite character from MCU. This movie sits on the bottom of the franchise, no contest.
This movie was bad on every level except acting. See Honest Trailers and "Everything wrong.." for proof. And it sucks that they wasted RDJs contract and one movie with this because Iron man is still my favorite character from MCU. This movie sits on the bottom of the franchise, no contest.
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2:16PM on 08/13/2014

Ugh, no

I was willing to give it a second chance and bought it on Blu-ray and it turned out that I still didn't like it. I saw it in three pieces because I couldn't sit through a whole viewing. Weak plot, uninteresting characters (beside Downey), boring villain and way too many stupid jokes...all this makes it pretty bad for my taste and I don't even mind the Mandarine-twist.
I was willing to give it a second chance and bought it on Blu-ray and it turned out that I still didn't like it. I saw it in three pieces because I couldn't sit through a whole viewing. Weak plot, uninteresting characters (beside Downey), boring villain and way too many stupid jokes...all this makes it pretty bad for my taste and I don't even mind the Mandarine-twist.
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2:04PM on 08/13/2014

No.

1. He's never really Iron Man in this movie. He's always controlling suits. That's called a video game.

2. He always had the solution to his problems in 2 different ways:
2a - his army of suits back home
2b - his ability to build and create tech. But nooooo he needed a 12 year old to tell him to do what he already does.... EVERY DAY.

3. Throwing I his "cure" at the end was too superfluous. Felt too tacked on.

4. Iron Man should have been the one to save the day on his own movie. I
1. He's never really Iron Man in this movie. He's always controlling suits. That's called a video game.

2. He always had the solution to his problems in 2 different ways:
2a - his army of suits back home
2b - his ability to build and create tech. But nooooo he needed a 12 year old to tell him to do what he already does.... EVERY DAY.

3. Throwing I his "cure" at the end was too superfluous. Felt too tacked on.

4. Iron Man should have been the one to save the day on his own movie. I see the value in flipping the script so to speak, but no. It was just dumb.
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2:00PM on 08/13/2014

7/10 (the best of the trilogy). Here's why:

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1:54PM on 08/13/2014
The only good thing to say about IM3 is that it is better than IM2. But better than the original IM, or one of the top MU films? GTFOH.
The only good thing to say about IM3 is that it is better than IM2. But better than the original IM, or one of the top MU films? GTFOH.
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1:12PM on 08/13/2014
I too am a fan of this movie over IM2. IM2 was rushed into production and felt like it, while IM3 dealt with the aftermath of how a guy comes to grips with saving the world with a team of people with special abilities and how it is literally changing the world he lives in.

As for the Mandarin switch, all the little whiny, crybaby fanboys probably didn't bother watching the Trevor Slattery short that was on the Thor 2 disc. Because if you DID watch it, you'll know that there really is a
I too am a fan of this movie over IM2. IM2 was rushed into production and felt like it, while IM3 dealt with the aftermath of how a guy comes to grips with saving the world with a team of people with special abilities and how it is literally changing the world he lives in.

As for the Mandarin switch, all the little whiny, crybaby fanboys probably didn't bother watching the Trevor Slattery short that was on the Thor 2 disc. Because if you DID watch it, you'll know that there really is a Mandarin out there, and he's pissed that someone has impersonated him.
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4:37PM on 08/13/2014
And he'll never appear in a Marvel film because they burned that bridge. Oh gee, I should be happy that he's "really out there somewhere"......

WTF dude?
And he'll never appear in a Marvel film because they burned that bridge. Oh gee, I should be happy that he's "really out there somewhere"......

WTF dude?
6:52PM on 08/13/2014
@des1 All the Marvel one shots have tied into the movies and tv stories. They haven't been stand alone projects. Sorry you're too butt-hurt to see that as the truth. You'll be seeing the real Mandarin in a future IM movie.
@des1 All the Marvel one shots have tied into the movies and tv stories. They haven't been stand alone projects. Sorry you're too butt-hurt to see that as the truth. You'll be seeing the real Mandarin in a future IM movie.
9:58PM on 08/13/2014
Yeah Des, because a fucking bullshit asian stereotype Mardarin would be SO much better fight? Go fuck yourself
Yeah Des, because a fucking bullshit asian stereotype Mardarin would be SO much better fight? Go fuck yourself
1:10PM on 08/13/2014
I was really enjoying IM3 up to the point if the Mandarin twist, that just sucked the wind outta my sails. I know that MCU doesn't follow the comics but this had to be the biggest change. But after the one shot came out and fixed it, I can really enjoy IM3 now.
I was really enjoying IM3 up to the point if the Mandarin twist, that just sucked the wind outta my sails. I know that MCU doesn't follow the comics but this had to be the biggest change. But after the one shot came out and fixed it, I can really enjoy IM3 now.
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1:01PM on 08/13/2014

Nope. Just nope.

Iron Man 3 - forgettable. Even for suspending disbelief as one must do with comics - this one sucked. Guy Pearce - love him but this was laaaame and not good. Marvel better be careful. The assembly line of movies are starting to feel all the same. Like really the same. Shallow characters. Shallow plot. Lot's of cgi and the like. Thank god for guardians of the galaxy to freshen things up. Iron Man, Raimi's Spidey's and GoTG are the head above shoulders so far. Even Avengers suffers on a rewatch.
Iron Man 3 - forgettable. Even for suspending disbelief as one must do with comics - this one sucked. Guy Pearce - love him but this was laaaame and not good. Marvel better be careful. The assembly line of movies are starting to feel all the same. Like really the same. Shallow characters. Shallow plot. Lot's of cgi and the like. Thank god for guardians of the galaxy to freshen things up. Iron Man, Raimi's Spidey's and GoTG are the head above shoulders so far. Even Avengers suffers on a rewatch. The last 45 mins or whatever it is are the same shittyness that Man of Steel suffered from.
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12:36PM on 08/13/2014
I will argue that Iron Man 2 was better than Iron Man 3 on this basis - it continued the Iron Man story line coherently, addressing a few key elements of canon, Tony Stark desire to be a hero, to be different than what he was. There was character development, the demon in the bottle, being called on to make a difference. How his technology and fame as Iron Man has affected the world. The Hammer Tech plot line made sense. The motivations made sense. While I didn't buy Ivan Vanko as a super
I will argue that Iron Man 2 was better than Iron Man 3 on this basis - it continued the Iron Man story line coherently, addressing a few key elements of canon, Tony Stark desire to be a hero, to be different than what he was. There was character development, the demon in the bottle, being called on to make a difference. How his technology and fame as Iron Man has affected the world. The Hammer Tech plot line made sense. The motivations made sense. While I didn't buy Ivan Vanko as a super brilliant Russian evil genius, Mickey Roarke still managed to steal scenes with menace. IM2 was slick and different. It didn't get stupid, which is the one sin you must avoid in a Super Hero film. You want light hearted go with Guardians of the Galaxy which was fun but still avoided being stupid.
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3:45PM on 08/13/2014
Exactly! Fun doesn't have to be stupid.
Exactly! Fun doesn't have to be stupid.
12:00PM on 08/13/2014

I disagree

My opinion is that Iron Man 3 is the worst Marvel film in the MCU.
One it took a hero, Iron Man, who was decidedly heroic in the Avengers, and made him run and hide through half the movie. Then when he did confront the villains, one of them, The Mandarin, turned out to be a drunken actor Trevor Slattery, so Iron Man didn't have to defeat him. The other Aldrich Killian, had terrible motivations to hate Tony Stark, infantile and stupid, and iron man needed all his Iron Man and Pepper Potts
My opinion is that Iron Man 3 is the worst Marvel film in the MCU.
One it took a hero, Iron Man, who was decidedly heroic in the Avengers, and made him run and hide through half the movie. Then when he did confront the villains, one of them, The Mandarin, turned out to be a drunken actor Trevor Slattery, so Iron Man didn't have to defeat him. The other Aldrich Killian, had terrible motivations to hate Tony Stark, infantile and stupid, and iron man needed all his Iron Man and Pepper Potts who has been infected with Extremis suits to come to his rescue. Iron Man wasn't the hero. The plot was TERRIBLE. Now there were some cool parts, the destruction of his home, the rescue at Air Force One. But from that point on the president was a plot device not a character. There was never any feeling of dread from the half way point. The story arc didn't rise and fall. And frankly it just got stupid as it went along. RDJ saved the movie from being complete crap. Well not really, it was complete crap. Story wise. His acting was fine. The cinematography was good, special effects okay (not great IMO). It was stylish, but stylish does not make a movie great. The movie was a complete disaster. And for the overall desecration of canon it loses more points. It is the worst idea ever to take the arch nemesis of a hero and make that nemesis a joke. That is plain insult. Mandarin is the arch nemesis of Iron Man. Like Lex Luthor to Superman or the Joker to Batman or Dr Doom to The Fantastic Four. The Trevor Slattery twist was an embarrassing misstep.
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11:32AM on 08/13/2014
I thought the popular opinion was that the film was amazing on nearly every level. For me it was the weakest of the 3. IM2 may have been a bit of a mess, but I like the villains way more than I did in 3. Fire breathing Guy Pierce was ridiculous.
I thought the popular opinion was that the film was amazing on nearly every level. For me it was the weakest of the 3. IM2 may have been a bit of a mess, but I like the villains way more than I did in 3. Fire breathing Guy Pierce was ridiculous.
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11:31AM on 08/13/2014

The third act

I hated the third act of this movie.We got way too many ironman suits.At that point, the suits weren't special or cool anymore.It felt like they were just throwing stuff to make toys and merchandise.Then out of nowhere, Gwyneth Paltrow saves the day.Her character wasn't developed at all.She was like Mary Jane.
I hated the third act of this movie.We got way too many ironman suits.At that point, the suits weren't special or cool anymore.It felt like they were just throwing stuff to make toys and merchandise.Then out of nowhere, Gwyneth Paltrow saves the day.Her character wasn't developed at all.She was like Mary Jane.
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11:23AM on 08/13/2014

good change of pace

Love this movie as a recovery from the dreadful Ironman 2. Nice action and comedy mix. And, Ben Kingsly is awesome as the a character that just cant be defined. Now i want to watch it again.
Love this movie as a recovery from the dreadful Ironman 2. Nice action and comedy mix. And, Ben Kingsly is awesome as the a character that just cant be defined. Now i want to watch it again.
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10:58AM on 08/13/2014
Don't forget that Iron Man 2 was written during the writer's strike. Jon Favreau and the cast could have made last minute changes to the script but they could NOT hire a writer to polish things let alone make major changes. It was a lost opportunity: on repeated viewings the whole "daddy knew how to fix the suit" sort of made sense if you can accept Thomas Stark having had psychic powers but, no, wait, that's ridiculous. They should have introduced Hank Pym then and there: the Ant Man script
Don't forget that Iron Man 2 was written during the writer's strike. Jon Favreau and the cast could have made last minute changes to the script but they could NOT hire a writer to polish things let alone make major changes. It was a lost opportunity: on repeated viewings the whole "daddy knew how to fix the suit" sort of made sense if you can accept Thomas Stark having had psychic powers but, no, wait, that's ridiculous. They should have introduced Hank Pym then and there: the Ant Man script already existed by this point so they could have had hank Pym help Stark fix his suit. It was going to be Deus Ex Machima no matter what.

In any case, the REAL Mandarin was played by Faran Tahir in the first movie but then Stane killed him. One of the rules of all three Iron Man movies was that the REAL villain had to be the rich white guy (RWG), Stane, Hammer and Killian, respectively.
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11:49AM on 08/13/2014
Actually you are wrong on that last point.Tahir played Raza which is actually a dumbed down version of Raza Longknife from the comics. With a completely different origin and all. But if you ever watched any of the marvel one shots they show that after Slattery goes to Jail someone breaks in to kidnap him and they claim they work for the real Mandarin. So they set it up for that.
Actually you are wrong on that last point.Tahir played Raza which is actually a dumbed down version of Raza Longknife from the comics. With a completely different origin and all. But if you ever watched any of the marvel one shots they show that after Slattery goes to Jail someone breaks in to kidnap him and they claim they work for the real Mandarin. So they set it up for that.
12:51PM on 08/13/2014
I'm not wrong. Raza was the leader of the Ten Rings. Go rewatch the original Iron Man movie.
I'm not wrong. Raza was the leader of the Ten Rings. Go rewatch the original Iron Man movie.
10:26AM on 08/13/2014
I fucking love Iron Man 3. Thats all I feel needs to be said.
I fucking love Iron Man 3. Thats all I feel needs to be said.
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11:19AM on 08/13/2014
LOL I hope you're joking.
LOL I hope you're joking.
10:14AM on 08/13/2014

I could not disagree more

The movie had way too many stupid plot points (Tony Stark calls out the villain and is absolutely unprepared when he attacks his mansion?) and the Mandarin twist deflated everything. They promised the only villain that could qualify as Iron Man's nemesis, they cast a fantastic actor, and then it turns out it's an imposter and that the real villain is a generic "fire" villain played by Guy Pearce, a very solid actor but not a great one.

In fact, I would argue that IM3 is a worse film than IM2
The movie had way too many stupid plot points (Tony Stark calls out the villain and is absolutely unprepared when he attacks his mansion?) and the Mandarin twist deflated everything. They promised the only villain that could qualify as Iron Man's nemesis, they cast a fantastic actor, and then it turns out it's an imposter and that the real villain is a generic "fire" villain played by Guy Pearce, a very solid actor but not a great one.

In fact, I would argue that IM3 is a worse film than IM2 because for all its flaws, the breadcrumbs IM2 left for the future (War Machine, Black Widow) were great but those left by IM3 were rotten. It's going to be very hard, if not impossible, to bring the "real" Mandarin to the MCU now that you've already based the marketing of IM3 on him. And Tony Stark able to "mind control" his armors? Terrible idea. The thrill of seeing Iron Man fight is the notion that there is a man inside the armor who could die. Seeing a bunch of remote controlled toys flying around is boring as hell! Add to that, Tony Stark's decision to quit and that's a lot of stuff to un-do for the next film!
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10:09AM on 08/13/2014

huge letdown

I thought iron man 3 was one of the biggest let downs in movie history. Each trailer and clip we got made it look like a dark, serious thrilling, stakes set so high you'll piss your pants movie and what did we get? A slapstick comedy!! Now in not someone who needs their movies to be dark, far from it. I take each movie for what it is and judge it on that. But after sitting through this i just felt cheated. IM not a massive fan of the marvel movies, some are good some are poor, none are
I thought iron man 3 was one of the biggest let downs in movie history. Each trailer and clip we got made it look like a dark, serious thrilling, stakes set so high you'll piss your pants movie and what did we get? A slapstick comedy!! Now in not someone who needs their movies to be dark, far from it. I take each movie for what it is and judge it on that. But after sitting through this i just felt cheated. IM not a massive fan of the marvel movies, some are good some are poor, none are great. Mby gotg will become a stand out classic, but uptil now they have been overrated average blockbusters, nothing more. But im3 felt like the first one i was actually really pumped about, the extremis storyline is fantastic and like a said before the trailers made this look like a fantastic thriller and it was just a lame bad joke a second comedy.

I have watched it since and didn't hate it as much but i just couldn't enjoy it.
Its a pathetic excuse for a superhero film, easily one of the worst yet.
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9:44AM on 08/13/2014

Wow, I hated Avengers too

We're probably the only ones on Earth. Just for that I'm gonna like this article even though I'm sure IM3 is a mess (I haven't seen it or any other Marvel since Avengers).
We're probably the only ones on Earth. Just for that I'm gonna like this article even though I'm sure IM3 is a mess (I haven't seen it or any other Marvel since Avengers).
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10:22AM on 08/13/2014
You're not alone boys... Solidarity!
You're not alone boys... Solidarity!
10:37AM on 08/13/2014
The whole mcu is just plain overrated. Decent throw away movies, if even.
The whole mcu is just plain overrated. Decent throw away movies, if even.
11:13AM on 08/13/2014
You're right. Avengers was mediocre at best, in my opinion. The only actual good movies that have been from the MCU have been Winter Soldier and Guardians.
You're right. Avengers was mediocre at best, in my opinion. The only actual good movies that have been from the MCU have been Winter Soldier and Guardians.
9:40AM on 08/13/2014

Nope

Watched it again the other day on tv, still sucks. Fuck Iron Man. 2 & 3 were absolute shit.
Watched it again the other day on tv, still sucks. Fuck Iron Man. 2 & 3 were absolute shit.
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9:38AM on 08/13/2014

No way

I haven't disliked IM3 as much with more viewings, it's certainly better than IM2 at least. There are a couple of cool bits and RDJ is always a blast to watch do his schtick. That said, the twist definitely negatively impacted me. Not because I'm a huge Mandarin fan or anything as I had no clue who he was until the lead up to this film. It's that the "real" Mandarin was just not interesting. Guy's Killian was weak, as is the course for the majority of Marvel's movie villains so far. Then
I haven't disliked IM3 as much with more viewings, it's certainly better than IM2 at least. There are a couple of cool bits and RDJ is always a blast to watch do his schtick. That said, the twist definitely negatively impacted me. Not because I'm a huge Mandarin fan or anything as I had no clue who he was until the lead up to this film. It's that the "real" Mandarin was just not interesting. Guy's Killian was weak, as is the course for the majority of Marvel's movie villains so far. Then you finish off your weak villain by ... letting Pepper kill him? Really?

Iron Patriot was again underutilized. Why cast someone as good as Cheadle and just throw him away? The scenes with that kid just felt pointless and took up way too much of the runtime. I just found myself out of the movie pretty much that entire portion.

So, in my opinion, it's crazy to call this better than the original which I feel is the only satisfying entry in this series.
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9:38AM on 08/13/2014
I gave this a 9 out of 10 and stand by it. Granted, I don't have an emotional attachment to the character of the Mandarin the same way I do for the Joker or Lex Luthor, but I did like the direction they went in. For better or for worse, this has Shane Black's stamp all over it, and in spite of the recent Edgar Wright debacle, it speaks well of Marvel that a director can retain his own flair, style and trademarks freely enough when working on an MCU movie. I think the action sequences were done
I gave this a 9 out of 10 and stand by it. Granted, I don't have an emotional attachment to the character of the Mandarin the same way I do for the Joker or Lex Luthor, but I did like the direction they went in. For better or for worse, this has Shane Black's stamp all over it, and in spite of the recent Edgar Wright debacle, it speaks well of Marvel that a director can retain his own flair, style and trademarks freely enough when working on an MCU movie. I think the action sequences were done very well too, especially the Barrel of Monkeys stunt falling out the plane. I even liked the kid sidekick. Come on, no matter how much you love Indiana Jones, you can't objectively say Harley is more annoying than Short Round.
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9:34AM on 08/13/2014

I Changed My Opinion

I really disliked this movie when i saw it in theaters. Maybe I was just expecting something different. After subsequent viewings I have come to really enjoy it. The first entry is by far the best of the 3 but IM3 is a solid entertaining flick. I don't follow the comic book story lines so the take on the Mandarin didn't bother me. I thought Ben Kingsley was hilarious.
I really disliked this movie when i saw it in theaters. Maybe I was just expecting something different. After subsequent viewings I have come to really enjoy it. The first entry is by far the best of the 3 but IM3 is a solid entertaining flick. I don't follow the comic book story lines so the take on the Mandarin didn't bother me. I thought Ben Kingsley was hilarious.
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9:33AM on 08/13/2014
All of the nerd rage directed towards this movie stems from the Mandarin twist and then trickles down to nitpicking from there.

Tony Stark can't be in the suit the entire movie. He can't solve everything problem while in the suit. In order to tell a good story there has to be character development. In the first Thor movie there is a lengthy period of time where he doesn't have his powers. Steve Rodgers is who is he is not because of his abilities but because of who he is as a person.
All of the nerd rage directed towards this movie stems from the Mandarin twist and then trickles down to nitpicking from there.

Tony Stark can't be in the suit the entire movie. He can't solve everything problem while in the suit. In order to tell a good story there has to be character development. In the first Thor movie there is a lengthy period of time where he doesn't have his powers. Steve Rodgers is who is he is not because of his abilities but because of who he is as a person. There was a time when Tony Stark wasn't Iron Man and he used his ingenuity to survive. This is what Marvel does right, focus on the characters.

So the enemies bodies heat up and Killian can breathe fire. So what? Christopher Nolan didn't direct this movie. If you can accept everything else in the MCU but you have a problem with that it really is nitpicking.
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9:41AM on 08/13/2014
hahaha, I always laugh about the Extremis nit-picks. Like we can buy into an alien invasion being fought by a God, a Monster, a soldier from WWII and a man in a robotic suit. But people with fire powers is just too over the top.
hahaha, I always laugh about the Extremis nit-picks. Like we can buy into an alien invasion being fought by a God, a Monster, a soldier from WWII and a man in a robotic suit. But people with fire powers is just too over the top.
10:54AM on 08/13/2014
But he is iron man, shouldn't he be in the suit? Kind of a massive point they made!
But he is iron man, shouldn't he be in the suit? Kind of a massive point they made!
9:24AM on 08/13/2014

i really liked IM3

but I enjoyed it in terms of a Shane Black movie as opposed to an Iron Man movie.
but I enjoyed it in terms of a Shane Black movie as opposed to an Iron Man movie.
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9:21AM on 08/13/2014

I loved Iron Man 3.

I don't get all the hate. I thought the way they faked us out with Mandarin was genius. It had solid action scenes and made Tony the most human of all the Avenger characters. This was leaps and bounds better than Iron Man 2, and I think I liked the humor in this more than in the first Iron Man movie. I thought Thor 2 was the weakest of Phase 2, as the villain was pretty much worthless.
I don't get all the hate. I thought the way they faked us out with Mandarin was genius. It had solid action scenes and made Tony the most human of all the Avenger characters. This was leaps and bounds better than Iron Man 2, and I think I liked the humor in this more than in the first Iron Man movie. I thought Thor 2 was the weakest of Phase 2, as the villain was pretty much worthless.
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9:38AM on 08/13/2014
Agree about Thor 2. I honestly think the Thor movies have been the weakest of all the Marvel films. Thor 2 really only served to deliver the second Infinity Stone for the build-up to Avengers 3. That is all.
Agree about Thor 2. I honestly think the Thor movies have been the weakest of all the Marvel films. Thor 2 really only served to deliver the second Infinity Stone for the build-up to Avengers 3. That is all.
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9:12AM on 08/13/2014

Least Favorite of the Phase 2 Films

Very disappointed with this film. I've come to enjoy it more since my first viewing where I really hated it but there are still plenty of things I cannot overlook. The Iron Man suit was barely showcased and the other suits featured at the end were such a waste. They were being torn apart easily and it wasn't exciting to see them go up against Human Torch clones. The Mandarin twist could've been handled differently. I understand they wanted to throw the audience off and possibly set him up for
Very disappointed with this film. I've come to enjoy it more since my first viewing where I really hated it but there are still plenty of things I cannot overlook. The Iron Man suit was barely showcased and the other suits featured at the end were such a waste. They were being torn apart easily and it wasn't exciting to see them go up against Human Torch clones. The Mandarin twist could've been handled differently. I understand they wanted to throw the audience off and possibly set him up for later, but I hate how they turned Ben Kingsley into a idiotic, beer drinking, bum. You couldn't even take him seriously as an actor. Rebecca Hall and James Badge Dale were WASTED in their roles and it felt like Iron Patriot and Don Cheadle were barely in the film. What purpose did he serve? The worst thing I remember about the film is Pepper Potts doing back flips and walking through fire at the end. Ugh. The film like it was just all over the place. While I love the dark tone and style Shane Black brought to the film, I just felt the story was all the over place and was a big mess. Bring on the thumbs down.
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8:55AM on 08/13/2014
Iron Man 3 does capture some of the essence of Iron Man comics - industrial espionage, Tony & Jim Rhodes, Roxxon, Spymaster. However, I was annoyed by how often that Mark 42 (I think) malfunction or disassembled a lot. Overall, I don't hate Iron Man 3 but don't like it much either. For me, the first Iron Man movie is the best.
Iron Man 3 does capture some of the essence of Iron Man comics - industrial espionage, Tony & Jim Rhodes, Roxxon, Spymaster. However, I was annoyed by how often that Mark 42 (I think) malfunction or disassembled a lot. Overall, I don't hate Iron Man 3 but don't like it much either. For me, the first Iron Man movie is the best.
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8:45AM on 08/13/2014

Nah, not on board with this one. It was a mess

There are two movies in the current Marvel franchise I don't own on blu-ray: Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3.
And I think RDJ is an awesome Stark.
There are two movies in the current Marvel franchise I don't own on blu-ray: Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3.
And I think RDJ is an awesome Stark.
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8:34AM on 08/13/2014
Captain America: The First Avenger was the first Marvel film I felt slightly letdown after seeing, but on repeat viewings I have enjoyed it more and more. I liked Iron Man 2 just fine, though it was definitely a step down from the original. I haven't had a chance to revisit Iron Man 3 since theaters, but I enjoyed it. Someone ruined the Mandarin twist before going in, so I had no crazy expectations, and it didn't really bother me. The only point I felt was silly was the ending and waste of so
Captain America: The First Avenger was the first Marvel film I felt slightly letdown after seeing, but on repeat viewings I have enjoyed it more and more. I liked Iron Man 2 just fine, though it was definitely a step down from the original. I haven't had a chance to revisit Iron Man 3 since theaters, but I enjoyed it. Someone ruined the Mandarin twist before going in, so I had no crazy expectations, and it didn't really bother me. The only point I felt was silly was the ending and waste of so many Iron man armors. I mean he must have subcontracted their production out to Hammer Industries they fell apart so fast.
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8:29AM on 08/13/2014

Thank You!

I love Iron Man 3 and felt it was the strongest out of the Iron Man films. I thought the Kingsley twist was hilarious, it also left room for a great villainous turn from Guy Pearce. Really to me it was the only thing that made since because Guy was playing a someone who dies after the first couple of pages in Extremis and if Guy only had one scene I would be pissed. I like the line here "a place where the comics serve as a jumping off point but there is no binding requirement to make the movies
I love Iron Man 3 and felt it was the strongest out of the Iron Man films. I thought the Kingsley twist was hilarious, it also left room for a great villainous turn from Guy Pearce. Really to me it was the only thing that made since because Guy was playing a someone who dies after the first couple of pages in Extremis and if Guy only had one scene I would be pissed. I like the line here "a place where the comics serve as a jumping off point but there is no binding requirement to make the movies exactly like the comics." Some fanboys may consider that a copout excuse but I have always looked at film as a different medium than comics or books so what works in one does not necessarily work for the other. Things have to be tweaked in the process, a film cannot be a direct adaptation. I hated Watchmen for lifting scenes and dialogue from the graphic novel, it's proof that stuff has to be changed in the page to film process.
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8:20AM on 08/13/2014
I didn't hate the Mandarin twist on my first viewing, but like most crazy plot twists it makes repeat viewings a hit and miss affair. I think Iron Man 3 barely just gets away with being worth additional viewings, but I don't think it's a patch on the first film.
I don't think the popular opinion of Iron Man 3 is that it's a bad film per se, but that twist is a deal-breaker for a lot of people and I can understand why. If they hadn't implied Killian was really The Mandarin but that the real guy
I didn't hate the Mandarin twist on my first viewing, but like most crazy plot twists it makes repeat viewings a hit and miss affair. I think Iron Man 3 barely just gets away with being worth additional viewings, but I don't think it's a patch on the first film.
I don't think the popular opinion of Iron Man 3 is that it's a bad film per se, but that twist is a deal-breaker for a lot of people and I can understand why. If they hadn't implied Killian was really The Mandarin but that the real guy was still out there, it might not have bothered people so much because The Mandarin could still be faithfully portrayed and could be an ongoing threat for Tony Stark in future movies.
Iron Man 3 gets a pass from me, but it certainly has enough issues to stop it being the best Iron Man movie.
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8:16AM on 08/13/2014
I hate this movie. It became a slapstick comedy to me. It is still the only Marvel film I don't own and have never watched again.
I hate this movie. It became a slapstick comedy to me. It is still the only Marvel film I don't own and have never watched again.
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7:58AM on 08/13/2014
Strangely I loved Iron Man 2. It's the Incredible Hulk who felt like the first misstep.
Strangely I loved Iron Man 2. It's the Incredible Hulk who felt like the first misstep.
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7:56AM on 08/13/2014
I thought Iron Man 3 was a very fun, enjoyable, and entertaining film. The original film of the trilogy is still the best entry, but I thought Iron Man 3 was a big improvement over the first sequel and thought the twist involved with the Mandarin was a ballsy move, storywise (even though I can understand why fans would be upset).

I enjoyed the story, even though it dragged in a couple of parts, and I thought the whole idea of Tony helping the kid out was a nice touch. I also liked the fact
I thought Iron Man 3 was a very fun, enjoyable, and entertaining film. The original film of the trilogy is still the best entry, but I thought Iron Man 3 was a big improvement over the first sequel and thought the twist involved with the Mandarin was a ballsy move, storywise (even though I can understand why fans would be upset).

I enjoyed the story, even though it dragged in a couple of parts, and I thought the whole idea of Tony helping the kid out was a nice touch. I also liked the fact that it showed Tony a little screwed up mentally after the toll he took in The Avengers, and showed how vulnerable he was.

But it had great action and I thought the cast did a terrific job (especially Pearce). I would like to see one more Iron Man film and finally see Tony go up against the Mandarin for real this time. But if not, I thought it was a satisfying way to end Tony's arc and to finally prove that it's the man underneath the suit that makes him worthwhile.
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7:52AM on 08/13/2014

I enjoyed this movie but saying

"but it is the new cast members who really shine. Rebecca Hall, James Badge Dale,"

is a bit of a joke. I can't even remember their characters names and I put that theory to the test with several friends. I realized that when i read an article about the 50 important characters in the MCU that no one knows their names. They were serviceable at best.
"but it is the new cast members who really shine. Rebecca Hall, James Badge Dale,"

is a bit of a joke. I can't even remember their characters names and I put that theory to the test with several friends. I realized that when i read an article about the 50 important characters in the MCU that no one knows their names. They were serviceable at best.
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7:44AM on 08/13/2014
Loved the twist, the characters, just a blast. The only thing that aggravated me was the Hulkbuster armor build literally just let up to nothing but him supporting a structure. Booo!
Loved the twist, the characters, just a blast. The only thing that aggravated me was the Hulkbuster armor build literally just let up to nothing but him supporting a structure. Booo!
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7:30AM on 08/13/2014

Nope.

Its a film that constantly undermines the audiences investment in the characters and situations. I'm all for pulling the rug but I felt cheated on too many occasions. Lots of great set ups. Non of which pay off in a satisfying way. Remote suit saving AF1? Totalling a suit every ten seconds in the climax made it feel like a frustrating non starter and then the operation at the end nullifying the second films central problem of him being killed by the arc reactor in his chest was a total middle
Its a film that constantly undermines the audiences investment in the characters and situations. I'm all for pulling the rug but I felt cheated on too many occasions. Lots of great set ups. Non of which pay off in a satisfying way. Remote suit saving AF1? Totalling a suit every ten seconds in the climax made it feel like a frustrating non starter and then the operation at the end nullifying the second films central problem of him being killed by the arc reactor in his chest was a total middle finger to the audience. The first hour was solid set up but once he was on the run it soon turned to logic dodging drivel. Worst MCU film yet.
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