Iron Man Three (2013)
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I know a lot of people were let down by this one. Much to my surprise, I enjoyed this installment a hell of a lot more than the first two, and mind you, back when the first Iron Man came out I thought it was the king of superhero movies. I didn't find 3 inconsistent at all. I dug that it was relatively serious and a lot was at stake, yet at times it was genuinely funny and also rather moving. I have to say I drew quite a few parallels with the first Lethal Weapon films (which I'm very fond of) that Shane Black was obviously also involved with.
I liked the bit with the metal suit.
The thing I most like about really smart Marvel superheroes - Reed Richards, Hank Pym, Tony Stark, Doc (cough) Ock - isn't really their powers. It's how freaking smart and resourceful they can be. And that's what makes Iron Man 3 such a brilliant entry in the Marvel movie canon. It's not so much an Iron Man movie as it is a Tony Stark movie, a Tony Stark pushed to the very edge of despair (with thankfully no time to breathe and think about a bottle) and bouncing back thanks to his considerable genius. Shane Black and director and co-written a movie that is funny, emotional and action-packed, with some very enjoyable twists for more than one member of Iron Man's rogues' gallery (coming to it spoiler-free, I was VERY entertained). It repackages the naturalistic Favreau banter of Iron Man, the crazy Tartakovsky action of Iron Man 2, and Whedon's "turn left" writing strategy from Marvel's Avengers, into the best possible amalgam of Tony's DNA. But they're not really going to make a fourth one, are they?
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This movie ranks #20 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Worldwide Box Office
This movie ranks #50 in Empire's The Greatest Movie Sequels
This movie ranks #118 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Adjusted Box Office