The highly anticipated third film in the Iron Man franchise has arrived!

Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

You’ve read the Major Spoilers Review, and now We want to know what you think. Did the movie beat the pants out of the previous two installments, or was there something lacking? Is this the first step in the downfall of the comic book movie, or does Iron Man 3 really kick off the next great wave for Marvel?

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  1. Shush
    May 4, 2013 at 8:59 am — Reply

    I liked the movie. There was one thing that kept bugging me about it, though. That would be Tony’s arc reactor in his chest. Nuff. I’ll let everyone who hasn’t watched the movie wonder about that.

    • JacinB
      May 5, 2013 at 12:03 am — Reply

      The more I think about the arc reactor bit, the more it sort of wrecks the film for me.

      It was like Shane Black had just seen The Dark Knight Rises and thought, “Hey, this character is a ‘genius billionaire playboy philanthropist, too, and I can give him his own version of Bruce and Selina’s ‘happy ending’ … right down to the ‘clean slate’ bit.”

      I get that he can still be Iron Man without it, but the reference earlier in the film to it being ‘just an electromagnet’ kind of hints that Black didn’t really know how central it is to Tony’s character and that you just can’t take it out because it’s, you know, NOT just an electromagnet.

      • Shush
        May 5, 2013 at 8:28 am — Reply

        Yep. It bugged me, too, but if I ignore the oversight, then I can still enjoy the movie.

        As for taking it out, well, Warmachine/Iron Patriot is proof that he doesn’t need it in his chest.

        There’s also the rationale that since 42 was able to work on it’s own, that it had to have had a battery of some kind. Same with the other suits that were flying around without him. It’s just that it was really irksome for me that he had to hook up a car battery rather than his chest mounted magical power supply which was very important in the first two movies. (And then throws it away.)

  2. Arcee
    May 4, 2013 at 3:13 pm — Reply

    Just saw Iron Man – really good flix! The writers at Marvel Studios really know how to inject humor into the movie without it turning to camp. Surprised they pulled a “Keyser Souze” with the villain and when the movie ended, it actually “felt” like RDJr’s swan song. If he does leave – it’s a good movie to exit. Wait until the credits end for another great laugh!

  3. May 4, 2013 at 3:33 pm — Reply

    Did anyone notice the “FF” on Iron Patriot’s (I think, left) shoulder? Is that a Fantastic Four or Future Foundation reference? When Marvel Studios cut that deal with Sony and got rights back for some of the Fantastic Four IP, was “FF” part of it?

  4. May 4, 2013 at 6:25 pm — Reply

    A good movie but also a typical superhero movie in which the main character is barely in costume and/or does very little in the way of actual super-heroics.

  5. May 5, 2013 at 5:46 am — Reply

    I agree with Dan – I would have loved to have seen less detective work and more time in the suit.

  6. DMC
    May 5, 2013 at 7:40 am — Reply

    I don’t consider myself an Iron Man purist but this movie left a bad taste in my mouth, specifically the Mandarin (oi vey) and it seems like AIM won’t be what I expected it to be for Phase 2…but we’ll see.

    And they wasted the post credit scene imho

  7. b003
    May 6, 2013 at 7:49 pm — Reply

    Trevor, nuff said.

  8. Frank
    May 12, 2013 at 2:39 pm — Reply

    @Dan – I think the reason Stark was out of his armor so much was so he could ‘realize’ he could function out of his suit after the events of the Avengers movie.

    I would have liked to see more of the various armors

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