Friday, May 10, 2013

Iron Man 3: A Good Ending for Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark

Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downy Jr. in Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3 Poster; by Spigot

Iron Man 3 was exciting and impressive and a great ending for Robert Downey Jr. We probably won't be seeing him any more in the Iron Man suit.

Does this make you sad?

Spoilers ahead.

What Didn't Work and Movie Flaws

Let's go ahead and talk about the movie flaws and things I didn't think worked in Iron Man 3:

  1. The Mandarin was not a real bad guy. In the Iron Man comic and Marvel Universe, the Mandarin is a real bad guy. He isn't some puppet, and he definitely isn't a stage actor named "Trevor" as we saw in Iron Man 3. They got it seriously wrong in the movie.
  2. Tony Stark was dumb by giving his personal home address to the press. Why did he think he could defend his mansion from terrorists? This endangered Pepper Potts' life. Not cool.
  3. Tony Stark's Iron Man suit flew from Rose Hill, TN to Miami, FL in less than 5 minutes. That doesn't seem realistic. Why was one boot and hand blaster not locked in the shed charging, while the rest of the suit was locked in the shed?
  4. Why does Tony Stark say that "I'll always be Iron Man." at the end of the movie, but he blew up his new family of suits after victory? If he plans to continue, then why blow up perfectly good suits? That didn't make sense.
Tom Cruise in Iron Man suit
Tom Cruise as Iron Man?
Kevin Feige, "Iron Man" trilogy producer and Marvel Studios President, said The Mandarin role didn't work. The role was in the first Iron Man movie until 10 weeks before filming. You can read more about his comments here.

Jon Favreau did not direct Iron Man 3, but still played the role of Happy Hogan, the new head of security for Stark Industries. This article says he didn't direct Iron Man 3 because his relationship with Marvel Studios become strained.

Tom Cruise wanted to play Iron Man back in the 90's but I think Robert Downy Jr. is a better Iron Man. Too bad they can't convince him to come back for Avengers 2.

Don't forget to wait at the end of the movie credits to see Tony Stark talking to Bruce Banner in a therapy session. Bruce Banner reminds him that he isn't "that kind of a doctor, because he doesn't have the temperance for it."

It is pretty clear by the way this movie ended, that Robert Downey Jr. will not be returning as Iron Man.

What made it even more obvious was a Twitter chat with Kevin Feige on Friday, May 10, 2013. In this Twitter Q & A, Kevin Feige avoided any questions regarding the return of Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man.
More on that can be read here.

Even More Unsettling Trilogy News

New Star Trek fans may get upset to know that J.J. Abrams said it is very unlikely that he will be directing a third Star Trek movie. Read about it here.

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