Hungry’s Movie Reviews: Iron Man 3

Last Sunday, a few days after the grand opening, we decided to add a few extra dollars to the nearly $175 mil opening weekend that Iron Man 3 boasted by seeing it in 3D. Luckily it was an early showing at Century Boulder so it only ran us about $11 a ticket.  This review is a week late and it may prove to be better that way because it will contain spoilers. I repeat… SPOILERS follow. I will try to save them for the end and give another warning before they appear if you want to continue reading.

Marvel has done a good job lately creating The Avengers. Both DC and Marvel have gone through countless reboots of characters throughout all of the versions of their movies. Within the past decade Eric Bana, Edward Norton, and Mark Ruffalo have all appeared as Hulk in major motion pictures. The X-Men have been consistent in casting but the only good movie has been First Class. The latest versions of Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man all have my seal of approval. Also, in my opinion,  The Avengers is Marvel’s best representation to date. I think I’ll save all this for another post as I continue to Iron Man 3.

Robert Downey Jr. has done an incredible job as Tony Stark and he is the reason that this series is so good. I would not have enjoyed any of the movies in the trilogy if not for him. The soundtrack is as bad as every other Marvel movie soundtrack and stories have not been up to par. The same holds true for this third film although I enjoyed the story the most with the exception of the predictable and disappointing ending. The rest of the movie was entertaining and engaging. I recommend it for anyone looking for a pre-Summer blockbuster and a good old time. Here comes the spoilers and my personal nerdy issues.

The changes made to Aldrich Killian and The Mandarin made for a good movie, but they could have made this trilogy so much better by doing the following. If you noticed in the first movie, there is a terrorist group ran by “The Mandarin” known as “The Ten Rings.” The Mandarin is Iron Man’s arch-nemesis and one of the super-villains of the Marvel universe. He is a highly skilled martial artist and intellectual being that has ten rings of power from an ancient civilization that grants him powers. Each of the ten rings gives a power and you can look those up if you care or don’t know them. Let’s say it would make for quite a fight scene on the big screen but they decided to throw The Mandarin away like he never existed in the comics.

Furthermore, Killian never was injected with Extremis. He helped develop it with Dr. Maya Hansen but the real enemy in that story was Mallen. Mallen was injected and later fought with Iron Man in some brutal fights before finally being blasted to death by repulsors to the head. Killian committed suicide sitting at his computer because of the monster he created. They essentially combined those two characters in this movie. It’s not a huge deal because no one read Earth 616 but this is how the trilogy would have been amazing. The second movie was so bad I stopped watching it. Maybe I’ll give it a second chance. Nevertheless, keep the first movie as is with the ties to the Mandarin. Next, make the third movie into the second and scrap Mickey Rourke. Lastly, bring Mandarin back in the third movie as an actual villain. You can keep the Ben Kingsley being an actor on drugs and everything, but then have him stumble across the ten rings and actually want to take over the universe. Okay, that’s enough ranting and maybe they can take me up on that idea for a reboot or a third Avengers movie.

All in all the movie was well worth the money and I look forward to Iron Man’s return in the upcoming Avengers 2. Dream to be a superhero and workout like them to be really hungry and fit!

9 Responses to "Hungry’s Movie Reviews: Iron Man 3"

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  1. megbek

    May 14, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Oh my goodness a healthy blogger after my heart. Iron Man is the best ever and Avengers only solidified my already solid love for all these movies! Thanks for the review, can’t wait to see this! YAY!!!!!!

  2. libraschild

    May 16, 2013 at 9:52 am

    loved xmen and hated teh movies for not staying true to the comic/cartoons due to loss of detail, never followed iron man so this is an eyeopener
    what happens after youre injected? the movie was unclear. does it leave your system naturally or would pepper and stark be indestructable forever? i also thought he needed that metal in him to make him iron man but they took it out at the end.

    • hungry

      May 18, 2013 at 11:32 am

      Not many people were injected with Extremis during the 6 issue series back in 2005. To avoid going too far in depth (it’s a quick read if you want) Maya Hansen allowed Aldrich to sell Extremis to terrorists. Mallen was one of those terrorists. After Mallen nearly killed Stark in a fight and escaped to go to Washington to kill as many people as he could, Stark had Hansen bring him in and injected him with Extremis to save his life. Pepper was never injected with Extremis… that was just for the movie. Stark’s fusion with Extremis was unique and it bonded the Iron Man under-armor to his body granting him newer and greater powers. Some argue that this change in his DNA code alleviated the heart issue completely. If you look back to Avengers #69 (in between Iron Man #18 and #19) Stark had a heart attack and later transplant. Many retcons change Iron Man’s pass and he has had countless alterations to his body, so I would take what the movie says to those two points you made with a grain of salt. The metal that he needs to make him Iron Man is simply a means of protection from the shrapnel in his chest. He only needs his suits and genius to make him Iron Man. I hope that clears it up somewhat and if you have any other questions I would be happy to try to answer. I tried to make it as straight forward as possible :) – hungry

      • hungry

        May 18, 2013 at 11:36 am

        Oh… sorry I forgot one part to your question, it does more than just remains in your system forever. It essentially rewrites your DNA to cure any internal issues you have. It prevents entropy decay making the body perfect. It also has the potential to grant super powers, which is clearly did. Extremis left Mallen’s system when Iron Man unibeamed a hole in his chest, decapitated him with repulsors and kicked his dead body over and over. Extremis was noted to have left Stark’s system later on during the “Secret Invasion,” a tremendous Marvel series that I highly recommend.

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