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Iron Man 3 Review: Can it be the End of the Iron Man Movie Franchise?

This Iron Man 3 review couldn’t be more memorable. It is the first day of its movie theater release although it’s already the second show in the specific cinema we chose. There was an electrical black out prior to the film showing which had caused a long pause in the middle of the movie during the manual switching of operations from the generator towards the actual electricity source. Lastly, there were 4 cinemas in this local SM mall catering to fans of the Iron Man movie franchise. Speaking of which, can it be the end of the film series?

Iron Man 3

MK Armors Destroyed

Why? This is because Tony Start ordered the ‘clean slate’ command which meant destroying all of his MK armors. He had also come face to face with the source of his recent panic or anxiety attacks. It was his obsession/distraction in the form of metal gear. But he realized at the end of the movie that it wasn’t even an obsession nor distraction, he compared it to a cocoon where he slowly metamorphosed into the man he is now. No more of the happy go lucky; one night stand playboy who slept with lady loves; and slams aspiring scientists with empty promises like a deuce bag. The realization was manifested at the end of the movie. You’ll miss it if you don’t stay after the credits are rolled like I always do. 

By the way, the movie’s setting is during Christmastime so I’m sure this was supposedly billed for December 2012 but for whatever reasons, it was delayed and only shown now.

3rd Movie Sequel

Also, it is the 3rd movie sequel after all, not including the Avengers which would it make it 4th. I’m sure that the writers can still squeeze their creative juices if need be considering that the comic strip version had several villains to boast of. But after the Avengers, which is what I initially thought would culminate all Marvel related movies including Thor, Captain America, and Hulk; it will be challenging to come up with something fresh.

Robert Downey Jr.

Even Robert Downey Jr. is not getting any younger getting closer to 50 at 48 the way Tommy Lee Jones wasn’t actively part of Men in Black 3 anymore last year. But anyway, he still looks great on the big screen.

There is Hope

But then again, there is still hope. Tony had salvaged whatever remained from his machines after his home was utterly but not completely destroyed when he threatened the world terrorist, the Mandarin and gave up his home address. It wasn’t totally wrecked because only the superficial architectural side was obliterated. The basement, which wasn’t touched, was home and a safe haven for his toys down below. They helped him rescue his love Pepper Potts and the U.S. president. 

I was expecting something more obvious like Stark tinkering stuffs again as if building a new MK but anyways, that ending scene when he was driving away with a recovered armor loaded onto a crane is symbolic of hope for a possible Iron Man 4 or maybe even another Avengers movie. 

Iron Man 3 Plot

The movie introduces a new villain Aldrich Killian, the same guy Stark promised a meeting at the rooftop of a building at Switzerland in 1999. He was aided by the botanist Dr. Maya Hansen, a sort of fling for Tony during the same time. She first introduced the concept of human repair aided by a specific DNA. Killian built his AIM empire out of this study fueled by his desperation after Stark didn’t show up during his promised meeting. The research had been developed into the so-called Extremist. The experiment alters human DNA and encourages natural, rapid repair, restoration, or replacement of damaged or missing bodily parts. Even Killian transformed himself into an Extremist guinea pig. 

Killian is also in fact the same terrorist, the Mandarin, and is only using a British actor with substance addiction to take his role on camera as a front. The rest of his troupes are Extremists. Yet the formula is not 100% perfect as some specimen blew up to pieces and caused chaos everywhere. 

But as you would expect, Iron Man saved the day but not without the aid of old and new friends. These include Jarvis, his able AI assistant; his close friend Col. James “Rhodey” Rhodes, who suits on with a re-branded War Machine now called Iron Patriot; Harley, a Rose Hill Tennessee kid where one of the Extremist mishaps occurred; and an unexpected iron lady in the Extremist experimented Pepper Potts. Tony was able to bring her back to normal at the end. I wished they kept her that way though so she can defend herself and not become a damsel in distress.

Cast and Characters

Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man
Gwyneth Paltrow as Virginia "Pepper" Potts
Don Cheadle as Col. James "Rhodey" Rhodes / Iron Patriot
Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian
Rebecca Hall as Dr. Maya Hansen
Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin
Ty Simpkins plays Harley
Paul Bettany as JARVIS

Other Stars include Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Tony’s chief of security protecting Ms. Potts; Stephanie Szostak as Ellen Brandt, one of the Extremists who engaged Tony in a brawl at Tennessee; and James Badge Dale as Eric Savin, Killian’s main arm.


The movie is rated G so both kids and adults can watch it. 


If you have no idea what I’m talking about in this Iron Man 3 review, then you should catch it while you can!

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