Now, in the EYG MCU Rewatched, we come to, easily, the most divisive film in the MCU library. Iron Man 3 has people who love it and people who hate it. Shane Black created a film that took chances and felt different than other Marvel films.
The biggest issue that the haters have with Shane Black’s vision was the handling of the Mandarin. The film introduces the beloved and iconic Iron Man villain as a terrorist played by Sir Ben Kingsley. However, in a move that showed how many guts Marvel Studios have, they took Kingsley and made him NOT the Mandarin but an actor playing a facade of the Mandarin.
If you like or did not mind that twist, then you probably enjoyed Iron Man 3. However, if you did not like this twist, then you did not like the movie. And if you hated it… well, you get the idea.
I will admit that my first impression was negative. Then upon second viewing, it did not bother me at all.
The film takes the events of The Avengers and builds on it. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) is dealing with PTSD from his trip into the wormhole and that is a fascinating topic to look at in a super hero movie.
Black also spent way more time with Tony Stark outside of the armor than in. That was another risky venture that should be admired.
Unfortunately, the film’s third act fall apart, and I don’t mean with the Mandarin twist. The story becomes convoluted and the whole battle with Killian is disappointing.
There are a lot of great things with the third installment of Iron Man, both highs and lows. Either way, it does not deserve the amount of vitriol that it sometimes receives.