OK, now we know that Iron Man 3 was financially successful and will be even more so by year’s end. How did it do with the critics? The movie got a 77% fresh rating on the Tomatometer and 83% of the audience liked it. We did, too, although not as much as we enjoyed the first movie in the franchise.
The fun thing about these movies is Tony Stark being Tony Stark. He’s brilliant, arrogant, entitled, an intellectual snob, and a man with a snarky sardonic sense of humor. His murmured asides are often the best part of the script. Although he’s not perfect, Stark’s brains, his money and his suit give him a sense of invincibility that can get him into a lot of trouble. He’s like Robert Downey Jr. without the drugs.
This movie picks up where The Avengers left off and Tony is suffering from PTSD, a chink in his metal armor that disturbs him but that he can’t fix with technology. There’s also a flashback to Tony’s (and Robert Downey’s) old playboy persona and the trouble created by his casual thoughtlessness and arrogance. This is interesting stuff. When he says, “I’m just a man in a can,” you almost believe that it’s more than just a joke.
It also led me to wonder what is powering all those heavy-metal flight suits in his high-tech closet. Tony has his own embedded power source, of course, which is what drove the original suit. That source was one of a kind. So what’s in all the others—lithium batteries? A big plug?
BTW: There is an Easter egg at the end of the credits. If you can sit through the massive list scrolling endlessly down, you get a reward. Fans of Marvel movies know this and hang around through credits as the cast of thousands who did special effects and location work scrolls endlessly onward. It ain’t over ’til it’s over.