The 2013 Summer Blockbuster season has finally hit with the release of ‘Iron Man 3’ from Marvel Studios today. For fans of the series in particular and Marvel movies in general, there is always a fear that a third movie of a series will turn into another ‘Spider-Man 3’ or ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’, but I am here to tell you that you can put those fears to rest.
‘Iron Man 3’, directed by Shane Black and once again starring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, this movie bucks the trend of delivering a sub-par third effort and once again shows why Marvel Studios takes such good care of their properties.
While some fanboys will be displeased with some of the twists in this film, because fanboys are always like that, the average fan of the movie franchise will definitely enjoy this film. I like to consider myself a fanboy, but one that also understands why changes are made and the fact that they are usually made for the benefit of the greater populace, and as long as the resulting changes are still enjoyable, I am okay with it.
‘Iron Man 3’ borrows a few themes from different era’s of the ‘Iron Man’ comic book, primarily the ‘Extremis’ storyline from 2005/06. While not taken as a direct representation of this story arc, the film uses it wisely and in a real world way that makes sense.
This film had great action, amazing and well-timed humour, and the character arc for Tony Stark was perfect, considering everything that he has gone through in three previous full length movies.
Marvel Studios has hit another home run with ‘Iron Man 3’, and continues their track record of putting out consistently entertaining films for both fans of their comics and people new to the characters. “Phase 2” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has kicked off with a bang, and I for one cannot wait to see where the further sequels, ‘Thor: The Dark World’, ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ take us, and along with new fare like ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, how the build up to ‘The Avengers 2’ goes for the next two years.
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