Day 8 is upon us, which means today is the final part of our Shane Black 4-Pack, and we'd like to end his run with his most recent project, Marvel Studio's second largest grossing film...IRON MAN 3. Enjoy!
Iron Man 3 is by far the best of the series, in my opinion. The first time I watched it, I was a little turned off by the whole Mandarin twist, but in subsequent viewings, I have made some personal predictions as to why they went this route, and if right, makes all of it worthwhile.
For those of you who don't know, Irom Man 3 takes place after the events of The Avengers, and Tony Stark is having a hard time coping with what happened in New York. In the meantime, The Mandarin has vowed to make America suffer at his hand and an old acquaintance has developed something very dangerous which puts Tony's life and the lives of those he loves at risk.
My favorite part of this film is Tony's interaction with the young boy, Harley. Their banter is amazing, especially since the kid is so young. It's nice to see he can keep up with RDJ. I also really love Pepper Potts in this film. She is one of the few superhero love interests that I really enjoy seeing. She's smart, sexy, and badass. What more could you ask for?
What makes this Christmasy?
Well, like the rest of Shane Black's films that we've discussed, this one is set during Christmastime. Also, during Tony's initial test run for the Mark 42 armor, he puts on some Christmas music. As Tony is stranded in Tennessee, there is a scene which involves the Miss Chattanooga Christmas pageant, which is also where we get our much anticipated Stan Lee cameo. And my favorite is when Tony sees a young boy with glasses, he references the classic holiday movie, A Christmas Story.
This film was a perfect starting point for Marvel's Phase 2, and I am very excited to see what else they have in store for Tony Stark.
Josh's Rating: 8/10
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