The man in the iron suit is back. “Iron Man 3” is quite possibly one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2013. Since the first two “Iron Man” movies were received with such high praise, no one could blame an excited audience for wanting more. As the third movie brought the iron-clad Avenger back, Stark took audiences by storm.
Combined with a successful venture into the “Avenger” movies, Iron Man has rocked the big screen for several years and has become an instant fan favorite for all ages. Robert Downey Jr. delivered for the third installment in the “Iron Man” series, exciting audiences world-wide as he played the irreverent Tony Stark.
In “Iron Man 3”, Tony Stark picks a fight with an enemy that has the ability to beat him like none he has met before. Iron Man meets his nemesis after Stark issues a challenge to the Mandarin, following an attack on Americans. When Stark issues an invitation to the Mandarin, providing details about his home address, the Mandarin responds with armed helicopters that destroy Stark’s home and almost kill Pepper Potts. The Mandarin seeks to destroy Stark and those that Stark is closest to, putting everything that Stark loves in jeopardy. The movie follows Stark as he flees from his home for safety and sets out to find those that are responsible for the near destruction of everyone and everything he held dear.
During his journey, he encounters situations that put the famous Stark mentality to the test. Not only does he have to find the enemy that has tried to kill him, but he struggles with his own identity both as Stark and as Iron Man. Also, since the alien invasion that ensued on the Avengers’ movie, Stark has had to make peace with his own mortality, leading to anxiety and nervousness he isn’t used to dealing with. Through all of these struggles, however, Stark is a survivor that comes back better than he left.
There have been some complaints due to the changing of the Mandarin character and the fact that Iron Man didn’t “suit up” as much as he has in previous movies. But the movie does show a more vulnerable and human side to the Stark character that puts him on more even footing with his viewers. It also gives a glimpse at the human being behind the iron-clad façade.
Reviews for the movie have been high, showing that more than half of all viewers have liked it and would recommend it to friends. Fans were definitely not disappointed with what has traditionally been a bad number for sequels.
Tony Stark/Iron Man is played by Robert Downey Jr., acting opposite Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin. Gwyneth Paltrow comes back for her third movie as Pepper Potts and Ty Simpkins plays Harley, Stark’s faithful aid.
“Iron Man 3” was released in movie theaters on May 3, 2013. It has a PG rating, ensuring that most parents can watch this movie with their children.