The rest of the Avengers must have been busy.
Yes, I know, from a cinematic standpoint it wouldn't be feasible to have ALL of the Avengers/S.H.I.E.L.D agents in every Marvel movie. But I kept thinking, after Tony Stark's house gets blown to bits, where the hell is everybody else?
Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is suffering from anxiety attacks and possible PTSD from the New York situation. It's taking a toll on his and Pepper's (Gwyneth Paltrow) relationship. Then a terrorist named The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley in full 'MURICA! mode) starts blowing things up and threatening lives. The military can't catch him. They send in Rhodes, (Don Cheadle) who's War Machine suite got upgraded to the more friendly "Iron Patriot." but still no avail. Then there is man called Aldrick Killian (Guy Pearce) who Tony is really going to regret blowing off 13 years ago.
Certainly a step up from Iron Man 2, this one has got even more action to date. It also went the Dark Knight Rises route and stripped Iron Man down until we just get Tony Stark. Robert Downey Jr. makes him real, vulnerable, but still keeps his edge. I hate to admit it, but many super heroes in movies are pretty one sided, Tony Stark is not and it's really all credited to how great of an actor RDJ is. Even Pepper got upgraded from damsel in distress to reluctant badass at one point. I can't give enough praise to Kingsley and Pearce, they were fantastic here. If there was one problem I had with Iron Man 3, it was the little side story with the kid. (played by Ty Simpkins) They could've cast a better actor, I hate to say that about a child, but it's true. Those scenes came off corny when they should've been touching.
Bottom Line: Iron Man 3 may be the best of the Iron Man films, and it's always a pleasure to see what Robert Downey Jr. does with Tony Stark. Also, stay until the credits are done. I was amazed at how many people got up and left after they started rolling. This is a Marvel movie! OF COURSE SOMETHING IS AFTER THE CREDITS!
Memorable Quote: "Dad's leave, no need to be a pussy about it." - Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.)