Superior Foes of Spider-Man HeroClix Spoilers
Sininster Six Spoilers
TMNT HeroClix Spoilers
Avengers Assemble Spoilers
TMNT HeroClix Spoilers
X-Men Mutant Revolution
Avengers Acedemy HeroClix
Superman / Wonder Woman HeroClix

Convention Exclusives 2015
Nick Fury / SHIELD HeroClix Spoilers
Age of Ultron HeroClix
The Flash Unboxing!
JL Trinity War HeroClix Spoilers
Guardians of the Galaxy Starter Spoilers
The Flash HeroClix Spoilers
Convention Exclusives 2014
FCBD 2014
Justice League Strategy
War of Light HeroClix Spoilers
Guardians of the Galaxy HeroClix Spoilers
Mandarin Rings HeroClix
HeroClix Watchlist
Deadpool HeroClix
Superman / LOSH
Captain America Winter Soldier HeroClix
X-Men Days of Future Past
Batman Arkham Origins
Marvel Dice Masters: AvX
Avengers vs X-Men HeroClix
Superman Quick-Start
Excalibur (X-Men)
Invincible Iron Man HeroClix
X-Men: The New Mutants
X-Men: Gold Strike Force
Batman Classic HeroClix
X-Men: Blue Strike Force
FCBD Iron Man (2013)
Fellowship of the Rings HeroClix
Justice Leage Team Base (Teen Titans)
Convention Exclusives 2013
Beast Boy (Teen Titans)
Fear Itself (GAMA)
Star Trek: Attack Wing
Gen13 (Teen Titans)
Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix
Trigon Dial (Teen Titans)
Villains For Hire (Teen Titans)
Mage Knight HeroClix
Nightmare Before Christmas HeroClix
Pacific Rim HeroClix
Lone Ranger HeroClix
Hello Kitty HeroClix Spoilers
Kick Ass 2 HeroClix
DOTA HeroClix
Man of Steel HeroClix
Bioshock Infinite HeroClix Spoilers
Wizkids' 12 Days of Clixmas (2012)
Star Trek HeroClix Tactics II Starter Set
Batman Streets of Gotham Team Packs
Batman OP Kit Spoilers
Batman HeroClix GF Spoilers
Marvel Fear Itself HeroClix
Batman Gotham City Spoilers
Wolverine and the X-Men HeroClix
Shattered Star (Pathfinder)
Amazing Spider-Man HeroClix
Iron Man 3 HeroClix Spoilers
Seasonal Figures Spoilers
Teen Titans HeroClix Spoilers
Star Trek HeroClix Tactics II
10 Anniversary HeroClix Chase Figures!
GenCon 2012
Batman HeroClix Vehicles
LOTR / Hobbit HeroClix
Batman: Streets of Gotham
DC Batman HeroClix Spoilers
Assassin's Creed HeroClix Spoilers
Batman: No Man's Land HeroClix
Comic-Con Combo Pack HeroClix
Chaos War: Hank Pym
What the...?
DC HeroClix 10th Anniversary Spoilers
MARVEL HeroClix 10th Anniversary Spoilers
Free Comic Book Day Thor 2012
2012 Convention Exclusives!
Wizkid Interactive's Starship Hero
Chaos War HeroClix Spoilers
Justice League HeroClix Spoilers
Figure of the Week
Galactic Guardians Fast Forces Spoilers
Star Trek HeroClix: Away Team Spoilers
Marvel Uncanny X-Men FF HeroClix Spoilers
DC War of the Light FF
Galactic Guardians Gravity Feed Spoilers
Dark Knight Rises HeroClix Spoilers
Doom Week!
HeroClix Supremacy League
Wizkid's 12 days of Clixmas (2011)
Avengers Movie HeroClix Spoilers
Hulk Fast Forces Spoilers
Superman Fast Forces Spoilers
Marvel Galactic Guardians HeroClix Spoilers
Star Trek Tactics HeroClix Spoilers
Infinity Gauntlet Spoilers
Superman Special Objects
Superman HeroClix Checklist
Mighty Maps 5: DOOM VILLAGE!
Captain America Maps
Incredible Hulk HeroClix Spoilers
Hammer of Thor: Fast Forces
Halo HeroClix Spoilers
Star Trek: Fleet Captains
Watchmen Fast Forces Spoilers
Wizkids Pathfinder!
GsX Toys R Us Exclusive
Superman HeroClix Spoilers
Gears of War HeroClix Spoilers
2011 HeroClix Convention Exclusives!
Green Lantern HeroClix Spoilers
DC vs Marvel HeroClix
Nothing Moves The Blob!
Giant Size X-Men Maps!
HeroClix Online Spoilers
Smurfs Spoilers
Captain America Spoilers
Toy Fair 2011
Might Maps #4
Giant Size X-Men Poster Images
HeroClix Oreo Dial
Street Fighter HeroClix Spoilers
LOTR HeroClix Spoilers
Winter of HeroClix World
Dr. Manhattan Spoilers
Free Comic Book Day 2011 Spoilers
DC 75th MAPS
Adventurer's Atlas
Giant Size X-Men Spoilers
Web of Spider-Man Map
It is Dr. Manhattan
Iron Maiden HeroClix Spoilers
DC 75th Spoilers
Watchmen Day 2
Watchmen Day 1
DC Brightest Day Spoilers
Star Trek: Expeditions
Jonah Hex Spoilers
FCBD: War Machine
Brave and the Bold Prizes
Marvel DisneyClix
HeroClix Batmobile
Web of Spider-Man Spoilers
Wizkids in 2010
Brave & The Bold INFO & SPOILERS
The Watchmen Info & Spoilers
DC Starter (Blackest Night) Info
HoT: Mjolnir & Ragnarok
Hammer of Thor images!
Exclusive: Thor's Mighty Chariot Pictures

Iron Man 3 Review
Eric Schaen (05/08/2013)
 Page:  1  2  3  4   

Goto Comments

Iron Man 3 Movie ReviewIron Man 3:  So, Is The Third Time The Charm For Tony Stark? Not Entirely.

Iron Man 3 soars into theaters and the box office couldn't be happier. I don’t want to give anyone the wrong impression, Iron Man 3 is far from the worst film in the superhero genera. Certainly movies like Green Lantern, Batman and Robin and Ghost Rider come to mind. Still, some serious plot problems and lack of elucidation make Iron Man 3 the flimsiest in the franchise.

**Warning: Spoilers Ahead**

The story catches up with Tony Stark afflicted by insomnia and frequent panic attacks after the events that took place in Marvel’s the Avengers. So in his spare time he builds some new armor, make that lot of new armors. Enter the Mandarin, a terrorist who begins causing all manner of catastrophes around the globe. So Tony, being Tony, challenges the Mandarin with the equivalent of a pick on somebody your own size style threat. This leads to an attack that destroys Stark’s home and leaves him stranded in unfamiliar territory with only a failing prototype suit.

Related: Eric's Dark Knight Rises review

 Page:  1  2  3  4   

Back to Top

Your Comments:
I agree with the mediocre rating. A few too many plot flaws and while the director was flashier it seems he couldn't nail down a 'feel' compared to Jon Favreau.

Although I quite enjoyed that Rhodey and Pepper had more heroic moments than Tony in the film, I had trouble with suspension of disbelief. For example, the MK 42 armor can fly on piece by piece. But then in the final scene Stark is shown commanding numerous other remote armors to fly onto him in the same way. Films should follow their own internal logic, and this did not.

On the clix front, I was horribly disappointed by the IM3 mini set. The MK 42 is going to seem indestructible to some characters, but the villains can't compete. Mandarin should be 15 pts and Killian was underpowered by far. Can't even breathe fire or regen and doesn't look cool, so what's the point? I think WizKids was probably hoaxed to avoid spoilers.

Posted by: Kragnorak on 5/30/2013 2:32:01 PM
So Shane couldn't get those 10 rings to work?

Posted by: Alien tech. dept. on 5/16/2013 1:36:16 AM
@ Joesitar

Great point! Yeah the Extremist soldiers seemed to be killed off way too easy compared to Killian and Pepper again with no explanation.

@ annoyinglizardvoice

Still makes no sense.

Posted by: Slade on 5/13/2013 1:45:19 PM
@ slade: the missile was a shaped explosion (like a lot of anti-tank and demolition stuff uses) and I'm assuming the exploady suit wasn't, so the second explosion would have separated the chunks of him out more than the previous. I was under the impression that how much was blown away from the extremis folks and how close the bits were are factors in whether they could regen or not.

Posted by: annoyinglizardvoice on 5/12/2013 10:07:23 AM
And on a Heroclix slant...
Having got a few of the IM3 clix it seems that Wizkids were allowed to watch the first 20 mins of the film and base their clix around that. A LOT of the dials powers and keywords bear little resemblance to their on screen counterparts. There are some lovely sculpts and dials, but for scenario play you can only re-enact the first 20 mins of movie (no bathroom-based poison power for the manderin alas!)

Posted by: Mantis Warrior on 5/10/2013 8:17:52 AM
we also have the part where rhodes was on the container fighting two extremis soldiers. and killed them by knocking them off and having them fall to the ground. then dropped the container causing an explosion(which was not necessarily where they fell.) and we were to assume they died. and yet when pepper fell to the ground and proceeded to have an explosion around her. she was just fine. correct me if im wrong but alot of the extremis deaths all seemed a bit weird. also with savin. he gets blown up by another extremis, totally fine. tony blows half his face off..... totally fine. tony shoots him through the heart., dead...

Posted by: Joesitar on 5/9/2013 1:59:36 PM
How much more ground zero can you get than being stuck inside an exploding suit of armor?

Posted by: Slade on 5/8/2013 6:26:56 PM
I disagree. I feel this one was generally a much better film than the second. The big twists were certainly ones I wasn't expecting, which is an improvement on a lot of superhero films. The complaint some folks have with the bad guy's death is a bit of a non-issue for me as the one he recovered from was more a case of just being caught in a generic explosion, where as the killing blow was ground-zero of a shaped explosion.

Posted by: annoyinglizardvoice on 5/8/2013 2:19:47 PM
So the number of times you can regenerate is two?

Posted by: Dr Silly on 5/8/2013 8:53:13 AM
I agree this is not the best of the three (always going to be no. 1 in any trillogy pretty much) but having just seen it with my wife (not a comics fan) it's her favourite of the three; so I guess the film succeeds on a different level.

I did like:
The Mandarin: seriously, best villain ever! Did not see it coming at all!
The multiple armours: so many I wish had been clixed, especially "Mr Stumpy"
The Extremis special effects.
The new, less ego-tripping Stark.

I didn't like
The mark 42 armour: so many cool suits and Tony only wears one all film (pretty much). The remote parts just looked silly.
The last fight: A bit too distant an angle, really wanted to see the new suits up close.

Oh as for the bad guy needing killing several times that made sense to me. Extremis wears off over time so you can regenerate x times before you need a new dose. If you can 'regulate' of course.

Posted by: Mantis Warrior on 5/8/2013 8:24:50 AM
@ Bgreyloc

Except, Thor is stronger and he had a much tougher time with Iron Man. Not to mention he hit Iron Man with lightning which can be as much as 54,000 degrees. In the movie they said the Extremist reached 3000 degrees. Sorry, but this was simply overlooked in the haste to make a worthy adversary.

You also failed to explain why you have to kill the bad guy twice the same way for it to work?

Posted by: Dr. Silly on 5/8/2013 7:29:02 AM
I disagree. You do point out some valid potential flaws. The amped up soldiers exibit escalating potential. Meaning, they, themselves, are not sure of what they are fully capable of. Which makes sense, since they were working undercover, and using subterfuge. Secondly, the man antagonist would have not contributed resources to perfecting any ones abilities but his own, and Pepper's. His personality screemed this, as his intentions became clear. Now, the bad guys ability to regenerate is on par with wolverine, and Their strength is demonstrated to be on par with the ironman armor, more than enough to damage the suit when you add in training and physics.

Posted by: bgreyloc on 5/8/2013 7:13:46 AM
Regardless of whether the movie stayed true to the source material, it was a disappointment. The use of the Mandarin was a cool idea, but came off more as a misdirection cheat. I agree with how the Iron Man armor appears too fragile in this film as compared to others.

Not terrible but not great.

Posted by: Big G! on 5/8/2013 7:03:11 AM
After years of reading the source material IRON MAN 3 is a surprise.
Liberties have been taken, the film universe is a different animal
to the comix. Their AIM is a bit off!. Just enjoy the film for what it is.... not the one you & I would have made!
Overall it's a romantic actioner with funny one liners.

Posted by: MORDOC on 5/8/2013 2:40:46 AM
I saw it. I was disappointed. Mandarin was really not what I was expecting, and I kept hoping he would turn around and reveal that it was the real expected Mandarin at any time. Everything else was fine except that one huge thing (Will "Mandarine" show up again at "FULL" power, I hope so).
Also, while at the Calgary Comic Expo, Stan Lee had been there and in his Panel, he talked about how his cameo was cut. After the contestant says her thing, he says "Those are goals I could get behind" before he flips his sign. He was quit disappointed it was cut as he felt it was his funniest cameo he had ever done. Here's hoping it's in the extended version on DVD.

Posted by: Puuka on 5/7/2013 7:17:31 PM