|Something has gone horribly wrong....|
|"I'll do my best."|
|Known as 3 Demir Adam in Turkey. Do not confuse it with 3 Dev Adam.|
Shane Black was quickly brought on board to write and direct, and he was joined in writing by Drew Pearce, who was originally slated to write the film adaptation of Marvel’s Runaways before that project fell through due to the extensive backstories involved with the characters.
|Magic, aliens, dinosaurs, time travel. Yeah, they might need to ease us into that.|
|It was not a gritty Chitty Chitty Bang Bang sequel. I was disappointed.|
How to proceed? Not only with the Iron Man film series, but with Phase 2? And indeed, the Marvel Cinematic Universe from this point forward?
Shane Black has said in interviews that he wanted to do more of what he called “a Tom Clancy thriller” than yet another movie with "two men in iron suits fighting each other.” And that’s exactly what he did, for better or worse. This film is quite a different beast from the last two. And even from the rest of the MCU up to this point.
Having already adapted the origin story and the famous “Demon in a Bottle” storyline, this film adapted a more recent Iron Man storyline, “Extremis,” with a few elements borrowed from other stories. Not only that, but they decided that it was time to bring in Iron Man’s classic enemy, the Mandarin. …And I can’t talk about either of those points right now. Because in order to discuss them in the proper context… well, I’ll have to go over the whole movie first. But rest assured, I’ll talk about both those points, because that’s what everyone else talks about at great length. Extremis and the Mandarin. Across message boards, across film reviews, across the whole internet, people still debate how this movie handles those two aspects to this very day.
So yeah, the film's unique direction ended up being very polarizing, but at the very least, I’m glad that this movie was different than the previous two. Iron Man had given Marvel a very successful formula, and here at the beginning of Phase 2, they decided that perhaps it was time to try something new.
Were they successful?
Objectively, yes. The film made $409 million in America and $806.4 million across other countries, adding up to $1.2 billion. It’s the seventh-highest-grossing film, the second-highest-grossing of 2013, the highest-grossing Iron Man film, and the highest-grossing threequel.
|"Debate all you want, internet. I consider that a success."|
And so, I am about to step foot on the battlefield. To throw my hat into the ring. Once I type the words, they can never be untyped.
Ladies and gentlemen of the internet….
Iron Man 3 is one of my favorite superhero movies of all time.
And I am prepared to explain why.
Coming up in Part 1! Past, presents, night terrors and terrorism!