Notable Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley
After the record shattering success of "The Avengers" and proof that the ambitious concept of separate films building into something more known as 'Phase One,' it was a tentative time for Marvel and Disney to see if their even more ambitious 'Phase Two' would work. Would audiences even want to see solo tales of our heroes anymore now that we were spoiled with how well Whedon pulled off the ultimate super hero film? The first film of 'Phase Two' proves that not only can they pull off a film where audiences would eat it up, but that it could be a great film too. Marvel at this point turns to the franchise that set all of this success up and delivers a knock out sequel in "Iron Man 3" that rivals as one of the best in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and also one of the best super hero films ever made.
Tony Stark (Downey Jr.) has had to rethink his life since the events in New York. Nothing is certain anymore and despite being at the most stable place in his life with a loving girlfriend Pepper (Paltrow) and a life free of worry, he can't sleep at night and he has become obsessed with building Iron Man suits for every possibility. When a terrorist known as The Mandarin (Kingsley) starts threatening the powers that be in the USA with bombings, the terror comes too close to home...and Stark will have to rethink how he does things to be able to fight an organization powerful and hidden.
|It's a left/right combo!|
|Rust in peace.|
This blend of action, humor, and human heart is ably portrayed with another round of superb casting from Marvel. Downey Jr. was made for this role and the chemistry that he and Paltrow have is infectious here in "Iron Man 3." Not only that, but the casting of Kingsley and Pearce as villains topped the charts for a cult film fan like myself (Pearce has to be one of the most underrated actors of all time). Although I could have done with a bit more of Pearce myself - I almost wanted more banter between him and Stark - the balance in the film is done just right.
|He's seen better days...weeks even.|
Written By Matt Reifschneider