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Iron Man Three (2013)

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When Tony Stark's world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Downey Jr. ... Tony Stark
Gwyneth Paltrow ... Pepper Potts
Don Cheadle ... Colonel James Rhodes
Guy Pearce ... Aldrich Killian
Rebecca Hall ... Maya Hansen
Jon Favreau ... Happy Hogan
Ben Kingsley ... Trevor Slattery
James Badge Dale ... Savin
Stephanie Szostak ... Brandt
Paul Bettany ... JARVIS (voice)
William Sadler ... President Ellis
Dale Dickey ... Mrs. Davis
Ty Simpkins ... Harley Keener
Miguel Ferrer ... Vice President Rodriguez
Xueqi Wang ... Doctor Wu (as Wang Xueqi)


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Release Date:

24 April 2013 (Netherlands) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Cary, North Carolina, USA See more »


Box Office


$200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$174,144,585, 5 May 2013, Wide Release

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2.39 : 1
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An improvement over lackluster "Iron Man 2" a bad-ass action third superhero entry in the "Iron Man" trilogy
29 September 2018 | by rambofan4lifeSee all my reviews

Yes you heard me Iron Man 3 is an improvement over lackluster Iron Man 2. I am glad Shane Black replaced the director Jon Favreau who ruined the sequel and didn't know what to do with the movie. I love this movie and it is one of my favorites MCU films. I love it more than the last "Iron Man" movie The third entry of Iron Man is a decent kick-ass bad-ass action film. There is a ton of action in there. The characters are better developments. Iron Man 3 is MILES way better than Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War!!!!!!!!! those movies suck I don't like em. I love this movie so much I have a blast watching it.

Gwyneth Paltrow was more supporting girlfriend than she was in Iron Man 2, she wasn't so annoying like she was in the last Iron Man movie. I love her performance in this movie so much. This is the last time we see her in any superhero movie she only appeared in one scene in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Ben Kingsley (as Trevor Slattery) Mandarian was an okay and as did even-sexier-when-angry Gwyneth Paltrow. :-D The movie is set after the events of "The Avengers" after New York and Tony Stark is fallen to pieces suffering post-Avengers PTSD, Tony "Iron Man" Stark is called upon to stop a bomb-happy terrorist known as the Mandarin, as well a mad scientist who has used the experimental regenerative drug he created to build an army of powerful mutant humans, and who is now threatening to kill Tony's sweetheart, Pepper Potts.

More entertaining, better story, good Special Effects CGI. The last good Iron Man movie almost good as the first one. I also don't understand the negative reviews. Shane Black directed well action MARVEL fun popcorn film that is also intrigue thriller and different from the first movie. I have enjoy this movie a lot and I had fun with it. This is not Lethal Weapon, Die Hard With A Vengeance, Terminator 2: Judgment Day or Aliens it is an own movie about dark fantasy and a different science fiction film filled with action. Even tough Stark and Rhodey are both in that ship without their armored that doesn't mean they look like Murtaugh and Riggs or McClane and Carver the story is different.

I for once have enjoyed the helicopter action sequences which were bad-ass. Attack on Tony's house whit helicopters blowing Tony's house to pieces was the first time in the film I ever saw. Gwyneth put Iron Man Armor on in and she saved Maya Hansen that was outstanding. The scene was pure action! That was so bad.-ass action all Stark's suits were destroyed. I love the opening scene on New Year Eve in 1999 in which we see Tony Stark for the first time been selfish and arrogant person he was in the first Iron Man. We see Yinsen (Shaun Toub) how they met this deals with a prequel from the first movie. Yes I enjoy this movie more than any other MRAVEL film it so bad.-ass. The movie is set on Christmas Eve, reminds me on Batman Returns there was a kid Harley, a precocious 10-year-old boy in which helps to repair his suit Mark 42. He wasn't annoying kid. Iron Man saved 13. passengers from falling off the airplane Air Force One, tough he crashed in the truck, I loved that scene.

The main bad guy is Aldrich Killian great performance from Guy Pearce who previously played in Christopher Nolan's Memento. I thought Aldrich Killian was brilliant mad scientist who participated in the development of Extremis thereby amassing a group of Extremis-enhanced soldiers under his command. Guy Pearce played a great bad guy Aldrich Killian, he was right from the comic books. To mask his illegal activities as a terrorist attacks he created the idealized terrorist persona known as the "Mandarin" portrayed by the British actor Trevor Slattery to serve as his proxy, unaware that the Mandarin truly existed. He also conspired with Vice President Rodriguez in an attempt to take control over both the United States of America and the War on Terror, manipulating them for his own profit. Miguel Ferrer as Vice President is also in this movie he was in RoboCop (1987).

Extremis are super soldiers who are impossible to stop. I hated it the Mandarian joke too and the twist around but I accept it they way it is. Aldrich Killian developed that program Extremis with Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall) who was also love interest of Tony Stark for one stand. Aldrich Killian and Maya Hansen plotted revenge for years on Tony Stark. Great performance from Rebecca Hall.

I disagree with the haters about this movie I have enjoy it from the begging till end. Robert Downey Jr. did an excellent performance as Tony Stark/Iron Man. Robert Downey Jr. is a nice fellow guy he promoted this movie and I saw him how good he was with kids he was so nice on his movie Iron Man 3. Don Cheadle as War Machine was much better than he was in the last Iron Man movie. The action sequences on the end of the movie looks like in Terminator 2: Judgment Day in a steel mill sequence while on here was on the docks on a ship. If you see Pepper Potts falling down in to the fire you see Tony Stark goes to do what he has to do, to stop Aldrich Killian as he put more suits on him self.

Was a good ending of the trilogy I have enjoy it, it is my favorite MCU MILES way better movie than "The Dark Knight Rises".

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