Synopsis: While dealing with PTSD from the events of The Avengers, Tony Stark (Iron Man) investigates the Mandarin terrorist attacks and dangerous super-soldier technology.
A great start to Phase 2 of the MCU, and a significantly more focused plot than Iron Man 2. The fiery Extremis is yet another super-soldier means, but is perhaps the most interesting to see in action, particularly the realistic side effects. Pepper Pots finally has something to do that is strongly connected with the plot.
Some fans of the the source material might be turned off by the significant changes made to the Mandarin. Certain plot elements, like Stark’s PTSD, might be hard to follow without watching the prior MCU films.
After the passable but underwhelming Iron Man 2, this was the sequel we were waiting for. The producers could have done a victory lap after making billions of dollars in Phase 1, but instead they had begun with the harder path of pushing the overarching franchise forward. Iron Man 3 showed their fans we were far from done.
Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rotten Tomatoes — 80%