All the spoilers all the time. You have been warned!
My Thoughts While Watching:
Yeah, yeah… you are Iron Man. I get it, I get it. I don’t have to like it though. It is still infuriating to me that we have three Stark movies by this point and no Black Widow stand alone. I would have given TEN Tony Stark’s for a movie about Budapest.
First thought in the movie: arrogant. Second thought: yeah, really arrogant. Third? You guessed it: fucking arrogant.
I find myself during more than one MCU movie, wondering WITF the other Avengers are while “all of this” is going on.
Happy: Now you’re off with your super friends… Did DC sign off on the name call out?
Form of… Black Widow in Budapest
I do not totally hate this movie. I just would prefer to watch another one. Well, any of them other than the Thor ones.
Are MCU movies like pizza? Like, is a bad one better than none at all? Or, is it better the next morning served cold?
Ok, my rankings after this film:
- Iron Man 1
- The Avengers
- Captain America: The First Avenger
- Iron Man 3
- Thor 1
- Iron Man 2
- The Hulk
Some Interviews and Extra Video:
IMDB Synopsis: When Tony Stark’s world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution.
|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|
|Paul Bettany||…||JARVIS (voice)|
|William Sadler||…||President Ellis|
Director: Shane Black
My ranking scores –
0-19 Levels of: Ugh
20-39 Levels of: Meh (aka I cannot reach the remote)
40-59 Levels of: I don’t hate it?
60-85 Levels of: That was solid.
86-100 Levels of: I Loved It!
I rank this movie a 70! Again, I don’t HATE it. I just don’t prefer it.
Additional Movie Info:
It received a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 79% Fresh. It received a Rotten Tomato audience rating of 78% liking it. Average Rating: 3.91/5 with a number of User Ratings: 484,287.
Specs: Release date: 3 May 2013 (USA) / Runtime: 130 minutes / Budget: $200M
- This is the first movie in the Iron Man franchise not to be directed by Jon Favreau, who turned down the offer for this movie in order to direct Magic Kingdom. He later admitted that not directing allowed him to have more fun with his character “Happy” Hogan, saying that he was like “a proud grandfather, who doesn’t have to change the nappies, but gets to play with the baby.”
- This is the first Iron Man movie, and the first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that doesn’t hint at the events of a future movie in a mid-credits and/or post-credits scene.
- The ring on the Mandarin’s right pinkie is the same one Raza wore in Iron Man (2008).
- The idea that “Happy” Hogan’s favorite television show is Downton Abbey (2010), was at the suggestion of Jon Favreau, who is actually a big fan of the British series.
- The first cut was three hours and fifteen minutes long. The final cut was two hours and ten minutes long.
- This movie was originally budgeted at $140 million, but after The Avengers (2012) became a huge hit, Marvel Studios and Disney upped it to $200 million, in order to allow Shane Black to make the best movie he could.
- In the comics, the Iron Patriot was an alias used by Spider-Man’s nemesis, the Green Goblin (Norman Osborn). In this movie, it is War Machine, painted in a resemblance of Captain America’s suit. Kevin Feige described it as a post-The Avengers (2012) government response: “These crazy heroes (The Avengers) saved the day, not the government. The government felt they needed a hero of their own. They have a military officer that has one of these suits, and they paint it red, white, and blue. It gave us a place to go with Rhodey and his split loyalties between his friend and his duty, and you also get to be reminded of the trust and friendship between Rhodey and Stark in great buddy-cop fashion.”
- The plot incorporates several storylines from “Iron Man” comics: The “Extremis” arc, which involved Tony Stark developing and using the Extremis virus, a nanotech version of Captain America’s serum. Tony Stark is ousted, and rendered a homeless vagrant, and while wandering around, befriends a civilian who inspires him. The Mandarin seeks to use Extremis as a weapon of mass destruction. The “Invincible Iron Man” arc, where Stark goes on the run, and War Machine and Rescue appear in his place. The “Armor Wars” arc, where Tony Stark fakes his death, due to constant harassment by Firepower. The “Enter the Mandarin” arc, where Iron Man clashes with the Mandarin.
- Several scenes seen in trailers didn’t make the final cut. For example, a scene where the Mandarin (Trevor Slattery) is seen rising up from a throne of sorts in an oriental-esque chamber was at no point included in the movie, and neither was a scene where the same Mandarin is hanging someone’s dog tags on a knife embedded in a wall. Iron Patriot (Lieutenant Colonel James Rhodes) doesn’t lift up the mask of his helmet while in the suit at any point.
- According to the art book for this movie, four other suits were considered to join the House Party Protocol, but were scrapped. A silver and gold suit, with a pointed forehead supposedly named “Bullet”, sported large thrusters on its biceps. This suit’s purpose was either deemed redundant, or re-worked as the Mark XL (Shotgun) armor, which was designed for “Hyper Velocity”. Two suits featuring a pair of close-combat weapons attached to their forearms (one with twin saw blades, and the other with dual hammer-like tools (Oldboy)) were most likely not included, due that the weapons they possessed, did not fit with Iron Man’s style. Finally, an unnamed suit, with a desert camouflage color scheme, apparently equipped with grappling hooks, was scrapped due that Iron Man wouldn’t necessarily need grapple hooks, if he could already fly.
- Maya Hansen originally had a more elaborate death scene. After Killian shot her and left, she was supposed to drag herself to a computer terminal to erase all “Extremis” data, and then, as if to atone for her sins, touch one of her plants, causing it to explode and kill her instantly. The scene extension was filmed, and deleted from the final cut, but can be viewed on the bonus material of the Blu-ray edition.
- According to producer Kevin Feige, every Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 2 movie has an homage to the Star Wars saga in the form of a character losing an arm: -In this movie, Aldrich Killian loses an arm during the battle with Tony Stark. -In Thor: The Dark World(2013), Loki cuts off Thor’s arm on Svartalfheim. -In Captain America: The Winter Soldier(2014), Bucky lost his arm during his fall from the train. -In Guardians of the Galaxy(2014), Gamora cuts off Groot’s arm during the group’s initial scuffle on Xandar. -In Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Ultron cuts off Klaw’s arm in rage when trying to buy vibranium. -In Ant-Man (2015), Yellow Jacket loses an arm, through it shrinking first before the rest of his body shrinks uncontrollably against Scott Lang in the final fight.
- This is the second consecutive film in the Iron Man trilogy wherein Rhodie’s armor is upgraded by a business man who is secretly backing the primary antagonist as a part of the villain’s plot.