May 3, 2013 marked the start of phase two of the Marvel cinematic universe with the release of Iron Man 3. That movie transforms this series into a trilogy. The movie stars Robert Downey Jr. as the lead Tony Stark/Iron Man, along with Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Jon Favreau, and Ben Kingsley. The plot line is about Tony facing a terrorist organization that have super soldiers that can burn through anything. It also explores the element of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which Tony experiences from the events of The Avengers. When someone mentioned New York, he would start having an anxiety attack and be unable to sleep.
The movie does well in keeping the momentum for Marvel from The Avengers. Even though the film was directed by Shane Black instead of Jon Favreau from the first two films, it still kept that serious-to-humorous nature, which is good. As always, Robert Downey Jr. did a great job at being Tony Stark. If Stark were played by someone else, the movie would not do as well. I think the audience has grown accustomed to RDJ as Tony Stark. One thing that did not disappoint me, but might disappoint others, was the writing of the Mandarin character. In the comic, he is very powerful, but in the movie, he was written as just an image for the terrorist group and not the actual leader. The whole extremist story line stayed pretty true to its origins. At some points you would feel sorry for Tony with his experiences of PTSD or how he almost lost everything. Some parts of the movie were slow and cheesy, some were bad, and others were good. All in all, I give the movie 7 mark XLII out of 10.