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Iron Man 3 (2013)



Critic Consensus: With the help of its charismatic lead, some impressive action sequences, and even a few surprises, Iron Man 3 is a witty, entertaining adventure and a strong addition to the Marvel canon.

Movie Info

Marvel's "Iron Man 3" pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man? (c) Disneymore
Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief suggestive content)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Drew Pearce, Shane Black
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 24, 2013
Box Office: $409.0M
Walt Disney Pictures - Official Site


Gwyneth Paltrow
as Pepper Potts
Don Cheadle
as Colonel James Rhodes
Guy Pearce
as Aldrich Killian
Rebecca Hall
as Maya Hansen
Jon Favreau
as Happy Hogan
Ben Kingsley
as The Mandarin
William Sadler
as President Ellis
Dale Dickey
as Mrs. Davis
Ty Simpkins
as Harley Keener
Miguel Ferrer
as Vice President Rodri...
Wang Xueqi
as Doctor Wu
Xueqi Wang
as Doctor Wu
Shaun Toub
as Ho Yinsen
Matthew Sterling Nye
as Annoying Conference ...
Pat Kiernan
as Himself
Josh Elliott
as Himself
Bill Maher
as Himself
Joan Rivers
as Herself
Bronte D'Esposito
as Neptune's Net Girl
Noah Visconti
as Neptune's Net Boy
Brooke Jaye Taylor
as Happy's Nurse
Kim Dean
as Hospital News Report...
Glenn Foster
as Pushy Tablooid Repor...
Anthony Reynolds
as Helicopter Pilot #1
Tom Clark
as Reporter at House Wr...
Kendrick Cross
as Helicopter Pilot #2
Brian Schaeffer
as Mandarin Studio Tech...
John Eddins
as Mandarin Look-Out
Spencer Garrett
as Rose Hill Sheriff
Rockey Dickey, Jr.
as Rose Hill Deputy
Drew Michael Hershne...
as Rose Hill Christmas ...
Sarah Burkharat
as Junior Technician
Jan B. Felt
as Senior Technician
Andy Lauer
as Satellite Technician
Andrew Lander
as Vice President's Ana...
Tom Virtue
as Thomas Richards
Nate Bynum
as Technical Director
Roy McCrerey
as President's Aide
Serdar Kalsin
as Scared Insurgent
Demetrios Hodges
as Laughing Insurgent
Bobby Tisdale
as Reporter at House Wr...
Yvonne Zima
as Miss Elk Ridge
Stan Lee
as Pageant Judge
Adam Pally
as Gary the Cameraman
James Rackley
as Chad Davis
Cullen Moss
as Extremis Candidate
Jake Dewitt
as Room Service Waiter
Rebecca Mader
as Sweat Shop Agent
Kevin Arnold
as Mandarin Guard
Juan C. Bofill
as Mandarin Guard
David A. Buglione
as Mandarin Guard
Adam Lytle
as Mandarin Guard
Phil Ortiz
as Mandarin Guard
Gwendalyn Barker
as Sleepy Mandarin Girl
Steve Wilder
as Annoyed Mandarin Gua...
Luciana Faulhaber
as Mandarin Party Girl ...
Mike Massa
as Tony's Guard
Mark Kubr
as Ponytail Express
Eric Oram
as Reluctant AIM Guard
Naomi Parshin
as AIM Ping Pong Girl
Aurelia Rose
as AIM Ping Pong Girl
Johanna Yunda
as AIM Ping Pong Girl
Wesley Thompson
as Secret Service Agent
Jenna Ortega
as Vice President's Dau...
T.C. Anyachonkeya
as Iron Patriot Fan #1
Chad Kurtz
as Iron Patriot Fan #2
Cal Johnson
as Air Force One Office...
Lindy Ashby
as Commander
Jan Broberg Felt
as Senior Technician
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News & Interviews for Iron Man 3

Critic Reviews for Iron Man 3

All Critics (286) | Top Critics (50)

Iron Man 3 has good things in it, enough to please the series' fans -- and yet too many drawbacks to win many converts.

Full Review… | December 17, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The film's true strength is a snappy, whip-smart wit

Full Review… | September 22, 2013
Us Weekly
Top Critic

A picture of absolute infectiousness - and a nearly perfect piece of summer entertainment.

Full Review… | April 14, 2016

Iron Man 3 soars above first sequel and might even rival the 2008 debut for overall entertainment value. You laugh, you sit on the edge of your seat, and you marvel (yes, Marvel) at some of the visual effects.

Full Review… | March 30, 2016
Family Home Theater

All in fun, the clatter and concussion of action tropes as syncopated as the dialogue.

Full Review… | July 15, 2015

With Jon Favreau, director of the previous Iron Man films, still around in his sidekick role as Happy Hogan, continuity is maintained, but Black does bring his own, mostly comic chops to the saga.

Full Review… | July 13, 2015
Sight and Sound

Audience Reviews for Iron Man 3

The fact that it manages to be entertaining, especially in its first half, compensates for the flawed script that even comes up with a pathetic post-traumatic panic attack for our hero and never raises the stakes to make us believe that there is a serious danger involved.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


Better than the previous sequel, particularly the dialogue, but not by much... 3D was OK, but as others have pointed out: it's ridiculously dark.

Ross Collins

Super Reviewer


Is it me or does the entire premise of this film rip off 'Batman Forever'? Think back to that 1995 Schumacher film when 'Edward Nygma' approaches Bruce Wayne asking him to check out his new invention, but Wayne denies him. Nygma then goes off filled with hatred for Wayne, reinvents himself as The Riddler and becomes his arch nemesis.

Now look at the start of this film. Killian approaches Stark about his new company, Stark denies him, so off he goes filled with vengeance, recreates himself as a nemesis to Stark and the Iron Man hero, using his company alongside a new experiment. Notice any similarities here?

I'm no Iron Man fanboy, I don't know all about the Iron Man lore, but that still doesn't detract from the fact they really fudged up The Mandarin. The whole setup for this guy is really well done, it really is. We see lots of news footage, stock footage and hand held camera footage of the character as it buzzes around various TV stations. Its all been created in the same vain as reality, obviously in recent years with Osama Bin Laden and various other terrorist propaganda, what you would (and still do) see every night on the news. Footage of him with his extremists, firing guns, preaching, making statements etc...

The Mandarin is envisioned just like this and it all looks very realistic, threatening and intimidating, Black and his team really do make this villain look good, like he's really gonna be a hard underground nut to crack for Stark. But then out of nowhere the whole setup is thrown out the window because the character is fake, a front, a big setup created by Killian to cover himself and his experiments. Neat twist? yes, very much so...good idea? no definitely not, not for a franchise like this. A franchise where a villain like The Mandarin is very popular and people wanna see The Mandarin not a puppet creation.

A film like this hinges on its villain, usually the villain makes the film. In this case they made a great looking villain with Kingsley (despite his rather odd drawl) but they threw it away. Plus you also gotta ask yourself who would actually agree to act or play a villain to cover someone else? surely common sense would dictate that you're only gonna cause a lot of trouble for yourself? even if you didn't actually do any of the things you claim, you're still gonna be in the shit for being involved with terrorism. Just doesn't make any real sense to me.

Must admit I liked Kingsley's little performance in the reveal sequence, a kind of typical drunk, drugged up British hippie, but it just made a mockery of the whole film. Makes you feel you're watching a spoof not a serious adaptation.

Nice little touches of humour throughout as we have come to expect from this franchise and Downey Jr. The small team up with the little kid isn't as cheesy as it sounds and offers some nice dialog, although one sequence seems to be pretty similar to a certain John Candy/Macaulay Culkin film from many moons ago.

On the whole the film is really quite average in my opinion. I didn't think that much of the whole Extremis idea and the way characters looked when they went all ballistic. The visuals and ideas kinda looked like something from a hammy sci-fi flick to me, it all felt a bit X-Men-ish, a franchise I never liked. I still don't really get how this regenerative power causes people to have such extreme heat power, its suppose to help them heal no? so why the heat? Plus I really don't see how Stark manages to kill most of them when they can regenerate so easily, when Savin is killed, why couldn't he regenerate from it? The Extremis soldiers seemed so much more powerful, they could easily take down Iron Man suits as shown by Pepper Potts.

The finale is on impressive scale but messy really. Lots of Iron Man suits flying all over the place, difficult to make out what exactly is going on, Extremis henchmen/women leaping all over the shop. It all sounds cool and the idea is cool but like some other superhero comicbook flicks it becomes a fast blur of CGI, an incoherent badly lit chaotic brawl between metal suits and CGI people. Plus I gotta ask, why didn't Stark just utilize all his Iron Man suits together originally? before Jarvis went offline, and why does Stark keep running around without his suit?! just stay in it you fool!

I must say I'm disappointed with this trilogy bookend. The first film was superb, the second (in my opinion) was clearly not as good as the first but still a solid action film. This third entry has lost me completely with bad plot decisions and untidy action sequences (something which the made the first so good, it was very clear without excess CGI mess).

So the question is...was this all just narration, a therapy session for Stark to get some previous history of his chest with Banner or is that it? no more Iron Man films and no Iron Man for 'Avengers 2'?

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Iron Man 3 Quotes

Tony Stark: Jarvis where's my flight power?
Jarvis: Working on it sir, this is a prototype.
– Submitted by Ethan C (7 months ago)
Tony Stark: My name is Tony Stark and I'm not afraid of you. I know you're a coward. So I've decided, that you just died pal.
– Submitted by Danny O (22 months ago)
Aldrich Killian: Let's face it: you didn't deserve her. I could've made her perfect.
Tony Stark: You're right... I don't deserve her. But here's where you're wrong- she was already perfect.
– Submitted by Melissa Jane K (2 years ago)
Tony Stark/Iron Man: Jarvis, target Extremis heat signatures. Disable with extreme prejudice. .
Jarvis: [echoing through the suits] Yes, sir...
– Submitted by Private U (2 years ago)

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