Kicking off the second phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and concluding the Iron Man trilogy, "Iron Man 3" is an improvement over its predecessor, but still doesn't quite match the quality of the first film in the franchise. Tony Stark is still affected and stressed by the New York battle in "The Avengers", which leads him to build multiple suits, creating friction with his girlfriend Pepper Potts. At the same time, a terrorist named The Mandarin begins a string of bombings that Tony has to investigate. Meanwhile, he comes into a conflict with an old enemy, Aldrich Killian. Robert Downey Jr. is, as always, incredible as the billionaire turned superhero and just like other films in the franchise, it features a talented cast. Shane Black directs this time around and he keeps the humorous but mature tone of the previous installments in the franchise, he directs some great action moments, while developing Tony's arc in a brilliant way. There are some issues with this film though. Characters are brought on board and then are completely ignored. The biggest problem is the way the villain in the film is handled. There is a twist that is certainly pretty underwhelming and at the end of the day, the threat is quite generic, unable to live up to the stronger, more emotional aspects of the film, especially its ending, which was nearly perfect for this trilogy. It's all in all still a solid addition to the overall franchise and better than the second Iron Man film, but it could have been better.