So I saw Iron Man 3 today and without giving much away it’s really good. I have some issues with it but by and large they avoid the third movie curse by making a story that’s a lot more personal, a lot more character-focused, and quite frankly dark in a way that Chris Nolan only tried to be. It’s a nice comedown from The Avengers, in a lot of ways, and even though it doesn’t directly set up any additional movies it’s a nice way to kick off Phase 2 of Marvel’s can’t-believe-that-actually-worked experiment.
But there’s a lot more to this movie, and as I was watching I was struck by how subversive it was, and how its racial politics are strangely refreshing. By no means is this a really organized or particularly well-researched commentary, just some things I thought about.
It should be noted that everything past the jump comes with a huge, metaphorically-blinking SPOILER tag.