Ironman 3 Rewatch + Review

It’s that time of the year, and what better way to celebrate than revisiting a superhero classic, Iron Man 3. Believe it or not, this installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe doubles as a Christmas movie, adding a unique twist to Tony Stark’s adventures. As we journey back to this festive action-packed film, join me in this nostalgic re-review, exploring the highs and lows that made Iron Man 3 a memorable part of the MCU.


Iron Man 3, released in May 2014, marked Tony Stark’s return after the first Avengers movie. Directed by Shane Black, the film took a departure from Jon Favreau’s directorial reign in the previous two Iron Man films. Notably, Black had previously collaborated with Robert Downey Jr. on Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang and contributed as a writer to the iconic Lethal Weapon series. The familiar faces of Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow reprised their roles as Tony Stark and Pepper Potts. This film also teased the much-anticipated appearance of Iron Man’s classic nemesis, the Mandarin, portrayed by Ben Kingsley.

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Looking back at my initial review, I had mixed feelings, giving Iron Man 3 a score of 6. The film impressed with its action but left me grappling with the treatment of beloved characters like the Mandarin and War Machine. However, Robert Downey Jr.’s performance as Tony Stark earned well-deserved praise. With a fresh perspective, it’s time to reassess this Marvel adventure.

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The Good

Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal of Tony Stark remains impeccable, showcasing why he is one of the best-cast comic book characters in film history. The inclusion of PTSD added depth to Stark’s character, offering a logical progression from the first Avengers movie. The diverse array of Iron Man armors and the thrilling action sequences kept audiences on the edge of their seats. The film’s ending hinted at a new chapter for Stark and introduced the concept of nanotech armor, setting the stage for future developments. Despite initial reservations about the Mandarin twist, subsequent MCU entries like Shang-Chi have provided a satisfying redemption arc for the character.

The Bad

However, not all aspects of Iron Man 3 aged well. The treatment of War Machine disappointed fans, with the transformation into Iron Patriot and a lackluster utilization of his abilities. The frequent malfunctioning and destruction of Iron Man’s suits, while emphasizing Stark’s resilience without the armor, diminished their iconic status. The character of Aldrich Killian, while exploring the Extremis storyline, fell into the cliché of a scorned villain with questionable motives. His claim to be the true Mandarin left fans wanting more.

Is It a Christmas Movie?

Defying expectations, Iron Man 3 boldly positions itself as a Christmas movie. From the early notes of “Jingle Bells” to the festive decorations scattered throughout the film, the Christmas spirit is undeniably present. The movie even weaves Christmas trees and presents into its narrative, offering a unique holiday twist to the superhero genre.

The Verdict

Revisiting Iron Man 3, my perspective on the Mandarin twist has softened, but certain disappointments remain. Robert Downey Jr.’s stellar performance remains the film’s saving grace. While Iron Patriot and certain narrative choices continue to irk, the venom has lessened over the years.


In the spirit of the season, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Share your thoughts on Iron Man 3 in the comments below, and stay tuned for more Heroic Reviews. Until next time, superhero enthusiasts!