Putting Iron Man Back In Full Gear

Iron Man 2 Tony Stark

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Iron Man 2 had some great moments. Moments like Iron Man and War Machine ripping into a squad of Hammer drones kept the film just above mediocrity. The film devoted half of length setting up next year’s Avengers movie, by throwing in pointless cameos and boring plot drifts. Hopefully now though, with the Avengers movie already in production, Iron Man 3 will be able to redeem Tony Stark and company, giving the trilogy a fitting climax it deserves. And here’s how to do it.

1) Keep it simple:

The first Iron Man film was a fun, energetic movie that brought new life into the superhero franchise. The third movie needs to fast paced, but keeping to as minimal plot lines as possible. Iron Man is a franchise famous for it’s charisma. I don’t expect the Marvel to go dark so why not go back to what made the franchise so famous in the first place.

2) No pointless cameos:

If the Avengers movie is going kick-start its own new trilogy, then Marvel’s single superhero projects should go back to being individual stories. Whilst it’s important to acknowledge the shared universe in the film, this can be done with only one or two dropped name references. I don’t want to see Captain America turn up in an Iron Man movie.

3) No more ‘guy in a suit’ villains

Another major thing that bored me about Iron Man 2 was the bland variety of enemies. Despite showing potential in the Monaco Grand Prix scene, Ivan Vanko (Whiplash) was no different than the first films villain Obidiah Stane. They were both bigger versions of the Iron Man suit, included to make The Armoured Avenger look against the odds. With Joss Whedon‘s Avengers movie introducing some of Marvel’s cosmic side into movieverse, depending on how that goes it could open the doors for Iron Man 3 to introduce a more unrealistic villain. The Mandarin. For those who don’t know The Mandarin is a Chinese Born scientific genius. He wields ten magical rings that grant him various powers. Magic vs technology would make for one awesome battle. Seeing Tony Stark fight against something he can’t plan against or calculate would add a whole new dimension to the character.

4) New love interest

Whilst I really enjoyed Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts in the first Iron Man film, her character began to get a little stale in the sequel. Her constant disapproval of Tony Stark as Iron Man is beginning to feel old, and for Pepper to be interesting again, she needs to be more accepting of her boss. He has saved her life three times after all. Perhaps take a leaf out of the recent Invincible Iron Man comic books and have Pepper don a suit of her own. Whilst she’s off doing that, Tony needs a new love interest. Whether it’s an agent of The Mandarin, or just a casual affair, Tony needs a new love interest to keep the character fresh. I don’t want to see Stark pining over Pepper in the third act.

So there are just a few ways to put Iron Man 3 back on track. With Captain America: The First Avenger already looking doomed, and a Thor sequel dependent on if Marvel can come up with another solo adventure worth doing, Iron Man 3 could be Marvel Studios one and only chance at making a trilogy. Let’s just hope it’s better than the last one…

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