I am not as versed in the intricacies of Iron Man as I am the lore of Superman or Spider-Man.
However, a number of glaring things jumped out at me in Iron Man 3.
First, isn't the Iron Patriot suppose to actually be Norman Osborn, Spider-Man's old nemesis the Green Goblin and not Jim Rhodes AKA War Machine?
Second, the operatives of the Advanced Idea Mechanics (A.I.M.) ought to have been dressed in their distinctive yellow HAZMAT suites and not as your typical gang of arms dealers.
Also, if this faction is being introduced into the broader Marvel cinematic universe, will its relationship to HYDRA be explored in an upcoming Captain America or Avengers film?
Probably the most disappointing aspect of the story was the altered depiction of the Mandarin.
If I recall, in the comics, the Mandarin was noted for his set of magical rings.
In Iron Man 3, the antagonist is pretty much reduced to the level of a buffoon.
However, that can be overlooked as it is used as a vehicle to introduce the intriguing suggestion that terrorists are merely the dupes of yet more maniacal organizations hoping to manipulate the public into embracing tyrannical solutions to a manufactured crisis.
The previous installments of the Iron Man series were noted for the sarcastic one-liners on the part of Tony Stark.
In this edition, though comical at times, the humor seemed a bit too deliberate and strained.
by Frederick Meekins