If you can believe it, around seven years after its release, Iron Man 3 is actually trending on Twitter. At first, I didn’t know what to think. Personally, I felt like Iron Man 3 was one of the underrated gems of the MCU. First off, it showed a pretty spot-on interpretation of PTSD and it also leaned heavily into Tony Stark as a person more than a superhero. Plus, on the heels of The Avengers, it was cool to see that Marvel could still tell powerful standalone stories. And that Mandarin twist? Classic — though I know it’s still controversial.
So, why was it trending on Twitter? Was it because the internet has learned of its greatness and have just revisited it on Disney+? Unfortunately, I’d be giving the internet too much credit, and it sounds like the exact opposite is happening here. The reason for its trending its far less inspiring. Instead of realizing how great Iron Man 3 is, many are debating whether or not it or Thor: The Dark World is the worst film in the MCU.
You read that correctly. People are debating whether or not Iron Man 3 is worse than Thor: The Dark World.
Okay, so let’s give them a tad bit of credit. These films actually have more in common than you’d think. Both hit theaters in 2013 and came on the heels of The Avengers. As such, they were very much still a part of the MCU finding its identity. How could they continue to tell stories that resonate with people after they’d seen the spectacle of that team-up movie? They also sported some obnoxiously-similar marketing material. I mean, take a look at the image at the top of this piece. This is clearly the work of a studio trying to find ways to continually streamline their process — and sometimes for the worse.
While I can understand Iron Man 3 not being most fans’ favorites, I don’t understand how it can even be in the running with the likes of Thor: The Dark World, The Incredible Hulk, and Iron Man 2 in the running. Perhaps it’s an instance of them being burnt by that Mandarin reveal or just the underwhelmingly small scope of the movie following The Avengers. Either way, it’s clear this movie hasn’t aged as well with most fans as it has with me.
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