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Marvel Declares Iron Man 3 Is A Christmas Movie—Rightfully So

I have been a proud supporter of Die Hard as a Christmas movie. While being a violent action film, it also takes place on Christmas Eve, features numerous Christmas references, and ultimately is the tale of a father just trying to be with his family during Christmas. If that doesn’t fit the parameters of the Christmas spirit, I don’t know what does.

Lending its own contribution to the joyous holiday, Marvel Studios has thrown in one of their own creations under the same category alongside John McClane. That creation is Tony Stark. Issued Thursday via their website, Marvel announced that Iron Man 3 is a Christmas movie. On their site, the studio said the following:

“… the fact that it does take place at Christmas makes it a clear contender for a true Christmas movie, and we’re here to say, once and for all, that it deserves a place in the Christmas Movie Hall of Fame. Proclaiming this, of course, brings up the age-old debate as to what actually qualifies something as a Christmas movie, and your mind probably wanders to that argument over the likes of Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, Gremlins, and Rocky IV. Hey, if those are allowed to be classified as Christmas movies, so is Iron Man 3.”

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The article continues:

“But even more so than the others, we believe Iron Man 3 is a Christmas movie because the essence of the story revolves around Tony going through hardships and coming out the other side to see the wrong in his ways. That’s the spirit of Christmas.”

“The Christmas setting adds another layer to the story because it sure feels like Killian is literally a ghost from Tony’s holiday past that’s come back to haunt him. Honestly, if there’s one movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that could be compared to Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, it’s Iron Man 3.”

I admit, Marvel put some time into this submission—and I am all for it. I have always been an Iron Man 3 defender. Sure, it has its faults and I wouldn’t consider it one of the greatest MCU flicks, but Tony’s personal issues and growth were definitely positive elements added to the character’s story arc. Additionally, Tony’s disciplinary statement to young Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Homecoming (“if you’re nothing without the suit, then you shouldn’t have it.”) is spawned from Tony’s ability to figure out Killian’s plan without his suits and tech—solidifying that even when stripped of his tools, he is still Iron Man.

Add in the themes that Marvel details in this article and, in this writer’s opinion, you have the makings of a worthy addition to the pantheon of Christmas movies.

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