There are opinions on this movie. We all know what went wrong, so I decided to think, and write about what went right. Please, bear with me, I digress a little. Also
I personally think that anyone who can honestly say that this isn't the best Iron Man movie, are simply letting the whole mandarin issue get the better of them. Iron Man 3, in my opinion had the best action of any of the 3. It delved deepest into Tony Stark's emotion and sanity of the 3. And it did the best job of portraying Tony Stark's detective skills, as well as engineering skills of the 3 movies. I don't understand how anyone could honestly say that this isn't the best Iron Man movie. Iron Man fans should be angry about the mandarin situation, but they should be much more happy with the way they handled TONY STARK.
I'm baffled by all of this. I left the theater respecting tony in an even greater way than I had before. When he broke down the scene of the crime, I was truly SHOCKED. No one ever talks about him as a detective, but he is a genius, and he shows just how brilliant he is. And when he was forced to use his brain to get out of jams, that's when I understood what makes Tony Stark unique. Remember when he was in an encounter with that extremis girl? Get this, he won that matchup against a SUPERHUMAN while he was without his armor, and while he was handcuffed!!! He beat her simply with his BRAIN! Badass! That's more than batman ever did in the ENTIRE Nolan Trilogy!!! And Batman is king of the tacticians/detectives! Think about that. Yet the Nolan trilogy gets claims of "doing it right". Lastly, he took out the entire outer security of the mansion with tasers, projectiles, and mini grenades made out of christmas ornaments. All things that he built using his brain from items he bought from a hardware store! How are Iron Man fans not pleased by all of this?!?! I follow comics, and even I was shocked to how well they showed what makes Tony unique. They nailed stark perfectly. I mean what more could you want.
And when comparing it to Nolan's trilogy, this was much better in showing what makes the character special. Iron Man fans are lucky. No where in the dark knight trilogy were batman's detective skills shown, or his awesome hand to hand combat, or his tactician skills. He let's joker outsmart him, killing the one he loves. He lets catwoman lure him into a trap, which ends up breaking his back. And instead of finding a way to disarm the nuclear bomb scientifically, or using his brain like the real batman would, he instead just carries it to the ocean. -_- yeah, exactly how batman would do it. Thats The Dark Knight Trilogy folks. Comic book fans got so caught up with the theatrics of that trilogy, that they didn't even realize that batman the character was being butchered right before their very eyes. This movie did Tony Stark much better justice.
And J.A.R.V.I.S? OH MAN!!! I am so surprised of how fantastic of a performance a computer ai could have in a movie. He saved Tony Stark, who was drowning underwater, by using his own right armor hand to help him up! So cool. And he also lead the entire Iron Man army. He was basically Tony Stark's sidekick, as well as his best friend, and man was he a good one! I never once even thought about how important J.A.R.V.I.S is to tony, prior to this movie. The same way I was shocked with Tony Stark the engineer, and Tony Stark the detective. This movie took it to another level. In some ways, all of these things add up to make tony stark more badass and much more interesting than he currently is in the comics. Does he have conversations with Jarvis like he does in the movie? If not, he should do more of that! That relationship between the two would be fantastic if it were an ongoing thing in his comics.
And I didn't even talk about the airplane scene. Oh man, I almost had a heart attack. Such an awesome hero moment. The best one I can recall in comic book movies. Better than Spiderman 2's train scene. In all seriousness, I think people are letting the mandarin ruin what was a PHENOMENAL movie. It was clearly head and shoulders above any of the other 2 movies. I think once people get over the mandarin situation, they'll realize how good of a movie this was. And appreciate all of the great things within this movie.