Australian release: April 24, 2013, Running: 130mins, Rated: M
Starring: Robert Downey Jnr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce
The second phase of the Marvel Universe franchise has finally begun, the eagerly awaited Iron Man 3 is here and what a statement new director and writer Shane Black has made.
I was lucky enough to see it on the biggest screen thanks to IMAX Sydney and I highly recommend it. This is one cinema outing that should definitely not be missed.
Following the traumatic events in New York at the end of the Avengers film, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jnr) is a more settled but world-weary Iron Man. The results of his party-boy lifestyle have caught up with him and he must face them head-on as well as new nemesis, The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley).
Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) steps up her role a few thousand degrees in this outing, even donning the infamous suit during an explosive sequence. Aussie favourite Guy Pearce also features as the mysterious Aldrich Killian.
Special effects with a subtle 3D element are just the right amount of bang for the action scenes and there are twists and turns played to near-perfection by an outstanding cast in a more mature story.
A troubled Stark still pops with his trademark humour and bravado, which keeps the entertainment levels high during dark times, but successfully avoids being inappropriate.
The role of Tony Stark could have been made for Downey Jnr and although this is the end of his current contract, hopefully Iron Man will appear in an upcoming Marvel film to keep audiences happy. He has firmly cemented himself as a fan favourite in the Marvel Universe.