Suffering from Post-Avengers Stress Disorder (yeah, we just made that up), Tony Stark holes up in his basement, tinkering with the Iron Man suit, looking for ways to level it up, all while forgetting a very fit Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) is waiting in the wings, longing for his metallic hugs and kisses.
The third instalment of the Marvel franchise opens with the voice of Robert Downey Jr., ruminating on demons of the past and how they come to be, as the audience plays listener to this ominous voice over. The actual receiving end of this conversation, well, you’ll have to stick it out till the end of the credits to find out who it is for yourselves. Because just like the rest of the non-rich, non-tech savvy, non-heroic individuals of the universe, Iron Man has anxiety issues too.
The demons in question take us back to 1999, where a younger Stark, together with his then-squeeze, botanist Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall,) and a mullet-sporting Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) come across Aldrich Killian (the sickeningly convincing Guy Pearce), a scientist peddling a technology that Stark and company won’t have anything to do with. A few laughs, mishaps, and sexual relations later, we’re back in the present day where a mysterious terrorist called The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) starts antagonizing America by using genetically modified ex-soldiers as human bombs.
After best bro Happy Hogan is injured in an attack, Tony Stark invites the Mandarin with threats, dispensing his address to the media. And as the trailer has already leaked, Stark’s cliff-side mansion falls prey to a missile attack, forcing everyone’s favorite metal-clad superhero to go au naturelle. Without all his gadgets, technology, and weaponry, Stark has to bring it back to the basics in order to save the love of his life and save the president.
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