Iron Man 3 is a 2013 superhero film based on the same-named Marvel Comics superhero. Iron Man and The Avengers are all sequels to this film. It is the seventh entry of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the first of Phase Two.
The film was released internationally on April 24, 2013, and in the United States on May 3, 2013.
- Tony Stark/Iron Man is played by Robert Downey, Jr.
- Pepper Potts is played by Gwyneth Paltrow.
- James Rhodes/Iron Patriot is played by Don Cheadle.
- Aldrich Killian is played by Guy Pearce.
- Doctor Maya Hansen is played by Rebecca Hall.
- Happy Hogan is played by Jon Favreau.
- Trevor Slattery is played by Ben Kingsley.
- Eric Savin is played by James Badge Dale.
- Ellen Brandt is played by Stephanie Szostak.
Tony Stark begins by recounting how he lost everything, explaining that it all began at a New Year’s Eve party in 1999 when he met the eccentric and physically crippled Aldrich Killian, who promotes his firm, Advanced Idea Mechanics. However, when Stark decides to do research for another operation, Extremis, with Maya Hansen, he deceives Killian into thinking he is interested in his ideas.
He sends him to wait on the roof, knowing full well that he will never turn up. Extremis has the ability to genetically control live organisms, hence Stark has firsthand experience with its abilities. Killian is alone on the roof when the New Year’s fireworks go off.
After the Battle of New York, Tony Stark spent 13 years constructing hundreds of new powered armors. His near-death experience while destroying the Chitauri had a tremendous influence on him. The Mandarin, a prominent terrorist commander, is responsible for several bombings.
Stark and Rhodes discuss Mandarin at a restaurant. According to Rhodes, there have been more bombs than reported, and intelligence authorities are puzzled by the lack of physical proof.
Rhodes encourages Stark to stay out of it since the US administration wants to handle it alone to reassure the Chitauri Invasion survivors.
That night, Stark has a nightmare about his near-death experience, causing one of his suits to attack Pepper Potts. When she is ready to go, he finally admits that he has changed since leaving New York City. Pepper’s situation worsens when she is visited by Killian, an old flame.
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Iron Man’s replacement, Happy Hogan, suspects Killian’s bodyguard, Eric Savin, and goes to the Chinese Theater to look into him. In the end, the Chinese Theater is demolished, and Hogan is taken to the Los Angeles Mercy Hospital. Savin escapes, and his injuries start to heal.
Stark is confronted by a reporter as he leaves the hospital where he met Hogan, and he makes a statement to the Mandarin, threatening revenge and giving his home address as a challenge. This is what happens when Iron Man dies: He investigates an explosion that looks like a Mandarin strike, but which the Mandarin hasn’t claimed to have made.
With the help of Harley Keener, Stark hides in his workshop and slowly charges up his suit. Stark is able to figure out from the limited information he has that the Mandarin’s explosion was caused by soldiers who had been given Extremis, Maya Hansen’s experimental medicine.
Extremis has a fatal flaw that makes people explode if they can’t control their body temperature. In the movie, Stark sees Extremis’ power when he meets Ellen Brandt and Eric Savin, two Mandarin operatives.
Killian used the deaths of veterans to hide Extremis’ flaws and come up with a terrorist strategy. In Stark’s mind, he brought Killian on a path that will lead to the Mandarin becoming more powerful.
It’s said that Killian took Pepper and gave her Extremis treatment to use against Stark. Killian kills Hansen because Hansen betrayed him and messed up the Extremis experiment.
Meanwhile, Killian has misled American intelligence agencies about the Mandarin’s position. He uses this fabricated knowledge to tempt James Rhodes with the Iron Patriot War Machine armor.
As soon as Stark leaves, Killian sends Savin to attack President Matthew Ellis on Air Force One, and he does it right as Stark does. Rodriguez and Trevor are in prison while Stark has surgery to remove shrapnel shards from his heart.
As a thank you for Harley Keener’s help, Stark fills his garage with high-end goods. It doesn’t matter if Stark doesn’t have his suits or the Arc Reactor in his chest. Stark will always be Iron Man.
It turns out that Bruce Banner had fallen asleep at the start of Stark’s story. Stark tells the story again, but Banner says that because of his temperament, he isn’t a doctor.