Leading up to the release of Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, we’re taking a look back at every element of the MCU thus far. This film is the culmination of everything that began with the first Iron Man film in 2008, and so we want to prepare you for what may be the biggest film of all time. We’re looking at all 18 films released thus far, and tons of other elements of the MCU as a whole. Today we continue our Countdown with the first film in Phase Two: Iron Man 3.
We’re going to look at the biggest takeaways from Iron Man 3 heading into Infinity War. The things that still stand and make an impact towards Tony Stark and the rest of the Iron Man world of the MCU.
Tony Stark’s Arc(h)
The film does a good job of ending that arch of Tony Stark’s character that was introduced in the first Iron Man film. We’ve seen Tony go from the selfish, narcissistic weapons dealer to someone that truly cares and realizes there’s consequences to his actions. On top of that, the biggest physical aspect of his character, the arc reactor, is finally removed. If Robert Downey Jr. had decided to step away from the character after this film, he easily could have. But he didn’t, he actually appeared in 3 more films before Infinity War, and each of those kind of adjust things to his story at the end of Iron Man 3.2.
In the comics The Mandarin is Iron Man’s Joker. He’s the leader of the Ten Rings, and he’s a huge force against the hero. His ultimate arch nemesis. And in a way when Aldrich Killian says at the end of the film that he’s the Mandarin, that could have worked. A villain who has been pulling strings for years to take down Tony, and create havoc across the planet, because he was turned evil from events caused by Tony. But Marvel retconned it all. In the Marvel One-Shot short, All Hail The King, a Ten Rings member (Scoot McNairy) goes to visit Trevor Slattery (Ben Kingsley) in jail, under the guise of being a documentary film maker. He kills the guards and leads an extraction team to take Slattery out and bring him to the real Mandarin. Which means he’s still out there, somewhere.
While Tony destroys his Iron Legion, the group of Iron Man suits he uses to help save the day at the end of the film, he uses a similar idea in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Now Ultron ends up taking control of the Iron Legion and they’re destroyed by the Avengers, but there’s always a chance that Tony has built them back up. Or at least remade some of the suits.
A lot of what happens in Iron Man 3 relates to Pepper. From Tony wanting to protect her, to Aldrich having extra motivation to take out Tony out of jealousy of his relationship with her. But Pepper ends the film having suited up slightly a few times in the film, and being given the Extremis injections. While Tony saves her from the harmful side effects of the injections, the fact that she’s suited up means she could again, something she’s done in the comics. As for the relationship between her and Tony, it’s unclear exactly where they are. After turmoil through most of the films, Spider-Man: Homecoming seemed to present them at a good point.
The kid that helps Tony rebuild his Iron Man suit after being attacked by the Mandarin. We haven’t seen or really heard from him since Iron Man 3, but there’s a lot of potential for his character to become something more. Will he? Time will tell, especially considering Marvel retconned or ignored almost everything else from Iron Man 3 so far…
As of now, those are the biggest lingering elements of Iron Man 3, which may or may not come into play for Infinity War. We’ll see how things play out when the film hits theatres tonight!
Be sure to keep an eye out for even more Infinity War coverage throughout today and the rest of this weekend! And you can check out all of our Countdown to Infinity Series here:
The Incredible Hulk
Iron Man 2
Captain America: The First Avenger
MCU Timeline Part 1 The Birth of the MCU
MCU Timeline Pt. 2 1900-WW2
MCU Timeline Pt. 3 1946-1979
MCU Timeline Pt. 4 1980-1999
MCU Timeline Pt. 5 2000-2008
MCU Timeline Pt. 6 2009
MCU Timeline Pt. 7 2010-2011
MCU Timeline Pt. 8 2012