Iron Man 3

Out Now On-Demand

Prepare for a heavy metal.

Robert Downey Jr. returns as Tony Stark in the third instalment of Marvel's Iron Man. Largely confined to his workshop after the events of The Avengers, Stark is sidelined from superhero duties until he calls out violent terrorist The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). Pausing a campaign of anti-U.S. attacks, The Mandarin takes a personal interest in Stark, who soon finds his whole life threatened by a foe more powerful than he or the government anticipated.

The once over-confident Tony Stark is still rattled by the battle of New York in which he helped to repel an alien invasion. Anxious and having trouble sleeping, Stark obsessively works on his Iron Man suits, to the consternation of girlfriend Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow). Potts is soon in the firing line along with a scientist and former lover (Rebecca Hall), after Stark challenges international terrorist The Mandarin, who turns his deadly attention towards Stark in a spectacular attack on his home. As The Mandarin returns to his plan to strike at the heart of American politics, Stark must overcome his own battered psyche, familiar faces from his past and a new wave of formidable weaponry to stop him. Written and directed by Shane Black (Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang). Based on Warren Ellis' comic book arc Extremis.


Directed by

Written by

  • Shane Black
  • Drew Pearce
  • (based on characters created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Don Heck and Larry Lieber; based on the comic book run 'Extremis' by Warren Ellis)

Action, Adventure


Rating: M contains violence


Official Site

Following the triumph of The Avengers, Marvel Studios proves two important things with Iron Man 3: firstly, that a Marvel film focusing on "only" one hero still has plenty to offer the blockbuster landscape; and secondly, that they are true masters of assigning directors to material.

The Avengers benefited superlatively from Joss Whedon's voice, but even more so, Iron Man 3 is a Shane Black film, and it's overflowing with the witty swagger of his best work as a screenwriter (The Last Boy Scout; The Long Kiss Goodnight).

Black helped shape Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark persona in 2005's Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, which was Black's directorial debut after years as a successful screenwriter. Iron Man 3 is Black's first film as director since then and the visual dexterity on display in it makes me mourn for all the films he could've made in that time. Put this guy in charge of all the big stuff from now on please!

The idea of stripping Tony Stark of his Iron Man powers might not seeming hugely exciting ahead of time, but the dynamic it introduces helps this film sing as a character piece. Black (and co-writer Drew Pearce) have written to Downey's strengths as an actor, and the film rules for it.

They've come up with an nifty way of addressing the anachronistic nature of The Mandarin, excellently essayed by Ben Kingsley, and also given Guy Pearce plenty to work with as a suspiciously suave scientist.

But all the great character stuff doesn't mean there's any shortage of hardware or action here – Iron Man 3 features several of the best set-pieces in Marvel movie history. This helps the film put fading memories of the underwhelming Iron Man 2 to rest, and reinstates the series as Marvel's gold-standard for awesomeness.

Superhero movies just don't get better than this.

Empire (UK)


Black proves the perfect blacksmith, forging smart new tech and scenarios for the swaggering super-genius.

Guardian (UK)


To use a recondite term in professional film criticism: whoo-hoo!

Total Film (UK)


Funny, twisty and thrilling, this is shellhead’s most entertaining solo flight to date. It’s also an impressive pace-setter for this summer’s barrage of big movies.



Black has an instinctive feel for balancing action set-pieces against the passages of soap-opera that are required to make them matter.

Time Out New York


It’s undeniably entertaining – and worth seeing for Kingsley alone – with the misfires never fully overshadowing the moments of glory.

Hollywood Reporter


Downey is at his superhero genius best here, rattling off dialogue both clever and boilerplate with non-repetitive aplomb.

Variety (USA)


Stages a few undeniably impressive, super-sized setpieces.



Same formula?

Ok but enjoyed the earlier ones more.

An Iron Fist Never Rusts

An Iron Fist Never Rusts...Especially when its hell bent on panel beating the stuffing out of bad guys.

Pour sugar in your neighbour's lawnmower, nail your door shut, rip out your light fittings and turn the volume on your home theatre system up to OTORRHAGIA.

The Shane Black directed, third instalment of the Ironman narrative belts onto your screen. Arresting your attention in its vice like grip while assaulting your eyes with a barrage of welcoming action sequences as the quick witted Tony Stark rids the world of yet another menace. This entertainment-a-plenty sequel is well worth the dosh. Whether you have spent thousands of dollars on the latest 4K Ultra HD, 7.1 digital THX home theatre system our mere hundreds on a standard set-up you will get your money's worth.

A well entertained 3.5/5 from me.




STARK you Beauty!!

It was great therefore Shane Black is great.

Post - very epic Avengers we follow Stark spiral down to anxiety land. Identity crisis? I am IRON MAN? or am I only a MAN in an IRON SUIT - am I a true superhero, a legend? as a result his 40+ prototypes (one which reminded me of Hulk).

The serving of our new villains perplexed me to a gitty little girl who just got a new dress - The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) and Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) blew a freshness of just villain genius. Kingsley's humorous play and Pearce pushing the forefront of technology apocalypse all motivated by Starks. Goes to show self-motivation really does work!

Pepper Potts (Gwenyth Paltrow) she put the icing on the cake for me - She finally got her turn to get some female power in her and kick some damn ass!!!

In conclusion conclusion the events of his past lead him to finally releasing the "magnet", which held him, jailed him the source of his Iron Man identity from his heart - illustrated his acceptance that with or without his suit he will always be IRON MAN and not merely a MAN in an IRON SUIT (who has some really cool tricks - go Jarvis!)

p.s. we'll probably see Extremis power up the suit in the next Avengers.

Hello Avengers.

A great wrap up for

Iron turns to gold!

I thought it was a great continuation of the series, a good mix of humour and action with a storyline.

Iron in the blood...

Easily the best IRON MAN of the three. Shane Black rockets back. It's been way too long since his first directorial effort - the superb KISS KISS BANG BANG - and judging by this IRON MAN, Shane's missed making movies as much as we've missed him making them. I loved it. My 7 year-old loved it. Action, laughs, a great script, great cast and - dare I say it? Ok, but quietly so's not to upset too many of you... I enjoyed it more than THE AVENGERS (which I loved)... There I said it.... and lived :)

Following THE AVENGERS' climactic third act, IRON MAN 3 grabs Joss Whedon's baton and runs with it. What you get is, as Tony says to The Mandarin: "just good old fashioned revenge!"

Not as dark as THE DARK KNIGHT but nowhere near as light as IRON MAN 2 - this IRON MAN makes up for the sequel's lacklustre plot and execution with a rip-roaring funfest that has everything a superhero comic book Summer blockbuster needs to please little and big kids too.

Tony Stark is back...

...and as funny as ever! Lots of great action, good story line and Tony Stark continues his humour streak fro the Avengers. If the movies stay faithful to the comics I'm very keen to seen the Iron Man "suit" used in the next [Avengers] movie. Go see it if you haven't already!




a great third

Having enjoyed the previous two movies, I wasn't sure what this would deliver and was really pleased it performed as well as the others. It was well paced, albeit it looked like it was going to slow up after the first third but it did enough so I wasn't disappointed and picked up again with a few new twists. This is definitely going on my 'to buy' list.

Iron Man 3 provides much needed tonic to the action movie landscape

The first instalment of Iron Man proved to be a much needed tonic in "fun" action movies in 2008 largely fuelled by Robert Downey Jr.'s magnetic performance. However its sequel proved to be a dud. Thankfully for Tony Stark fans, the series is revitalised with Iron Man 3.

Having appeared in last year's Avengers, there was a sense that the charm of Tony Stark was waning. Luckily for the action movie fanatics, Iron Man 3 is the helmed by one of the genre's most talented screenwriters - Shane Black. The Lethal Weapon scribe brings his trademark biting wit, the friendly banter between characters and likeable foes.

Black breathes new life to the proceedings especially his interesting incorporation of villains into the story's plot, namely The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). Kingsley proves to be one of the movie's highlights along with the suave Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce). Pearce delivers a performance which hearken back to the halcyon days of 90's movie's villainy.

Following the event's of The Avenger's, we are left with a post-traumatic Tony Stark, doing his best to bury his demons by investing his time in the one thing that has defined him - the Iron Man suit. This serves as the film's emotional uplift which is not entirely adapted efficiently, but nonetheless gives the movie its gravitas.

Black delivers some impressive action set pieces where the movie gamely embraces the traits of the action movie bygone era. The casting of William Sadler and Miguel Ferrer as the U.S President and Vice President respectively is a nice touch.

Iron Man doesn't fail it its ambitions. At times there are the usual laborious routines of plot description but Iron Man 3 may well be Robert Downey's finest hour in the Iron Man suit.

Less Iron Man equals a better movie

Less time in the suit by Tony Stark actually equalled a really enjoyable film, there was plenty of action when required but good dialogue helped with the overall feel of the movie.

Loved it!

I enjoyed this one more than the other two to be honest. I'm a little more in love with Tony Stark!! :)