Iron Man 3 marks the start of Marvel phase 2 and you will be pleased to hear that there is no hangover here following on from last years Avengers Assemble huge success. When Tony Stark’s world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution. Relying on his instinct, intellect and iron suit, Stark puts it all on the line as he struggles to control his personal anxieties and an enemy that knows no bounds to protect those closest to him.


If the Iron Man films have been anything, it’s that they have been consistently good (acknowledging that Iron Man 2 is the weaker link here) and with this latest film, it may also be the strongest so far. Writer and director, Shane Black, has managed to rejuvenate and pump refreshing adrenalin filled life into a franchise that could have been difficult to do following on from the success of last years Avengers.


Robert Downey Jr continues to play the flamboyant, genius, billionaire playboy philanthropist as charismatic as ever and is the complete embodiment of the franchise. Always entertaining and continuing the banter and the gags in the way the franchise has always delivered but this time showing a little more vulnerability than before. The rest of the cast are good especially Gwyneth Paltrow and Guy Pearce but Ben Kingsley is nothing short of sensational as the Mandarin. Some of these characters have so much of their background and history tied into their comic book past, it’s brilliant to see that they are all bought to life with plenty of depth and characterisation on the big screen, which has been key to Marvel film success.


With regards to the story, there are a few unexpected twists and turns along the way, some of which you will see coming and others not so much making it all the more satisfying. Nether the less Iron Man 3 is undeniably entertaining and infectious, always fun and completely charming throughout. Despite a sluggish middle that seems to get bogged down slightly and some of the one liner gags do come across as slightly tacked on, the script is sharp and fresh, full of fast paced and at times relentless action and fantastic special effects. The main set piece being the gripping assault on the Stark mansion that combines visuals, action and suspense perfectly.


There are plenty of references throughout about ‘New York’ and The Avengers plus with the post credit sequence and promise that ‘Iron Man will return’ it looks like Marvel have plenty more up their sleeve. However, whether or not this will be just as an Avengers appearance or another stand-alone Iron Man film remains to be seen.


Iron Man 3 is a very good superhero movie that manages to combine the perfect amount of action, comedy and drama together topping off a fine trilogy for Iron Man and Marvel. What more could you want?