Originally Posted by Closet Geek
In general I thought it was good but I feel if they had done more character development and made it two movies I could have been a great movie.
(BTW, Spoilers and what not)
I agree 100%. In my opinion, Captain America would have been a better match for Killian. Take away the fire breath and you have an enemy that a super soldier would have a hard time defeating. Captain America would be able to take the hits (I call bull on them ripping up Ironman suits like paper) and dish them back out. The only difference is that Captain America has limits. limits that he would need to overcome or find an ingenious was of winning. Great film right there.
Now have the Mandarin in all his glory. IM3 was about Stark vs the Mandarin. That is what they showed in the previews and that is what is getting all the views. Sure, people may still be okay with the twist, I mean, Robert Downey Jr. is a good actor and Stark is a great character. But they first went into theaters because of " Some people call me a terrorist. I consider myself a teacher. Lesson number one. Heroes...there is no such thing." THAT is what people wanted.
So you have two great films that make sense. To answer the question of why Tony did not call for sheild, I turn to Rhodes. Tony should get intel from shield, I mean, they do this kind of stuff. And when Fury asks if he needs help, either Starks ego should get in the way or Rhodey should step up and be like "Listen man, I want to help you. Let me do this". Maybe not those words exactly, but War Machine could have been the assistance Stark needs to turn the tide with the Mandarin and his men.
Then the suits...First, why did Stark fall asleep before telling Jarvis that he did not want to go to TN? How did no one see him blast out the water? Why didn't Tony use the Mk 42 to clear the rubble and free the other suits? Why didn't all those suits free themselves? (And I don't buy that they can't. One of those suits had the power to hold a giant platform steady). And why did his suit lose power? I get that they nolonger use the arc reactor, but I think Tony would have it able to as backup. It would suck to lose a charge during a long fight.
Also, Killian was a human torch knockoff. There was no reason for the girl to attempt suicide just to have Killian shoot her. And how did a bullet kill her? We had already established that anything short of a huge explosion does not kill the soldiers. So how is she dead? If Killian can split an Ironman suit easily, then why even bother to heat up War Machine? Why not just dress up as an Air force one staff (like his guy did) and then just kill everyone and escape with the pres?
See, this movie is bad. Entertaining, but actually bad with so many issues that it does not warrant whatever salary the writers pulled. My mind was struggling to make it work but I had to give up. Here is what I came up with.
Tony has PTSD, he builds because it is what soothes him and the suits make him feel safe. The Mk 42 malfunctioned a lot, but he had no choice but to use it because the others are now destroyed. He comes to grips with the fact that he is Ironman with or without the suit. He finds the Mandarin who is not the real Mandarin. Later, the REAL Mandarin shows up, because he is smart enough to have a decoy. War Machine shows up to save Tony and buy him time for his suit to arrive. War machine keeps his distance. They both begin fighting. The Mandarin escapes and Tony decides to ask SHEILD for help. Rhody convinces him that they can both handle it and mentions he does not want to be left out like in the Avengers. They both find the Mandarin (much later) and the epic battle comes to an end.
IMO, Much better my way. Plus, you get two good movies instead of one disappointing one.