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Yes, this isn’t our regular style of movie. It has nothing to do with Korea. I just wanted to talk about Iron Man 3, because – even though people are really seeming to love it – I had a lot of difficulty enjoying the video as much as I wanted to enjoy it, and so, for an Open the Happy video, I wanted to talk about why.

Spoilers ahead, obviously:

I don’t want to give across the impression that this is a bad movie. It was enjoyable. I liked it, but I found myself let down a bit. It would have been a great movie if it wasn’t called Iron Man, if it was a standalone movie, but – I think – because of the context of Iron Man, the movie was disappointing. I liked it as a Tony Stark movie, but not as an Iron Man movie, you know?

Look at Iron Man 1. Remember how satisfying that scene was when he puts on the first proper iteration of the suit, and he busts in on the badguise and shoots them all? That was like a “FCK YEAH! MURICA!” moment. It was asskicking awesomeness. Don’t talk to me about Iron Man 2 I didn’t like it. BUT: in Avengers, when he’s flying around New York, and fighting off tons of badguise, that, too, was immensely satisfying as a viewer. Here, we didn’t really get that satisfaction. We saw Tony struggle with his PTSD and talk to a kid most of the time, and then he Macgyver’ed his way into the Mandarin’s headquarters. Meh. Not the same. Just not the same. We got small glimpses of that kind of ass-kicking satisfaction when the Iron Man suits were tag-teaming on the roided out soldiers, but that last scene was so complicated for me that I couldn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to.

Now, I’ve read thousands of Marvel comics over the last couple of years. Seriously, the two of us are hardcore comic nerds. Martina mostly focuses on Wolverine and X-Men comics, but I’ve been going through just about everything since the House of M series. I’ve gone through a bunch of Avengers and Iron Man comics, as well as the whole Civil War and Dark Reign series, so I’m rather comfortable with Tony Stark and Iron Man. I was actually quite pleased with how the movie played with the source material. When I saw pictures of Iron Patriot, I was excited, because Norman Osborne is a badass, but he wasn’t part of it. I wasn’t disappointed when he wasn’t included, though. I chuckled a bit. The best part, though, hands down, was the reveal that the Mandarin, played by Ben Kingsley, wasn’t the exceptionally scary badass that he is in the comics. He was just an actor. Did not see that coming AT ALL. Ben Kingsley looked like him, even with the rings and all. Even when he said he was just acting I was like “Nahh, this is part of Mandarin’s grand scheme! Shit’s about to go down now!” but it didn’t. Really quite hilarious, in fact.

More importantly, I was really happy with how they handled Tony Stark’s PTSD. Not from a scientific perspective, because I’m not sure how accurate that representation was, but simple because there was source material available for them to use that they avoided: Tony Stark is a recovering alcoholic in the comics, and that could definitely have been used instead of PTSD, but it wasn’t. I was happy with that decision, because I think it would be too difficult to tie in. It just turned out that Tony Stark’s nemesis, Mandarin, is the one who was the alcoholic. Brilliant!

Lastly, the inclusion of Extremis kinda confused me. Is there another iteration of Extremis in earlier comics? I’m used to Extremis being Tony Stark’s nanotech armor. He’s got a bunch of nanobots in him that form the Iron Man armor (totally effing awesome, by the way), so to hear Extremis and Iron Man together, that’s what I assumed would happen. Instead, it was the bizarro formula. Maybe in Iron Man 4, Tony Stark will have re-calibrated the formula with his nanobots to make the armor? I’m not sure, but it would make sense.

Anyhow, that’s it. Let me know your thoughts on it. I hope I didn’t come across as angry, though I do passionately talk about movies when they don’t make sense. I don’t want this video to seem like Iron Man 3 isn’t worth watching, because it is. I just found so many things wrong with it. That’s just how I watch movies: analyzing plot details and especially plot pushing. Don’t even get me started on the disaster of the Spiderman movie. Hey: how the hell does a giant gortdamned lizard bring millions of dollars of science lab equipment into the sewers? Did he just smuggle that in his jacket and take the elevator? And, what: he plugged it in to the outlets with free electricity available in the sewers? And Spiderman’s phone gets reception in the sewers? Phones in North America struggle to get signal ABOVE ground, let alone below it. Garbage!

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  1. Replicating_Jeans

    …but that aside you have no problem with the premise of nuclear spider bites or humans morphing into lizards…sheesh!!

  2. Hee-won Yoon

    Wroah, I’ve always gone back and checked your open the happy channel but these review videos are what convinced me to finally click subscribe. I hope that you guys not only do reviews of movies, but that Martina will also do opinion/reviews on animes and mangas since I believe it’s been mentioned a few times before? I know you guys are uber busy with all of your videos already but these reviews so far are pretty fantastic. :DDD

  3. Overall, I liked the movie, though I do agree with some of the questionable plot lines. Since my only information on Iron Man/Tony Stark comes from the movies (at the moment), I don’t feel the PTSD bothered me. The man almost dies saving the world, that would indeed have some sort of impact on him, leaning towards the negative (perhaps for lack of a better word).
    I recall reading a review, the author of it asking how these basically fire soldiers managed to not burn their clothes off. Their clothes did look normal, nothing specifically designed to withstand high temperatures. Good question mate, I’d like to know that too.
    Not only was I thinking, at the end of the movie, why would Tony blow up his literal flight back home, but why so soon because in my mind I was worried the annoying villain would somehow pop back up. Hm, then again, if he STILL didn’t die by then, that’s just unnecessary and unwanted overkill, if that makes sense. Yup.
    Maybe someone can answer me this, because I don’t recall the answer from the movie: why did villain man want the vice president to take control? Besides doing evil things, was it explained what sort of evil doings? I just may need to watch it again.

    I must say though, having watched Thor, all three Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America and the fantastic The Avengers, I finally feel inspired to read the comics. I say finally because I think The Avengers was the icing on the cake for me… *pushes up glasses*

  4. _AllMyHeart

    Oh man Simon do more movie reviews!! I loved it!

  5. IronManFreak

    I have to say that I love this movie so much but I agree a lot with Simon but im not going to diss RDJ because I love him.

  6. FancyJude

    I just had a brilliant idea… SIMON AND MARTINA, YOU MUST OPEN THE HAPPY ON GAME OF THRONES!!@#$%^ GoT FANS UNITEEE!
    There should be a fan name for GoT already… Get to it, S&M!

    #teamHodor #teamDaenerys #ohmahgerdnessTheRedWedding

  7. Lucy Dabridge

    WHY DID THEY NOT SAVE THE MANDARIN?! That was not hilarious having him be a nobody. They just wasted what could have been a very interesting bad guy. They should have at least had some end clip of him breaking out of jail or something random instead of just killing off the whole Mandarin plot. What a waste. They might as well have used some nobody as the face of the terrorist group and saved the mandarin plot for later. Alright, I’m done.

  8. !ZacAxe!

    Love it! Simon! MANLY NASTIES UNITE!

  9. robertbergner

    What about when he blows up all the iron men, and the one supporting the whole ship doesn’t cause shit to go down?
    Yeah, continuation…

  10. cindersjbs

    I love that simon is getting his own place in open the happy! Have you ever thought of doing video game lets plays? Wheezywaiter does his on the xbox.

  11. rune man

    I actually agree with this review. There were a lot of things wrong with Iron Man 3. I mean it was a good movie but I would have loved to see more violence and action. Him in the Iron man suit. Also in Iron Man 1 he was an awsome bad ass playboy that slept with all these sexy girls. In Iron Man 3 he is all serious and listens to everything Pepper says. I mean he is whipped.
    Out of 10 start I would give this a 6 and 1/2

  12. I agree that the main villain didn’t really have a part or a motive in the movie. When he first showed up, I thought that “hey, this might be like pixar’s The Incredibles and the main villain is a guy who idolized his hero but the rejection caused him to be bad” but it didn’t really work that way and this villain just wanted to be rich and successful (I guess) while the Incredibles’ villain wanted to prove a point that anyone can be a hero.

    There was just a lot of unnecessarily complex situations revolving around this villain that was pretty confusing.

    I also didn’t understand how the botanist survived when she was shot since there was no one around to save her.

    And it was just stupid how he gave away his home address and was so surprised when his house was attacked. Really? haha

    Overall, though, I really liked the movie. The best part is when the guy with the truck said, “I have to go, mom. Something magical is happening” hahahaha. I have yet to see Ironman 2 and the Avengers so I don’t have much to compare this movie to.

  13. Brittani

    Just watched Iron Man 3 tonight. Totally agreed with everything you said in this post. The movie was okay but it could have been better if the villain was more believable. Haha the bad guy was pretty lame. It was hard to take him seriously…Simon you should do more posts like this. I absolutely love Martina’s make-up tutorials but its nice to hear about your interests as well. Keep up the great work. Love you both! I feel like I know you both just from watching your videos. Thank you for all of the hard work that you put into everything :)

  14. moonagidoe

    loved the video! woot!

  15. from nerd to nerd, have you guys seen Stan Lee’s World of Heros: Bad Days? they’re Super funny and take stuff from the movies and comics. the “Disassembled” one is my favorite. i’ll just put that here ->http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kollv82D2ns
    and the first episode here :) ->http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjS6e9_F7B0

  16. naninoona

    i wanted disagree with you but most of what you said was kinda true. bout the villain and stuff except for tony stark vs iron man thing. as a lot have said, tony stark IS iron man. i thought that his talent for tinkering is the essence of what created Iron Man in the first place. and they wanted to show that tony stark is a master tinker-er(?) and that was the whole point of the walmart weapon arsenal was to show exactly that. tony stark the MAN in iron man and what he’s like sans suit.

    and about this being a standalone movie, well it technically IS. most people i know who was disappointed with Iron Man 3 is exactly like you, in that they kept comparing it to the awesomeness of the Avengers when, Avengers is a completely separate entity than any of the other superhero movies. Avengers was a convergence of worlds and with that many kickass superheroes in a single move, who the eff could top that? as awesome as tony stark is. Avengers was amazing because it had a plot that combined all the personalities of the heroes and their backstories so it was awesome. a lot of people thought Thor was boring, but bring him and Loki to interact with the worlds of other superheroes and boom, action packed and yet still has a fulfilling storyline. coming down from that high, of course everyone’s expectations were gonna be up there and so disappointing people would be way easier as a result.

    as for me, i thoroughly enjoyed it. and it makes perfect sense that it’s called Iron Man. the villain thing, i guess they just created him to create a conflict for tony to deal with and to show how he deals with that threat alongside trying to overcome his illness. minus points for that because it wasn’t well thought out and written but tony’s parts were really true to the character. he was still that cocky funny guy but vulnerable at the same time.

    more of simon on open the happy!!! how bout the new xbox one reveal eh???

  17. I’m not a man but I still enjoyed watching this!! I love you Martina, so very much and your off-the-wall-quirky make-up videos are lovely, but I really enjoyed watching this Simon! I’m not a big comic book fan, I love manga though, but I still watched the movie, and also didn’t love it very much… So this was refreshing! :) I hope to see more Simon videos, but I also hope to not see less Martina videos!! You guys are both so very lovely, and I thank you guys endlessly for constantly changing my life, in little and big ways <3
    Always and forever a Nasty,
    Nikki <333

  18. FYI Chicks read comics too . . .

  19. I totally agree with you Simon; I thought Extermis had to do with the nanotech armour and that is what I was expecting to happen, but then it didn’t.
    I felt the movie had a very good build up until the very end that just tried to wrap everything up all neat and tidy with a bow on top but it just did not work for me
    I felt like the movie was MISSING a piece.
    You can’t just end an Iron Man movie with the thought that Iron Man is OVER. I mean. Come on! Geez!!!
    But yes, I felt very similar to you (even though I haven’t read those two comic book arches, I hope to soon).

  20. Nasty comic loving men AND women, Mr Simon. So sexist :P

  21. It’s so excited that you made this video. I’ve wanted you to do some “Marvel” video since you’ve mentioned that you like such kind of things. I think the whole idea of the movie that Stark is not only a superhero but a simple man…sexy, rich and famous but just a man.
    However, we’ll get some new alien invasion with Thor 2 *___* It will be the biggest comeback ever=)))

  22. Couldn’t agree more.

  23. Yo, it’s not the Open The Happy channel, it’s Open The Whup-Ass!

    I found I didn’t enjoy IM3 as much as The Avengers. I found it too contrived in much of the same way that Simon noticed.

  24. RavenHaley

    First off, I love Simon’s Mr. Brohoh Movie Corner.

    Marvel Movies are like their own stories away from the comic world (the cinematic Marvel universe). They aren’t going to be like the comics because well you can get away with a lot in comics. That little thing call a budget really does cut those stings on those CGI effects. Not to mention not all of Marvel’s owns all their characters in the Cinematic Marvel Universe (Spiderman, X-Men).

    With that being said, Simon I think your being to hard on the movie. Iron Man is Tony Stark. Sure he isn’t in the suit a lot but it is the man that makes the suit not the other way around. I was actually happy the writers didn’t cheat the viewers on Tony not being messed up over almost drying in an alien worm hole. Which by the way Simon, we are not suppose to talk about what happen in New York. Anyways, Iron Man 3 shows a Tony Stark completely without his suit. Which means he is expose and his cocky and invincible attitude isn’t on much like his Iron Man suit.

    As for the villain, a cheesy Bond-like villain was fun and very fitting that Tony created him. But remember not everything is as it seems. A nice dark twist is used in this film for the villain or was it really a twist inside a twist (BRRRRRRRAAAAAWWWWRWRRRMRMRMMRMRMMMMM!!!). In the cinematic Marvel universe, we are still getting to know the players, villains, and what is to come. Iron Man 3 was actually a great movie for after Avengers. Now I am really for Thor!!!

    Can we expect to see a Star Trek Mr. Brohoh Movie Review soon?

  25. Wonderful. This was such a great idea. I agree with you, but at the end of the day i was entertained. My husband and i cant wait to see what you say about Star Trek.. Unless thats not your thing. Nasty out.

  26. How refreshing, this video! I really liked it, like all the open the happy videos :) Besides, I suck at doing make-up :

    About the movie:
    I get that the whole blowing up all the suits was symbolic for a new start (right?) but I was like NOOOOOOOOOOO all the moneyz in the suits, all the coolnessness and the awesomeness, destroyed. T_T What a waste. Btw, did you see the after-credits? XD I thought they were funny and worth waiting for, although it seems like we were the only ones waiting. To all the people leaving: Y U leave marvel movies before the credit end?! :O

  27. xdeathknightx

    As much as I wish nothing but good on all the make-up enthusiasts and don’t want to deny them their fun; as a manly geek-man I would love to see more videos like this. Moar movies, moar comics and moar games!

  28. rrichardson1990

    HILARIOUS! SIMON THE BEST OPEN THE HAPPY!!! I SAW THIS VIDEO AND I DIDN’T WATCH IT CAUSE I WAS GOING OUT TO SEE THE MOVIE. SO FRICKIN ON POINT.

  29. there’s also the fact that, in the final fight scenes, tony call for
    “igor” the pseudo “i tried making a hulkbuster but failed” armor, to keep
    the frigate structure up as one of the beams’ footing was destroyed,
    but then he makes all the suits self destruct…shouldn’t the whole
    thing have crashed on top of them since “igor” was no longer supporting
    that thing?…

  30. chonshae47

    I think I have the wrong gender because I fcking love this and make up isn’t really me. I’m so addicted to Iron Man and its tech porn and I honestly am with Simon 50%. I love the movie but I have to agree that I didn’t get A LOT of the tech porn that I’m expecting plus the movie focused more on TONY rather than Iron Man. I think that’s what they wanted it to be because he and pepper are in a deep relationship and like I think they wanted to focus on that…

    Please make more of this so we can have Nerdgasm and I deeply apologize for my terms aka (Tech Porn and Nerdgasm)

  31. Thanks for doing this Simon!

    I am going to move to South Korea in August to teach (mostly inspired by you guys!), and I was worried I would have to give up my comic reading hobby. How do you get comics in Korea? or do you just download them all digitally (or illegally :o), or are there comic shops that sell comics?

  32. LongClawTiger

    I thought it was a good movie, but it doesn’t stand on it’s own. I am one of the rare people who didn’t see Avengers before seeing this one and all through the movie I was like WTF is up with Tony freaking out every few minutes. Now I that I saw the Avengers on DVD, it makes a lot more sense. But for those of you have haven’t seen Avengers yet, skip this one until you do.

  33. Simon … you need to start a new channel for this kind of vid .. OPEN THE RAGE!!!! I really enjoyed Iron Man 3 … the banter between Tony and the Kid were classic .. also Ben Kingsley … hilarious

  34. Super8ten

    Sigh. I’m sorry but I have to disagree with you on this Simon.

    I’ve heard people saying how much they disliked the movie and I’m not going to defend it s this peace of art but it was good. The plot made sense. I think people just have an issue with letting this be its own thing. Its NOT Avengers 2! Its Iron Man. I went to see a good Iron Man movie, and I did. I liked it even though it wasn’t perfect but I don’t think its as flawed as you make it out to be.

    This reminds me that there is just no pleasing everyone. People hated that in the previous movie there was too many suits fighting, and shooting at each other and whatever. Then they give Tony outside the suit and SURPRISE: people are still unhappy. It was a welcome experience to see Tony being a hero outside of his suit. It’s one of those aspects that needed to be seen and I’m glad they did that. I do agree that they handled his PTSD really well. (also not from a scientific standpoint b/c I don’t know anything about that.)

    Spiderman on the other hand, I could on and on with how bad that was and let’s just say I’m going into the second movie…not expecting too much.

    P.S.It’s so cool to hear about you and Martina being huge comic fans, so please, more comic/superhero related posts in the future!!

  35. Philip K.

    Iron man 3 was a friggin great movie. it dont all have to make sense- its awesome so just go with it. Over analyzing to this degree kinda takes the fun out movies. besides its pretty much already understood that most aspects of superhero stories are not realistic.. Thats what I think anyway:)

  36. valvarez

    Dear Simon, this the Open The Happy channel!!! It’s not Open The Disappointment Chanel. However, I do agree with you. Iron Man 3 was meh.

  37. Praise The Lord, Simon (*0*)/ I totally agree with you! I liked the movie way more than Iron man 2 but it lacked that ‘umph’ that the Avengers had. I was really confused at the whole final battle part as well and I had the exact same thought as you when he blew up the suits xD then I thought they just wanted an “aww” moment with Pepper and Tony for the disinterested part of the female audience dragged by boyfriends. Lastly, about these movie reviews with Simon, I want MOAR!!!!

  38. I’m playing snake while watching this and it is very entertaining to make it pass simon’s chicken hair as if i’m chopping it off O_O

  39. first thing first, Tony stark and Ironman is one! I think the point that the director tried to make is that tony stark can still be a hero without the help of sophisticated technology or his suit. and wasnt the reason those Extremis turned bad was because theyre addicted to the metal-thingy?? i dun think they choose to help kill ironman, if they could make a decision…
    look, i loves this movie but i also dun think its perfectly well done like the avengers. i agree with you simon on certain points… but my biggest dissapointment in this movie wasnt the point you made; its when pepper kills killian at the end… it just TOTALLY stole the spotlight away!!! i wish tony is the one who did tat…. -.-

  40. Suzy Parker

    Simon not that i don’t love the makeup and the animels i would like more videos on this. I happen to like random rants they make me laugh and we don’t get to see you enough on open the happy.

  41. Love this review, it was right on point!! I was actually pretty scared in the first half of the movie when the Mandarin said he was coming after the president, but then he ended up being all dumb! And really if you think about it, the Mandarin wasn’t really the villain this time, it was AIM, who’s a different villain group in the comics. This is not to say that the acting was bad, because Ben Kingsly did a phenomenal job, its just the way the character was written that was kinda dumb. AAAHHHH y’all just got like 1000% cooler cause y’all read comics (although I’m more of a DC fan, but its all cool)!! #GeeksUnite XD

  42. I have to say if everything happened like the way you said it should it would have been, the fight scene would have been very boring and quick. In these types for movies they had to put in numerous explosions and violence just for it to be more action pack. The movies never really can compete with the comics, but they are fun to watch :)

  43. Melissa Bailes

    I think you need a channel more suited for your reviews. Keep Open the Happy for make-up, hair and sickly sweet videos of Spudgy and the Meems’. Then you can have a channel dedicated to either Geekness or Dothraki Manliness!

    As for the movie, I appreciated the laughs and the vulnerable side to Tony, however I agree with some of your concerns. As for your passion… I get it completely. I am a closet Trekkie… Don’t get me started on this “alternate timeline” that JJ Abrams directed. Errrrrrrrr.

    Last thing…. It’s Joss.

    Love you guise!

  44. Brandon Leung

    I was as disappointed in Iron Man 3 as you were Simon! The villain was completely random and thrown in for the sake of creating a conflict. And the part where he calls in all the suits… I feel like he should have done that MUCH sooner. The ending was so contrived and just didn’t work. It’s like Iron Man 2 where all the grief that Pepper went through could have ALL been avoided if he just told her from the beginning that he was dying.

    I personally liked the deeper look at Tony Stark, especially watching him deal with the aftermath of the Avengers movie. However, he definitely came off more as a reality show star than a billionaire playboy philanthropist. I’m used to comic book Tony Stark being an egocentric, insensitive jerk, and the script just wasn’t delivering. While I loved seeing this side of Tony, I definitely don’t think the producer should have made it one of the focuses of the movie. I can definitely see it as a spin off TV show, but not as a pre-summer blockbuster.

    But what pissed me off the most about the movie was the role of Pepper. I was really excited going into the movie because I heard that she was going to wear the suit, and I really loved that AU where Tony Stark dies and Pepper takes over as Iron Man for a bit. But she was just thrown in there. There was some awkward romance dynamic and some hostage situation and la dee da she gets some badass fight scenes. But they literally took away all of her personality. Pepper Potts is one fierce female who is not to be messed with. Iron Man 3 reduced her to “Tony Stark’s current girlfriend.”

    But yes, I am one of the “2″ male comic book readers who also happens to follow your videos. Hello, and good day!

  45. *Me watching beginning of rant*

    Simon: Josh Whedon, who directed The Avengers-
    Me: Joss
    Simon: And since Josh Whedon praised the ending-
    Me: JOSS!

    Hehehe, my inner Buffy the Vampire Slayer fangirl wasn’t having any of your mispronunciations! =P Just kidding. Mostly O_o

    I liked the movie pretty well. I agree that there were aspects of the plot that were lost on me, or confusing, but I have to say the pure intensity of the ranting made your complaints almost as hard to follow. >_< Hahah. It was a confusing rant about the confusion of Iron Man 3 ^^

    • Side note: I feel kind of sorry about all the solo movie series for the characters that were connected to Avengers now… I mean, it’s hard enough to make sequels that live up to the original movies, but now all of those movies will also be compared to the awesome Avengers movie that is technically separate from each of those series. =P

  46. When I want a great discussions of comic book movies, I come to… EYK?

    Apologies if any of this was already said since this started.

    Shane Black (of Lethal Weapon and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang fan) directed and wrote this movie. KKBB was the start of RDJ’s comeback after his drug and legal battles. I wonder if directing Iron Man 3 wasn’t a pay back on RDJ’s part for Shane’s help in restarting his career. But, while he wrote a lot of action movies, he hasn’t directed too many and it shows. I had a LOT more fun watching Tony and crew bantering back and forth than I did when he was actually in the suit of armor. And Simon (and commenters below) are right that the main villain’s plot makes ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE which really took me out of the story. But, seeing Pepper in the Iron Man suit: awesome! Hopefully she continues to play a big role and not get stuck with damsel in distress.

    As for the Mandarin, I liked the character twist considering how out of place he feels in modern times (Asian guy, NAMED THE MANDARIN complete with Fu-Manchu mustache and flowing oriental robes). So, twist away! The aliens in the Avengers, the Chitauri, are already the twisted version of the main Marvel universe’s alien race the Skrulls from Marvel’s alternate universe book, the Ultimates so it’s not the first time the studio’s playing with the main universe standard.

    Also, Shane Black knows of no other time of year than Christmas (see: Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Long Goodbye, and the Last Boyscout).

    Now who wants to talk about Star Trek Into Darkness???

  47. KaxyzKoi .

    I totally agree with mostly everything you said Simon! I thought Killian was a weak character who could have had a more coherent motive behind his actions. They could have done better with him. I was prepared, as a fan, to see a lot of Tony Stark because I pretty much stalked the press tour online and robert downey jr has been saying that it was a lot about Tony’s journey as a person more than fancy explosions. I can see how this works, in the grand scheme of things, to have him come back as an entirely re-made man who’s worked out a lot of his issues will work well when he shows back up in future avengers movies but perhaps as a stand-alone it wasn’t that great.

    But forget that, let’s talk about theories for the Avengers 2 (which is when we’re gonna be seeing Tony next because IM4 isn’t announced, at least not in phase 2). I don’t know how much you’ve seen tossed around online so far so here are some popular fan theories at the moment!

    People are brainstorming that Tony is going to have the nanotech suit set up in the future like you were speculating and I’d love to see it! Here’s why I think it might work: first off, he put those ports under his skin to work with the Mark XLVII and some people have said that they could act as a basis for integrating that suit! More than that though, it’s how they warped the ending. In the first screen-cut of the movie, they had an extra scene in there where Tony said he was going to fix Pepper and she said she didn’t want him to remove Extremis so he bargained with her and said he’d get his reactor removed if she let him remove Extremis from her. Working off of the idea that Tony has a near eidetic memory, (which I can jive with because in IM1 he counted and remembered the steps out of the cave 3 months after he arrived) when Maya flashed him the Extremis formula, he should have remembered it. So he’ll have it, it’ll be easy to remove it from Pepper but the directors decision to take that bit OUT makes it seem like they might play with the idea of him perfecting it in her rather than removing it outright and then using it on himself. Why would he use it on himself? Well, for one, he’s going to have a gaping hole in his sternum even if the skin heals over where the reactor had been and it could fix that. And FINALLY at the end, where he has his whole sappy I am Iron Man thing, you could read further into that and assume that he doesn’t just mean that he as a person is finally Iron Man as in he improved himself yadda yadda, but that he’s actually going to become Iron Man. He’s always said the suit and I are one! So hey it could happen! I think it would be really freaking awesome if they went this direction AND I HOPE YOU READ THIS even though it’s not all that coherent because it could be awesome. And I’m excited that you love Iron man because I love Iron man so much!!!!! You don’t even know!!! (Or maybe you do now because of all that obsessive crap I just wrote out)

    So! Hope is not lost. Tony has already been written into the Avengers 2 so Joss has plans, hopefully they’re awesome ones!

  48. Hahahhah this was great!!!! I just saw it yesterday and i completely agree it wasn’t as followable and just bloody awesome as Iron Man 1. The little details in though were HIL-ARIOUS! Like the one guard being like totally done with all the crazy crap!

  49. I’m a chick, I enjoy the makeup and hair tutorials, but I’m a huge geek, so this is super awesome to hear/see. The movie, for me, was nothing but tony stark being a crybaby and then suit pr0n.

    **Possible spoilers**
    I didn’t know most of the Extremis plot when I first got in there, so I was hoping to hear about all the awesome stuff with it in the movie, well I didn’t, and I was really REALLY pissed that they didn’t use this movie to introduce Rescue (Pepper Potts’ armor). Yes, Tony becomes a big alcoholic to deal with the ptsd in parts of the series, but they could have used that as a teaching point for kids in the movie, instead of just having him break down. Also, Pepper never gets extremis, Tony injects himself with it so he can actually fight the bad-guy with it, and the bad-guy is the only dude he kills (instead of movie-tony who kills everyone he comes up against). I also didn’t like what they did with the Mandarin, that’s supposed to be Iron Man’s biggest threat, not a druggie actor.

  50. I only watched iron man 3 a few days ago but I don’t really remember it… still remember like every detail of Avengers and Iron Man 1 but this just didn’t really do it for me either.

    the vilian thing really confused me and I don’t know if I’m the only one that read the comics (this was also in the first movie but they didnt make a big thing of it) but Manderin had a set of 10 rings and the rings tied him to the bad guy in the first movie but then the Manderin wasn’t a real vilian he was just a stand in so it didnt really…. make the senses(~??~) and it annoyed me. feels like a missed opportunity

  51. Banbanbana

    I completely agree with everything you said, and its been bothering me how much people have been absolutely raving about it. It wasnt a bad movie, but it wasnt on the same level as The Avengers, and as a fellow fan of Marvel I was slightly disapointed with the same things that Simon pointed out. But I will say I loved how absolutely bad-ass Pepper was in this movie. She was amazing.

    ALSO, did it bother anyone else that the whole movie was based around chistmas time…. but they released it in spring. Like I dont want to even think about christmas right now because of all the snow that FINALLY melted. So the christmas thing…. I was not feeling it. I might have, had the movie been released around christmas…. idk.

  52. kaward

    I think we need more videos like this from simon although i love the make up videos to but i am such a nerd i love comic books. so on that note have you guys read the runaway series from marvel it is awsome i love it and i highly recomend it and do you guys also read dc comics to if so what do you read.

  53. GlassEyelashes

    i have yet to watch any of the iron man movies, and, even though it’s gotten rave reviews, i probably won’t be seeing iron man 3 either. i’m also a comic book geek, and have been since i was 11 years old. (do you remember marvel cards?) but, like martina, i mostly read x-men and wolverine comics, but i also like spiderman. i absolutely loved the idea that they were putting out films based on marvel comic books, actual good films, not the poo fest that was the punisher back in 2004. i loved the idea of watching relatable characters on screen dealing with emerging super powers. i just found it to be fascinating how they evolved into the characters we know and love today.

    like simon, i disliked the amazing spiderman, not really any technical complaints, i just really didn’t like andrew garfield as peter parker/spiderman. sure, he was thin, and twig-like, just like spiderman in the comics, but he really just bugged me. something about him annoyed me. maybe with the second spiderman coming out, i might change my mind. i’m kinda excited to see jamie foxx and paul giamatti as the villains.

    overall, i’m really glad that the world has embraced the comics i grew up with, and still love as an adult, and they continue to be successful for years to come.

    ps, if you haven’t seen the trailer, you guys should check out the wolverine coming this summer. i’m a little “meh” about it. but who knows, it could be awesome.

  54. Simon, you should do more videos/blogs like these!

  55. BexMerkat

    I finally know why I wasn’t happy with this movie. I left the movie theater greatly disappointed but I couldn’t put my finger on why…thank you Simon!!! And I would like to see more of these type of videos as well!

  56. Paige Kosa

    I watched the video, because it’s Simon, but I just can’t read that blog post. SUCH A LONG POST THAT TALKS ABOUT SOMETHING I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT!!

  57. I totally agree with the Extremis part. That just knocked a whole point and a half off for me. I was like come oooon you’re supposed to be iron man. I was ok with not so much actiony scenes. plus im a girl so thats probably normal but i cant stand too much action and too little story or too little action and too much story in an action movie so I understand.

  58. KittyInHiding

    a)The movie only worked because of Robert Downey Junior, because we all like him and like watching him do random stuff. Anyone else in that role and nobody would like it.

    b)Tony spends most of the time in a not working Iron Man suit. I know it was all symbolic of how broken Tony is and shit, but that is just stupid.

    c)Remember that PTSD he had? That was interesting, that showed him as a human. Well good for you, because the movie makers sure forgot about it. That plot point just gets cast aside as a funny little quirk Tony has. PTSD is not funny and Tony doesn’t even get over it in the movie.

    d)They pretend Avengers didn’t happen. Sure they mention the wormhole, the aliens, the other heroes, Mark Ruffalo makes an appearance. But the rest of the movie ignores Avengers. US government didn’t want Iron Man going against the Mandarin, I get that. But you know who they could have asked for help, a super hero whose whole shtick is protecting USA and it’s people? Someone who has the AMERICA in his name? Yeah, no, of course not. They could have brought up SHIELD, they could easily track the Mandarin, sick Widow on his ass. Or the Hulk. Why doesn’t Tony ask Bruce for help, wouldn’t that be great in trying to save the life of the PRESIDENT, especially since Bruce lives in Tony’s tower and they are friends. But no.

    e)Nothing was stopping Tony from calling his other suits immediately after he got JARVIS back. They say there was debris on the basement, but any of those suits could have blown a hole through the ceiling or the sides.

    f)Destroying the suits made sense. Sure, he was a new man, no longer Iron Man, just Tony Stark (which is so so stupid) and Tony is a billionaire, but those suits are effing expensive, each costs more that a billion. And a lot of promotion went into those, but we see them for like a second each before they go boom. Also, no fighting variety. All of them just fired blasters. You know how his first real suit, had rockets and guns and lasers and lots of other shit? None of that here. And wasn’t the giant suit, Igor, holding up the platform WHERE TONY WAS ON when he blew up?

    g)Pepper. Oh I like Pepper, we all like Pepper, but she was completely ruined in this movie. In the previous ones she was just human, yes, but she did stuff. She got information from Stane, she blew Stane up, she got Hammer arrested. But here she just gets captured. Woopie. And she steals the killing blow from Tony, which is a big boo, but whatever (seriously, Tony gets the guy blow up, blasts him plenty of times, but Pepper hits the guy with a pipe and blasts him once and he dies)

    e)Pepper’s “death”. Tony sees Pepper fall to her death, he fails to save her (since he is just Tony, not Iron Man, great job protecting her without your suits) and he is completely fine two minutes later, making jokes. Hey Tony, the love of your life just dies, the one person who you want to protect, BE DEVASTATED. In fact, this would be the time his PTSD comes in, but no, that would just be silly.

    Still love the movie. Even if I hate it.

    • KaxyzKoi .

      I definitely agree with most of the things you said, especially about the continuity of the final battle scene being weird. The suits were all over the place, the platform should have fallen when Igor blew up, but 2 things!
      1) I think it’s fairly implied that Bruce isn’t living with Tony. Tony was drawing up the plans for their floors in Stark Tower, sure, but after everything that happened it seems to be that Bruce would have wanted to get away from it all again. He doesn’t just seem bored in the end scene, he seems jet lagged hahaha which led me to believe that Tony flew him in from somewhere. I could be wrong though of course.
      2) Just like the events of phase 1 sort of took place around the same time, it seems like phase 2 is going to be dealing with that too. The directors of all the movies had to work around ‘well why wouldn’t Tony just call Steve for help, or why wouldn’t Steve come running when he saw Tony dead on the front page of a newspaper’ but Cap 2 is yet to be released. I don’t know how much you’re avoiding spoilers but I figure they’re going to have Cap more or less occupied during IM3, caught up in things he couldn’t leave no matter what. He’ll have his own shit going down. I guess we’ll have to wait and see on that one too, but it seems most likely as to what happened there.

  59. Teemo <3

    NASTY MEN UNITE!~

  60. *pats simons back* i feel you bro i feel you

  61. I was dying! Love you letting loose Simon and telling it like it is! Like a Khal of the Dothraki… wait wrong nerd reference .. I have heard it was bad and don’t plan on seeing it. (I’m more of a DC fan myself and want a Justice League to be made as a movie)

  62. OH MY GOD PLEASE DO MORE VIDEOS LIKE THIS SIMON!!! I love this!
    Seriously, don’t be afraid to speak freely… swearing and all. Great movie review I wanna see more :D

    I completely agree with the points you made about the plot and the ending however I really loved seeing more Tony Stark in this movie. It brought back what I liked about the first movie-seeing the man behind the suit getting sh*t done and kicking ass because of his amazing intellect. I do wish the ending was better but I definitely enjoyed it more than Iron Man 2.

    AND I didn’t expect it to be anywhere near as awesome as the Avengers so it didn’t disappoint me when it wasn’t.

  63. Not a comic book reader of Iron man, just to let you know.

    I completely agree with the whole villain thing not working well at all. The motivation was weird, and the also convoluted, to the point that you never could identify in any way with him at all. Good or bad. It was poorly done.

    As for the lack of Iron Man, I think the essence of this third movie was that Stark needed to start coming to terms with his new identity, that he thought was Iron Man, when in fact, he simply is still himself, but also Iron Man whenever, wether he has his suit on or not. Which is a nice change from those heroes who have superpowers constantly and are technically always in superhero mode, but want to be normal. So I thought his non Iron Man struggles and action developed that and his humanity wonderfully.

    As for the formula, I’ve been told that its a possibility that it would be changed to that nano tech armor later on. I think that would make sense with what people tell me of comic lore. I was disappointed on how simple the formula was to Stark though. I realize he’s a genius but this kinda ties in to my next point..

    Pepper recovered way too quick from her infection of the formula. I think there was some awesome potential in making her have to deal with it a bit longer, maybe during part of the next movie, for both Stark and her characters development. I realize the movies are not about Pepper, but I think they just cut that out way too quick. So much potential drama!!! Then again, I know its a not a drama movie, its an action movie…

    So yea, movie review was cool, just talked pretty fast there :P

  64. Please, do this kind of videos more often, I love movies and tv series too (you could talk about that too), and I love to know other people opinions :-)
    Kisses from Brazil!!!

  65. Yeah, I had some of those same thoughts. True, it was enjoyable but I kept thinking things like “where’s SHIELD during all of this, or the other Avengers?” and “not sure this is the smartest strategy here…” Had some epic battle scenes with tons of explosions, but they weren’t exactly intelligent battles in my opinion. That’s why I actually liked the part when Tony made tons of stuff because it was a bit of a reminder that Tony Stark is Iron Man because he’s a freakin’ genius. No one handed him that suit and said, “Have fun!” He built the first freakin’ one in a cave.

    But, yeah, knew before they revealed the Mandarin as not the Mandarin that things were not as they seem. Still can’t remember the real bad guys name either… Things did not go as expected with the whole regeneration formula either. I think that stuff just causes insanity, because none of the AIM guy’s actions made all that much sense in the end.

  66. Stacey Oliveras

    Can you guys do these kinda of things for every superhero movie? Or at least Game of Thrones?

    • fuuko4869

      lol please don’t. I’m currently in denial of all of GoT’s plot holes and unnecessary bits and trying to enjoy it regardless :p

      ……but that would be interesting. GoT from the perspective of our favourite Dothraki Man Warrior.
      “Why did I have to die in such a lame fashion?”

  67. finally a manly video i was wondering if simon was ever gonna make one now its here thanks so much you guys love all your vids

    -Richy <3

  68. i want another one of these at the end of season 3 of Game of Thrones Simon.

    Whenever you’re feeling ranty about movies or TV shows or even video games get out the camera and go forth and rant. you don’t have to upload it that day just upload it whenever you want.

  69. HannahWork27

    <3

    This was awesome!
    I love all the girly video's, but i an a huge comic book reader.
    How about some video's about your favorite video games? :D yeah? yeah?!
    THANK YOU FOR THIS! :3

  70. loved it Siimon. And btw I like comics. i’m a gurl. Booyah-ka-sha! more of these would be awesome! i love Martina, but more of you on Open The Happy would be awesome to!

  71. PunkyPrincess92
    PunkyPrincess92

    we need more of these kinda vids!!!!!!!

    “The best part, though, hands down, was the reveal that the Mandarin, played by Ben Kingsley, wasn’t the exceptionally scary badass that he is in the comics. He was just an actor. Did not see that coming AT ALL. Ben Kingsley looked like him, even with the rings and all. Even when he said he was just acting I was like “Nahh, this is part of Mandarin’s grand scheme! Shit’s about to go down now!” but it didn’t. Really quite hilarious, in fact.”
    this is exactly what i thought!!! i thought that in any second the dude would attack Tony and then talk like his normal self again!! ah~ it was freakin’ hilarious!!!!

    i liked Iron Man 3 but it did leave me feeling a bit ‘empty’?
    and watching this i kinda did realise that there are weird parts in the movie i never realised ahaha!!
    and yeah there was not enough badass fighting!!

    whoa Iron Man 2……………………the ending boss fight…….it ended so quickly i was left confused!!!

  72. I like to think of the “space worms” as giant ugly-ass space wales.

  73. I liked Iron Man 3 way more than Avengers and it was the best Iron Man out of the trilogy for me…I actually loved how they showed Tony in more human side

  74. AminDelotha

    Just wanna say! Thank you Simon! Loved this video, plus I think you have finally got my husband interested! He has always been sneaking in and watching my videos every once in awhile, but when he saw this he acutally sat here and watched the whole video then read your blog post. I really think you should do more of these videos. Like quick reviews of movies and games. Something to draw in the manly man viewers!

  75. Here is one more thing, one article released just few hours ago in Korea, Iron man 3 will be second movie that more than 10 mil people have watched(FYI, first movie is Avatar, and 10 mil people means there is significant success in Korea where more than 50 mil people live in

    but in this case, Meanwhile there is no another interesting movie and monopoly in movie theater market is also one of the reasons

  76. Damm!! This video is absolutely what I felt!!!!! Eventhough My friends said that movie was awesome, I had no idea what they were talking about. In fact,Iron Man we usually expect is just destroying everything, flying in the sky, rich, no dark and deep deep mind compared to Spider man and Batman (and it can be stereotype, but American). In addition, Most important thing in Iron man movie is Wearing that Iron man suit, not being freaking remote control!!

    I believe that sympathy must exist between movie and audience although character is just eating a piece of pizza or hamburger so, In this move, I can say “NO”

    Also,

    We don’t need to talk about Mandarin, do we??

  77. vivian chan

    even though i really loved the movie i enjoyed your video simon!! you do make some very good points :3 please please please do more of these!! (and maybe a few game ones too 8D)

  78. Hey Simon since you read all the comics, I wanted to ask. You know how tony removes the arc reactor and shrapnel at the end of Iron man 3? I’m not sure but I thought he needed that to survive? Please explain! I was a bit confused at the end X)

  79. Please, please do more of this kind of movies!!!!

    I’m a hardcore movie and tv junkie and I loved your critics.

    In addition to your critics:
    - why did the whole movie is set around christmas???? We do have spring and it bothers me so much.
    - where is the awesome AC/DC music? Tony Stark/Iron Man personifies AC/DC so this was also very disappointing.

  80. Yea I had issues with the movie as well, I found it frustrating that Tony never got to fight in his iron man suit at 100% (his latest suit) ther was always something in the way or it wasn’t fully charged or it was previously damaged, It was his latest suit out of what over 30? so I was waiting for some badass new iron man ripping sh*t up. The ending was also kinda disappointing coz its like BAM Pepper can now blow shit up, wait dw guys shes back to normal. I feel like they could’ve done something more with that, instead of introducing it then taking it away just like that.

    I also didn’t get why war machines suit didn’t have like a verification system, like can just anyone put it on? You would think that they would’ve put in some security system in place since its the ONLY iron man suit available to the military.

  81. Damn Simon I was literally screaming “YES!” at everything you say because it’s sooooo true hahaha, and the “Tony Starks instead of Iron Man” part was hilarious!

  82. Pundit38

    I’am really agree when Simon points this is a movie about Tony stark not Iron Man. I think the Writer/director want to answer one of the question “is Tony Stark still an Iron Man when he don’t have his suit on?” but unfortunately they can’t quite answer it. Instead, they answer it with Tony remote controlling his suit with his mind to make him an Iron Man without a suit which didn’t work. In my opinion, they should explained it in more substance matter to capture Iron Man in the person named Tony Stark, to make us feel, altough without a suit on, Tony Stark is still Iron Man.

    Oh one thing, I even come up with alternative tittle for iron Man 3 after watching this video, its called “Tony Stark and his iron Terracotta Warriors”

  83. Maybe your view of this movie is too Avengers based because it was so awesome that Iron Man 3 was a bit of a let down. I just saw it today and I think it’s alright as well. I did have a lot of moments where I was like, “HOLY $#!T LEGGO MY HOMIE!!!!!!” Maybe that was partially due to some people behind me whistling at all the good parts haha…

  84. I agree that the fact the Mandarin twist was funny, in the moment, but destroyed the flow of the overall story. In the scenes before the big reveal, the Mandarin was gripping, tense and great. The Mandarin is one of Iron Man’s greatest and long time foe and they turned it into a convoluted joke right in the middle. From then on I could not take Killian seriously. He just seemed like a petty child getting “revenge” and wanting that “HA! I TOLD YOU I’LL BE GREAT” because Stark ignored him. In saying that, I agree with you, Simon, when you rant about the face Killian tried to cockblock Stark in the elevator.

    In saying that, I disagree with your views on PTSD. I felt it was unrealistic and I wasn’t about the empathise. He has anxiety/panic attacks when someone mentions New York but he still lives there, his company is still there and no signs of panic when he’s bloody hell fighting strange lifeforms, yet again. So no, I am not buying his PSTD at all.

    I also didn’t like the way in which they dealt with the ‘little circle of light’ as Tony describes it to Bruce in Avenger’s. It changed his life so entirely. It changed his world view, the direction of his company, his moral compass. He told Bruce that it was a ‘terrible privilege’ and yet in less than 40 seconds of film he disposes of it? The only comfort I got was the line “I’m a changed name now. I AM Iron Man”.

    (I read the comics too! Comic book geek nasties unite *fistpump* They better not mess up Cap2 because Winter Solider, the comic, is awesome!)

  85. XxXxJennyxXxX

    Swearing ramapgeeeeeeeee!

  86. hironyx

    yay! simon’s open the happy video! i didnt like iron man 3 too. i hope you do video game reviews in the future. =)

  87. Hi there Simon! ^^ That’s how I see few things you were talking about in the video:

    1. I think Stark needed to wait for the iron man army because the suits were buried in his basement. They had to get them out first.
    2.Tony’s actions are pretty obvious as he is impulsive and cocky person. That’s why people like him. Risky decisions are what makes this film interesting. If he had everything planned so carefully it wouldn’t be interesting to watch, would it? And he didn’t have enough time to return home, everything in there was buried and he had to save Pepper and wice-president…He could have programmed the suits differently though, you’re right.
    3. Well, I think that Tony should have just left Killian in elevator. He didn’t have to stay with him and then lie on purpose,just to make fun out of him. Go and watch that scene again. You have to admit that he was mean.
    4. As for the question why everyone becomes bad and wants to kill their hero Iron Man… I think they have to? If they don’t receive some kind of substance from Killian(actually Maya) they’ll blow up and die. People would do anything in order to survive, eh?
    5. I think that Killian’s objectifs are really confusing here. I don’t fully get it. I just think it was for revenge. And he wanted to become powerful, thanks to the formula he would obtain a great control, he even said something about creating his own country if I remember well. The things he did before (wice-president, Mandarin) had one goal, bringing Stark’s attention to him.

    Greetings! :D

  88. Brittainy
    Brittainy

    I love Martina’s makeup videos as much as the next nasty, but we definitely need more geekery like this up in hurr ^^. Our subsect of nasties (nerdsties? that’s awful) appreciate the crap out of these kinds of videos and would love to see more of this kind of thing from both of you!

    I know a lot of nasties tend to relate more to Martina (understandable, 99% of nasties are girls), but it makes me a little sad sometimes that Simon doesn’t get more attention. He’s just as amazing, but I feel like all a lot of people know about him is that he likes ranch and says LIKE A MAN a lot (fanmail packages always so Martina biased, come on guys :_>), video games, etc. It’s like a tantalizing whisper in the wind when you guys mention that kind of stuff, but then it disappears and we’re back to kpop all day err day.

    I guess what I’m trying to say is you guys shouldn’t be worried about posting stuff like this (ESPECIALLY the swearing and loud talking, it feels like I’m hanging out with my friends). I love it!

    TL;DR – MOAR PLS <3

    PS: The fake Mandarin was absolutely the best part of the movie. I'm sure you guys enjoyed the poo joke when he was introduced just as much as I did.

  89. fuuko4869

    I ended up watching it anyway (screw assignment, screw crappy internet!!)

    I totally agree with everything you said, bruh!! *pats back* Yea, the plot made no damn sense. Haha, don’t think I can add anything, you spotted almost all the plot holes.

    BUT, isn’t that normal for superhero movies? As the cashier at EB Games once said, “You go to see Transformers and complain about the plot??!! No! You go to see Transformers to see giant robots beating up each other!! If you want a plot, go see a chick flick!”

    I haven’t seen Iron Man I, or Spiderman….in fact I hardly ever watch superhero movies. But when I do, I’m prepared to endure the ridiculous plot holes, for the sake of the the awesome action scenes, CGI, and superhero effects.

    BUT, WHERE WERE MY AWESOME ACTION SCENES??!! Like you said, it was all Tony Stark, and hardly any Iron Man. I’m not a Tony Stark fangirl in spite of his beard so that didn’t do anything for me. There were no OMG-Legolas-just-took-down-an-entire-elephant-by-himself epic fighting. And is it a feminist thing to have the heroine do the finishing blow? Not that I mind, but it’s about as anticlimactic as The Bourne Legacy.

    (I was semi-hoping to see my favourite Jeremy Renner there…since he made a short appearance in Thor…or even Black Widow…but tough luck. Well at least I saw the girl from The Town)

    Also, I was turned off right from the start when they brought in the terrorist act. It’s just personal. Was glad it was fake, but making out foreign cult groups into bad guys in American movies has always been a pet peeve of mine.

    Ah, anything else about that movie….I went to see it just so I could hang out with my friends. Expected nothing. Got nothing.

    BUT: I did like how they gave Tony Stark panic attacks & PTSD. An issue not commonly addressed in media. Much appreciated.

    • KaxyzKoi .

      Reading down the comments of this video because I’m a nerd.

      I just wanted to perhaps argue my point about how they handled the terrorist aspects in the movie and say that I actually thought it was quite well done if you really consider it. First off, the directors and writers had to consider that the Mandarin was a highly offensive character to begin with, and they wouldn’t have been able to do it like the comics without offending tons of people. Not only did they make the Mandarin a mix of many terrorist ideals from different cultures (thus not alienating a single culture beyond implying that he was from the middle east but that was coherent with the first movie as the Ten Rings were the people that captured Tony and they were middle eastern so that couldn’t be avoided) but they also made that ‘Terrorist’ ideal part of a misguided American mans ideas. It was Killian’s idea of what a terrorist was that fabricated the mandarin and everything that went into his image and the videos made. It was Killian’s American attitude that shaped the Mandarin and yes it’s offensive in that way but because they did it this way, it’s a social commentary of America’s ideas of the rest of the world. They didn’t just stick in a character modelled after Osama Bin Laden or something and said action, they made it more than that, a dig at America more than a dig at the middle east. I don’t know if you can see it that way, but I really thought it was very well handled.

  90. I think the way his PTSD was introduced and handled was perfect. I felt it added a lot of character/personality development that, as an Iron Man comic reader and fan, felt was lacking in the first two movies.

  91. rachelmaurtua93

    I was extremely confused with this movie. Can some clarify? Ok so was this it, like is he no longer Iron Man? Because the narration in the beginning and end of the movie really seemed like this was it. And he got his chest removed, and he blew up all of his suits and his house was destroyed and… but isn’t there supposed to be a second avengers? Wasn’t Iron Man in the avengers? Yeah he was because in this movie he reminded us about it every scene with his panic attacks. So will they replace him with Spider Man or something?

    IS HE STILL IRON MAN?

    I am so confused.

  92. any superhero movie review by simon GETS MY APPROVAL

    • Don’t get me started on the last Batman as well. Whoooooa. A small child can make the jump while a grown ass man can’t? And since when did punching people in the back become an acceptable form of back surgery?

      • millie102685

        I thought the same thing about The Dark Knight. I couldn’t figure out how people had time to be scared of Bane when he sounded like he did. I, personally, would have been too busy gasping for breath from laughing so hard.
        Also, does the utility belt have a little thing for throat lozenges? Because Batman seems to always have a cold or a sore throat or something.

        But Bane’s best weapon went totally unused in this movie. Do you know how quickly he could have stopped Batman in his tracks if he just breathed his dank and disgusting breath in his face? He wouldn’t even have to expend any energy.

        • Sarah Lynn Rector

          I liked Bane’s voice. It offered a stark contrast to his physicality. It, imo, made him really memorable and interesting. /shurg Maybe I am just weird.

        • millie102685

          I think the contrast was too startling. When I heard Bane’s voice I expected to see a skinny old scientist with a hunchback and receding white hair. I just couldn’t stop laughing when I should have felt “fear” of the villian.

      • Ohhh, I would so want to see a rant from Simon about the last Batman movie. I love the the whole trilogy and I may be as much of a Batman nerd as you guys are Marvel nerds :3. And, for me, the reviews for the movies are almost as entertaining as the movies themselves.

      • disqus_DCv5nesocD

        Don’t get me started on that movie! HORRID! I love Batman and I was like WTF This wouldn’t even classify as a Bruce Wayne movie. So bad!

        Iron Man sucked as well.

  93. Panisa Mahadej

    I have to disagree with your disappointment that Iron Man isn’t badass as he used to be in Avengers. See, It answers the question that Cap America asked in Avenger “What are you without a suit?” or something like that. We need to see Tony Strak equal Iron Man here. The movie shows his insecure side which is normal to every human being. He used to be a billionaire to never care anything in the world and now he fight to protect it. That is a lot a pressure and his nerve is killing him from inside due to his stress. How could he protect everyone from everything when he is scared like this. Also the movie show what make him Iron Man. It isn’t the suit, but it’s the genius mind that create it. I know that is not enough satisfying Iron Man kickass-time but I think is the nice continuity from the Avengers .The end has conclude this statement; No matter how many time you take away his suit, there will be one thing that never change, He is Iron Man.
    P.S. I know you understand me, Simon. And I know you will have so many arguments to have with my point, but I need to get this off my chest. I saw too many people dislike Iron Man 3. It’s make me feel sad.
    P.P.S. So sorry for my English, it’s terribly bad. T^T

    • I actually do agree with you; the PTSD makes a lot of sense. But there was a lot of parts of the movie that just did not.
      I love Iron Man the best of all the Avengers and I was looking forward to this movie so hard core… so it was disappointing. I had too high of expectations. It wasn’t as funny as I was hoping. Which is understandable when you’re suffering from PTSD.
      Maybe I just need to go see it again. lol

  94. Ah I was practically falling asleep when Killian was all like “I am the villain, this is how you wronged me, now finish my formula.” Actually I really was falling asleep, I woke up from him shooting the other scientist.

  95. Allie Jane

    You guys should so start putting reviews and stuff on open the happy or something! Like anime, shows, manga reviews!!

  96. ChocoPandaa

    Open The Happy =
    Martina doing makeup tutorials
    and Simon doing movie reviews
    and Spudgy and Meemers doing whatever EYK pets do.

  97. SpideyJason

    Meh, I feel like you are praising the Mandarin reveal just because you didn’t expect it. He was Iron Man’s greatest nemesis, he should have been a badass, not a pothead actor just to make the movie different. Instead the actual villain of the movie is just too boring.

  98. cecilsquared

    I will return to this post….once I have actually seen Iron Man 3. Having an EYK video posted and not watching it immediately is hurting my soul…

  99. WTF I thought it was a good movie. I actually thought it was the best of the three. Ok …let me think. Yea I really enjoyed this movie. I mean not Oscar material, but I did not have the urge to get a tub of popcorn in the middle of it…but I do like the idea of you reviewing movies. Heck I don’t have to agree with you!!! LOL

  100. I haven’t watched Iron Man 3 yet, but I just wanted to say that I think the Spiderman movie was holy friggin great! D: Don’t you just think too much? I mean, why does Everything have to make sense, it’s a movie about a superhero?! :P

  101. thisisjustforfunval
    thisisjustforfunval

    It’s so hard not to watch this! I watch all of ya’ll’s videos as you post them out but I won’t be able to watch Iron Man 3 till Tuesday! I’m a baller on a dollar and have had to wait till now, plus $5 Tuesday’s makes it much easier.

  102. I’m not much of a superhero movie junkie, heck I haven’t even watched the Avengers movie and Iron Man 1 & 2 (I just wanted to tag along my friends’ movie date :p) but I agree with most of the things you said!! It was cool, but I felt a little empty with how things went. And I also liked Mandarin’s plot twist! My brother didn’t :<

  103. i dont disagree with you on any of the points you made Simon, except for one. The point you made about the bad guy blowing up and trying to kill tony stark in his house, but then also wanting him to finish the formula, he had the botanist girl at the time to finish the formula, so shooting up tony stark was perfectly kosher in his game plan….so yeah….that point is moot.

    • Really? I thought it was made clear that the girl couldn’t finish the formula on her own, and so she was sent there to enlist in Tony Stark’s help? Did I get that part mixed up?

      • Momosaur

        I think she went there of her own volition, with out the knowledge of Mr. Bad Man, and not sent there. I think at one point she even tells him she can’t finish it and she needs Tony and Mr. Bad Man is like “oh that makes sense” and THEN decides to try and get Tony to finish the formula.

        • This is one of the biggest sticking points for me, still. If all this is the case (Killian needing someone to finish the formula, and Tony being a better option for Killian than Maya), then why was Killian trying to actually kill him? Wouldn’t Killian be totally screwed going forward if he melted Tony?

          Sure, at that point in the climax, Tony had already wrecked Killian’s plans with the President, but if Killian intended to live to fight another day, wouldn’t he need someone who could keep him from as-ploding? Or was the Extremis stable in the test subjects who lived? I got the impression that people could still randomly explode.

          I mostly liked the movie. Killian was a mess, though. He didn’t make a lick of sense. What the hell was he even trying to accomplish? Controlling the executive branch and a puppet terrorist would accomplish what, exactly?

          I loved that this film was about Tony, instead of Iron Man, though. Any big budget Hollywood movie can give us big booms. Avengers worked because the characters were compelling. The New York climax impacted me so much not because of the spectacle, but because of the various character-arc payoffs we got as a result.

        • Momosaur

          Killian’s logic was totally unsound to the rational observer, but then again hes fish poop crazy. Crazy people have their own brand of logic in which the real word doesn’t apply. I guess in his brain killing Tony was the best way to convince him???
          Or maybe he started to believe that there was no way that Tony would help, and thus killing him was the best option?

          I’m not saying that I liked this part of the movie, or even that I understood it, I’m just trying to rationalize it for my own benefit. lol

        • Just wanted to say that her going to Tony’s house was planned. I mean, she ended up with Pepper and when they got away, Pepper was captured while the botanist girl did nothing since she’s on the same team with the bad guy.

        • Momosaur

          Just because the botanist planned it, doesn’t mean Killian knew about it, in that scene in the apartment when they’re capturing Pepper and the botanist doesn’t do anything, Killian asks her why she went to Tony’s house and she explains that they can use Tony to finish the formula.

      • WeepingForHumanity

        The girl couldn’t finish the formula. But Tony gave her that card thingy with the right formula, but I think the girl still didn’t get it. So that’s why she was “chasing” Tony. Killian was too egotistical to enlist Tony’s help, so Maya went there on her own. But then I think Killian thought that having Pepper become an Extremis would already help make Tony suffer, he didn’t need Maya anymore and he didn’t need to perfect the Extremis formula anymore so he shot her. Well, that’s how I perceived it lol.

      • i dont know! but now you’re making me doubt myself… i don’t think they knew tony stark knew how to complete the formula… bad guys aren’t that smart anyways. :P

        overall i still liked the movie and robert downey jr. is always amusing to watch. :D almost as amusing as two rather nasty youtoobers.. >_>

      • i don’t know! but now you’re making me doubt myself…bad guys aren’t that smart anyways… :P

        overall i still enjoyed the movie. robert downey jr. is so amusing to watch. :D but not as amusing as a pair of rather nasty youtoobers …. >_>

        *EDIT*
        actually, now that i think about it…i’m pretty sure there was some dialogue where the girl was threatening to not finish the formula for mr. flaming bad guy,….maybe she was bluffing? either way, my previous point stands…bad guys aren’t the smartest….
        *EDIT*

  104. Isabel Ruby
    Isabel Ruby

    excellent, my expectations have been sufficiently lowered. now if i watch the movie, it won’t suck too bad because i’ll assume the worst!! thanks :DDD

  105. I hope you had/have good thoughts about “The Hobbit”(If you ever get to do a review of it please don’t drink coffee :)) ..pretty please ). I really enjoyed that one despite what everybody kept saying…

    Nice job! :))

    ♥♥♥♥♥♥

  106. BULLSHIT! talk to the writer and the director! Tell them your FUCKING problems <3 anyway, I love you. :)

  107. i love this video, Simon! maybe you and Martina could take turns on OpenTheHappy so it’s fair? :)

  108. fried_eggz

    SIMON RAGE!!! Man, that was a *rant*! One big flaw in your “why did he set up a front” argument is that, if he went in and burnt the president’s face himself a) He’d get shot on the shot likely enough times that his regen powers couldn’t handle, b) how can he make the moneys? The Mandarin front was to try and start a war with the “extremists”, which the vice president was going to allow, but the president was against. AIM would make all the money from outfitting the army.

    But yeah, I totally agree with you on the lack of Tony’s pre-planning skills in the climax battle. I’d also love your opinion on whether or not they should have let Pepper keep her powers from the formula, and Tony removing his ARC reactor at the very end (I haven’t read into the detailed Marvel backstory, so I don’t know if that’s something he did already).

  109. Thanks for the spoiler alert, I’ll come back to see this!

  110. nothing beats the originals

  111. Simon why are you yelling? my ears bled through that video! hahaha but seriously I still want to watch this movie to notice all the things you just said =p

  112. When you critique comic books with the idea of what a rational goal oriented person would do you’ve failed. The story is the thing, circumstances are created with improbable solutions all the time. Since you’re a newb (to comics) the whole goal of 3 was to emphasize Tony Stark the man and deemphasize the: Solves every problem he ever had suit.

  113. I, myself, doesn’t enjoy super hero movies that much. However, I found The Avengers quite nice and I enjoy it very much. I don’t watch the Iron Man movie series though, but my friends complained a lot about the latest movie of Iron Man because of the story plots just like what you did, Simon. LOL. So I guess this Open The Happy is understandable and very much relatable to others. XD

  114. I haven’t watched Iron Man 3 since…well 2 was very lacking for me and I just can’t be bothered with the next one. Thanks simon for basically concreting the decision for me xD I cannot stand movies that don’t add up – are too predictable.

  115. fuuko4869

    Haven’t watched the video yet, and probably can’t for a while, but I have to say –

    I WANT MOAR OF THESE VIDEOS!! In Open The Happy!! >_<

    Haha I love Martina to death, but for the life of me, I can never relate to make-up videos…. OTL

    Bring on the nerdy/geeky videos!! ^^b

  116. i see the small Spudgy label in the background <3 :D:D

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