Guest Post by the Dynamic Mary Mordrake Cosplay. She has seen the Marvel Movies quite a few times, and is rewatching them all again because of something coming up called Avengers Infinity War! And SPOILERS for any Marvel Movie you have not seen!!!
Week 7: Iron Man 3 (2013)
Round three of the “Tony is a complete trainwreck of a human being” ongoing saga. Villains include a white man calling himself the Mandarin, Justin Hammer 2.0, and of course, Tony Stark doing an excellent job of ruining his own life. I’m watching the main fight scene between Tony and Killian, because I’ve done a terrible job of actually writing while I watch this time around. “Well here we are, on the roof,” Killian says. Pepper has fallen into the abyss, and it’s funny how this is the moment when Tony finally acquires some sense of self-preservation. It is nice to see Tony finally sort out his priorities though – namely Pepper, who, by the way, was fantastic beating down Killian, and having the shrapnel removed from his heart. It’s too bad it took multiple terrorist attacks and a plot to assassinate the president for him to figure it out, but hey, no one’s perfect. Especially Tony Stark.
Back to the villains for a minute, because it’s been three movies and this is the first time I’ve really wanted to talk about them. When the trailers were first released for this film, there was such an outrage over how racist, not to mention inaccurate, the Mandarin appeared. Then, when it was revealed that the Mandarin was just an actor named Trevor, just another cog in Killian’s machine, there was even more outrage for all sorts of reasons that I won’t go into detail about here. I feel like I am always the dissenting voice in situations like these, because I loved the reveal. I greatly enjoyed the way Ben Kingsley played such an overly theatrical character, contrasted with a washed up, drug addicted actor who nods off mid-conversation and watched girls in bikinis play ping pong. Not only that, but he plays the Mandarin the way Trevor would play the Mandarin, exaggerating his words and enunciating his consonants and stuttering over “I did that” as if he’s having trouble admitting to committing a terrorist act.
AIM always felt like such a useless organization to me. Maybe it’s because I see them mainly in Deadpool and Ms. Marvel comics, but they always come off as so incompetent. I still laugh when Killian hands Maya his card back in 1999, so eager to introduce Advanced Idea Mechanics to her. Killian reminds me a lot of Justin Hammer, if Hammer had greater ambitions and better choice in collaborators. For instance, Killian easily manipulated Trevor into the role of Mandarin, while Hammer was the one being manipulated by Ivan Vanko. And while Hammer was constantly trying to be better than Tony, Killian aspired to become him. He saw Tony in the elevator, with the girl Killian wanted on his arm and the success that he thought he deserved, and changed himself to fit that image. The suits, the slicked back hair, the flirtatious attitude with Pepper, and the way he presents himself to the public are carbon copied from Tony Stark. It’s interesting later on, too, that Tony asks for help from a cameraman that tells Tony he modeled his appearance and his tattoo choices off of him, and Tony just stares as if he can’t see the resemblance.
And Tony. Oh, Tony. I feel for him this time around, because he’s actually trying. I mean, other than giving a known terrorist and the entire world his home address and putting his and Pepper’s lives in danger. But he’s making an effort. He’s working in tandem with Rhodey, he’s making an effort to be open with Pepper, and he’s been talking to Bruce Banner this entire time (probably a poor choice, but hey, A for effort). He’s still a master of terrible decisions (see also: Civil War) but it’s good to see even some slight positive changes in Tony’s behaviour since the first two movies.
As a whole, this is probably my favourite of the Iron Man movies, and there are a lot of little things I really love about it. Here are a few Random Thoughts:
A) Yes, I did sing along to “Blue” by Eiffel 65 during the opening scene.
B) Dummy has his own dunce cap! And Tony the mechanic leaving Harley his own science lab, complete with his own Dummy, was adorable.
C) “Honestly, I hate working here. They are so weird.”
D) My sister watching with me and mocking the way the Mandarin says ‘Murica in his speeches.
E) Seeing Yinsen, young and alive in 1999, and remembering that it’s been ten years and I’m still not over his death.
F) “Are you starting to feel like a little turtle, cooking in your little turtle suit?”
With Black Panther coming out this Friday, #RoadToInfinityWar will be taking a back seat for a few days, but I plan on staying on track with Thor: The Dark World next week. And as always, tag me @marymordrakecosplay on Instagram and share what you’re doing to prep for Infinity War!
Mary is a walking talking living encyclopedia of X-Men and Batman, an avid cosplayer, and obsessive reader. She’s dreamed of living in the X-Mansion and Batcave since she was eight years old, which is almost as long as she’s wanted to be a Sailor Scout. And Quicksilver is her Patronus. Oh, she may have watched a Marvel Movie or two along the way as well. You can check out her cosplay at http://www.facebook.com/marymordrake and instagram Mary Mordrake Cosplay and her fanfiction at http://archiveofourown.org/users/Harleydoll/works . Her twitter is @magnetictrifles and her Pinterest is Mary Mordrake.
Scoop here: When I first met Mary years ago, I found out she is a X-Men and Batman fan. Within a half hour, I found out she is an absolute X-Men and Batman fanatic of colossal degree who has read EVERY FREAKING SINGLE X-MEN AND BATMAN COMIC FOR THE LAST TWENTY YEARS. And I remember the days when AIM was a credible villain organization.