The Mandarin: Ladies, children, sheep... Some people call me a terrorist. I consider myself a teacher. Lesson number one: Heroes, there is no such thing.There has been a lot of disappointments for me this year, movie-wise that is; the usual suspects - Gangster Squad, G.I. Joe: Retaliation and the ridiculously disappointing, A Good Day to Die Hard. If not for Robert Downey. Jr,'s charismatic awesomeness, Iron Man 3 would have also made the cut with these huge waste of time; but it didn't (and that's a good thing for a film that has now grossed nearly $800 million at the box office!)
The Avengers; the posters and trailers were released, we saw the Mandarin, bickered about the identity of Iron Patriot, the Extremis virus and Pepper putting on the suit! What happened? ... I'll tell you, the plot happened.
The Avengers, where the flying-ship was attacked, the team was scattered, Agent Coulson dead and morale was low. Then, Manhattan, and epic battle begins! This is what we've become used to with comic movies, that moment where the hero stands up and gives it his all, like the first Iron Man movie; but no they just had to put in a stupid twist.
Iron Man 1). My problem with this film is that the villain is NOT worthy of the hero. Period!
Marvel, you did not do justice to Stark's arch-nemesis here; come up with a better story that features an actual Mandarin, and not a joke. As bad as it was, RDJ was still awesome, $50 million well spent!