Saturday, May 4, 2013
'Iron Man 3': Where Does It Rank In The Marvel Cinematic Universe?
The seventh movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, "Iron Man 3," will be packing theaters all weekend long as it blasts its way toward a possibly record-breaking opening weekend.
The film is packed with more twists and turns than previous Marvel movies, with certain plot points offering up some of the biggest surprises in the franchise's history. But the specter of "Marvel's The Avengers" hangs over both Iron Man and "Iron Man 3." Tony Stark is haunted by the preceding film's alien invasion, while the film tries its hardest to differentiate itself by getting more personal.
But when the smoke clears and the armor is plugged in to charge, where does "Iron Man 3" rank? Is it the best of the "Iron Man" trilogy? Does it come close to "The Avengers"? Do Captain America, Hulk or Thor's solo films give it a run for its money? We rounded up a panel of specialists to put "Iron Man 3" in its place.