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Going off-topic...

 Let me say, right off the bat, if you’re planning to see Iron Man 3 but haven’t yet, stop reading now. I’m going to spill the beans, so be gone!

Sorry, that was mean. Here is a funny dog video for you to enjoy before you go (there's apparently now a cell phone ad in front of the video that's actually quite a bit longer than the video itself...it's worth it, though):

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kui_29j1odo

 

OK, hopefully that cleared out the riff-raff. Let’s get down to brass tacks (one of those sayings I one day hope to know the origin of).

Anybody care to explain the ending of Iron Man 3 to me? Anybody?

(LAST WARNING: READ NO FURTHER IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW THE ENDING.)

So, Tony Stark gets the shrapnel and arc reactor removed from his chest at the end of the movie. Beyond the fact that he’s a multi-gazillionaire and seemingly could’ve had this procedure done at any time between his being blown nearly to bits in the first movie and the end of this movie, what does that mean?

Are we looking at the end of the Iron Man franchise now? That seems likely. Or just the end of Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man before Marvel and Paramount decides to release 10 Iron Man reboots?

Now, I admit I’m not the most well-comic book-read person in the world. In fact, I’m only No. 2 in my own household, but wouldn’t this new revelation at the end of Iron Man 3 pretty much mean the end of Iron Man as we know him?

All good things must come to an end and the Iron Man series has been one of the best trilogies I’ve seen in many moons – I’m looking right at you, Star Wars Episodes 1-3 and Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man.

But things aren’t over! Isn’t there a new Avengers movie due out in 2015? And isn’t Iron Man a key dude in that? In fact, the Avengers wouldn’t even have beaten Loki and his army without Iron Man (SHIELD was no help whatsoever, Thor couldn’t think his way out of a wet paper bag, Captain America proved to have limited value against the invading aliens and the Hulk is too unpredictable to be considered an asset). New York City would’ve been a smoking crater without Iron Man and the aliens would probably still be kicking humanity’s butt.

If you stayed until the end of the credits of Iron Man 3 — teaches all of you right for not reading the credits of those that worked so hard on the movie — you would’ve seen a short scene with Tony Stark trying to get psychological help from Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo). Isn’t this the very same Bruce Banner that Stark had a heartfelt conversation with in The Avengers about accepting your “terrible privilege” of being a superhero, then pointing straight to the arc reactor in his chest as evidence that Stark has made his peace with his circumstances?

One of the themes of Iron Man 3 is to think through the consequence of your actions before you act like a selfish fool and it gets you in trouble.

But with all these new complications in Iron Man 3, apparently the filmmakers didn’t heed their own warnings.

Also, the movie was OK but wasn’t great. It was entertaining but the bad guy’s scheme was too convoluted and ultimately got lost in translation. Plus, he decides for no apparent reason to give Tony Stark’s girlfriend superpowers and she ultimately ends up destroying said bad guy.

It wasn’t as good as I would’ve hoped. If it was the end of the Iron Man series of movies, I would’ve liked to have seen a little more satisfying of a conclusion.

Disagree?

I told you not to read.