When Tony Stark's world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution.


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Drew Pearce (screenplay by), Shane Black (screenplay by) | 6 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Downey Jr. ... Tony Stark
Gwyneth Paltrow ... Pepper Potts
Don Cheadle ... Colonel James Rhodes
Guy Pearce ... Aldrich Killian
Rebecca Hall ... Maya Hansen
Jon Favreau ... Happy Hogan
Ben Kingsley ... Trevor Slattery
James Badge Dale ... Savin
Stephanie Szostak ... Brandt
Paul Bettany ... JARVIS (voice)
William Sadler ... President Ellis
Dale Dickey ... Mrs. Davis
Ty Simpkins ... Harley Keener
Miguel Ferrer ... Vice President Rodriguez
Xueqi Wang ... Doctor Wu (as Wang Xueqi)

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Marvel's "Iron Man 3" pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man? Written by Jawadjee

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Unleash the power behind the armor. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief suggestive content | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Several scenes seen in trailers didn't make the final cut. For example, a scene where the Mandarin (Trevor Slattery) is seen rising up from a throne of sorts in an oriental-esque chamber was at no point included in the movie, and neither was a scene where the same Mandarin is hanging someone's dog tags on a knife embedded in a wall. Iron Patriot (Lieutenant Colonel James Rhodes) doesn't lift up the mask of his helmet while in the suit at any point. See more »


(at around 29 mins) When Tony Stark is giving his address to the press his blue sunglasses are not on when camera cuts to rear shot of his head. See more »


[first lines]
Tony Stark: [Narrates] A famous man once said, 'We create our own demons.' Who said that? What does that even mean? Doesn't matter. I said it 'cause he said it. So now, he was famous and that basically getting said by two well-known guys. I don't, uh... I'm gonna start again.
Tony Stark: Let's track this from the beginning.
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Crazy Credits

This is the first Marvel film that has a prologue (the Iron Man armors are detonated) before the opening logos appear. See more »


References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »


Some Kind of Joke
Written by Aaron Bruno (as Aaron R. Bruno)
Performed by AWOLNATION
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🌠 RDJ Is His Entirely { Expected } Utterly Spectacular Self, Along With ( Every ) Other Principal.. But Kingsley & Paltrow { -"Dazzle"- } ..With A Sheerly Blinding Light 🌠 .

" A { - Mini - } Review " .

{ Tony Stark sets a fire in a Diner's kitchen to keep Brandt out. To his horror, she walks right thru, & just keeps coming at him } . Tony : " You walked right into this one : I've dated hotter chicks than you... " . Brandt : { Scoffs } . " Is that all you've got ? A cheap trick & a cheesy one liner ? . Tony : " Sweetheart, that could be the name of my autobiography " . { Tony suddenly 'dashes' out of the kitchen door, as his hidden booby trap "Spectacularly" blows up the -( entire )- kitchen, killing Brandt ..."Instantly" } .

So this Review is about " Seven years too late " , your'e thinking ? . Well you're spot-on . . . . . But, quite frankly, So What ? ! ! This picture's a Wonderful, Meaningful, & indeed " Fun Drenched πŸ€£β—" Grand Finale to the Globally Beloved ' Ironman Trilogy ' . The Producers , Director Shane Black 🌠 , & of course Robert Downey Jr. Himself.. ' Well And Truly Shine ' ...in their - entirely - Remarkable effort to give Tony Stark's Ironman as much of a { - " Human Face " - } as possible... as against just 'hiding' him inside one of his - phenomenally - Formidable Iron Suits for a ( potentially ) disproportionate length of screen time. To those who may say that the whole ' Extremis ' aspect of the plot is Just { - Too - } " Far Fetched " ...I need only remind you of the following ....{ - Fact - } .

This film, which is essentially based on a whole bunch of Marvel Comic-books, is... { Like ( - All - ) other such films } ....'At the end of the day' . . . . . { A science " Fantasy " } . Enough Said . Separately, I want to extend a 'Huge & Hearty' Thank You πŸ’ to { - All - } 3 aforementioned parties for keeping the movie so " Impressively Honest " . By that I'm ( quite specifically ) referring to things in the film such as the Mandarin's ' Deliciously ( πŸ˜…β—) Brutal " Great Satan Takedown Rants " . . . . . ( - All - ) of which were at the very least - " Based On " - Solid, Undeniable, { - Historical - } . . . . . Truths πŸ’Ž . And finally... look out for some Absolutely " Mesmerising " - { Acting } - from Ben Kingsley's ' Mandarin ' & Gwyneth Paltrow's ' Pepper Potts ' ....who ( - Both - ) have a few completely { - Massive - } Surprises .....in store for you πŸ”₯ πŸ˜‰ .

My Summation : This Is " As Close To Perfect πŸ’― " As ...What Is Essentially... A { - " Fantasy " - } Film Could Ever Get . It Is , All Said And Done..... Vivaciously, Ridiculously And " Deliriously 😍 " .....Enjoyable . A { - " Wildly " - } Wholehearted , Exuberant 13 Marks Out Of 10 πŸ˜‰ πŸ’₯❗.

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Release Date:

3 May 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Iron Man 3 See more »

Filming Locations:

Cary, North Carolina, USA See more »


Box Office


$200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$174,144,585, 5 May 2013

Gross USA:


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