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Created Jun 02, 2014 09:03PM PST • Updated Jun 02, 2014 09:10PM PST

Iron Man was Marvel Studios’ first movie, a super powered launch followed by one super powered sequel after another.


  • Really Great
  • 105 Points
Title Released Trust Weighted Summary Viewable
1st Iron Man
2008 Perfect 136 Points

Iron Man – a super knight for our ironic age – succeeds wildly because we relate to the oh-so-human hero while laughing at his non-stop comic patter. Marvel mastermind Stan Lee, stylish director Jon Favreau and witty star Robert Downey Jr. deserve hosannas for delivering such a smart and entertaining comik movie. Bring on the sequels!

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2nd Iron Man 3
2013 Really Great 86 Points

Ironic Man returns for a third iteration with his emotional suit of armor in place, humorously deflecting intimacy from friends, foes, lovers and ex-lovers. OK, not all gets deflected. There are several close calls, even a few breakdowns. Hell, there are panic attacks. Hey, it worked in the Sopranos. Works here too.

There’s also plenty of high flying, super-powered action, all of it up to snuff, marvelous Marvel snuff.

Robert Downey Jr’s voice-over opens and closes IM3, with his knowing patter filling most of the rest of this very long movie. This a good thing, a very good thi…

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3rd Iron Man 2
2010 Very Good 136 Points

Another rocket ride of irony, innuendo and immolation, Iron Man 2 picks up where Iron Man 1 left off. Dutifully advancing Marvel’s narrative about a glossy world of marvelous titans, it crackles with wit, energy and sexual tension.

That said, it’s distinctly less delightful than its predecessor, albeit equally brilliant and eminently acceptable. Frequently LOL, often fascinating, occasionally even thought provoking, it suffers from a weak supporting cast, dialogue that’s more Tin Man than Iron Man when Robert Downey Jr. isn’t on screen, and a forced march of Marvel dictated exposit…

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4th The Avengers
2012 Really Great 83 Points

The Avengers do more than avenge. They dominate – the box office and Disney’s financial performance.

More personally, they fulfill the hopes of fanboys everywhere, including older generations who don’t even know they are fanboys. Ever love a Marvel comic? Prepare to be fulfilled, fanboy.

We’re talking the biggest opening weekend ever, a fitting achievement for the culmination of five huge prequels, each the cinematic distillation of half a century’s comik brilliance. Literature even.

It shows on screen through a six pack of Marvel heroes, each with a deep backstory, personal …

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5th Avengers: Age of...
2015 Really Great 83 Points

Avengers: Age of Ultron is Avengers-worthy, as proven by its $200 million opening weekend and its Marvel-ous mix of human-scale comedy-drama amidst earthshaking fantasy. It’s also studded with LOLs, and not all them from Downey. He gets plenty, but the comic relief is more broadly spread around this time.

However, it’s wearisome trying to keep up with the plot, especially when it takes long detours into the mind-control of half a dozen key characters, each of whom have their own neuroses. In writer-director Joss Whedon’s defense, it all seems to hold together, in a "Marvel Cinematic Un…

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