S.H.I.E.L.D. Absence in ‘Iron Man 3′ Will Be Explained; Extremis Will Return

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If you’ve read our Iron Man 3 review or listend to the IM3 episode of our SR Underground podcast, you know that – while it was a fun opening to summer 2013 – Tony Stark’s third solo film was not without its share of problems.

One of the biggest criticisms shared by hardcore fanboys and casual moviegoers alike was the absence of any characters from the Avengers shared universe in Iron Man 3. While most people accepted that Tony Stark wouldn’t be able (or willing) to call on his powerful allies for help against the Mandarin, it was much harder to accept that S.H.I.E.L.D. wasn’t at all involved in combating the villain’s super-powered campaign of terrorism against America.

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“Should we help Stark out with this Mandarin problem?”
“Nah, he’s got it covered.”

It was a point of definite nagging question why a global peacekeeping force that specializes in metahuman activity wouldn’t be on hand to investigate something like Extremis, which had former U.S. military personnel exploding in populated areas, or committing small acts of aggression like kidnapping the U.S. president. S.H.I.E.L.D. was all over every aspect of Marvel Phase 1 (Iron Man and Hulk’s respective debuts; Thor and Cap’s arrival in modern day) – so what, did they take a vacation after the Chitauri attack on NYC in Avengers?

Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige is out doing further promotion, assuring fans that even though Iron Man 3‘s standalone story left a lot of the shared universe unmentioned, future Marvel projects will fill in the blanks. Feige recently took to Twitter to engage with fans, touching upon S.H.I.E.L.D.’s absence in IM3, amongst other things:

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It’s hard to tell from that tweet whether there was a plan from the start for this ‘revelation’ about S.H.I.E.L.D.’s absence, or whether Feige and Co. are now doing damage control to appease the many fans who were none too pleased about the narrative island IM3 seemed to be living on. Given the amount of misleading info that Feige himself dropped while promoting the film (things like Ben Kingsley’s ‘chilling’ performance as The Mandarin), it may not be all that wise to tow the old “In Marvel We Trust” company line.

Even now, the filmmaking architects could very well be scrambling to retrofit other projects like the S.H.I.E.L.D.-centric Captain America: The Winter Soldier, or the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show with Iron Man 3 tie-ins, which would make the agency’s absence seem totally logical (in hindsight, of course). But no matter what “fix” they put in place, as far as IM3 goes (you know, as a “standalone” piece) the misstep is still a glaring one. Because really, there’s no explanation for why Tony or Pepper didn’t even think to mention S.H.I.E.L.D…

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Return of Extremis

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Moving on, though: Hardcore fans were also less than enthused by Iron Man 3‘s  use of the Extremis virus (in the comics, it’s more impressive than glowing hands and fire-breathing).  Our Iron Man 3 spoilers discussion has revealed that fans’ speculation regarding Extremis didn’t end with the movie: they believe that the technology could end up playing a much bigger role in the Marvel Movie Universe – and one fan went so far as to ask Feige about it directly. His response?

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The entire idea of taking a normal human being (like Pepper Potts) and transforming them into something greater than human has been a motif of these Marvel movies from day 1 (Super Soldier Serum research that created Captain America, Hulk and Abomination, for example), and Extremis is the natural evolution of that process (human augmentation mixed with technology). There are any number of heroes and villains in the Marvel Universe whose origin could be explained in that matter – hopefully Feige and company have better things in mind than what we saw in Iron Man 3.

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Despite my own (clear) bias towards the film, even I am open to the idea that Iron Man 3 could – by the end of Phase 2 or beyond – turn out to be the basis for much more than it initially seemed. Then again: I won’t believe it until I actually see it happen.

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Iron Man 3 is now playing in theaters, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on November 6, 2015, and Doctor Strange sometime after that.

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  1. When they say stand alone do they mean no other characters are involved with this movie or This movie has absolutely nothing to do with anything else we are doing?

    • It mean that the story in itself should not depend on other films to make sense which is not say it cannot make any mentions to other events or prevent characters from showing up but that the film offers all the information needed and execution to work

  2. The problem with IM3 was its largeness, instead of it being a huge threat to the nation I think ppl would of excepted it more as a stand alone (ie no avengers) if it was a small scale revenge story maybe, Mandarin hates tony wants revenge, goes after tony and so on. remember that’s how IM1 was it was a small story and to some extent so was IM2.

    • The thing is, people always want more, so after the Avengers extravaganza and before Marvel goes full-on cosmic, they just couldn’t go right back to small scale stuff. Plus, the Mandarin being Iron Man’s most dangerous foe, the movie had to be big.

  3. I swear people are trying to nitpick the film because they are butthurt because of the whole Mandarin thing. People are just hating the film because The Mandarin was “bastardised”. It was a good movie del with and stop trying to pick out plot holes. I mean do you really want every standalone Marvel film to call the Avengers in the middle of it?

    • I’m sry to disagree with you. This was the worst one out of the three. There was so many issues with it I’m not even going to list them. I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy the movie. It was a good popcorn flick and I’ll prob watch it again. But I was expecting much much more.

    • Also got to disagree, the film failed as far as rounding off a trilogy and adapting to a post-avengers world but even on a casual movie goer level, the incusion of the Iron Legion at the end undermined almost everything hat had happened in the film and rendered it pointless.

      • Why does everyone seem to want Iron Man to be a trilogy? Seems like people can’t count past 3 these days… Also, please explain your Iron Legion comment.

  4. I’m getting so sick of people looking for the flaws of movies and acting like they know the whole picture. How about you enjoy the movie for once. Surprised that Screen Rant is on this bandwagon as well.

    • No one is looking for flaws or nitpicking, the issues aren’t something small, the issues are pretty big and blatant. I haven’t heard anyone really say they hated it, they just have issues with how the extremis, amongst other things, was handled. With all the misleading that IM3 did. Mandarin’s tattoo on the back of his neck was never even mentioned even thought it was shown in the initial trailer, and (like this article mentions) people raving about Ben Kinglsey’s performance, the pulled a fast one by us, thats what people are upset about, the movie wasn’t bad, just very weird how it was handled.

      • The issues are mainly fanboy discontent. Like anyone cares. Misleading? That’s a good thing, it keeps you off-guard and I bet it is that which really bugs the whiners, because they got something else than what they expected. Trailers often show footage that doesn’t make it to the final cut, this should be common knowledge by now. Ben Kingsley is a great actor and I don’t know what the problem is with his performance.

    • Well it is a movie reviewing site. That’s what they do: look for flaws. :P

  5. These movies aren’t meant to stand alone. Just be patient and in the end it will be more satisfying. Stop complaining.

    • All films and any good story should work on its own merits. That is to think of each episode in a series as interconnected to one another but each episode should suffice on ts own merits.

      • Agreed with Archer. The reason Iron Man 2 was such a disaster was because people were distracted by all its connections to the “bigger picture.” I agree with Christopher Nolan’s philosophy here: each film needs to be its own story. Iron Man 3 did that though, I just didn’t think some story elements were well handled.

        • Most complaints about the story I hear are about the Mandarin. I thought that was very well done, even though it wasnt want most of the comic heads wanted.

          • Completely agree. (SPOILERS) I liked the twist. But wish it didn’t turn out that way. Mandarin turned out to be just as powerful as I expected in an onscreen showing just didn’t look like the Mandarin. Think about it, he almost killed Tony. He sliced through like 3 of Tony’s suits.

  6. The sad thing is ppl are not looking for flaws the flaws are standing up and waving at us from the crowd.

    • Yep. Shane Black should stick with buddy cop movies and leave CBM alone.

    • No, the lack of SHIELD is a nitpick. Everything else can be considered a flaw, but the SHIELD situation is a nitpick. One moment, people complain SHIELDS involvement, now they want them to be mentioned even though we all know the reason as to why they weren’t in the film.

    • True. Haha

  7. Jebus, when is the constant bitching going to end??? IM3 wasn’t a bad movie… just accept it for what it is and move on. NO ONE CARES what your problem is, Marvel will continue on successfully with or without you. I for one look forward to the rest of the next two phases.

    • If you don’t care what we think, stop reading our comments.

    • You do realize what site you are on correct? ;)

      The film is not bad, it just did not reach its full potential. That is why you keep hearing people “bitching”- its not the film was bad in fact , he reason the film is not bad is testament that the film would have done wonders if it just reached potential.

  8. I think we should all just wait and see. It could very well be damage control because numbers have it ar a 75% gross drop from last week which is massive. If star trek does what it shluld IM3 may not reach 400 mil domestically

    • All movies have a massive drop compared to what it made in the first week. That’s always gonna happen. It still beat out The Great Gatsby, and IM3 will be out another weak once Star Trek comes out, so of course Its gonna knock IM3 out of its number one spot.

      • Im just saying its looking at a 65-70 mil gross this weekend. That is a massive drop more than any marvel film and on par with films like x-3 and xmen origins. It will cross a billion no doubt. But 400 mil domestically may be out of reach. Which is rather suprising and shows its release date and reaction wasnt all that great.

      • as of 1:45am EST may 12, it moved up1% on RT, now at 78%

        • …while TGG sits at 48%…ouch.

  9. I would of liked SHIELD to be involved since shield was always involved in the world of IRON man, shield helped take down Obadiah Stane and Ivan Vanko, now im glad the avengers stayed out but shield I would would of been a good inclusion since they are part of Iron mans world

  10. Thing is, Iron Man 3 is a very divisive movie. and I think the reason behind that is because there was an excuse not to have SHIELD get involved in the previous movies, as it was more about them discovering these potential allies than using them to combat a threat. Post-Avengers, it becomes far more difficult to do that as they are now established as “a team” and are aware of one another. The audience also knows they are now familiar with one another and Bruce Banner is now best buds with Tony Stark. It seems hard to rationalise that Banner wouldn’t be involved because of their relationship that was built up in the previous movie. I think this would have been accepted had their been an explanation of where The Hulk was in all of this, and the other Avengers, rather than the “cloak and dagger” approach they’re now taking. While Iron Man 2 wasn’t great, it didn’t feel like Jon Favreau was sticking two fingers up at the fans. To me, there’s a feeling that Black enjoying making this as something the fans would purposely be divisie about, to revel in being the man who “shook things up”.

    I’ll maintain this isn’t a bad movie, but it contains elements that make some fans unhappy, and because they’re the core audience, that’s a bad move.

    It’s also further evidence that Marvel haven’t yet made a decent sequel.

    • How is IM3 not a bad movie, but Marvel hasnt even made a ‘decent” sequel. To me, and I think to most, “not bad” is better than “decent”. I guess its all semantics. I enjoyed IM3 much more than IM2, that is an improvement. Its better than it being worse than IM2. I dont think that Black was sticking his fingers up at us. I think he wanted to do something different, and catch the audience off guard, which he absolutely did. He did something that no other MCU movie has done. I applaud the balls it took to do that. Even if you dont like the idea of the Mandarin not being what he was in the comics, you have to admit that the “twist” was well written, and extremely well pulled off. Just take the characters out of it and look at what happened..it was great!

    • @FrankCastle

      You made a lot of good points, I know ppl are saying this needed to be a stand alone film, but after taking a few mins to think about it I asked myself why? its fun having heros pop up here and there, and it would of been awesome to have hulk show up for the final battle on the boat, it would also have gone a long way showing how strong the Extrimus was if they could fight the hulk. I know im dreaming but hey it would of been fun! lol and it would of made a lot of money lol

      • IM3 IS making a lot of money. Without including Hulk, and flooding an IRON MAN movie with other heroes.

        • I think we have to face the facts that post avengers there is no such thing as a real stand alone film in the MCU.

          • You would think that a movie called “Iron Man” would only be about Iron Man.

      • Yes, Iron Man 3 is making a lot of money, but that’s mostly thanks to 2 things: Robert Downey Jr.’s appeal, AND the good faith the Avengers created. Unfortunately, I feel as though Thor 2 and Captain America 2 are both going to suffer at the box office because of the BAD faith IM3 created. We’ll see though.

        But I actually do agree, I think it wouldn’t have hurt TOO much to have some additional interaction from the rest of the MU in this movie. More scenes between Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo would have been great with me. They were terrific in Avengers. Maybe not a Hulk appearance (too scene-stealing) but at least some more conversations besides the ending.

        • See for me I WAS also one angry person when finding out bout The Mandarin but then I came across an article written when Iron Man details was still being leaked on the internet and it hadn’t been released yet. In the article it talked bout many things (which the majority turned out to be true). One thing that caught my eye (thinking in hindsight after seeing IM3) was that this person stated that The Mandarin would survive IM3 and return later (but not sure of A2). IF The Mandarin does return for A2 that would explain why Joss Whedon needed to see IM3 before finishing his A2 script bc he would need to know who The Mandarin was in the movie so he could complete him in A2. That is why he stated ” What am I gonig to do now in A2?”. Plus add in the fact that the only time Tony and Bruce would see each other is when The Avengers (no pun intended) assemble. This is probably why the scene at the end was what it was bc Tony was explaining what he knew of The Mandarin when he wreaks havoc on the team as a pawn to Fin Fang Foom or vice versa. This is what I think anyway.

        • See for me I WAS also one angry person when finding out bout The Mandarin but I eventually came across an article written when Iron Man details was still being leaked on the internet and it hadn’t been released yet. In the article it talked bout many things (which the majority turned out to be true). One thing that caught my eye (thinking in hindsight after seeing IM3) was that this person stated that The Mandarin would survive IM3 and return later (but not sure of A2). IF The Mandarin does return for A2 that would explain why Joss Whedon needed to see IM3 before finishing his A2 script bc he would need to know who The Mandarin was in the movie so he could complete him in A2. That is why he stated ” What am I gonig to do now in A2?”. Plus add in the fact that the only time Tony and Bruce would see each other is when The Avengers (no pun intended) assemble. This is probably why the scene at the end was what it was bc Tony was explaining what he knew of The Mandarin when he wreaks havoc on the team as a pawn to Fin Fang Foom or vice versa. This is what I think anyway.

        • See for me I WAS also one angry person when finding out bout The Mandarin but I eventually came across an article written when Iron Man details was still being leaked and it hadn’t been released yet. In the article it talked bout many things (which the majority turned out to be true). One thing that caught my eye (thinking in hindsight after seeing IM3) was that this person stated that The Mandarin would survive IM3 and return later (but not sure of A2). IF The Mandarin does return for A2 that would explain why Joss Whedon needed to see IM3 before finishing his A2 script bc he would need to know who The Mandarin was in the movie so he could complete him in A2. That is why he stated ” What am I gonig to do now in A2?”. Plus add in the fact that the only time Tony and Bruce would see each other is when The Avengers (no pun intended) assemble. This is probably why the scene at the end was what it was bc Tony was explaining what he knew of The Mandarin when he wreaks havoc on the team as a pawn to Fin Fang Foom or vice versa. This is what I think anyway.

        • See for me I WAS also one angry person when finding out bout The Mandarin but I eventually came across an article written when Iron Man details was still being leaked and it hadn’t been released yet. In the article it talked bout many things (which the majority turned out to be true). One thing that caught my eye (thinking in hindsight after seeing IM3) was that this person stated that The Mandarin would survive IM3 and return later (but not sure of A2). IF The Mandarin does return for A2 that would explain why Joss Whedon needed to see IM3 before finishing his A2 script bc he would need to know who The Mandarin was in the movie so he could complete him in A2. That is why he stated ” What am I gonig to do now?” Plus add in the fact that the only time Tony and Bruce would see each other is when The Avengers (no pun intended) assemble. This is probably why the scene at the end was what it was bc Tony was explaining what he knew of The Mandarin when he wreaks havoc on the team as a pawn to Fin Fang Foom or vice versa. This is what I think anyway.

    • Wrong…Nick Fury and Shield was in Iron Man and also in Thor. You can have a stand alone movie and a slight mention of Shield to tie in to Avengers, which all the movies did. Matter of fact Captain Amercia movie ended with him running into Shield and Nick Fury right?

      • So Phase 2 should just be a rehash of Phase 1 then? Why is it a problem that they are switching up the formula a little bit?

        • It might have been intended to be the first phase two movie, but it sure as hell seemed liked the last movie in phase one.

    • I also believe Iron Man 3 is not a bad film but the film could definitely have been better. Extremis could have been implemented better to support the themes of the story and Mandarin twist could have been executed better. The twist is not a break for me although admittedly it did slap me in the face. In the end the film could have been better. It is better and more enjoyable than Iron Man 2 and its story flows better but the film could have reach something beyond okay.

      I saw Furious Six in its world premier and that film entertained me more. It is not to say Furious Six is such a great film. Although it is. It is mostly to show that a film with a simpler premise can exceed expectations and deliver a more enjoyable film. Iron Man 3 for all its charm and spectacle does not rise above “okay”. The film is not bad just not remarkable.

      The absence of SHIELD did not hurt the film but audience begged questions. The film should suffice on its own. Not mention or include characters for the sake of it. They had a purpose here but were not present. The film is fine, may the rest of Phase 2 improve

      • In which country do you live?

        I think it did hurt the film, albeit it slightly. I think that there were much more damaging flaws.

    • yes, shane was sitting in his office, twirling his handlebar mustache, doing his best snively voice” this will get those comic book crybabies something to whine about…mwa ha ha ha”

      • That’s a dumb post. Even people that aren’t fans of the comic books can find numerous flaws in it. As I’ve mentioned before, the lack of shield was one the least significant flaws.

    • The Avengers being now established as a team is exactly why SHIELD’s presence is no longer justified in an Iron Man film. They got what they wanted from Stark. As for explanations on the rest of the team’s absence, most are unnecessary considering the obviousness of their reasons. And word is The Hulk will have a cameo in Agents of SHIELD.

  11. Personally, I think we should stop asking why Avengers didn’t show up or why SHIELD didn’t make a cameo or why didn’t Capt. America…? It’s the kind of questions I don’t quite expect any fanboy to ask IMO. We all know that a whole bunch of superheroes live in NY: Spiderman, FF, Daredevil, Heroes for Hire, Avengers, X-men etc. And in each one’s comic, there’s always a calamity that happens in the city which makes you wonder where the other supes are. I used to ask those questions a lot back then… I mean where’s Thor or Vision while this Green Goblin fella is laying waste to half the city? Why, he’d take GG out in a flash and save Web-head the stress. Or how come Spidey’s not around to help DD take out the Kingpin once and for all?

    These are million dollar questions (probably explains why there are so many crossovers in Marvel comics) but nevertheless you begin to understand that these comics/movies are all about the protagonist and nothing else. Let’s not try to over-analyze them.

    It’s confusing. When Avengers and SHIELD trivia/ were all over IM2, we complained that the movie was not a stand-alone and seemed so dependent on easter eggs to be respected as a well-written story. Now IM3 responded to this complaint and gave us a true stand alone movie, and we want IM2 back? Geez.

    Personally, I think the references to the NY catastrophe and Tony’s trauma afterwards (nightmares et al) is enough and soo fresh. His almost manic response to it by building more and better suits in readiness for an ‘armaggedon’- after coming face to face with gods, a green monster, and aliens- is also psychoanalytically realistic. To me, that was more than enough of a nod to the others without distracting viewers from the gist of the story.

    Like I said in a previous thread, I think there is more than enough reason for SHIELD not to show up in this movie considering the damage they suffered in the Avengers.

    • @claude, well said my man!

  12. obviously cap 2 was happening during ironman 3.

  13. I actually thought it was common knowledge that they’d explain SHIELD’s absence… :|

    So far Marvel’s been on the ball with everything related to the canon. They’ve come up with an explanation for everything I could ever think of: from Stark’s appearance at the end of TIH, to what happened to the Leader, to the entire connection of the cosmic cube, to War Machine’s absence in The Avengers, etc, etc.

    If they don’t explain SHIELD’s absence in any of the other movies, it seem obvious to me that they’d explain it via the new SHIELD tv show or a tie-in comic book. They certainly wouldn’t leave hard-core fans in the dark with no answers.

    IMO though, the most logical way of explaining this “issue” would be with Cap:TWS. I’m guessing SHIELD will seriously be put through its paces with all this talk of Redford’s character being a double agent or something. Who knows, maybe SHIELD even gets compromised and is shut down (it happened in the comics: SHIELD turned out to be a front for HYDRA operations during the Secret Invasion event if memory serves correct).
    If the events of Cap:TWS takes place during the same time as IM3, there’s your explanation right there…

    Just sit tight people. All will be explained in due time.

    • where did they explane the leader? I have not seen TIH for a while.

    • I already made an assumption tjat SHIELD’s absense will be explain at Captain America but it just seems that a film itaelf ahould make an answer to the question of where they are just as the Avengers had a throaway line at how Thor returned yo Earth

      • I’m sure they tried putting something like that in there, but I could see how a “throwaway line” like that could have taken away from the movie.
        The pacing in IM3 was very brisk. Things were moving along very quickly and seeing as the movie was very Tony-centric, a line like that (or another type of reference) could easily have distracted the viewer from the story.

        In The Avengers that kind of “explanation” worked because it pertained to the story and there was a good place to “squeeze” that line in (Thor just showing up out of the blue was something that needed clearing up then-and-there), but I for one think that something like, “SHIELD isn’t dealing with this because yadayadayada”, would have felt odd and out of place in whichever scene they tried working it into.
        Also, if we’re right and SHIELD’s absence is a result of what’ll happen in Cap:TWS, maybe referencing that event in IM3 would have spoiled a plot-line in the Cap movie?

        • I disagree with you. I think that it was important for a mention of Shield’s absence, especially since Shield was in the first two IM movies.

        • The thing is, if you think about it for a minute, SHIELD’s absence needs no explanation.

          • That’s just your opinion. Don’t act as if what you are writing is a fact. It isn’t.

  14. I think we have to face the facts that post avengers there is no such thing as a real stand alone film in the MCU.

    Also does anyone think its possible that the Mandarin is alive and will turn into “The Mandarin” after the event of IM3

    • 1) Why?
      2) Have you seen a body?

  15. I’m not a comic diehard and actually liked the movie but if in this universe Iron Man, world famous celeb/hero who just saved the world, is presumed dead, it’s ridiculous to not have SHIELD or some hero come in.

    I don’t expect the entire Avengers cast to come aid Pepper and Rhodey, but Fury wouldve sent in Widow or Hawkeye or even Captain America.
    He’ll, Hulk wouldve suited up to avenge him.

    • Dude ikr? they literally suited up and beat the crap out of loki for killing Colson, and no one came running when stark was “Killed”

      • Stark called Pepper. Maybe SHEILD is keeping an eye on Tony and was monitoring his calls? Even the incoming calls of people close to him, like Pepper? Or maybe they saw Tony in his suit leaving the damaged house after the attack using satelittes? Or maybe Tonys arc reactor gives off a certain type of radiation that they can now track using Banners set up for tracking gamma rays? This is a world wide spy organistaion in a comic book movie. If Tony was alive, someone of extreme interest to them, I completely buy that they would know he is alive.

  16. I’m not a comic diehard and actually liked the movie but if in this universe Iron Man, world famous celeb/hero who just saved the world, is presumed dead, it’s ridiculous to not have SHIELD or some hero come in.

    I don’t expect the entire Avengers cast to come aid Pepper and Rhodey, but Fury wouldve sent in Widow or Hawkeye or even Captain America.
    Hulk wouldve suited up to avenge him.

    • The Hulk doesn’t suit up. He shreds his clothes (except his pants, surprisingly)…

  17. So has Shane Black joined the list of people that raped an adult’s childhood?

  18. I gotta admit, I didn’t even think about SHIELD’s absence while watching Iron Man 3. I just figured that they were still recuperating from what happened in Avengers (I assume their invisible airship WOULD have needed repairs, at least).

  19. Kofi, I love this site, best movie site IMO, but you guys really do need to proof read before publishing. It’s pretty amateurish having your readership point out your spelling mistakes.

    • It was one spelling mistake.

      • +1

    • Thanks “Whatevs,”

      I AM the major proofreader on the site – in addition to being a structural and formatting editor, prolific writer and podcast commentator – so things in my own posts can be harder to catch (‘Who watches the watchman?’).

      I don’t consider such cases “amateurish” – I consider it fortunate that I have such quality and critical-minded readers.

      Cheers. (Typo fixed, BTW – that “i” and “a” in “bias” won’t be giving us anymore trouble!)

  20. No one is focusing on the other aspect of this article….the extremis virus.

    How will it be more of a part of the MCU? I think it will turn out to be the origin of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. Maybe even help Banner deal with his Hulk problems.

    How else could the extremis virus be integrated into Phase 2? Could The Mandarin (Guy Pearce) actually not be dead (we never saw a body, or ashes like someone said) and return as the villain in The Avengers 2???

    • +10

      I would love to see Mandarin return as a villain in avengers 2, plus they should have his near death cause him to become insane and thus embrace the image of ben kingsey’s Mandarin thus appeasing the fans

      • Even when we have a body, the guy’s actually not dead (Coulson), so I guess it’s safe to say we haven’t seen the last of a nemesis such as the Mandarin yet.

    • I thought Thanos might be the big villain in A2? The Mandarin could be a secondary villain.

  21. Tony did use SHIELD data after he started investigating how Happy got injured. But yeah, that was the only mention…

  22. Hey, Kofi, always a pleasure to read your articles on this site and happy to enjoy Screen Rant overall. I almost didn’t mention this because some of the posters have already been a bit more rude than I thought, but I’ve noticed it before in other articles on this site and on the Internet overall so I just couldn’t let it go anymore. “To toe the line,” is an expression meaning to fall in line with or follow the line, usually a company policy, in show of solidarity. I don’t know where the ‘tow’ came into usage but you can’t tow a line, unless you’re speaking of towing one vehicle with another… but how that shows solidarity with any given organization is not clear to me.

  23. On another note, though… I think S.H.I.E.L.D. not being involved in the events of IM3 and being absent without explanation in said film is actually not a problem. First, I think Fury and co. were reeling from the events of Avengers and needed to better manage their assets and possibly clean house [Let's not forget the, "Let's nuke New York" fiasco]. Second, they were probably backing off the rest of the heroes that were not securely within their organization [i.e. Cap, BW and Hawkeye] so as not to smother their tentative and very tenuous relationship. And third, I don’t think they completely backed off and might be monitoring the situation from a distance as they did with Banner. It’s going to be explained later in other movies… or not and I’m fine with that idea as I am when they do that in the comics, which happens pretty much every month.

  24. I do enjoy this film but even I thought there are definitely unanswered questions like Where is SHIELD or why does Tony Stark give his home address?

  25. Iron Man 3 has fizzled this week, nice way of Fiege to point out the obvious.

    • How did it fizzle?

      • Not much positive or hype on it since week 1, despite doing good at the box office.

  26. I for one believe the major agents of SHIELD are out of country focusing on terrorism or ops over seas. I also think Mandarin will return as a villain in Avengers 2 with the 10 rings. I think the 10 rings will appear as a result of GOTG or as a result of Thor 2 and Mandarin/Killian will get them.

    • BTW, I do remember the kid asking Tony something like, “Are the other Avengers coming to help?” Tony replies-”I don’t know.” Also, Mandarin says something about “the guy with the hammer” and Tony does use SHIELD materials. There are some things that are there to tease us and make us ask questions but also leave doors open to the other directors/writers to answer in later movies.

      • ^^ YES!!

    • Hadnt thought about your theory on the 10 rings. Would make a whole lot of sense, and probably change some peoples views on IM3.

  27. Honestly I didn’t even notice SHIELD wasn’t in it…

  28. extremis was shorthanded by garbage. the movie should have been about tony risking his life to perfect extremis which would have resulted in him having complete control; over the suits. the whole movie was a cluster f*** of all these individually cool ideas that sucked a** thrown around together.

    • Agree the Extremis was short-changed. But considering Feige said that Extremis plays a role in future movies implies possibly one of the following:
      1. More hero’s will be created as a result (Wonder Man?, Ms. Marvel?)
      2. The villain threat in the next Avengers could be Extremis soldiers who are much stronger
      3. Mandarin/Killian, who is exposed to Extremis, will return and continue to use it (upgraded)
      4. A combination of all of the above (here is hoping)

      Im thinking Avengers 2 will basically bring everything full circle to IM 3′s storyline/events. I think writers/producers half lied about IM3 being a stand alone. Think about it, if they told us that it WASNT a stand alone then we would all have figured out the plot for Avengers 2/future movies.

      • I totally agree with your comment. Although, I feel Thanos might have some involvement in A2, but I agree that Extremis will return as a way of Agent Coulson having survived because of the virus and its possible SHIELD might have been a buyer of it or found a way to use it for themselves. The way they wanted to use the tesseract to weaponize to combat supervillains. They could have found interest in the virus and infused the majority of their soldiers. Seeing how the shield counsel wanted to nuke NYC and use the tesseract for themselves, it wouldn’t surprise me they found interest in Extremis as well. Though, in time we will find out in future films, I guess.

        • Apparently, Thanos will more likely be the big badass in Avengers 3.

          • The wiki:

            Thanos makes a brief appearance during the closing credits of the 2012 film The Avengers,[46] and is portrayed by actor Damion Poitier.[47] Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has said that there are plans to include the character in future films.[48] In September 2012, it was confirmed that Thanos will appear in the upcoming 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy film and the 2015 untitled Avengers sequel.[49]

            Then again, everything is in early stages of development. Maybe Ultron will be in A3? One can only hope.

  29. If they explain where S.H.I.E.L.D was in future movies, I’ll be happy. And to explain why Pepper or Tony didn’t contact them…well, even though Fury warned them, someone still fired a nuke at them. That’ll cause some trust issues.

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