IT’S back to being cock of the walk for Robert Downey Jnr’s megalomaniacal billionaire superhero Tony Stark/Iron Man, after having to share the screen with his fellow primary coloured do-gooders in last year’s Marvel mash-up, The Avengers.
The third instalment in the stratospheric Iron Man series sees RDJ’s alcoholic playboy cum tin-plated action star finally take on one of the comicbooks’ most iconic big bads, Oriental criminal kingpin The Mandarin (Oscar-winner Ben Kingsley), in a plot which appears to draw heavy inspiration from The Extremis storyline of recent years in which Stark and his high-tech battle armour develop a symbiotic relationship. With previous director Jon Favreau stepping down in favour of Lethal Weapon scribe Shane Black (whose previous work with RDJ produced the slick and hip comedy actioner Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), Iron Man 3 promises to delivers the same explosion of chrome-polished set-pieces as its predecessors, but bolstered by a typically Black script of testosterone-fuelled zingers and smartarse quips, could just prove to be the action movie event of the summer.
Iron Man 3 is in cinemas on April 25.
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