I didn't see a definitive thread for posting about IM3, and since it has been released in some non-US territories, I figured we needed a safe space to discuss it without spoiling.
I just got back from seeing it (in Canberra Australia), so here are some thoughts (reported from the other thread):
My initial reaction: It's really, really good. Not better than Avengers, but better than any of the other solo films, including IM 1&2. Way more satisfying in terms of building up the emotional stakes, with epic payoffs, reams and reams of quotable witty banter, and FINALLY a third act which is epic enough to justify the buildup.
Some random thoughts:
I was annoyed that Pepper donned the armour so early on in what was essentially a throwaway moment (I think it must have been added to the script at the last minute) and so I was extra worried that she would sit out the final battle as a damsel in distress. So her final ass-kicking moment was VERY appreciated.
The reveal about the Mandarin's true nature was ******** brilliant! Ben Kingsley is a comic genius in that scene. And it's not just hilarious, it's also a brilliant satire of the glamourization of terrorism by the government and media.
The kid was fricken adorable. They should write him into the comics like they did with Agent Coulson.
Not enough Rhodey, but when he was on screen he made it count!
Hilarious after credit sequence.