Originally Posted by titansupes
Batman certainly avoided it. While not as universally loved as The Dark Knight, it IS well loved, critically acclaimed and made a billion dollars.
As Eddy says, being that Iron Man already had a pretty bad second film (which is kind of unusual these days) hopefully the third will restore the series. It looks great so far.
The badness of IM2 is vastly exaggerated. Yes, it wasn't as good as the first movie, but it still did decently in both critical response and moneymaking. If it were the third movie in a trilogy, it'd be considered an *aversion* of the curse trope.