Originally Posted by metaphysician
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.
I disagree here. Iron Man 2 actually committed some common 3rd act mistakes, with the overloaded plot, unnecessary villain alliances and seeming to be more interested in a down-the-road spin-off than in its own plot. The only thing it DIDN'T have was the gratuitous death of a major character. It is my hope that with those mistakes out of the way, the 3rd will shine brighter than either of its predecessors.