Originally Posted by Mr.T
I agree with you 100%. The arc reactor in the chest is part of the Iron Man lore. Why did they have to go down this route?
Because it's part of the lore, as is having the shrapnel removed. They don't adapted one story arc. They pick and choose elements from the rich history of the character and condense them into one story. They don't have the luxury of dragging out one story line over a couple of months.