Re: Rank the Iron Man movies (IM, IM2, and IM3)
For me, it is Iron Man 3, followed by 1, with 2 in last place.
2 I enjoyed at the time when it was released, but 3 came along and blew it out of the water.
1 sets up the foundation for the entire MCU, but 3 is the culmination of the MCU, and I love how 3 spins out of the events of the Avengers, Stark's reaction to those events is spot on.
I also agree that 3 breaks some archetypes to the genre, and hopefully the rest of Phase 2 is going to follow suit and push further into different directions.
People may gripe about the Mandarin twist, but I thought it was awesome. And yes I read Iron Man comic books.