Originally Posted by Ragnaroknroll
That's a flawed argument. You can also argue that no MCU film broke a billion until The Avengers were realized. I still enjoyed it but to me Iron Man 3 was the weakest MCU film yet. Why is it the highest grossing Iron Man? Momentum. Everyone saw the Avengers and now everyone wants to see what happens next.
I just hope Thor can ride that momentum as well despite the ill received Mandarin twist.
I agree with you on all your points. IM3, while enjoyable, is also my least favorite MCU film, whereas Thor 2 is IMO the best standalone so far.