Tony Stark – The clothes don’t make the man.
Iron Man 3 – The Clothes Don’t Make The Man
Iron Man 3 cranks flying suit to up to 11. There are more flying Iron Men suits than you can shake a stick at. Some have good guys in them. Some have bad guys in them. Some have innocent victims in them. Some have no one in them, being remotely directed and controlled by Jarvis, whose artificial intelligence stretches credibility even in the Marvel Universe. And as if that isn’t enough, now the individual pieces of the suit are self propelled and can fly hundreds of miles to find Tony Stark and save him. And all these flying Iron Man suits are fighting and blowing stuff up real good. There’s so much flying around and blowing stuff up it almost hides the fact the thing that actually makes the Iron Man Movies fun is not the flying suits of armor, but Tony Stark.
Tony Stark is a superhero because he is a tinkerer. He’s a geek guy that figures stuff up and makes stuff. He is the epitome of the kid who won’t stop asking why and who won’t stop questioning authority. He’s got attitude. He won’t back down from a fight. He’s a super-hero because he is his own man on his own terms. That glowing chest thing and the iron suit are just by-products. The best scene of in the whole movie is when he has to fight his way into the bad guys lair sans iron suit, relying only on his wits and a trip to the hardware store. That was more inspiring than 100 iron man suits.
And in the end, even Tony himself gets to the point where he’s Had Enough of the toys because they start getting in the way of love. And that’s the turning point of the movie, well after the smoke clears from all the explosions.