Even the cast involved offered surprisingly honest disapproval: Mickey Rourke lamented that Marvel worked hard against any of his attempts to make more of his character than ‘a clichéd, evil bad guy’, Jon Favreau flat out declined to direct the third part of the franchise and even Robert Downey, Jr. could find only one positive thing to say about Iron Man 2: ‘At least they lit me right….’.
So we might take comfort in Robert Downey Jr.’s words of hope concerning the quality of Iron Man 3.
‘I think that we have an opportunity with the third Iron Man to make the best of the three, and maybe one of the better superhero movies that’s ever been made.’
Although that sounds good, come to think of it, you always have the ‘opportunity’ to make your next film one of the ‘better’ ones of all time. Even Paranormal Activity 4 does. It is just not highly probable that you do!