Continuing on about IM3:
The 'action' scenes that had Tony outside of the suit were hardly just that. That's why people are mocking it by calling it Tony Stark 3, featuring Iron Man. They downplayed the suit usage so much it hardly seemed like an Iron Man movie for most of it.
Ben Kingsley's performance as the Mandarin was wasted (especially in the trailer) because of the revelation that it wasn't really him and yes, his heritage (as well as the actual Mandarin's) were why I had thought he was the perfect choice, plus if you think about it how racially insensitive would it be to have an obviously Asian-descent actor portray a Fu Manchu-style stereotype? Talk about selling out. That's like asking an African-American to play a jive character nowadays; people just don't want to see that because it's embarrassing. Pulling off the Mandarin of the comics in the MCU would have been no freakin' problem, I even wrote a script to fix all these horrendous errors and it was extremely simple to have him come into possession of some scavenged alien technology to make into his rings. I mean, Agents of SHIELD does this kind of thing all the time, what's so surprising about someone else getting to an 084 first and finding the mother lode of power? Then it would actually have been worth bringing the Iron Legion into the battle. He could probably wipe out half of them in one stroke with his strongest ring. The suggestion of using an infiniti gem would have been even better. Plus, if you think about it, they wasted an opportunity to open up the space exploration in anticipation of Guardians of the Galaxy by not having the real Mandarin with his scavenged alien tech. Oh, and there was no worthwhile post-credits scene in IM3, either. It just opened up the 'Where the fuck was Banner that whole time, then, or SHIELD for that matter' can of worms. I could probably bitch about it more but I'm already wheezing. One last crack at it: The Hulkbuster from the trailer was a real letdown, too. It didn't do shit!
Looking at the box office numbers, it looks like Guardians of the Galaxy is only going to make back double its budget, not triple as I previously guessed. Too bad. But at least the sequel is already planned regardless. Shame it won't be making the kind of numbers that Cap and Thor's sequels did, at least. I would hope that by now, every MCU film would be pulling in, minimum, 500 mil.