Counterpoint: Disappointing fight sequences aside, the lack of “Iron Man” in Iron Man 3, and even the more absurd uses of the armor, do, at times, seem to be an intentional effort to convince audiences to take Tony Stark more seriously as a man, which you could argue was a success given how beloved he is (or had been, more accurately) without the armor since. On the other hand, I do not recall much prior disdain toward the character without the armor anyway and, besides, did he not resort to bathroom humor while wearing it in Iron Man 2? Furthermore, Stark’s use of remote controlled suits is clearly a coping mechanism for his explicitly referenced anxiety, which actually brings up our next main complaint.
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