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*** This leads to another one: The hollow drone suits are listed on the main page under ConservationOfNinjitsu. Why would thirty-five suits get so easily torn up when one suit alone used by Tony works so well? In ''Film/IronMan'', when Rhodey is giving a speech to some cadets about the qualities of unmanned fighters versus ones with pilots! This is a recurring theme in all three movies. In the first one, Rhodey insists that a human pilot's instincts will always be superior to a drone. In the second movie, Vanko insists that drones are better and is proven wrong. Now the third movie reinforces that. J.A.R.V.I.S. is a fairly capable AI, but splitting his attention between thirty-odd suits ''had'' to be taxing!

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*** This leads to another one: The hollow drone suits are listed on the main page under ConservationOfNinjitsu. Why would thirty-five suits get so easily torn up when one suit alone used by Tony works so well? In ''Film/IronMan'', ''Film/IronMan1'', when Rhodey is giving a speech to some cadets about the qualities of unmanned fighters versus ones with pilots! This is a recurring theme in all three movies. In the first one, Rhodey insists that a human pilot's instincts will always be superior to a drone. In the second movie, Vanko insists that drones are better and is proven wrong. Now the third movie reinforces that. J.A.R.V.I.S. is a fairly capable AI, but splitting his attention between thirty-odd suits ''had'' to be taxing!



* Putting the comic book basis aside, with the Mandarin being a terrorist threatening America one would wonder if this would be more appropriate for a ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' movie. [[spoiler: Then it is [[TheReveal revealed]] that the Mandarin is just Killian's cover and that this is more about corporate maneuverings, which is Tony's area of expertise, and which follows the theme of the previous [[Film/IronMan Iron Man]] [[Film/IronMan2 movies]]]].

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* Putting the comic book basis aside, with the Mandarin being a terrorist threatening America one would wonder if this would be more appropriate for a ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' movie. [[spoiler: Then it is [[TheReveal revealed]] that the Mandarin is just Killian's cover and that this is more about corporate maneuverings, which is Tony's area of expertise, and which follows the theme of the previous [[Film/IronMan [[Film/IronMan1 Iron Man]] [[Film/IronMan2 movies]]]].


* "[[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga Theatricality and deception are powerful agents to the uninitiated]]."

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* "[[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga "[[Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy Theatricality and deception are powerful agents to the uninitiated]]."



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* Tony not lending Rhodey a suit to fight Extremis soldiers, justifying it as because the suits are only coded to him, really doesn't make that much sense since JARVIS is controlling the suits and directing them, meaning JARVIS could simply open a suit and let Rhodey inside without issue. But as the fight unfolds we see Tony having to eject from multiple suits to step into another one as they're destroyed, and it's done almost reflexively through the use of the cybernetic implants, rather than JARVIS needing to be told to open the suit and let him out. If Rhodey had to eject he couldn't do it in the same way since he doesn't share Tony's implants, meaning that suit would immediately turn into a fancy coffin if the Extremis soldiers targeted him. Tony would know Rhodey well enough to know that he'd join in the fight with the borrowed armor rather than try to get to his own Iron Patriot suit, meaning he'd be putting himself in unnecessary danger while being at a severe tactical disadvantage in the process. All during a time when the Extremis soldiers would be more focused on the suits than an unarmored individual. By not giving Rhodey a spare suit at the time, Tony's actually trying to keep him safe by not putting a target on his back.



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* The film focuses on power as a drug. [[spoiler: Killian uses Extremis as a drug to attract followers for his ends (and gets a drug addict to act as a front), and takes the stuff himself. But like most drugs, it burns peoples' bodies out and pushes them to levels that they can't manage. In the final battle, the strain of handling two explosions from Stark tech was too much for Killian's body to take.]]
** As a foil, Stark is himself addicted to his Iron Man tech, and the film is about him operating without it, at which he manages (temporarily).


* [[spoiler:Mandarin being a stooge]] is similar to the "Osama was a CIA agent" conspiracy theories. He even claims to be a former Western agent that turned against them. He also supposedly has tactics based on ''Literature/TheArtOfWar''. What's the most famous quote from that book? "All warfare is based on deception." If you've read the book, [[spoiler:Killian]] seems to be using it as a textbook.

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* [[spoiler:Mandarin being a stooge]] is similar to the "Osama was a CIA agent" conspiracy theories. He even claims to be a former Western agent that turned against them. He also supposedly has tactics based on ''Literature/TheArtOfWar''.''Literature/{{The Art of War|SunTzu}}''. What's the most famous quote from that book? "All warfare is based on deception." If you've read the book, [[spoiler:Killian]] seems to be using it as a textbook.


* [[spoiler:Mandarin being a stooge]] is similar to the "Osama was a CIA agent" conspiracy theories. He even claims to be a former Western agent that turned against them. He also supposedly has tactics based on ''TheArtOfWar''. What's the most famous quote from that book? "All warfare is based on deception." If you've read the book, [[spoiler:Killian]] seems to be using it as a textbook.

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* [[spoiler:Mandarin being a stooge]] is similar to the "Osama was a CIA agent" conspiracy theories. He even claims to be a former Western agent that turned against them. He also supposedly has tactics based on ''TheArtOfWar''.''Literature/TheArtOfWar''. What's the most famous quote from that book? "All warfare is based on deception." If you've read the book, [[spoiler:Killian]] seems to be using it as a textbook.



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* Tony's message to Pepper. It's vaguely worded and not at all informative, because Tony needs his enemies to have no idea where he is (or ideally, believe he's dead), so Tony doesn't come out and say "It's me, I'm alive, I'm okay." Instead, he tells her "It's Christmas. . . the bunny's too big, you're right," referencing a minor argument they had earlier in the film. It's a code only Pepper has the key to crack, so she ''knows'' the message means "I'm still alive, I'm okay," without Tony needing to actually say it. Note how Pepper doesn't actually crack into tears of relief until that reference comes up. . . prior to that, it could have been a prerecorded message Tony left behind to say goodbye to Pepper.


* Killian's certainly cleaned up nicely over the past 13 years. Years of physical therapy [[spoiler: not to mention use of Extremis]] have him seemingly able-bodied but his cool-guy schtick is still stuck in the 90s. This isn't the film itself's conception of what suave young professionals wear being dated -- it's Aldrich being stuck in the past, even as he tries to make his own past disappear, and it's another way he tries to mirror Tony and fails. Tony's pop culture references and retro band tee shirts work for him, while Killian's suits, his sad ponytail in the [[spoiler:Extremis testing]] scene, and his sweet dragon tattoos [[http://avelera.tumblr.com/post/49540606307/so-theres-been-some-discussion-of-aldrich straight out of a D&D 3.0 player handbook]] all either fall flat or make him look like a megalomaniacal douche.


* It was fortunate that Tony lying to Killian actually saved him in the long run as had Stark actually invested in AIM, Stane would have an easily manipulated man as Killian would desperately seek approval which Stane would provide seeing how irritated he is with Stark's arrogance and someone easier to control. Now given how he was tied to Ten Rings and how Killian had to settle for a fake [[Spoilers: Mandarin]], having the actual Ten Rings as your ally would have made Tony's escape doomed to fail as he would be up against Extremis enhanced Ten rings Soldiers.

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* It was fortunate that Tony lying to Killian actually saved him in the long run as had Stark actually invested in AIM, Stane would have an easily manipulated man as Killian would desperately seek approval which Stane would provide seeing how irritated he is with Stark's arrogance and someone easier to control. Now given how he was tied to Ten Rings and how Killian had to settle for a fake [[Spoilers: [[spoiler: Mandarin]], having the actual Ten Rings as your ally would have made Tony's escape doomed to fail as he would be up against Extremis enhanced Ten rings Soldiers.


* It was fortunate that Tony lying to Killian actually saved him in the long run as had Stark actually invested in AIM, Stane would have an easily manipulated man as Killian would desperately seek approval which Stane would provide. Now given how he was tied to Ten Rings and how Killian had to settle for a fake [[Spoiler: Mandarin]], having the actual Ten Rings as your ally would have made Tony's escape doomed to fail as he would be up against Extremis enhanced Ten rings Soldiers.

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* It was fortunate that Tony lying to Killian actually saved him in the long run as had Stark actually invested in AIM, Stane would have an easily manipulated man as Killian would desperately seek approval which Stane would provide. provide seeing how irritated he is with Stark's arrogance and someone easier to control. Now given how he was tied to Ten Rings and how Killian had to settle for a fake [[Spoiler: [[Spoilers: Mandarin]], having the actual Ten Rings as your ally would have made Tony's escape doomed to fail as he would be up against Extremis enhanced Ten rings Soldiers.

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* It was fortunate that Tony lying to Killian actually saved him in the long run as had Stark actually invested in AIM, Stane would have an easily manipulated man as Killian would desperately seek approval which Stane would provide. Now given how he was tied to Ten Rings and how Killian had to settle for a fake [[Spoiler: Mandarin]], having the actual Ten Rings as your ally would have made Tony's escape doomed to fail as he would be up against Extremis enhanced Ten rings Soldiers.



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* Tony Stark's addiction in the MCU isn't just about building more Iron Man suits, it was in overreliance on his ability to use technology to help cope with his stress. Now look at real life at how people is hooked to technology to deal with everyday stress like smartphones and computers. Then look at the very thing Tony build when under a stressful situation, the arc reactor that while saved his life ultimately made it his dependence on using technology he invents to cope. So you can say the arc reactor was his demon in a bottle just as much as the suits are.

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*** Tony likely put the pieces together after the fact and came up with an approximation of what actually took place. He knows Killian planned everything, so at some point he must have put together a recording studio, and voila.


** The Mandarin somehow managed to hack the Presidents phone and put a number in there to compel him to call and try to prevent the Mandarin from murdering someone. The Mandarin mocks him- "Exciting isn't it; how did it get in there?"-, and the President himself is shocked that his phone could have been hacked. [[spoiler: When we find out that the Vice-President is in on the conspiracy, it makes more sense- the phone wasn't hacked at all; the V-P simply got a hold of it somehow and put the number in himself.]]

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** * The Mandarin somehow managed to hack the Presidents phone and put a number in there to compel him to call and try to prevent the Mandarin from murdering someone. The Mandarin mocks him- "Exciting isn't it; how did it get in there?"-, and the President himself is shocked that his phone could have been hacked. [[spoiler: When we find out that the Vice-President is in on the conspiracy, it makes more sense- the phone wasn't hacked at all; the V-P simply got a hold of it somehow and put the number in himself.]]

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