Quick Thoughts on Iron Man 3 – “Strangely Mimetic”

Pepper Potts as Rescue.
Pepper Potts as Rescue. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am unsure as how to describe my reaction to this movie — but seeing as how I have a pressing meeting in a few minutes, I will have to do so quickly. Thus is the nature of a blogger, eh?

First, I liked the underlying scientific spirituality hiding in the moving. The lead protagonist, in speaking with Pepper Potts, remarks of the connection between the brain and the universe as “strangely mimetic.” He is referring to a favorite panentheist icon,


He goes on to bury another reference — our DNA is hardcoded for that next evolutionary leap. He propels this leap by turning to botany. To shorten this, just think of biomimicry. Thus far, we have two versions of mimesis at play in the movie. There are four total, I believe. All four, as a matter of fact.

The third is mimetic desire. The protagonist wants to be Iron Man, to be Tony Stark, to be like everyone else in appearance. To do this, he must kill that which he holds most sacred to redeem himself. The fourth is likened unto mimetic criticism, but slightly — although the writers and producers of the film are more engaged in this. The protagonist builds on an image of a terrorist to use to carry out his own plans. He acknowledges this, that he must have an image for people to hate and then give them an image to love. And, of course, there is the attempt to make the movie real.

The first two Iron Man movies were great because they remained in a somewhat plausible reality. With the inclusion of that reality of Captain America and Thor, and of course, the entirety of the Avengers storyline, how do you refocus the attention on a normal mortal inside of a “tin can?” You make him suffer anxiety attacks for one. You make him tire of his created identity — the one of the billionaire playboy who pretends to be Iron Man. You make the movie about Tony Stark as Tony Stark and not as Iron Man. This is the problem with Marvel. The heros are normal people who wear a mask to fight for justice. DC heros wear the mask of normal people to hide from injustice. Anyway, how do you keep the “realness” of Iron Man when you have a Norse god in the same universe? I think they did accomplished this part very well — too well.

The movie is a maturing of the Iron Man franchise and of the character of Tony Stark. The storyline is well done, with only a few plot holes but several surprises. We saw it in 2D and I feel that while some of the scenes would have been fun in 3D, I’m not sure the latter is a needed venue for this — a character rather than action driven — storyline. I’m not sure if there will be another, and if not, this is a perfect send off. Finally, stay to the post-credits scene where there is a familiar face.

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3 Replies to “Quick Thoughts on Iron Man 3 – “Strangely Mimetic””

  1. This sounds like it has a lot of potential.

    I haven’t really liked the first two movies, though I admit that it might be at least in part because Tony Stark has a lot of baggage with me. I dislike the comic character. He’s a jerk.

    I won’t see this one for a while (we’re not really go to the cinema people, and this doesn’t have enough appeal to Amy for it to happen), but I think I’m looking forward to it more than I had expected.

  2. “Finally, stay to the post-credits scene where there is a familiar face.” Does Jim make a cameo?

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