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So where were SHIELD and The Avengers during Iron Man 3? Marc ponders this… a little too much

May 5th, 2013 by Marc 1 Comment

Ok, so the whole time while I watched Iron Man 3 – and i’ll stay spoiler-free here –  I was thinking to myself ‘this is awesome’. Then after I came out of it I thought ‘Hold on, where were the Avengers or SHIELD?’ because (not a spoiler) Tony Stark gets a pretty rough time in this movie and fights an adversary who touches on superhuman.

I’ll not lie, I know in the comics the characters all have their standalone stories and only ‘assemble’ from time to time, but I thought it was unusual, given how Fury popped up in Iron Man 2 every time Stark so much as stubbed his toe.

But then, this evening I was chatting to my good friend Ronald Nichols, the guy behind BoxOfficeBuz (give them a like, they rock), and I was thinking about a few things.

We, the fans, have been told that it will be explained why Stark is alone in this movie, but it wasn’t.

So now I’m thinking it’ll be explained in one of the other movies… is this why we see the news footage before (no spoilers, I promise) the attack on Stark’s home? So this footage can pop up in one/some of the other Avengers Phase 2 movies? You know, Capt is about to thump some evil-doers in a bar when he glances quickly at the TV screen as the announcer says something like ‘Tony Stark is believed dead after… blah blah blah’.

So ok, that works.

But then I go thinking about when Iron Man 3 takes place (very minor spoiler), yes at Christmas time. And what is so significant about Christmas I hear you ask as this article starts to bore you into nodding off, well if they want to explain why none of the others help out, all they need to do is have a scene involving Thor, Captain America etc set at Christmas and they are off the hook. Well played, Marvel/Disney.

And then I thought some more about it – isn’t it amazing what you think about at 2am? – and I realised that the Thor: The Dark World trailer (watch it here) is pretty obviously set at winter time given the look, weather and clothes worn, heck that even looks like snow on the poster.

Then I thought about what the Captain America sequel is called… The Winter Soldier (I know, it’s not directly a weather thing, I’ve read the comic) and I reckon that’s the significance of the time setting of Iron Man 3.

(Large-ish spoiler) And we already know that Banner/Hulk wasn’t aware of the events, which can be explained easily too, as Ronald pointed out, since he likes to live in remote South American villages, away from the world’s gaze he simply may not have heard.

So I felt quite smug… except I can’t explain SHIELD’s absence and then I thought to myself, who wants to bet that the SHIELD series kicks off at Christmas time?

I could be wrong. On all fronts, but damn it’s fun to speculate.


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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….

  • NJ

    This was explained in the film, Rhodey or someone in the military said that since the Mandarin seemed to be a normal human, the regular military (including Iron Patriot) had to be the ones to deal with him, as a show of competence, of not depending on superheroes for everything, after being quite useless during the New York invasion. The President and SHIELD didn’t know that the real enemy were a group of meta-humans.

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