Iron Man 3: My Thoughts

Hello, everyone!

Today I will be talking about Iron Man 3, which releases on May 3rd!

If you do not want spoilers this is for you:

The movie starts very fast and we move into it very fast as we discover what is what, who is who and where they come from. There are a lot of slow scenes but the few good ones that are there do make up for the time lost.

Basically what the movie is about is this bad guy (Killian) who is kind of taking revenge on Tony for something of the past. Killian has this evil project that makes people into burning people. Somehow they are lava people. He even breathes fire on one occasion. (Spoiler?) This is called the Extremis. Of course, if someone’s body doesn’t respond well to it, it heats up to 3,000 Celsius and explodes! BANG! Fire everywhere.

We know from the trailer that Tony’s mansion is destroyed, this comes after some threats. I loved that scene! Potts, (his girlfriend) gets to do some kick-ass things! Which I loved. She doesn’t just wait to be rescued.

Then there is the whole other thing, basically everything I say will be a spoiler.

Funny-wise, there was no parts where I actually laughed, except for one when Tony is fighting the bad guys and suddenly a guy pops in and Tony has his Iron Man hand pointing at him and with the other he is holding a gun. The guy then sees Tony and says, “I’ll just leave! I hate it here! They are so weird.” And walks away.

Also, Tony’s girlfriend dies. Yes, she falls into the fire and di—hell, spoiler. Sorry. Sorry.

Oh, never mind! She doesn’t die.

Overall the movie is good. But it isn’t as great. Somehow when you get to meet the bad guy there is a taste of sour-sweet. You are left saying, “WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT ALL ABOUT THEN? WHAT THE HELL? WHY! WHY?”

The ending will shock a few people. It is actually something I was not expecting.

Be prepared for fireworks!

If you love spoilers, continue reading! (I WILL TELL YOU MOST IMPORTANT POINTS IN THE MOVIE!)

Are you reading?


Basically the movie starts following right after the Avengers! After those events, Tony has built all of these Iron Man suits to protect the people around him he loves most.

The movie starts with a flashback from 1999, where we get to meet his ex-girlfriend, Maya, I think it was. It’s a New Year’s party and we meet the evil guy, Killian who is working on this project called Advanced Idea Mechanics (AIM). We do not know what it is, or I don’t remember. But his then girlfriend, Maya has this plant that somehow regrows itself, but also explodes!

We jump to present day and there is this bad guy named the Mandarin and there are attacks and threats.


The movie jumps right into action and we get to see some epic moves when Tony’s mansion is destroyed. I was heartbroken. I was nearly screaming at the screen. Sad. It was sad.

He somehow survives and his suit takes him to this snowy place. I think it was Tennessee. There, he teams up with this 10-year-old boy, Harley. While there, he gets attacked by these soldiers who are part of the Extremis program, which is an experimental program that allows them to recovers from injuries, much like the plant we saw at the beginning of the movie. If these soldier’s bodies do not work well with the Extremities, their bodies heat up to 3,000 Celsius and explode! BANG!

With Harley’s help, Tony goes to Miami Florida after pinpointing the Mandarin (I truly hope that’s his name) there. Once in Florida, he gets to this mansion where he fights! There are this epics scenes and we get a lot of info, such as the truth about the Mandarin, who is actually not evil, but pretty slow. He is just an actor who was hired by Killian.

Killian also gives false info to the American intelligence about the true location of the Mandarin, which is false. There, he lures James, the former War Machine, whose name is Iron Patriot, into a trap to steal his suit.

So by now we know that Tony escaped and he discovers that Killian is planning to attack President Ellis while he is aboard Air Force One.

In the plane, we get a bit of fighting and we also see the super epic scene where Tony saves 13 people from the fall!

I was scared. It was very scary and awesome and good and I wanted more and needed more. 13 people on a freefall and only one Iron Man there to save them….

Killian does take the President but Tony saves the passengers who would otherwise fall to their deaths.

James and Tony track Killian to an oil drilling platform somewhere and we get to see the President wearing the Patriot Suit, hanging in the air. Killian will put him on TV and use him as a puppet. But, of course, Tony ruins the day and tries to save him.

We get all of these burning soldiers who are going to attack.

Before Tony and James are attacked by Killian’s army, all of these Iron Man suits come to the help!

I have to say, I was excited!

[I think I skipped something very, very important, and that is that Potts, Tony’s girlfriend was injected with the Extremis things to make her a burning monster.]

Of course, Tony goes and saves her while James goes and saves the president.

Tony and Killian have this epic battle and all of these explosions and awesome stuff! But Potts suddenly is hanging, stuck and Tony tries to save her.

And he’s near her, beneath, and tells her to let go.

He will catch her!


And she let’s go.



I cry.


Tony, you son of a suit!

Why didn’t you catch her?

She falls from so high into a fire that was made from someone exploding and probably dies.

Tony and Killian fight gloriously for a while, and when Killian never expects it, Tony commands his suit to wrap on Killian’s body, then makes it destroy itself, killing Killian.

But Killian doesn’t die. And he returns to kill Tony. And seconds before that happens, he is saved by his girlfriend, who is a burning torch!

So much! We come to the conclusion when they both hug and Tony does something that I couldn’t understand! I could not understand!

Every Iron Man Suit begins to explode. Pow! Pow! Pow! Pow! Fireworks! Pow!

He destroyed every suit.

He is taken to this hospital where he is in a bed (duh, silly me). Potts has surgery to remove the Extremis, and Tony has a surgery to remove the shrapnel on his chest that had always been near his heart. (That one that powers-up his Iron Man suit.)

In the end, he visits the ruins of his old mansion and explains, that even without his armor, HE WILL ALWAYS BE IRON MAN!

For now...he is just a normal human....

That is all!

That is all!

I cannot wait for you guys to watch it and tell me your thoughts!

[I wrote this very fast. So, my apologies for typos and such...]

Stages of Grace by Carey Heywood: Interview

Hello, everyone!
Please, find a seat and prepare to meet someone amazing.

I had the opportunity to interview Carey Heywood today as part of the blog tour for her new book: 'Stages of Grace'

She lives in Richmond Va with her husband, three children and nine pound attack Yorkie. Unabashedly silly, she spends her free time bonding with candy loving strangers on Twitter. (I love chocolate, so, yes, *ahem* add me to the list.) Right now she is probably eating Swedish fish. (And didn't invite us.)

Welcome to my humble blog, Carey!

-I was into the book from chapter! Because I know someone who is going through the same thing Grace, the main character in your book, went through. With that said, you must have experienced a bit of Denial to write so vividly about it; or have done a hell of a lot of research. Keeping that in mind, why write this book? What was the reason under the need to write?

I wrote this book because I could not get the idea of the pain that comes from living within a dying relationship out of my mind. I've personally experienced on different levels that feeling of "if I just do this it will get better" feeling. In some situations it never does. I wanted to write it real time, that yo-yo feeling of joy contrasting to the pain of dashed hopes.

-The story takes place in Cleveland. I have been there a couple of times, which, of course, helped me imagine many things and connect with Grace in a different way. She lives with Jon, and is very confused about her feelings, in some part due to his actions. As the writer, was it hard to write/connect with Grace and her feelings?

I felt extremely in touch with Grace, almost as if she was whispering in my ear.

(I love to write about those types of characters!)

-What was the biggest challenge you encountered, as a writer, during or after writing Stages of Grace?

I had a picture in my head of how this book was going to end. What I wrote ended up being totally different from that. It took me some time to accept that.

(I do believe that happens to all of us writers. A challenge for sure. Flavorful, though.)

-I know Grace goes to Florida and has some awesome adventures. I have been there, too. He-he! Tell me, have you been there?

I have been to Florida a few times for my day job. Never got to go to Disney or go see the mermaids though. :( The last time I went to Florida I even had dinner on a boat which was funny because there is a similar scene in the book so I got to compare what I wrote to the real thing. My real life dinner ended differently. ;)

(I have tried to go to Disney twice when at Florida! Never got to go. I will now cry in silence and share your sorrow…)

-This question might be burned, but, I will ask it anyway: favorite scene?

I love the Jet Ski scene. I'm not sure why but I thought it was super sexy!

(Keep note of this, those of you who haven’t read Stages of Grace. There is SEXY!)

-If you could go back and change something in the book (imagine you can't as of now), what would you change? If nothing, why?

I thought about adding something more about Jon. In the end I'm at peace with it.

-How was the process of writing this book different (if at all) from the others you've written?

From the get-go I knew I wanted this book split into five sections versus traditional chapters. That was totally different from anything I have ever written, structure-wise.

-Tell us, what new works can we expect from you in the future? Writing anything new?

I've finished another novel that I hope to release this summer called Him. I'm also working on a novel; I'm calling Better. I hope to release this winter.

(Will keep an eye out for those!)

-I drove by Virginia once. How is the weather?

Crazy! It felt like we had the winter that would not end this year! We do get four seasons and joke that the weather can a bit indecisive during its transitions. 

(Ha-ha! I must say that many of us say the same thing about Ohio. Which, by the way, is currently very chilly after being hot. Bipolar states, most certainly.)

-And just to make you suffer, as a last question, who is your favorite character, and who is your least favorite?

You do not have to answer. But, if you do, I promise some rum or fizzy water!

I want to say Grace but since I'm dating Ryan in my head…ah, what were you saying? LOL!
My least favorite is Jon. I have zero respect for people who choose to intimidate people they claim to love.

Amen to that!

I want rum!!! I have a feeling you saw my interview on Rachel Walter's blog. ;) <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

I’d like some rum as well! And yes, I did.

Now, let’s get some rum and accompany Captain Jack Sparrow in one of his crazy adventures. HEY, who knows, we might get to see the mermaids this time!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, Carey!

Now read more about Stages of Grace:

Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance...

When facing death a mourning period is to be expected. But what if it's
not a person but a relationship that dies? Grace and her boyfriend Jon have
been together for three years. They live together and have shared many
beautiful memories. Those memories are what keep Grace from admitting Jon
has changed and is no longer the man she fell in love with.

Afraid of being alone and holding on to something that no longer exists
Grace is a shadow of her former self. Her daily objective is to hide her
pain from the world. Then, an unexpected letter sets off a whirlwind of
potential life changes. In life sometimes the hardest thing to do is let go.

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