Iron Man 3 (2013) – Complete Annotations


Killian shows Pepper his brain. He spouts the old primary somatosensory cortex line. It is indeed the brain’s receptor for touch.

Killian leaves. In a 2010 Land Rover Range Rover.

Pepper visits Stark. Potts drives an Audi S7. It’s number plate is Stark 23. We last saw him in Stark 33, so it’s a nice eagled eye character beat – Potts doesn’t need a fancy car.

This giant plush bunny. It is not based on any particular cartoon or character and was created for the film. It appeared in the trailer and fans speculated that it could be an elaborate Iron Man suit. It was even nicknamed the Stark Bunny.

Iron Man Mk42 in Iron Man 3 (2013)

Tony has a new suit. It’s Mark 42. It’s an interesting plot device – how many casual viewers kept up with all the version numbers of Stark’s outfits? For the eagle eyed, you’d know there was 31 Iron Man suits hiding somewhere.


Turns out Tony isn’t in the suit at all. No idea if Robert Downey Jr was performing the actions. Weird if it was.

He tells Pepper things aren’t the same since New York. If it’s not clear, he’s talking about the events of The Avengers (2012). Later, when he sleeps, we see glimpses from the final battle in that film.

It’s nice to see, and a great MCU touch, that we don’t just pick up from Iron Man 2 (2010).

We then go to the legendary Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. 6925 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Sitting outside, playing with his dog tags, is Jack Taggart. He is played by Ashley Hamilton.

Ashley Hamilton as Jack Taggart in Iron Man 3 (2013)

iron_man_vol_1_230 Taggart (or Taggert) is also based on the comics, but once again, it’s a nod pretty much in name only. He was Firepower, an armoured rival to Iron Man, and they fought several times. He has no ties to the Extremis storyline.

He first appeared in Iron Man #230 (May 1988). He was created by Bob Layton and David Micheline.

Hamilton is also a singer and songwriter, writing songs with Robbie Williams and even appearing on Dancing With the Stars.

The Chinese Theatre is showing a Holiday Family Film Festival. The film’s are

– A Christmas Story
– Miracle on 34th Street
– White Christmas
– It’s A Wonderful Life

Happy encounters Taggart, and swipes something from his briefcase.

Happy is stopped by Savin. The pair fight.


Taggart takes the Extremis and explodes. Savin walks away.

A short deleted scene with The Mandarin was cut here.

Then another message from The Mandarin. He takes credit for the attack.

We then see Happy in hospital. The nurse is played by Brooke Jaye Taylor.

Tony is there. They are watching Downton Abbey. Specifically, season 2, episode 4.

The scene shown was chosen specifically. The male character, Branson, is also a chauffeur.

 Reporters wait for Tony. The one talking is played by Kim Dean.

 The location is New Hanover Regional Medical Center. 2131 S 17th Street, Wilmington, North Carolina.

 The pushy reporter is played by Glenn Foster. He’s actually Robert Downey Jr‘s stunt double in this film, and every Iron Man appearance since Iron Man 2 (2010).

He mentions his address. The house is a fake but it makes sense.


Stark does his computer thing with JARVIS. This is the quidditch of the Iron Man films. We always have to sit on one of these.

Stark says there’s lots of theatrics – alluding to a big reveal later.

Not sure if the other locations where there was strange heat signatures alludes to any Easter eggs.

He gets a visit from Maya.

 After an argument, Stark’s home is hit by a missile.

 The music here is called Attack on 10880 Malibu Point.

The Iron Man armour protects Pepper.


We see Savin in one of the helicopters.

Pepper saves Maya. Note that Stark Bunny catches fire.

Missiles continue to hit Stark’s place. As usual, once outside, Pepper just stands and waits.

Stark recovers his armour, and takes out two helicopters.

We see a glimpse of what we saw at the start of the film – the armours being destroyed.

Why doesn’t someone call the Avengers?


 Stark wakes up to find he’s been flown to Rose Hill, Tennessee. There’s no such place, but there is a Rose Hill, North Carolina, and that’s exactly where this was filmed.

He finds a petrol station and garage.

In walks a boy. He’s Harley Keener. Played by Ty Simpkins.

Ty Simpkins as Harley Keener in Iron Man 3 (2013)
Ty Simpkins as Harley Keener in Iron Man 3 (2013)

Keener is purely a film invention, and doesn’t come from the comics.

screen-shot-2016-10-03-at-3-21-32-pmDespite being 12, Simpkins had dozens of film roles under his belt before this, including the Insidious horror series. He would go on to star in films such as Jurassic World and many more.

 Harley gives Stark a newspaper – The Daily Times. The masthead matches a real Maryland newspaper.


Back at Stark’s. It seems unlikely that Pepper has moved from that spot.

Pepper drives Maya. She reveals that Killian is actually working for the Mandarin.

Then we see him, as he prepares to record another message.

 The mansion, storywise, is in Florida. It’s actually Villa Vizcaya, 3251 South Miami Avenue at 32nd Road in Coconut Grove on the coast of South Miami.

 Back at Rose Hill. Main street is in fact East Church Street at Railroad Street, Rose Hill.

 Stark’s watch is Dora The Explorer branded.

 The come across the memorial. It’s on Mallard Alley, Rose Hill.

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