Should what is most commonly considered the worst the MCU had to offer be considered a part of the series? I would love to say no and I'll give the reasons for that, but unforchantly the answer will be yes.
Also, this will spoil the MCU chapters in which Iron Man aka Anthony 'Tony' Stark is a part of.
Why I think it should be removed:
It takes away the chest plate of Iron Man. In Regular Man 2, whoops, I mean Iron Man 3 (thanks Screen Junkies), Tony Stark finally has the surgery that removes both the chest plate as well as the metal that was killing him which he received in the beginning of the first film back in 2008.
But in the first Iron Man, Yensin told Tony "that could run your heart for 50 lifetimes" when looking at the Ark reactor. So if it would keep the metal from his heart for 50 lifetimes, why would he have to go through with what I think would be a dangerous surgery, which in some way all of them are.
But if Tony was going to go through with the surgery, why didn't he do it in Regular Man, I mean Iron Man 2? Almost the entire plot of Iron Man 2 is that the chest plate is killing him, to which Tony has to build an entire new element just to keep the chest plate from killing him.
So why wouldn't he just do the surgery then? For someone as smart as Tony Stark is supposed to be, he should have just done that. He never showed signs of being suicidal in the three films he has appeared up to and including this point (Iron Man, Incredible Hulk, and Iron Man 2) so if this surgery was available then why wouldn't he want to keep on living? Why go through the hassle of giving away your second suit of armor (War Machine), your company, and the pain of dying slowly when you could get it done and over with?
At the end of Iron Man 3 Tony blows up all his suits and tosses his chest plate into the ocean. But then in 'Age of Ultron', the second Avengers outing he has at least two suits again. The one he flies around in, and the Hulk buster suit he battles Bruce in. Also in the chest plates of both his own two suits as well as War Machine, are the same reactor he tossed into the ocean. Why basically toss one into the sea if you are going to make another exactly like it and use it? Also why blow up all 41 (War Machine was Mark 2) of his suits if he was just going to build more?
Now many people hate Iron Man 3 for what it did to the character of the Mandarin, but I hate it for its X-Men like continuity F-Up's it gave to the franchise. The series works perfectly without it in my opinion. The only thing would be is people would notice that Tony's chest plate no longer can be seen underneath his shirts. To explain that I would just say he wore more layers. I don't even own Iron Man 3 and I own the Bay Turtles film, so that should tell you how much I hate this film. (I bought the TMAT's because I liked the figures the dvd came with)
Why it should be apart of the MCU:
Because the MCU is being watched over by Kevin Feige, who approved everything inside the MCU films. So it's his story and that's what he wanted to do with the character, or at least what he approved to happen to him (Tony). Feige has never written any of the 7 MCU films so he's just saying what is okay to write. And as listeners (or in this case watchers) of this story teller all we can do is either accept the changes and errors or ignore the chapter like many people do with the Star Wars Saga when it comes to Episode 1. (I kind of like the Phantom Menace, but it is the worst of the Series and I don't watch it as much as the other 5 films)
I personally gave Iron Man 3 a D- and think it is the worst the MCU has to offer. What are your thoughts? Do you love, like, or hate Iron Man 3? Write your thoughts down below, and as always thanks for reading