Iron Man 3: The [Upgrade Yourself] Review Series | Part II: The Blueprint of a Man


In Iron Man 3 Tony Stark finds everything and everyone that he’s been fighting for he’s at risk of losing. In the first movie Tony was coming to terms with his purpose, his reason for being. Is he a man of war or will he use his wealth and power to protect ? Shaken to his core by the events that left him kidnapped and near death, he decides to use his intellect and technology to transform himself into Iron Man the reluctant hero.

The second movie everyone’s after the very technology that Tony’s created. The government, weapons contractors and old family enemies all want a piece of him and he has to fight to save his legacy. The common thread in all of them is a man struggling with identity and purpose. In the films Tony upgrades his armor to be able to deal with the different foes he faces.

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The Blueprint of a Man

Does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man? That’s the question that’s haunted Tony ever since he first became Iron Man. In each crisis he’s had to go back to the drawing board to rethink, revamp and upgrade the suit (forty two suits in all)  from the crude and hulking Mark I, to the new cutting edge tech of the Mark XLII, designed to combat and defeat the foes he’s battling. This got me thinking, we all have challenges that threaten who we are, our values and our sense of manhood. The “battle” will test our mettle and get us to reevaluate the way we deal with problems. We can learn something significant from Mr. Stark. Having the right blueprint or plan will go a long way in deciding our success or failure in anything we decide to do in life, especially in our never-ending quest to become better men.

Every blueprint starts with an idea or a vision. In the case of the Iron Man after every major battle he had to reflect on the weaknesses of the suit (sometimes even his own fallacies) and improve those areas for the next villain he would have to fight. After every crisis that we face there is a need to look at our blueprint, our plan or maybe even ourselves to see what adjustments we need to make BEFORE we go back into battle. Only then can we face the hurdles and obstacles that life will undoubtedly throw at us.

The Suit Or The Man?

In the course of his life Tony’s had to come to terms with his narcissistic behavior, alcoholism, mental and physical breakdowns, corporate takeovers and even multidimensional dualities. All in all what makes the Iron Man a hero is not the J.A.R.V.I.S. system or the 42 suits he’s created, it’s the man on the inside, fractured and flawed that continues to be the force behind a reluctant hero.

Your life will have many triumphs and tragedies. How you deal them can be directly attributed to a well thought out  blueprint (goals) and a focused execution of your plan. This doesn’t happen immediately and you cannot really do this on your own. It’s the people you surround yourself with that help shape who you are and the causes you take up. Tony has Pepper Potts, James Rhodes, and Happy Hogan to see him through those rough spots and champion his successes. Ultimately, when we are drawing up our life blueprint, it’s the man INSIDE that builds and develops himself into a well oiled mental, spiritual, emotional and physical machine. The “suit” doesn’t make the man, but with the right materials (character, competency and consistency)  we can shape ourselves into the heroes we are meant to be.

Upgrade Yourself.

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