I recently saw Iron Man 3 for the second time, and I enjoyed it even more than the first time. I think it might be my favourite in the series so far, thanks in no small part to the expanded roles that Pepper Potts and James Rhodes finally get to play, as well as character development for Tony Stark, complex villains, and great action scenes.
Unfortunately, there’s one small moment in the movie that almost ruins the joyful viewing experience for me, and which I can’t get out of my mind: when Tony tells a young boy that there’s “no need to be a pussy” about the boy’s dad abandoning the family. I have no problem with Tony being generally snarky with the kid; it’s funny and very in character for him. But the gendered slur was unnecessary and gross, and everyone who let it end up in the final released version of the film, from the writers to the director to the actor to the studio, should feel gross about it. And yet there was near-unanimous praise, in the many reviews of the movie I read, for the line (the lone holdout I came across being Ms Magazine). I saw it referred to as “biting humour”, an “excellent quip”, and a “plum one-liner”.