'Iron Man 3' adds excitement to long-running series

If you've been following Marvel's "Iron Man" series, you won't be disappointed in "Iron Man 3," directed by Shane Black. Black directed Downey, Jr. in "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang," and scripted many of the top action hits of the '80s and '90s including the first two "Lethal Weapon" films, "The Long Kiss Goodnight" and others.

The film opens on New Years Eve 1999 in Switzerland with Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) and Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall). He is approached by scientist Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) who tells him about his new think tank, AIM.

Tony promises to meet him, but doesn't.

It's now years later and Tony is living in his gorgeous seaside Malibu mansion with his love Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), who runs Stark industries.

While he tinkers in the basement of his home, Pepper ponders the question of why Aldrich Killian contacted her to participate in his Extremis program.

She soon finds out, along with Stark, when their home is attacked by menacing helicopters, leveling the home and leaving Stark for dead.

With no Iron Man to protect the country the United States takes things into its own hands and puts Colonel Rhodes (Don Cheadle) back on duty.

"Iron Man 3" has plenty going for it with all the gadgets and suits.

Downey along with Cheadle are lots of fun, and the movie is filled with plenty of action and wisecracks.

Paltrow has plenty up her sleeves too, including some winning scenes of her own.

This is a good movie that will leave you wanting more.

It's not as good as the first "Iron Man," but is better then the second.

The question remains; will Marvel give us a 4th or will this be Iron Man's swan song?