Iron Man 3

Continuity mistake: When Tony and Pepper are attacked by 3 missile-wielding helicopters, Tony, dressed in his metallic suit, has blood on his nose and cheeks. Problem is: The blood increases on his face, which is normal as it is still bleeding, but then it lessens. Then it gets worse again. (00:37:45 - 00:38:45)


Revealing mistake: When Tony and Rhodes are on the oil tanker bunkered behind an obstacle, Tony realises his gun is empty and asks Rhodes for a new magazine. When Tony ejects the magazine you can see that it is actually an airsoft gun magazine; thus exposing that it is actually a prop gun.

Continuity mistake: Colonel Rhodes holds his pistol to the face of the Mandarin in a close up shot, then lowers it. The next instant shot later of Rhodes show him still holding the pistol to the Mandarin's face.


Continuity mistake: When the Mark 42 is "done" assembling for the first time, in Tony's workshop, a digital model of the suit appears in the lower right corner of the screen. In this render, the suit is complete, but a moment later there is still one piece missing, which hits Tony so hard the entire suit falls apart. (00:07:30)


Revealing mistake: One of the Air Force One survivors is shown floating awkwardly on his stomach with his legs in the air. This was due to the floatation device used by the actor, because no unaided human would be able to be so buoyant in a pose like that. (01:37:00)


Character mistake: Killian tell Pepper the "primary somatosensory cortex" is the pain center. However, this is a gross exaggeration someone of his knowledge would not say. One, the area handles all tactile (touch) receptions. And two, other areas of the brain handle pain, so there's not a "pain center." However, the area that lights up is also wrong, because only the right side would be stimulated since it was his left arm that was touched.


Factual error: When Jon Favreau is in hospital, his IV bags are way too low. To be effective, the bags must be much higher so they can drip properly, even the one attached to the machine. (00:27:55)


Continuity mistake: When Tony leaves the bar, his hands are cuffed behind his back. When he is shot at in the next scene after jumping through the window, his hands are somehow cuffed in the front of his body. (01:54:50)

Revealing mistake: When Tony is knocked violently forwards during the test of the Mark 42 armour, he somehow arrests his fall mid-air just before propulsors in his hands actually fire, because the effects weren't perfectly synced with the wirework.

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Continuity mistake: When Tony is attacked by helicopters in his Malibu mansion, his right hand has a black wrap around it. After he gets buried by rubble underwater in the suit, his right armored hand detaches and grabs his bare right hand to pull Tony out from the rubble. Tony's bare hand no longer has a black wrap.

Character mistake: When Happy is in hospital, two bad things happen: One, when a nurse comes into the room, she injects a drug into his IV line, but she doesn't kink the line above where she is injecting, so the drug goes both down and up the line. Two, Happy's IV line isn't attached to a pump. The nurse manually fiddles with the flow rate of Happy's IV. But the fiddling leads to nowhere, as she doesn't look at the chamber where the drops come out - this is very important, as the IV bag can run out anywhere from 30 mins to 3 hours.


Visible crew/equipment: When the President boards Air Force One with the Iron Patriot you can see the reflection of the camera boom and crew in the two black cars in front of the plane moving to the left.

Continuity mistake: As the house is being attacked, Tony slides down the floor, smashes through a window and grabs onto the window frame. As the shot ends, his head is definitely under the frame, but in the instant shot following, his head is suddenly over the window frame. (00:36:00)

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Continuity mistake: Just before Iron Patriot boards Air Force One he is shown with red illuminated eyes. Later when he enters the office onboard before he takes the president his eye colour changes to blue. (01:31:51 - 01:32:50)


Continuity mistake: When Tony tests his mark 42, the HUD shot shows his mouth is bleeding, before the armor breaks that triggers his injury. (00:07:35)

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Continuity mistake: When Tony and Rhodey first get noticed as they search the oil platform, one of the Extremis soldiers starts shooting at them. They dodge the bullets and hide. Tony then says "You see that? Nailed it" and he is shown to be looking at Rhodey. Next shot, he's suddenly looking downwards. (01:41:15)

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Other mistake: Immediately before the helicopter attack on Tony's house, Maya (the "botanist") looks at the TV set, which shows a news chopper shot of the home, and says "Should we be worried about this?" It's only a moment later, when everyone looks at the screen, that a missile track appears on the screen.

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Other mistake: The Miss Chattanooga Christmas Pageant should have been named "Miss Tennessee", as the pageant was made up of contestants from the various cities of Tennessee and not counties or suburbs of Chattanooga.


Tony Stark: Jarvis, do me a favor, blow the Mark 42.

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Trivia: The extremis soldier that blows up at the theatre is named Jack Taggart, who in the comics was another armored villain, known as Firepower. (00:23:50)

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Question: Why does the newspaper Harley hands Tony in the garage have the date of Dec 2013? I thought these events took place six months after New York?


Chosen answer: The Battle of New York was never specified to take place in 2012, we just know that the film came out then. Based on the newspaper we can assume that the battle was in June 2013, rather than some time in 2012 as many would have previously assumed.

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