Today I feel awful. This is day three of being sick, day two being home from work. It's given me time to think, though, and I've reached a conlusion: I really, really want to see Iron Man 3 far more than I would ever want to see Man of Steel. Minor spoilers below as to why.
Having seen trailers for both, Man of Steel already looks like it's diverged significantly from the source material. The trailer depicts a teenage Clark Kent saving a bus load of kids from certain death, thus risking outing himself for having superhuman abilities. When he is then shown talking to his Earth Dad, played by Kevin Costner, Clark asks, "Should I have let them die?"
Clark's Dad gives the single most UNcharacteristic response one could imagine, "Maybe." What?!? Clark becomes Superman because his Earth parents teach him the value of being a good person and helping others, not because they taught him that protecting his identity was more important than saving people. Yeah, that deflated pretty much any excitement I had to see the film. I'll still give it a fair chance, but I am unsure, to say the least.
Iron Man 3, on the other hand, is the next film in an already massively successful franchise. Well, two. Iron Man 1 & 2 were both amazing films, and both led into the Avengers along with the other Marvel Phase One films. I want to see how Tony Stark copes with the fallout from the Avengers movie. I want to see Iron Man prove that he can still carry an independent film without his super buddies there to help him. I want to see him face his Arch-Nemesis, the Mandarin, at long last. Mostly, I want Phase Two to be underway so that we can get to the next Avengers film.
I want to see Marvel continue to deliver the goods on their films, but I'm also curious to see if Iron Man 3 will have any lead-ins to the new SHIELD TV series coming this fall.
Maybe I'm biased, but feel free to weigh in on the comments, DC fans.