Here’s a quick & easy fix for continuity in AOU – particularly in Steve, because making Tony’s arc continuous from IM3 would mean scrapping literally the entire movie, but man, man! If Joss had wanted to make Steve Steve, all he would have had to do is make him shady as fuck.
When Tony started laughing because he was so freaking terrified of what was happening because it was more or less all his fault was so in character. That scene was the total after effects of his panic attacks in IM3- along with his near breakdown in Clint’s barn.
I think this sums up most of my feelings on the film pretty well.
The other thing is that this felt more like a direct sequel to Avengers than anything else. I don’t believe that Iron Man 3 or Cap 2 happened between then and now. Thor 2 they nodded to enough that I guess maybe it happened between these films - if only to explain why Thor is back on Midgard, since he came back more or less permanently at the end of that film.
At the end of IM3, Tony destroys all his suits and retreats to just him & Pepper land as well as has his heart operated on so that he no longer needs the arc reactor. All of IM3 was dealing with his PTSD from Avengers, and it seemed to put him in a fairly good place by the end. So why were those issues the ones that drove him to create Ultron? And when did he build new suits and start using them again? Is that why Pepper was nowhere to be found?
aside from him erasing everything that happened to Natasha in Cap2, can we acknowledge that Joss Whedon has either never seen Iron Man 3, or he’s just decided that it doesn’t count and erased everything that Tony went through post-battle of new york.