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This is from the final battle scene in Iron man 3. My question is: Did Tony's Mark 42 really malfunction or did he use that as a pretext to get Killian's attention (he even stalls him by talking about Pepper) so he can use the suit to pin him to the wall and blow him up?

I wouldn't be surprised if the whole scenario was a deception by Tony because we all know how smart and convincing Tony can be.

  • Iron Man in MCU is more presented as intelligent not cleaver. So i think, its just a assumption at your end.
    – Ankit Sharma
    Dec 29, 2015 at 7:22
  • Nothing prevents this from being both. 42 was malfunctioning, and his original plan was using the suit to fight, but after the crash, he had to make up a new plan on the fly. JARVIS would be relaying 42's individual parts status to him (Sir, the interlock isn't working, but all parts are able to move.)
    – cde
    Dec 29, 2015 at 8:03

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We don't know.

However, the evidence suggests that Type 42 really did collide with an object and fall to pieces at the critical moment, and that this was not on purpose. The bad timing and unreliability of the suit is a repeated theme of the movie:

  • The suit failed to assemble safely at Tony's workshop prompting Jarvis' sardonic remark 'Always a pleasure watching you work, sir'
  • Various systems (notably flight and some weapons) of the Type 42 were unavailable during the Mandarin's attack on Stark's residence
  • When Stark was tied to a metal frame by the Mandarin's henchmen he repeatedly summoned the Type 42 before it eventually arrived
  • Type 42 was smashed apart by an unsighted collision with a lorry after the Air Force 1 rescue

The narrative evidence suggests that Type 42 did indeed fail at the critical moment once again; yet Stark improvised with a more effective strategy than confronting Killian once again in a suit. Stark only got away with this because Killian politely (and overconfidently) waited for Stark to reset himself - rather than finishing him off as Type 42 hove into view.

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