10 Things About Iron Man 2 (The Movie, not the Game)

Now with twice the firepower.

The adventures of the steel-clad avenger (or avenger consultant) continues in earnest with Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) seemingly living up his new status as Awesome Cool Guardian of World Peace with his customary Devil May Care attitude and party boy demeanor. But under the jolly, senate-defying surface, Tony’s not all kosher… the arc reactor on his chest turns out to be a double-edged sword; as it sustains his life, it’s also slowly killing him, and he can’t find a solution. Meanwhile, a shadowy figure named Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) emerges with blood on his mind and his own arc reactor-powered weapons in hand. Iron Man 2 brings back pretty much everyone from the first film who survived, and the action is bigger, better with liberal smatterings of humor in between.

10. Once again, Robert Downey, Jr. dons the Tony Stark persona and just rides with it. Stark’s fun to watch as usual- Batman without the emo complex. Sans the Palladium poisoning, man it would be awesome to be this guy.

9. Nice to see most of the cast from the first film return, with more stuff to do- notably Jon Favreau’s Happy Hogan who does more than just drive Tony and Pepper around (this time he also gets to drive Natasha… and more).

8. The film seems longer and better paced than the first film, more stuff happening and a nice, meaty climax that’s tons better than the fight with Iron Monger.

7. Scarlet Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff AKA Black Widow’s sex appeal is rammed into our faces from the first moment she appears… but yes, goddamit she is freakin’ hot.

6. Mickey Rourke’s Ivan Vanko AKA Whiplash is bad-ass, and surely the actor brings a lot into the character. The fact that he speaks very little english throughout the entire film kind takes away a bit from the character, but what little he says is great.

5. First encounter between Vanko and Stark- brutal and awesome… perhaps the best action in the whole movie.

4. Sam Rockwell’s Justin Hammer is dorky-creepy-cool-funny and he runs with it with as much gusto as Downey’s Stark.

3. Don Cheadle fills in Terence Howard’s shoes as James Rhodes AKA War Machine just fine. But the weirdo in me is thinking that the best guy for the role is actually Downey himself, playing another black dude like in Tropic Thunder…

2. SHIELD and Nick Fury (Sam Jackson) play a much bigger role here, and they’re pretty cool. When do we see Helicarriers?

1. The scene at the end of the credits is worth the wait. Fanboys rejoice!

Iron Man 2 is more of what made the first film so great, made even more so by the cast becoming more cozy in their roles and their world. There’s more plot in this than action, but the big booms in this one are bigger and better than the first. Here’s to this franchise continuing onto more and even bigger sequels. If you haven’t already caught this in theaters, what are you waiting for, people? Go! Watch it!


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