Sequels have a tendency to be on the mixed reaction of results. In the case of Marvel films (Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic 4, Hulk), it's a hit or miss. Regardless, we still love those comic book heroes in their adaptations. As with all comic book adaptations, they all loosely follow the comics per panel.
Iron Man 2 continues the origin story of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) as he continues to rise and protect the world from evil in his armor powered suit. Now that he has revealed to himself as Iron Man, people are out to steal his technology, and we see the rise of Whiplash (Ivan Vanko, played by Mickey Rourke) as he swears vengeance against Stark. We also see the rise of Col. Rhodes (Don Cheadle, not Terrance Howard) and the premiere of War Machine in the film.
Over the course of the movie, I feel that the scenes were almost pulling off a Spider-Man 3 (constant diverging of different scenes and character development), but almost barely enough to avoid it (not to mention less emo as Peter Parker). Character development felt lacking on certain characters like Rhodes and Vanko as it was more Stark than the others (which doesn't hurt, but shoulda fleshed it out more), Yet the 10 minute tie in (with Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Ultimate Version) for the upcoming Avengers film brings in as a humor break from the action at hand.
I'm also disappointed with the change of actors, thus changing the looks of the character. Cheadle's acting feels it wasn't expressed enough as Howard in part 1. But it's enough to get by.
Production values are typically on par with the typical high end quality. While there wasn't enough action scenes to throw in the excitement, we see enough that Stark is a character that we all love, not to mention Downey Jr.'s acting is on par and not cheesy.
As for the next batch of films leading up to the Avengers film, I have doubts on Captain America and Thor due to the actors, but will they deliver? only 365 days from now... As for Iron Man 2, it's a worthy sequal to watch, but not quite equal to Spider-Man 2..
IRON MAN 2 Written by Justin Theroux Directed by Jon Favreau Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Dona Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell and Mickey Rourke Ivan Vanko: If you could make God bleed, people would cease to believe in him. When the lights went down at the sold out opening night screening of IRON MAN 2 that I attended, there was a particular energy in the air. It was that moment when you realize that what you’ve … more
If the turnout tonight is any indication of how popular Iron Man is this movie is in no danger of flopping. Iron Man was a comic book I picked up to try to get into something long ago as a kid. I wasn't completely familiar with the whole story, but that's what these movies are really designed to do. Initiate the public into the fantastic and interesting worlds of the comic books. Most everyone already knows what this movie will entail from the previews. Mickey Rourke? Check. … more
Your right its not as good as the first, but it aint that bad. I think most people didnt like Ironman 2 beacause this movie although called Ironman focused mainly on Tony Stark. The stress from the US Government, the stress of being Ironman and running Stark Industries, and lets not forget The Arc reactor in his chest is killing him. But even through all this we still got a bunch of action and lots of laughs. Ironman 2 was a great … more
I just sat through Iron Man 2 for the second time, and must say I enjoyed this go around better than my first screening. Perhaps it was because I was with a friend who did nto see the original, so he got to explore the world of Tony Stark with fresh eyes. Or maybe it was because I already knew it was not as good as the original, so I could sit back and not be disappointed. Either way, it was definitely worth the second viewing and earned some new brownie points in the meantime.
Robert Downey, Jr. dons red armor once again as Tony Stark in this second go-round for Iron Man. With all of the primary cast returning except for Terence Howard (replaced by Don Cheadle), this sequel opens with Stark living up his superhero life and enjoying the relative world peace that his armor's strength has brought to the planet. In the public's eye, he uses smart aleck remarks and blistering evidence to fend off the demands of the U.S. government to obtain the technology he used to create … more
Good movie. I liked the first one better only because it focused more on the story line before getting too involved with the action like the second iron man. I feel the same way with transformers if you have seen it. Hope to see the next movie out in the next year or so. (Stay after the credits ;) )
Pros: Smart, intelligent, character driven movie. Cons: Limited action sequences. The Bottom Line: Despite the limited action sequences I enjoyed Iron Man 2 due in large part—once again—to the performances of Downey Jr. and Paltrow. Marvel Comics (Marvel Entertainment Group) is still on a roll and its characters are making the leap from the multi-colored comic book pages of my youth to the silver screen at a record … more
At the end of 2008, I made two bold assertions: (1) That "Iron Man" was one of the year's best films; (2) that "Iron Man" was one of the greatest superhero films ever made. I still believe both to be true. Now we have "Iron Man 2." While it is thoroughly entertaining, it's also a bit conventional when compared to its predecessor, having less of a compelling story but more in the ways of action, special effects, gadgets, humor, and stunt work. It's a comic book through and through. That's fine by … more
Iron Man 2 is a 2010 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name from Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures. It is the sequel to 2008's Iron Man, and the second film in a planned trilogy. Directed by Jon Favreau, the film stars Robert Downey Jr., reprising his role as Tony Stark.
Tony Stark has revealed his identity as Iron Man and is resisting calls by the United States Government to hand over the technology. Ivan Vanko has also duplicated the technology and built weapons of his own, creating new challenges for Stark.
The film held its red carpet premiere in Los Angeles, California, on April 26, 2010 and in France on April 28, 2010. It was released in the United States on May 7, 2010.
After the high-flying adventures of the firstIron Manpicture, the billionaire arms manufacturer and irrepressible bon vivant Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) finds himself nursing a hangover. But not like any hangover he's had before: this one is toxic, a potentially deadly condition resulting from heavy metals (or something) bleeding out of the hardware he's installed in the middle of his chest. This is the problem Stark needs to solve inIron Man 2, not to mention the threat from resentful Russian science whiz Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), whose father helped create the Iron Man technology. There's an even bigger problem for the film: the need to set up a future Marvel Comics movie universe in which a variety of veteran ...