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  • Jul 6, 2010
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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 his armor. The government believes that other countries might soon have the same technology and weaponry that Stark created, but Stark insists that enemies are years away from developing such things. He also brushes off his biggest rival in the weapons market, Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell), in exceedingly embarassing ways. Privately, however, the technology that saved him in the first film is slowly killing him now.

With his death in sight and no remedy in the foreseeable future, Stark hits the bottle hard, parties it up, and pretty much alienates himself from the woman who cares for him, Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), and his best friend, Rhodey (Cheadle). S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and his ever present co-worker, Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg), are also disturbed by Stark's behavior and keep a very close eye on him.

Stark appoints Potts as CEO of Stark Industries knowing that she'll be able to maintain the company after he is gone. He also picks up a new assistant, Natalie Rushman (Scarlett Johansson) to do little more than damage control.

Stark begins to take huge risks with his life, including racing in Monaco. It is here that he first confronts Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), a vengeful man who blames Stark's father for the demise of his own father. Little does Tony know that Vanko not only understands and can utilize the arc reactor technology, but has made what seems to be a better version of it.

Soon enough, Vanko joins forces with Justin Hammer and the duo set out to destroy Tony Stark. Who wins in the end? Watch "Iron Man 2" in order to find out.

I loved the first "Iron Man" film. I believe part of the reason I enjoyed it so much was that I really didn't expect it to be such a great film. As far as comic book films go, it is one of, if not the best, that's come along in a long time. In the first film, greed and a hunger for power drove Obadiah Stain to want to put an end to Tony Stark. In the sequel, all Vanko wants to do is destroy Tony Stark in an act of vengeance. It's a more sinister motive in my opinion. Granted, Hammer is jealous of Stark and wants his fortune and fame, but he is merely a tool used by Vanko in order to exact his revenge.

Pepper Potts takes on a much larger role in this film, attempting to keep Stark from destroying himself and trying to maintain some level of respect for the Stark Industries name. Rhodey is affected in a similar way, struggling with himself on where his loyalties lie with his friend and his country.

Stark's tailspin into oblivion is disturbing to watch on the screen. He does an excellent job of showing how a man who seemingly has it all can quickly destroy himself. With that said, Downey also delivers some of the funniest lines in the film, and Rockwell is usually on the receiving end. The two actors play well against each other and I'd love to see them spar in another film soon.

Johansson does a wonderful job in her role as Rushman. I especially enjoyed her interaction with Jon Favreau, who reprises his role as Happy Hogan. Paul Bettany returns as the voice of JARVIS, as well as Leslie Bibb in a brief stint as reporter Christine Everhart.

Overall, the film is very good. It's not quite up to par with "Iron Man," but I really didn't expect it to match its predecessor. At times it felt a bit rushed and there is a brief lag in the film while Stark is trying to get himself back together. Still, I highly recommend this film. It brings us one step closer to the heavily anticipated "Avengers" film, and sets the table for the upcoming "Thor" film next year. Be sure to watch for a certain Captain's shield to make a swift and funny appearance, a glimpse of a certain green guy's destruction, and a nod to a particularly thunderous hero after the credits roll.

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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 ...
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Director: Jon Favreau
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: May 7th, 2010
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Studio: Marvel Studios, Paramount Pictures
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