Just a lovely piece of art work. Finally got to see Iron Man 2 today and loved it. Lots of nods to the comic book fans and Tony’s use of what looks like Captain America’s shield is brilliant. Robery Downey Jr was born to play the role. Nice to see Sam Rockwell doing some of his Confessions of a Dangerous Mind dancing as well. As for Scarlett Johansson in the Black Widow catsuit…..Kerpow!
Director: Jon Favreau Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Jon Favreau, Clark Gregg, Samuel L Jackson
This review by Ben Mortimer
Two years ago, as the first Iron Man film was being showered in almost universal praise, there was one criticism levelled at it in review after review – that it lacked action set pieces. It’s safe to say this won’t be a sticking point for viewers of the sequel, as it is packed to the gills with fight sequences.
The problem with this new action-packed take on Iron Man, however, is that much of the action feels like it’s been crow bared in. At each crash of a super-suited fist the film trips over itself, as story and characters are temporarily sidelined to satisfy Another Pointless Super Scrap. This is particularly true early on in the film, with the introduction of Whiplash.
Taking place about twenty minutes in, we know too much about the character for him to feel mysterious, but not enough to particularly care about why he’s fighting Stark. This is unfortunate, because, with the exception of a couple of fairly slapstick moments, this is one of the better executed action sequences in the film (more on that later).
In the midst of all of this unnecessary action, are some very strong elements. The characters are generally well rounded, even if the story itself lacks any real thrust, and as with the first film, the performances are almost universally excellent. The main exception to this is Mickey Rourke as Whiplash. With a loosely-sketched back story, and a very linear arc, he simply isn’t interesting enough to be the film’s key villain, and Rourke struggles to imbue the character with any real personality.
In addition to the well rounded characters, there were several references back to small but memorable elements of the first film that pay-off some of the support players, although these references are small potatoes compared with the wealth of references to films to come, from Black Widow’s blue SHIELD catsuit to Agent Coulson being sent to deal with Thor. There is also a reference to Tony Stark’s future alcoholism, although it seems unlikely that an audience could really sit through a third ‘wayward Tony Stark makes good’-story.
In spite of these positive elements, the film has some serious down sides. The plot is functional but empty, and Tony’s quest to find a hidden message from his father is logic defying. If the subject of the message were so important why is it hidden, and more to the point, why was it not mentioned in the first film?
The biggest issue the film has, however, is that watching two men fight with masks on is ultimately unsatisfying. No matter how much damage we see the suit take, and how little energy/control the occupant has, it’s nearly impossible to connect with them when we can’t see their face. Iron Man solved this by having Stark and Stane remove their helmets for the final battle. The sequel ignores this technique, but fails to come up with an alternative, resulting in several dull fights, including what should have been the climactic battle.
Ultimately, and despite its flaws, Iron Man 2 is still a fun and enjoyable film, filled with a great deal to like. It might not be a patch on its predecessor, but it is considerably better than many of the other films within its genre.
“If you could make God bleed, people would cease to believe in him.”
More Downey Jr as Stark, more Rourke as Whiplash, more Cheadle as War Machine, more Johansson as Black Widow, more suits, more robots and it just looks awesome.
Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present the highly anticipated sequel to the blockbuster film based on the legendary Marvel Super Hero Iron Man, reuniting director Jon Favreau and Oscar® nominee Robert Downey Jr. In Iron Man 2, the world is aware that billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is the armored Super Hero Iron Man. Under pressure from the government, the press and the public to share his technology with the military, Tony is unwilling to divulge the secrets behind the Iron Man armor because he fears the information will slip into the wrong hands. With Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), and James Rhodey Rhodes (Don Cheadle) at his side, Tony forges new alliances and confronts powerful new forces.
Not so long ago I mentioned that Olivia Munn – an American model, presenter and actress – was in Iron Man 2. She was listed as playing Iron Maiden (Melina Vostakoff) who is an enemy of Black Widow (played by Scarlett Johansson).
Like then I’m still not too sure of her acting abilities and her geek cred. I know she’s dressed up as a Na’Vi and Slave Leia. Presumably her role in Iron Man 2 will be a little bit more of a cameo, but that would be it.
However, it is possible that she may be getting lined up to have a bigger part of the Marvel universe on the big screen.
Fanboy Web have the news that she could in fact be playing the Scarlet Witch.
First a quick rundown on the Scarlet Witch aka Wanda Maximoff – she is a mutant with probability altering powers, is the daughter of Magneto, sister of Quicksilver, married the Vision who was a robot, had kids, went mental, destroyed the Avengers, altered the planet so that Mutants were the dominant species, when the heroes beat her she wished there were no more mutants and only a hundred or so were left. Oh and in the Ultimate universe she got a little bit close to her brother on an icky level. Wiki have a more detailed synopsis but I think I covered many of the major beats in her life.
As for this rumour I have to say I do think it is just that. I’ve not idea how reliable Fanboy Web is or whether Marvel Studios have any plans to bring the Scarlet Witch into the films. Then again, you just never know with the studios. Samuel L Jackson was rumoured to be Nick Fury in the first Iron Man and the studio kept saying that wasn’t the case then lo and behold Sam was Nick Fury.
Do you think the rumour could be true? If so would Munn be a good choice to play her? Is she a good actress?
If you have ever wanted to look like Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark, but were too lazy to grow your own goatee here is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.
Lots of Iron Man 2 costumes are there for the picking. As well as Iron Man you can dress up as an Ironette, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, Mickey Rourke’s Whiplash, Don Cheadle’s War Machine (the helmet for that costume seems a bit big).
Source: Geekologie & Costume Craze
We’ve seen Iron Man and War Machine from Jon Favreau’s sequel, but what about those other suits of Armour you see them fighting near the end of the trailer?
Well this pics of the new series of Diamond Select Toys give us a clearer look at the Assault Drones. According to io9 they are air, land and sea types. Who made them though? Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) or Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) who we see in the midst of the drones above.
Also who or what is in the blacked out space in the picture below? It looks armour shaped so do either the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) or Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) get a suit of armour as they have in the different comic books? Or could it be another version of Mickey Rourke’s Whiplash armour?
Who do you think it is? Vodpod videos no longer available.
Finally the trailer for Iron Man 2 is out and it is chock full of awesome. We get to see Robert Downey Jr being cheeky as Stark, Garry Shandling as a congressman type, Gwyneth Paltrow is still the put upon Pepper, Mickey Rourke does a mirror image of Stark building the Whiplash weapons, dancing girls, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury, Sam Rockwell as Justin Hammer and Don Cheadle as War Machine.
It is at the end that you see War Machine and Stark fighting what appear to be either more men in Iron Man style armour or droids with the familiar chest light.
There is also a quick shot of Starks chest with the reactor in it and what appear to be circuit type veins around it (above). Maybe the extremis virus? This was a thing that happened in the comics where Stark basically became a super computer and could link into satellites, remote control numerous Iron Man suits and stuff like that.
It also looks as if Tony Stark will be getting a new suit of armour. The photo above shows him with War Machine and notice the triangular chest plate – does that make it Mark IV or Mark V? I’ve lost track.
Have a watch of the trailer and let me know what you think of it. Vodpod videos no longer available.
I hate the ET do the whole promo of a promo thing, but it is our first proper glimpse of the Jon Favreau sequel. We get to see Don Cheadle as War Machine fighting back to back with Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man. Micky Rourke as Whiplash tears up the race track and Scarlett Johansson does the Black Widow thing. Gwyneth Paltrow gets bit closer to Stark.