Just left the theater and have to say I really enjoyed Iron Man 2. I do think that the first one was better but the second one was definitely good too. One interesting thing to note is that the movie is missing a few scenes that were shown in trailers, such as Pepper kissing Tony's helmet before he jumps from the plane. I am sure that we will see these scenes when the movie is released on DVD and Blu Ray though.
The movie introduces us to quite a few new characters. These include Mickey Rourke who does an awesome job as Ivan Vanko (aka Whiplash), the son of the man that helped Howard Stark design the first arc reactor. There is Sam Rockwell as Justin Hammer, a rival weapons manufacturer. Also, a noteworthy addition is Scarlett Johansson as Natalie Rushman/Natasha Romanoff, Tony's new assistant and an undercover agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Nick Furry (Samuel L. Jackson) has a much larger role this time around. We learn that Howard Stark was one of the founders of S.H.I.E.L.D. which has led to rumors that we will see his character in the Captain America movie. There are a lot of references "easter eggs" to the upcoming Marvel movies that are in the works. Captain America's shield is shown in a scene. We also see the Avengers file on Nick Furry's desk.
As most of you probably know Tony Stark has come out to the world as Iron Man and the government wants him to turn over the suit and the Iron Man technology. Tony refuses insisting that he is keeping the world safe and no one else is even close to developing the same technology for at least another 5 years. That proves to be incorrect when Ivan Vanko attacks Tony on the raceway in Monocco. Ivan is arrested and pressumed dead when his jail cell explodes but it turns out that Hammer has broken him out of jail in hopes of getting him to help him build his own Iron Man suit. It is revealed that the arc reactor that is keeping Tony alive is also slowly killing him, leading him to behave even more irratically than usual. He appoints Pepper as the new chairperson and CEO of Stark Enterprises. As Tony spirals out of control Rhodey (now played by Don Cheadle) must take measures into his own hands, suiting up as War Machine. It all comes to an end at the Stark Expo where Hammer introduces his new line of drones that were really designed by Vanko.
Make sure that you stick around until after the credits too.
We here at Sandwichjohnfilms give this movie 7.5 sandwiches out 10.
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