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Iron Man 2 (2010)

Iron Man 2 (2010)


Robert Downey Jr.
Gwyneth Paltrow
Don Cheadle
Scarlett Johansson
Sam Rockwell
Mickey Rourke
Samuel L. Jackson

Directed by Jon Favreau

I did not enjoy Iron Man 2 as well as I did the first part and felt the movie did not add enough to the continuity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and could be missed. The movie is the third installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the plans for a second movie was in the works after the financial takings of the first movie in 2008.

The movie to me is more like an introduction to the strength and depth of S.H.E.I.L.D and many of its members. Then the movie also worked hard to portray Tony as needing redemption. Since Tony learned he was dying he became unhinged. The movie then tried to make us see what past unhinged Tony was with the partying and the drinking before he came into the inheritance of Stark Industries.

In this movie, Terrence Howard was replaced by Don Cheadle in the role of Rhodes (War Hammer) and Jon Favreau returned to direct. The movie had so much CGI effects it was amazing. The battles between the suits is something you have to see to get a full appreciation of. The movie got an Academy Award Nomination for the visual effects.

The movie follows how Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) reacted to the thought of his impending death. As it is revealed that the reactor in his chest, which keeps him alive and powers the suit is poisoning him. He takes this as a new lease to live his life carelessly, having parties and just showcasing what the suit can do.
He then went ahead to make Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) the new stark CEO so he could be free to live carelessly. From the other side of things we have a man named Ivan Vanko who is building a reactor similar to that of Tony’s.
This movie serves as the introduction of Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) who was working undercover as Tony’s new Personal Assistant.

Ivan builds his own suit which has electrical whips and attacks Tony during a Grand Prix event. Tony who had now revealed himself to the world as Iron Man was able to defeat Ivan when he dawned the suit. Ivan saw this battle as a win for himself as he wanted to show the world that Iron Man is not invincible.

Tony’s rival helped Ivan escape and together they built more suits all in the aim of bringing down Tony.

The movie was also a financial success and it was just the needed pathway that opened up more possibilities of what the Marvel Cinematic Universe could become.


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