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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 premiered in Los Angeles, California, on April 26, 2010 and in France on April 28, 2010. It is due to be released in the rest of the United States on May 7, 2010.

CAST

  • Robert Downey Jr., as Tony Stark / Iron Man: The billionaire who, after being held captive, escaped with a suit of armor he created and now uses an upgraded version to make the world a better place.
  • Don Cheadle as Lt. Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes: Cheadle replaces Terrence Howard from the first film. Howard said, “There was no explanation, apparently the contracts that we write and sign aren’t worth the paper that they’re printed on sometimes. Promises aren’t kept, and good faith negotiations aren’t always held up.” Entertainment Weekly stated Favreau did not enjoy working with Howard, often re-shooting and cutting his scenes; Howard’s publicist said he had a good experience playing the part, while Marvel chose not to comment. As Favreau and Theroux chose to minimize the role, Marvel came to Howard to discuss lowering his salary – Howard was the first actor hired in Iron Man and earned the largest salary of the cast. The publication stated they were unsure whether Howard’s representatives left the project first or if Marvel chose to stop negotiating. Theroux denied the part of the report stating “the role of War Machine was scaled back and then beefed up”. Cheadle only had a few hours to accept the role and did not even know what storyline Rhodes would undergo. He commented he is a comic book fan, but had not previously participated in comics-themed films due to the lack of black superheroes.
  • Mickey Rourke as Ivan Vanko: One of the main antagonists of the film, who builds his own arc reactor-based weapon to enact vengeance on the Stark family. The character is an amalgamation of Iron Man villains Blacklash and theCrimson Dynamo, and is the son of impoverished Soviet physicist Anton Vanko, the original Crimson Dynamo in the comics. Downey offered Rourke the part during a roundtable discussion with David Ansen at the 2009 Golden Globes, and Rourke met with Favreau and Theroux to discuss his character’s role. Rourke almost dropped out of the role due to Marvel’s initial salary offer of $250,000, so the studio chose to increase the deal. Rourke researched for the part by visiting Butyrka prison. He suggested half of the character’s dialogue be in Russian.
  • Gwyneth Paltrow as Virginia “Pepper” Potts: Stark’s closest friend, budding love interest, and business partner after Pepper replaced Obadiah Stane as CEO of Stark Industries.
  • Sam Rockwell as Justin Hammer: Stark’s new business rival, and one of the primary antagonists of the film. Rockwell was considered for the role of Tony Stark in the first film, and he accepted the role of Hammer without reading the script. He had never heard of the character before he was contacted about the part, and was unaware Hammer is an old man in the comics, whereas in the film he will be significantly closer to Stark’s age. Rockwell says his character is “plucky comic relief, but he’s got a little bit of an edge”.
  • Scarlett Johansson as Natalie Rushman / Natasha Romanoff: An undercover spy for S.H.I.E.L.D. posing as Stark’s assistant. Johansson was cast after a scheduling conflict forced Emily Blunt to drop out of the part.
  • Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury: Jackson initially had financial problems with Marvel and was unsure about reprising the part of Fury, until they reached a deal that would entail his appearance in up to nine films as the character.

Jon Favreau reprises his role as Happy Hogan, Tony Stark’s bodyguard and chauffeur. John Slattery appears as Howard Stark, Tony’s father. Garry Shandling appears as Senator Stern, a senator who wants Stark to give Iron Man’s armorto the government. Paul Bettany again voices Stark’s computer, JARVIS.Clark Gregg reprises his role as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson from the first film. Leslie Bibb also reprises her role as reporter Christine Everhart. Kate Mara appears as a US Marshal. Olivia Munn appears as Chess Roberts, a reporter covering the Stark expo. Stan Lee appears as himself being mistakenly called Larry King. Adam Goldstein (a.k.a DJ AM) makes an appearance as himself and the film is dedicated in his memory. Additionally, Christiane Amanpour and Bill O’Reilly play themselves in newscasts within the film.

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