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original title: Iron Man 2
duration: 2h 4min
tags: It's not the armor that makes the hero, but the man inside.
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I'm echoing a lot of viewers who thought more of the first Iron Man flick than this one. Too much emphasis on the special effects and blow 'em up action and not enough on character development and motivation. At least they mentioned War Machine by name, or I should say Don Cheadle mentioned it. But how does anyone know who Black Widow is unless you follow the comic book series? Mickey Rourke looks every bit like he might have just stepped off the set of "The Wrestler", and as I think about it now, I don't think there ever was a pro grappler named Whiplash. I wonder why.
The one thing I always look forward to in my Marvel Comics films is the manner in which writer and comic book legend Stan Lee shows up. Just as in the first Iron Man picture, Mister Lee is credited as himself, but is actually shown and introduced portraying Larry King in a quick early scene. The first time around he was doing the Hugh Hefner thing.
The Fox News Network's Bill O'Reilly also gets some face time here in a background sequence doing one of his Talking Points Memos on Pepper Potts. I'm thinking about that now, and how his appearance neatly ties into the pro-American, patriotic stance the picture takes with Iron Man's character and Tony Stark's refusal to give up his personal private property, both very conservative viewpoints. O'Reilly goes after Pepper Potts' inexperience in being named the head of Stark Enterprises, and it seems I've heard that argument before about a certain President.
Hopefully the Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) appearance makes the wait for The Avengers film something to look forward to and not a disappointment. The Fantastic Four films were only nominally successful, and I look for something bigger and better from the next Marvel movie franchise. I hate this movie. I enjoyed Iron Man, but this one is horrible. Tony Stark/Iron Man is just egocentric in this movie. Sure, that's because he thinks that he will die. But why base a whole superhero movie around it nonetheless a movie based on a popular Marvel Comics superhero? People say that there is a lot of action, but there is pretty much none. There is only three major fights. The second major battle just happens to be between a drunken Tony Stark and his buddy, both in battle suits. The main antagonist is horrible. The villain gets defeated with one blow from both Tony Stark and his friend. One blow not for a henchman, but for the main antagonist. How would people like it if Joker got defeated in one hit in The Dark Knight? It's crazy. Three dumb action scenes, an egocentric Iron Man that acts like a total jerk, and the fact that they can't even mention that the woman spy's code name is Black Widow. Why not mention her code name. In the comics, she's a part of a superhero group called the Ultimate Avengers. I also hate that dumb guy that hired the antagonist. How could he possibly think that an evil mastermind would follow his orders? That's like Joker or Lex Luthor being bossed around by someone who isn't powerful in any way. When the opening started with Iron Man dancing with a bunch of women in front of a crowd, I was like oh no, this movie will be horrible. Favreau supplies the go-go-go that makes the movie stratospherically entertaining, even without 3-D. But it's the promiscuously talented Downey who adds the grace notes that make Iron Man 2 something to remember. Now that his identity as Iron Man has been made public, billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is being pressured by the government, the public, and the press to share his technology with the military. Meanwhile, Russian physicist Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), whose father was once partners with Tony's father, has recently partnered with rival weapons contractor Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell), planning to create Iron Man drones to demonstrate at the Stark Weapons Expo. On top of that, Tony discovers that his body is slowly being poisoned by the palladium in the arc reactor that keeps the shrapnel from piercing his heart. Expecting to die within the year, he appoints his former personal assistant Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) to the position of CEO of Stark Industries, replacing her with Natalie Rushman (Scarlett Johansson), who isn't all that she seems. Iron Man 2 is the second movie in American director Jon Favreau's Iron Man series, preceded by Iron Man (2008) (2008) and followed by Iron Man 3 (2013) (2013). The Iron Man character is based on a comic book of the same name created by Marvel Comics editor Stan Lee and artists Don Heck and Jack Kirby. Iron Man first appeared in issue #39 of Tales of Suspense (March 1963). The screenplay for Iron Man 2 was written by American screenwriter Justin Theroux. The sequel takes place six months after the first one. The first scene of the film directly follows the ending of the first one, then after that scene, the film's timeline jumps forward six months. Iron Man, of course, plus War Machine (Don Cheadle), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), and Black Widow appear. There are references to at least three other superheros: the Hulk is referenced in a news report of the aftermath of his university battle, Captain America's shield is featured, and Thor's hammer (Mjolnir) is seen after the end credits. Finally, 7 years after the release of the film, Marvel confirmed a long-held fan theory that the boy wearing the Iron Man helmet who is saved by Tony is a young Peter Parker (Spider-Man), although they did not reveal if this was an intentional Easter Egg or a retcon. There are two versions of Nick Fury. The white Nick Fury is the original and has appeared in Marvel's comic books since 1964. This version of Nick Fury was depicted by David Hasselhoff in the 1998 TV movie, Nick Fury: Agent of Shield (1998). In 2001 Marvel released a new line of comic books called Ultimate Marvel. This was a reboot that updated and streamlined all of Marvel's classic characters. Some characters were radically changed. The Ultimate Marvel version of Nick Fury was made black and designed, with the actor's permission, to look like Samuel L. Jackson. Both classic Marvel and Ultimate Marvel comics are released side-by-side, which means both versions of Nick Fury are available in comic books today. The Ultimate version has proven popular enough that it has been used as the basis for Nick Fury in the recent Marvel movies. Natalie doesn't speak with a Russian accent because she doesn't want anyone to suspect her of being a Russian agent. In The Avengers (2012) (2012), Natalie mentions that she is indeed Russian, but also implies that she wants to distance herself from that fact; another good reason for dropping the accent. It is called the Swinging Sticks. Howard Stark (Tony's father) built and designed Captain America's suit and also the shield. In Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), we see that Howard Stark had made quite a few prototypes for Cap's shield and Rogers picked one, (which was the simplest design in the shop) and was the one he was frozen with. It's likely the shield that Tony has is just one of the prototypes. As we see it is incomplete and very likely not made of Vibranium, the material of the actual shield. In the comics series, Stark had outfitted the shield with electronic components to enhance it's flight capabilities, i.e., to make it more accurate for Cap when he'd throw it as a weapon. However, Cap decided later to have the electronics removed because he said they decreased the shield's accuracy. The shield shown in this movie could be a version of the electronically enhanced one and is meant to be an Easter Egg of sorts. Both this film and the previous both imply that Tony likes to drink heavily. In this film, Pepper asks, "Are you drunk?", when Stark offers her the CEO position, and Stark also gets extremely drunk during a party later in the film and starts recklessly destroying things in his own house while wearing the Iron Man suit. This film addresses the alcoholism more directly than the first but no characters say conclusively that Tony has a drinking problem. And, as we see during the progression of the story, Tony stops drinking entirely to focus on creating his new element and stopping Justin Hammer & Vanko. "The football" is a term used by the US Secret Service to refer to the black briefcase that one agent always carries with them wherever the US President goes