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With those four words, Tony Stark shocked the world and started a revolution in the Marvel Movie universe at the end of the Original Iron Man.
This time, Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) is back and better than ever. Or is he?
Tony Starks returns in Iron Man 2. Photo coutersy of Marvel Studios
Iron Man 2 takes place about six months after the first film and continues the saga of the billionaire-playboy/international jet setter.
However, all is not well in the world of Tony Stark.
First, a man named Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), a Russian whose father had ties to the Stark family, has built himself an ARC reactor of his own (the device that Tony built to keep himself alive) and is planning to extract revenge on his father’s behalf.
Second, the U.S. government, namely Senator Stern (Garry Shandling) wants Stark to give up the Iron Man "weapon" and allow them to use it to protect the nation. However, Stark maintains that the Armor is not a weapon and refuses to give it up, citing no other country is even close to replicating the technology, though his chief competitor, Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell), begs to differ.
Third, the ARC reactor Stark built to keep himself alive is slowly killing him. The palladium, which powers the device, is poisoning him. Stark, realizing this, is starting to become a little more reckless.
Back, of course, are Tony’s main compatriots, Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), James "Rhodey" Rhodes (Don Cheadle, replacing Terrence Howard) and "Happy" Hogan (Director Jon Favreau), all of whom have a larger role in the film this time around.
Also joining the fray is Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) as well as Natalia Romanoff, a.k.a The Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), both operatives of SHIELD, who have interest in Tony Stark for a possible team to be assembled (hint, hint, it’s the Avengers, if you couldn’t already figure that out.)
The film recaptures the spirit of the original, without losing any momentum. It’s shot well. The already-established characters are built upon well, and the momentum of the film is also kept throughout.
The only real negative I have with the movie is, as with all superhero films/sequels, there were too many characters to focus on in the film.
Obviously with this, Thor, and Captain America’s films forthcoming, you have a lot to cram in a two-hour movie, but you’re also building up to the next Marvel Comics film within it.
You’ll discover plenty of "Easter eggs" in the movie if you pay attention, and if you do plan on going to see it at the theatre, as with the first movie, stay through to the end of the credits. There is another really great build-up to another Marvel Project, which I am really excited to see.
I wouldn’t say Iron Man 2 is better than the original, but it’s just as good, and fits together perfectly, even with a different actor playing one of the lead characters.