If you want to know what to expect from Jon Favreau’s Iron Man 2, I’ll just say it has enough shattered glass to build a skyscraper. But honestly, there isn’t much bad to say about Iron Man 2. But did it have enough firepower to overtake its predecessor? That’s the real question right there.
Iron Man 2 picks up right where the first one ends, when Tony Stark announces that he is, in fact, Iron Man. The difference is, we are in Russia, and Ivan Vanko is with his father (former partner with Tony’s dad Howard). Ivan is suiting up for paying back the Stark’s for wronging his father. A bunch of explosions later, and Samuel L. Jackson, ahem, Nick Fury, is trying to get Iron Man into the Avengers. Oh yeah, there’s a really big battle scene between Iron Man, War Machine, and a bunch of droids.
First things first, I loved the original Iron Man, and in my mind Tony Stark is one of the best characters in any superhero movie. Thankfully, Iron Man 2 competes with the original and might even surpass it in some areas. Of course, Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark leads the way with his charisma his humor and making the comic book seem like the Sunday funny’s. The addition of Scarlett Johansson as Natalie Rushman AKA Natasha Romanoff AKA Black Widow isn’t as bad as I thought it would be, and even brings the most kick-butt action sequence in her short time as the Black Widow. One of my personal favorite actors Sam Rockwell, does an excellent job as portraying the nerd who want’s Stark’s fame but keeps getting wedgies, but does so in a way that you still hate him, even while he gets trampled by basically everyone in the movie.
Of course not everything is sunshine and rainbows. Although he didn’t detract from the film, Mickey Rourke as Ivan really didn’t bring much to the table. Most of the time you couldn’t understand him, and well, he just seemed kind of boring. Also, what’s the deal with all the shattered glass. how is half the city not cut up?
Did it have the kick of the first. Not quite. But it was just a hair behind. Hopefully the 3rd (2013) will be able to live up to the predecessors, and stay up there with Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise.