Iron Man 2

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Release date: April 26, 2010

Based on: Iron Man (comic book character created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Don Heck and Jack Kirby

Directed by: Jon Favreau

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

Budget: $200 million

Box Office: $623.9 million

Six months later, Tony Stark resists requests by the United States Government to hand over his Iron Man technology. Meanwhile, a scientist seeking revenge comes after him.

The midpoint in the first phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Iron Man 2 needed to take what made the first film great and be better than its immediate predecessor. In dealing with the fallout he caused earlier, this film winds up being pretty decent with a few notable flaws. The overall story is good, taking what happens when the world finds out a wealthy genius is utilizing technology far superior to any governments. Additionally, it gives those wishing to do Stark harm the idea to either go after him before he puts on the suit in order to take Iron Man out of the picture entirely or to announce themselves as threats in the hopes they entice Stark to accept their challenge. Notably, the film explores both scenarios.

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This is complemented by spot on characterization throughout the film, especially by Stark. His responses to the inquiries by the United States government attempting to press him for access to his secrets are wonderfully in character and the way he reacts upon finding out what his arc reactor is doing to him makes sense for that of someone with his wealth and influence. Further, when it comes to other characters, viewers are given more of Nick Fury, who was only in the post-credits scene of the first film, as well as Agent Coulson and his personality and are introduced to Black Widow for the first time who gets a humorous scene establishing her abilities.

Still the film isn’t perfect mainly because of how it does not use its main villain well as a character. The last film saw its villain put himself on an equal playing field with Stark in order to fight him. Here, the villain starts out well in demonstrating his intellect and ingenuity when it comes to weaponry. Yet, the climax of the film presents its audience with basically more of what they saw in the first film. It ends up being a waste of a character who could have been more of a challenge and gives the effect of spending less time on him in order to focus more on the plot.

This is a film worth seeing once to get a complete picture of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is enjoyable enough to be worth additional viewings.



ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards

  • Top Box Office Films

Golden Schmoes Awards

  • Biggest Disappointment of the Year

Hollywood Film Awards

  • Visual Effects of the Year

People’s Choice Awards, USA

  • Favorite Action Movie

Scream Awards

  • Best Science Fiction Actress (Scarlett Johansson)

  • Best Villain (Mickey Rourke as Ivan Vanko)

  • Best Superhero (Robert Downey Jr.)


Academy Awards

  • Best Achievement in Visual Effects

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA – Saturn Awards

  • Best Science Fiction Film

  • Best Actor (Robert Downey Jr.)

  • Best Supporting Actress (Scarlett Johansson)

  • Best Special Effects

Alliance of Women Film Journalists

  • EDA Special Mention Award – Sequel That Shouldn’t Have Been Made

BET Awards

  • Best Actor (Don Cheadle)

California on Location Awards

  • Location Team of the Year – Features

Golden Schmoes Awards

  • Best Special Effects of the Year

  • Best T&A of the Year (Scarlett Johansson)

Guild of Music Supervisors Awards

  • Best Music Supervision for Films

Hollywood Post Alliance, US Awards

  • Outstanding Compositing – Feature Film

IGN Summer Movie Awards

  • Best Comic-Book Adaptation

Italian Online Movie Awards

  • Best Special Effects

Kids’ Choice Awards, USA – Blimp Awards

  • Favorite Butt Kicker – Robert Downey Jr.

Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA – Golden Reel Awards

  • Best Sound Editing – Sound Effects and Foley in a Feature Film

MTV Movie + TV Awards

  • Best Villain (Mickey Rourke)

People’s Choice Awards, USA

  • Favorite On-Screen Team (Robert Downey Jr. & Don Cheadle)

  • Favorite Movie

Russian National Movie Awards – Georges Award

  • Best Foreign Action Movie

Satellite Awards

  • Best Visual Effects

  • Best Sound (Mixing & Editing)

Scream Awards

  • Best Science Fiction Actor (Robert Downey Jr.

  • Best Science Fiction Actress (Gwyneth Paltrow)

  • Best Supporting Actor (Don Cheadle)

  • The Ultimate Scream

  • Best Ensemble

  • Best Cameo (Stan Lee)

  • Best Science Fiction Movie

  • Fight Scene of the Year (for “Final Battle: Iron Man and War Machine vs Whiplash and the Drones”

  • Best F/X

  • Best Comic Book Movie

SFX Awards, UK

  • Best Actor (Robert Downey Jr.)

Teen Choice Awards

  • Choice Movie: Villain (Mickey Rourke)

  • Choice Movie: Dance (Robert Downey Jr.)

  • Choice Movie Fight (Robert Downey Jr. & Don Cheadle – Iron Man & War Machine vs. the Hammer Drones)

  • Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi (Scarlett Johansson)

  • Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi (Gwyneth Paltrow)

  • Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi (Robert Downey Jr.)

  • Choice Movie: Sci-Fi

Visual Effects Society Awards

  • Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual-Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture

  • Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture (Stark Expo)

  • Outstanding Models and Miniatures in a Feature Motion Picture (Hammer Military Drones)