It’s only a matter of time.
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Robert Downey Jr. … Tony Stark
Don Cheadle … Lt. Col. James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes / War Machine
Scarlett Johansson … Natalie Rushman / Natasha Romanoff
Gwyneth Paltrow … Pepper Potts
Sam Rockwell … Justin Hammer
Mickey Rourke … Ivan Vanko
Samuel L. Jackson … Nick Fury
Clark Gregg … Agent Coulson
John Slattery … Howard Stark
Jon Favreau … Happy Hogan
Paul Bettany … Jarvis (voice)
Kate Mara … U.S. Marshal
Leslie Bibb … Christine Everhart
Garry Shandling … Senator Stern
Plot synopsis from IMDb: With the world now aware of his dual life as the armored superhero Iron Man, billionaire inventor Tony Stark faces pressure from the government, the press, and the public to share his technology with the military. Unwilling to let go of his invention, Stark, along with Pepper Potts, and James “Rhodey” Rhodes at his side, must forge new alliances – and confront powerful enemies.
2010 – Paramount Pictures/Marvel Studios – PG-13 – 124 min
VS: 1.8 pointed ears
This is one of the exceptions to the Hollywood rule that sequels suck and are usually nowhere near as good as the original. I think that Marvel keeping the rights to the Avengers franchise is probably one of the smarter moves to come out of Hollywood in quite some time. Keeping Samuel Jackson as Nick Fury was another good idea as well.
Why not a full two ears? I think the whole drunken Iron Man scene was a tad bit overdone. I’m not a hard-core Iron Man fan and I’ve only been following the Marvel mainstream Avengers since Spidey joined. So I cannot comment whether the writers followed cannon or not. I’ve never seen Tony Stark as a drunken idiot. Yes I know Stark has a drinking problem but endangering the lives of guests in his home?
The shot at the end of the movie has got me salivating for next year’s “Thor”
Pvt Black Spartan: 1.9 pointed ears
This movie picked up right were the last one left off. I didn’t rely too much on the previous movie either. Props to the writers and director for not putting too much “flashback” into the script. Samuel L. Jackson has the character of Nick Fury locked.
PIT #2: 2 pointed ears
This movie was awesome. War Machine rocked even though the role of Rhodey was recast. I found no faults with this movie at all.
PIT #3: 2 pointed ears
Taking Daddy to see this on his birthday was a treat. I like how the movie looks inside Tony’s head. I mean I like how Tony has problems and then he fights to m things better. I also liked the fact that there was no kissing in this movie (editor’s note: we did have to take a bathroom break so we may have missed that scene if there was one).
The drones rocked.
7.7 pointed ears out of 8. This is a worthy successor to the first. Marvel’s plan of a MEGA-franchise seems to be playing out very well. IM2 has set a relatively high bar for next year’s Thor and Captain America. My only worry at this point is that each succeeding director will attempt to “Top” Iron Man and leave the bar wa-a-y to high for 2012′s Avengers movie.