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Iron Man 2

Official teaser poster
Directed by Jon Favreau
Produced by Kevin Feige
Avi Arad
Susan Downey[1]
Written by Justin Theroux
Robert Downey Jr.[2]
Jon Favreau
Stan Lee
(Comic book)
Larry Lieber
(Comic book)
Don Heck
(Comic book)
Jack Kirby
(Comic book)
Starring Robert Downey Jr.
Don Cheadle
Mickey Rourke
Gwyneth Paltrow
Scarlett Johansson
Sam Rockwell
Samuel L. Jackson
Music by John Debney
Tom Morello[3]
Cinematography Matthew Libatique
Editing by Dan Lebental
Richard Pearson
Studio Marvel Studios
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) 02010-05-07 May 7, 2010
(United States)
02010-04-30 April 30, 2010
(United Kingdom)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $200 million
Preceded by Iron Man

Iron Man 2 is an upcoming 2010 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name from Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures. It is the sequel to 2008's Iron Man, and the second film in a planned trilogy.[4] Directed by Jon Favreau, the film stars Robert Downey Jr. reprising his role as Tony Stark, an industrialist and master engineer, also known as the superhero, Iron Man. The film is scheduled to be released in the UK on April 30th and in North America on May 7, 2010. The soundtrack will feature music by AC/DC.[1]



The world is aware that billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is the armored superhero Iron Man. Under pressure from the government, the press, and the public to share his technology with the military, Tony is unwilling to divulge the secrets behind the Iron Man armor because he fears the information will slip into the wrong hands. With Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), and James "Rhodey” Rhodes (Don Cheadle) at his side, Tony forges new alliances and confronts powerful new forces.

—Synopsis from[5]


  • Don Cheadle as Lt. Colonel James "Rhodey" Rhodes / War Machine:[6] Cheadle replaces Terrence Howard from the first film. Howard said, "There was no explanation, apparently the contracts that we write and sign aren't worth the paper that they're printed on sometimes. Promises aren't kept, and good faith negotiations aren't always held up."[7] Entertainment Weekly stated Favreau did not enjoy working with Howard, often reshooting and cutting his scenes; Howard's publicist said he had a good experience playing the part, while Marvel chose not to comment. As Favreau and Theroux chose to minimize the role, Marvel came to Howard to discuss lowering his salary – Howard was the first actor hired in Iron Man and earned the largest salary of the cast. The publication stated they were unsure whether Howard's representatives left the project first or if Marvel chose to stop negotiating.[8] Theroux denied the part of the report stating "the role of War Machine was scaled back and then beefed up".[9] Cheadle only had a few hours to accept the role and did not even know what storyline Rhodes would undergo.[10] He commented he is a comic book fan, but had not previously participated in comics-themed films due to the lack of black superheroes.[11]
  • Mickey Rourke as Ivan Vanko / Whiplash:[12] This version of the character includes elements of both Blacklash and Crimson Dynamo from the comics. In the film, he will be the son of Russian scientist Anton Vanko, who, in the comics, is the original Crimson Dynamo and creator of said armor.[13] Downey offered Rourke the part during a roundtable discussion with David Ansen at the 2009 Golden Globes, and Rourke met with Favreau and Theroux to discuss his character's role. Rourke almost dropped out of the role due to Marvel's initial salary offer of $250,000, so the studio chose to increase the deal.[14] Rourke researched for the part by visiting Butyrka prison.[15] He suggested half of the character's dialogue be in Russian.[16]
  • Sam Rockwell as Justin Hammer: Rockwell was considered for the role of Tony Stark in the first film, and he accepted the role of Hammer without reading the script.[20] He had never heard of the character before he was contacted about the part, and was unaware Hammer is an old man in the comics, whereas in the film he will be significantly closer to Stark's age.[21] Originally thought to be a major antagonist, Rockwell says his character is "plucky comic relief, but he’s got a little bit of an edge".[22]
  • Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury: Jackson initially had financial problems with Marvel and was unsure about reprising the part of Fury, until they reached a deal that would entail his appearance in up to nine films as the character.[23]

Jon Favreau will reprise his role as Happy Hogan,[24] Tony Stark's bodyguard and chauffeur. John Slattery will appear as Howard Stark, Tony's father.[25] Garry Shandling appears as Senator Stern, a senator who wants Stark to give Iron Man's armor to the government.[11][26] Paul Bettany will again voice Stark's computer, JARVIS.[27] Clark Gregg will reprise his role as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson from the first film.[28] Leslie Bibb will also reprise her role as reporter Christine Everhart. Kate Mara will appear as an FBI agent. Olivia Munn will play an unspecified role.[29] Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic revealed that he will be cast in the film, however his role isn't mentioned.[30] Stan Lee will appear as talk show host Larry King.[31]




Jon Favreau meeting with members of the U.S. Air Force while filming at Edwards AFB

Jon Favreau said it was his intent to create a film trilogy for Iron Man,[4] with Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges) becoming Iron Monger during the sequels. However, Stane became the main villain in Iron Man after a meeting between Favreau and various comic book writers, including Mark Millar. Millar argued the Mandarin, whom Favreau originally intended to be the main villain, was too fantastical.[32] Favreau concurred, deciding "I look at Mandarin more like how in Star Wars you had the Emperor, but Darth Vader is the guy you want to see fight. Then you work your way to the time when lightning bolts are shooting out of the fingers and all that stuff could happen. But you can't have what happened in Return of the Jedi happen in A New Hope. You just can't do it."[33]

In an interview with USA Today, director Jon Favreau revealed that the sequel is set six months after the events of Iron Man. Favreau also discussed how their version of Iron Man's comic book nemesis the Mandarin "allows us to incorporate the whole pantheon of villains". He also mentioned that S.H.I.E.L.D. will continue to have a major role.[34]

During development, Favreau said the film would explore Stark's alcoholism, but it would not be "the Demon in a Bottle version".[34] Downey said, while promoting the first film, that Stark would probably develop a drinking problem as he is unable to cope with his age, the effects of revealing he is Iron Man, as well as Pepper getting a boyfriend.[35] Before filming began, Downey revealed that while the film was not an adaptation of the Demon in a Bottle storyline from the comic book series, it was more about the "interim space" between the origin and the Demon story arc.[6]


Justin Theroux signed to write the script in July 2008, which is based on a story written by Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr.[36] Theroux co-wrote Tropic Thunder, and Downey recommended him to Marvel.[9] Genndy Tartakovsky storyboarded the film.[37] Shane Black gave some advice on the script, and suggested to Favreau and Downey that they model Stark on J. Robert Oppenheimer, who became depressed with being "the destroyer of worlds" after working on the Manhattan Project.[35] Adi Granov returned to supervise the designs for Iron Man's armor.[34] Filming primarily took place at Raleigh Studios in Manhattan Beach, California.[38]


Principal photography began April 6, 2009,[6] at the Pasadena Masonic Temple. The fake working title was Rasputin.[39] Filming also took place at Edwards Air Force Base[40] and also at the 2009 Monaco Grand Prix.[41] The film's principal photography concluded on July 20, 2009.


AC/DC will be providing the soundtrack to Iron Man 2, being released by Columbia Records on Monday, April 19, 2010[42]. There will be two different versions, a deluxe and a standard edition. The deluxe edition will come with the 15 track CD with a 32 page booklet and a DVD featuring exclusive interviews, behind the scenes footage, and music videos and can only be bought from The standard edition will include just the CD and can only be bought at Walmart.

It is unknown if an album featuring John Debney's original score will be released.


At the 2009 San Diego Comic Con, a five minute teaser trailer for the movie was shown. Actors portraying Stark Industries recruiters handed out business cards with an invitation to apply for a job at Stark Industries. [43] A website for Stark Industries also went online, with an attached graphic of a "napkin memo" from Tony Stark to Pepper Potts announcing that Stark Industries no longer made weapons. Another section featured an online application.[44] It was confirmed that the first Iron Man 2 theatrical trailer would premiere in front of Sherlock Holmes. This trailer was released online on December 16, 2009. A new trailer was shown by Robert Downey, Jr. on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Sunday, March 7 after the Academy Awards. [45]

Video games

A video game based on the film is to be released by Sega in April 2010, written by The Invincible Iron Man scribe Matt Fraction.[46] The game's Comic Con trailer showed that the Crimson Dynamo is set to appear as a villain. Both Iron Man and War Machine have been confirmed as playable characters. The Wii version will be developed by High Voltage Software and all console versions will be published by Sega.[47] Don Cheadle and Samuel L. Jackson will voice their respective characters in the video games.[48]

Gameloft will publish the Iron Man 2 mobile game.[49]


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