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, with Pepper Potts and James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes at his side, must forge new alliances – and confront powerful enemies.
- Tony Stark / Iron Man: Robert Downey Jr.
- Virginia ‘Pepper’ Potts: Gwyneth Paltrow
- James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes / War Machine: Don Cheadle
- Natalie Rushman / Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow: Scarlett Johansson
- Justin Hammer: Sam Rockwell
- Ivan Vanko / Whiplash: Mickey Rourke
- Nick Fury: Samuel L. Jackson
- Phil Coulson: Clark Gregg
- Howard Stark: John Slattery
- Senator Stern: Garry Shandling
- J.A.R.V.I.S. (voice): Paul Bettany
- Christine Everhart: Leslie Bibb
- U.S. Marshal: Kate Mara
- Harold ‘Happy’ Hogan: Jon Favreau
- Christiane Amanpour: Christiane Amanpour
- Detective Lemieux: Philippe Bergeron
- Security Force #1: James Bethea
- Security Force #2: Michael Bruno
- Expo Fan: Kate Clark
- Russian Newscaster: Luminita Docan
- French Photographer: François Duhamel
- Larry Ellison: Larry Ellison
- Adam Goldstein: Adam Goldstein
- Major Allen: Tim Guinee
- General Meade: Eric L. Haney
- 10 Rings Gangster: Ali Khan
- Anton Vanko: Evgeniy Lazarev
- Larry King: Stan Lee
- AV Operator: Isaiah Guyman Martin IV
- Rebecca: Helena Mattsson
- Rebeka: Anya Monzikova
- Expo Cop: Keith Middlebrook
- Bambi Arbogast: Margy Moore
- Chess Roberts: Olivia Munn
- Elon Musk: Elon Musk
- Bill O’Reilly: Bill O’Reilly
- Strawberry Vendor: Alejandro Patiño
- Young Tony Stark: Davin Ransom
- Guard: Karim Saleh
- Hammer Expo Tech: Brian Schaeffer
- French Waiter: Phillipe Simon
- Jack: Jack White
- Ironette Dancer: Jenny Robinson
- Ironette Dancer: Melanie Brown
- Ironette Dancer: Krystal Ellsworth
- Ironette Dancer: Victoria Gracie
- Ironette Dancer: Gina Cantrell
- Ironette Dancer: Renee Herlocker
- Ironette Dancer: Jill Ann Pineda-Arnold
- Ironette Dancer: Sandy Colton
- Ironette Dancer: Annika Ihnat
- Ironette Dancer: Lindsay Dennis
- Ironette Dancer: Jennifer D. Johnson
- Ironette Dancer: Lindsay Rosenberg
- Ironette Dancer: Hannah Douglass
- Ironette Dancer: Brooke Long
- Ironette Dancer: Rachele Brooke Smith
- Ironette Dancer: Kylette Zamora
- Ironette Dancer: Nadine Ellis
- Model (uncredited): Ayelet Ben-Shahar
- Captain Anders (uncredited): John Ceallach
- Beautiful Girl (uncredited): Katie Cleary
- Expo Guest (uncredited): Ajarae Coleman
- Monte Carlo Race Fan (uncredited): Rick L. Dean
- French Prison Guard #2 (uncredited): Timothy ‘TJ’ James Driscoll
- Watermelon Girl (uncredited): Jasmine Dustin
- Stark Expo Attendee (uncredited): Sam Felman
- Pepper’s Party Guest (uncredited): Shakira Vanise Gamble
- French Prison Guard #1 (uncredited): Paul Grace
- Prisoner (uncredited): Mark Kubr
- Senate Page (uncredited): Cameron Lee
- Reporter (archive footage) (uncredited): Jee-Yun Lee
- Expo Guest (uncredited): Waymond Lee
- Prison Guard Chevalier (uncredited): Mathew Lorenceau
- Reporter (uncredited): Christopher Maleki
- Expo Guest (uncredited): Bryan McCoy
- Awards Attendee (uncredited): Ed Moy
- SWAT Sergeant Bellows (uncredited): Tony Nevada
- Watermelon Girl (uncredited): Allison Ochmanek
- French Reporter (uncredited): Nicolas Pajon
- Senate Gallery Member (uncredited): Steven James Price
- Security Guard Fighting Happy Hogan (uncredited): Tanoai Reed
- Senator (uncredited): Peter Trenholm Smith
- Party Guest (uncredited): Doug Swander
- Tony Stark Usher (uncredited): Peter Sebastian Wrobel
- Stark Expo Attendee (uncredited): Nick W. Nicholson
- VIP Expo Guest: Kristin Quick
- Guard (uncredited): Matt McColm
- Expo Fan (uncredited): Seth Green
- Screenplay: Justin Theroux
- Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Christopher Boyes
- Original Music Composer: John Debney
- Casting: Sarah Halley Finn
- Director of Photography: Matthew Libatique
- Costume Design: Mary Zophres
- Comic Book: Stan Lee
- Producer: Kevin Feige
- Production Design: J. Michael Riva
- Editor: Richard Pearson
- Editor: Dan Lebental
- Unit Production Manager: Denis L. Stewart
- Set Decoration: Lauri Gaffin
- Art Direction: David F. Klassen
- Special Effects Coordinator: Daniel Sudick
- Comic Book: Jack Kirby
- Art Direction: Page Buckner
- Executive Producer: Jon Favreau
- Comic Book: Larry Lieber
- Comic Book: Don Heck
- Casting: Randi Hiller
- Music Supervisor: Dave Jordan
- Executive Producer: Susan Downey
- Executive Producer: Louis D’Esposito
- Art Direction: Michael E. Goldman
- Executive Producer: Alan Fine
- Executive Producer: David Maisel
- Co-Producer: Victoria Alonso
- Co-Producer: Jeremy Latcham
- Orchestrator: Kevin Kaska
- Unit Production Manager: Basil Grillo
- First Assistant Director: Eric Heffron
- ADR & Dubbing: Heidi Brook Myers
- Art Direction: Suzan Wexler
- Stunts: Jessie Graff
- Property Master: Russell Bobbitt
- Stunt Driver: Tanner Foust
- Associate Producer: Karen Gilchrist
- Visual Effects Producer: Susan Pickett
- Visual Effects Supervisor: Janek Sirrs
- Animation Supervisor: Marc Chu
- Second Unit Director: Jonathan Taylor
- Gaffer: Michael Bauman
- Animation: Travis Tohill
- Second Assistant Director: Chris Castaldi
- Visual Effects Producer: Wayne Billheimer
- Effects Supervisor: Shane Mahan
- Visual Effects Supervisor: Ben Snow
- Digital Compositor: Ben O’Brien
- Animation: Mickael Coedel
- Stunts: Riley Harper
- Utility Stunts: Michael Hansen
- Visual Effects Supervisor: Ged Wright
- VFX Artist: John Walker
- Key Makeup Artist: Julie Socash
- Utility Stunts: Cheyenne Ellis
- Production Assistant: Trinh Tran
- ohlalipop: It was understood that the theaters would be sold out but when the three of us came there we just couldn’t accept NO for an answer. So we were finally able to buy tickets BUT we were seated separately. It was fine though. The movie kept me entertained. Except for the guy near me who was snoring pretty loud, the movie was great.
Of course Robert Downey Jr was amazing as always. There might be weird critics with this movie but for me, I liked it. The action scenes were just right. It wasn’t too much and it wasn’t too little. It was weird seeing Don Cheadle though play Terrence Howard’s character. I like Terrence better. And then there’s Scarlett Johansson who is really sexy although I think there weren’t that many acting for her in this movie. There weren’t many lines. And what was weird also was that in this movie, the chemistry between Tony Stark and Pepper was not that much compared to the first movie although in this movie they actually ended up together. But all in all I liked the movie. Seeing old characters from the first movie and new characters. I can’t wait for a 3rd Iron Man movie.
My rate for this movie is B+.
- Dan_Tebasco: Yet another ridiculously high rated Marvel movie, we get it Marvel fanboys you just love it when a new Marvel movie comes out, so much that you forget any flaws in it and give it a 10 or a 9 anyways.
But come on seriously? Wouldn’t you rather they spent a little time at actually writing a somewhat decent script and making it a bit more entertaining than to praise EVERYTHING they do to the skies just because you want a new chapter in the Marvel universe?
Cause this is NOT a good movie, 35 minutes of decent at best action and 85 minutes of nonsensical blabber.
Mickey Rourke was the only highlight in this movie, the scene at the racetrack with him was really cool but then he just became a wasted opportunity just like the rest of the movie.
A really boring turd of a film.
- Gimly: **A long form review originally posted in 2010:**
I find, the best way to look at this movie, is as two movies. Sounds strange I know, but bear with me.
On the one hand you have this Super Hero movie, it’s about the main character, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), flying around doing comic book-character type stuff, and it’s this pretty okay action film that’s worth taking a look at. Then, there’s this drama with a hint of comedy, this other film isn’t really a genre, it’s just about the characters interacting with each other, it’s about the main character, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), driving around doing billionaire-playboy type stuff, and this movie, is fucking great. Part script, and part flawless acting, this movie sets _Iron Man 2_ apart from any other Super Hero film out there. It was explored in the first film, and you get a similar thing there, but in this movie the division is more clear, and it bizarrely benefits from it.
When films go franchise-style, it’s inevitable that there will be scheduling conflicts, it’s an unfortunate part of the industry, particularly when you have a deadline to meet, and for whatever reason, an actor will be unable to return to their original role. Such an event takes place in _Iron Man 2_ when Lt. Col. James “Rhodey” Rhodes (originally played by Terrance Howard) is replaced by Don Cheadle. I personally think that Howard was better suited to the role, simply because he looks more like Rhodey does in the comics. But their way of dealing with the changeover is simple, and clever, the character’s first lines, whilst making perfect sense in context, are “Look, it’s me, I’m here, deal with it. Let’s move on. Drop it.” Very classy.
Although Mickey Rourke (_Get Carter, Sin City, The Wrestler, Man on Fire, The Expendables_) manages a very convincing evil Russian; Ivan Vanko, who’s a perfectly good character, Whiplash as a villain is unfortunately somewhat lacking. Sam Rockwell (_The Green Mile, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Frost/Nixon, Moon, Conviction_) plays Justin Hammer, corporate rival of Stark’s. Scarlett Johansen (_Eight Legged Freaks, The Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Island, The Prestige, The Spirit_) is another good addition to the cast, in the role of Natalie Rushman A.K.A Natasha Romanoff A.K.A Black Widow. Samuel L. Jackson (_Jurassic Park, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, The Starwars Prequel Trilogy, Shaft, S.W.A.T, Kill Bill Volume 2, Snakes on a Plane, 1408, The Spirit, Inglourious Basterds_) portraying S.H.I.E.L.D Director Nick Fury, rounds out the newbies in the cast. And it’s all good news.
The Hammerdrones are an attempt at revamping the whole boss-battle that was such a let down in the original film, which honestly, once again didn’t really work out. Once again it’s a case of the character interaction that makes the film what it is. The effects also went a long way in the line of helping out the film, ’cause they were awesome. There are a couple of negatives in the script, just those moments when the suspension of disbelief is not… suspend-y enough. As for example the line; “Congratulations sir, you have created a new element”, is a little flawed.
Though if I was forced to choose between them, I would probably say that _Iron Man_ is the better of the two films, but _Iron Man 2_ has a better re-watch value in my opinion, which I prize highly. I wait with baited breath for the next Marvel film to come out, _Thor_.
- tmdb44006625: Honestly, it took me three tries to get through this movie once. It kept putting me to sleep.
The cast do everything they can to make their scenes entertaining, but Iron Man 2 is a just an absolute waste of two hours and $200 million. 1: The stupidly integrated villain Ivan Vanko who is given no backstory or true relatable motive (even Mickey Rourke was pissed at how his character was handled). 2: The pointless subplot of how Tony Stark has to create a new element to save himself. 3: The sloppy introductions of both SHIELD and Black Widow. There’s very little here that is of any actual entertainment value, or at least to balance out how tedious the whole movie is to watch. No wonder why Jon Favreau left to make more personal works.
- JPV852: Says a lot, but took now a decade to finally see this sequel. Certainly belongs in the lower tier of the MCU as the plot really felt disjointed and even though it was only two hours, really short for a comic book movie nowadays, still felt so much longer. That said, had a few okay moments yet can’t really say anything stood out. **2.75/5**
- r96sk: ‘Iron Man 2’ is good, nothing special, but good.
Robert Downey Jr. is just as entertaining in the lead role, while the specials efforts are again pleasing. The score, which I found slightly lacking in ‘Iron Man’, is improved. The plot isn’t as interesting, or all that creative, but it’s done well enough that I didn’t ever feel bored; though some of the pacing is off.
I like Don Cheadle so it’s good to see him come in, even if his character is rather forgettable. Scarlett Johansson is also a solid addition, though Sam Rockwell didn’t do anything for me in his role. Mickey Rourke is fun enough as Ivan.