Iron Man 2 (2010)
I enjoyed this movie. Like a lot of sequels, this one isn’t quite as good as the first one, but I still enjoyed it a lot.
I actually have gone on quite a few rants defending this movie. I am not sure I would go to such lengths to defend it now because it is such a small footnote in a 21 movie library. Back when there were only a handful of these movies in a small universe.
I kind of wish they would have stuck with Terrence Howard, but I’ve grown so used to Don Cheadle in the role that Iron Man 1 becomes the anomaly.
I heard that the creative process for this film was kind of a nightmare with the studio handcuffing a lot of what Jon Favreau wanted to do, which shows a little in the movie.
I would have liked to see something different from the sequel, but the studio wanted more evil Iron Men so that’s what we got. I never really read a lot of Iron Man comics, but I know that Iron Man had more villains than just other villains in robo suits. Fortunately we got away from those in the rest of the MCU movies.
Kind of. Looking at you, Age of Ultron.
My favorite scene in the movie is actually the fight between Rhodey and Stark. I think it is really the most well done and emotionally driven moments of the film. Stark is falling back into his own ways as a matter of dealing with his impending death, and Rhodey has seen enough and realizes Stark is dangerous. Then it becomes two best friends fighting each other which always has an emotional punch for me.
Then we get the proper War Machine Armor and that just looks so damn cool.
Sadly the fight after we see him for the first time is kinda meh. Whiplash shows up with Whiplash Iron Monger and that’s just kind of silly.
Outside of introducing War Machine and establishing a different Rhodey, this movie doesn’t really contribute a lot to the MCU. It also introduces Natasha Romonov to the MCU, but honestly it is kind of weak. Her appearances in the other films are much better. Still enjoyable and more Tony Stark is never a bad thing, but it could have been better.
Probably took me 9 years to admit it, but there it is. Still check it out though. YOU CAN’T SKIP ANY OF THEM!
Next we get the Gods in play with Thor.