Why trust one opinion, when you can have two? Join John Gholson and Peter Hall as they discuss Iron Man 2, in Sci-Fi Squad's first Double-Take!
John Gholson: Expectations are at an all-time high for Jon Favreau's follow-up to Iron Man, cleverly titled Iron Man 2. It's a pride-comes-before-a-fall story about gazillionaire Tony Stark's unwavering confidence in his own bad-assitude. Right from the start, Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is such an arrogant rock star superhero, you know someone's going to come along and take him down a few pegs.
That someone is Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), who comic book fans know as Whiplash, a brilliant Russian thug with a personal vendetta against the Stark family. Vanko teams with unscrupulous industrialist Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) to continue work on Hammer's own line of Iron Man-inspired military armor. Also there to humble Stark is his own best friend James Rhodes (Don Cheadle), who nabs his own set of armor, should Tony act irresponsibly.
All that and I didn't even mention Samuel L. Jackson as SHIELD agent Nick Fury and Scarlett Johansson as Stark's new secretary. Nor did I mention Stark's heart problems, which provide a lot of the film's conflict. And I didn't even talk about the rich subplot involving Pepper Potts' (Gwyneth Paltrow) takeover of Stark Industries. Obviously, this is a stuffed film. Over-stuffed? Not in the way that Spider-Man 3 felt over-stuffed, but it's certainly more bloated than the first one.