Robert Downey Jr. may have been the perfect choice to play Tony Stark, the head of Stark Enterprises and creator of the Iron Man suit. In the Marvel Universe, not many are as powerful as Iron Man. In the real universe, Iron Man has proved pretty powerful as well. Iron Man 2, which grossed over $312 million domestic box office (over $621 million worldwide), according to Box Office Mojo, fell just shy of tying the original Iron Man (by $6 million domestic but increased in international box office by nearly $40 million). Both movies sit within the Top 30 of all-time grossing releases.
But how could they not? Iron Man 2 returns to the same old smart-ass Tony Stark who is confronted with the sinister force of Ivan Vanko, played by the inestimable Mickey Rourke. Stark struggles to deal with his impending death (his power source is failing) and ultimately has to battle Ivan Vanko (who was thought to be dead) again and a host of drones to get out of Iron Man 2 alive (but only after finding an alternative power source). The movie sets up Iron Man 3, the Avengers, Thor, and probably several other Marvel Universe movies to come.
Iron Man 2 was released on May 7, 2010, and closed on August 19. It opened to the fifth highest opening weekend in history and stayed in theatres for 15 weeks.
Iron Man 2 introduces Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. (played by Samuel L. Jackson) and the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). Robert Downey Jr. and Mickey Rourke were also joined by Sam Rockwell, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Don Cheadle.
Not only did Iron Man 2 rock the big screen, it also rocked on CD with the entire soundtrack dedicated to the music of AC/DC. Only the songs “Shoot To Thrill” and “Highway to Hell” were used in the film (one song, “Back in Black” was actually featured in the original Iron Man. “Thunderstruck,” “War Machine,” and “The Razor’s Edge” were all used in trailers and commercials for the film, but were not heard in the movie.
The score was composed by John Debney (Spy Kids, Sin City) and Tom Morello (guitarist for Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave).
Jon Favreau directed, as he did the first Iron Man film.
Great music. Great story. Great actors. Great direction. Great special effects and action. And it was all tied together with a great ad campaign.
The two official trailers for Iron Man 2 follow. The movie becomes available on DVD and Blu-Ray Disc September 28.
Iron Man 2 Trailer 1:
Iron Man 2 Trailer 2:
Iron Man 2 trailers from Paramount via YouTube.com