Movie: Iron Man 2 (2010)

The one where two Rhodes diverged…

All the spoilers all the time.  You have been warned!

My Thoughts While Watching:

I kept thinking, over and over, “fucking arrogant”.  I feel that Tony Stark was the embodiment of commercialized heroism.

Wait – Rhodey, my how you’ve changed? “Look, it’s me. I’m here. Deal with it. Let’s move on.”  Ok, Don, we get it, let’s move on…

It isn’t a super hero movie until there is an explosion, perfectly framing the villain who is walking to you!

I will reiterate that we had easter eggs all along, guiding us to the conclusion that it would be Tony Stark’s arm that would wield the glove in the end!  They placed emphasis on his arm on a regular basis.

Probably my favorite line of this movie: “Sir, I’m gonna have to ask you to exit the donut.”  Wait, maybe: “I will taze you and watch Super Nanny as you drool on the carpet.”

Tony really is text book narcissistic.

Ah, the New Mexico “thing” was covered in the Thor movie…

Maybe it is that I am playing both sides of the Marvel coin, however, I LOVED the first Iron Man movie.  I remember seeing the first trailer in the theater (though I cannot remember what movie I was seeing) and when the trailer finished the audience cheered.  I remember the feeling of seeing Iron Man in the theater and thinking how amazing it was, to see comics come to life.  The flip side of that coin: I despise Tony Stark.  His misogynistic nature.  His arrogance.  Just everything.  I really, desperately dislike his character (spoiler: that never changes throughout watching the entire series).  In tandem, I despise the Pepper Potts character.  She watched Tony be a whore for years and then suddenly she had a Meredith Grey moment, a move to “Pick Me. Choose Me. Love Me.”  STAHHHHPPPP! Be a grown ass woman and say “I like the salary he provides but I don’t shit where I eat, especially with the size of that asshole.”

The BEST part of this movie was Stan Lee’s cameo as Larry King. Genius!

Image result for stan lee as larry king

After this blog, my next Marvel Monday blog I will list the order from most likable to least….

Some Interviews and Extra Video:

IMDB Synopsis: With the world now aware of his identity as Iron Man, Tony Stark must contend with both his declining health and a vengeful mad man with ties to his father’s legacy.


Robert Downey Jr. Robert Downey Jr. Tony Stark
Gwyneth Paltrow Gwyneth Paltrow Pepper Potts
Don Cheadle Don Cheadle Lt. Col. James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes
Scarlett Johansson Scarlett Johansson Natalie Rushman / Natasha Romanoff
Sam Rockwell Sam Rockwell Justin Hammer
Mickey Rourke Mickey Rourke Ivan Vanko
Samuel L. Jackson Samuel L. Jackson Nick Fury
Clark Gregg Clark Gregg Agent Coulson
John Slattery John Slattery Howard Stark
Garry Shandling Garry Shandling Senator Stern
Paul Bettany Paul Bettany JARVIS (voice)
Kate Mara Kate Mara U.S. Marshal
Leslie Bibb Leslie Bibb Christine Everhart
Jon Favreau Jon Favreau Happy Hogan
Christiane Amanpour Christiane Amanpour Christiane Amanpour

Director:  Jon Favreau


My ranking scores –

0-19 Levels of: Ugh

20-39 Levels of: Meh (aka I cannot reach the remote)

40-59 Levels of: I don’t hate it?

60-85 Levels of: That was solid.

86-100 Levels of: I Loved It!

I rank this movie a 43!



Additional Movie Info:

It received a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 73% Fresh.  It received a Rotten Tomato audience rating of 72% liking it.  Average Rating: 3.74/5 with a number of User Ratings: 479,926.

Movie Reviews:

Specs:  Release date: 7 May 2010 (USA) / Runtime: 124 minutes / Budget: $200M

IMDB Trivia:

  • Jon Favreau had a lot of friction with the Marvel higher-ups due to their constant intervention, to the point that they were having him rewrite the script as the film was still shooting. In particular, elements such as the increased prominence of the S.H.I.E.L.D. subplot were the result of a need to establish the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe, in preparation for The Avengers (2012), at the expense of the coherence of the film’s own plot. These disputes got so bad that Favreau turned down directing Iron Man 3 (2013).
  • (At around fourteen minutes) When first talking with Senator Stern (Garry Shandling), Tony Stark says he would gladly accept the position of Secretary of Defense. In the comics, Tony Stark actually was appointed the Secretary of Defense.
  • actually speaks Latin, she responds with the phrase “Fallaces sunt rerum species”, a quote from Lucio Anneo Seneca meaning “The appearances of things are deceptive.”
  • A lot of Whiplash’s identifying features were suggested by Mickey Rourke. He wanted to perform half of his role in Russian, and consulted on the character’s tattoos and gold teeth, as well as having a pet cockatoo. In fact, Rourke paid for the bird and the gold teeth out of his own pocket.
  • (At around forty-seven minutes) The photo of Ivan being arrested that Tony Stark views in his research is an actual media photo of Mickey Rourke being arrested on a drugs charge when he was younger.
  • Hammer’s factory is really Elon Musk‘s SpaceX facility in Hawthorne, California. The people walking in the background are actual employees, even though filming took place at night.
  • Kenneth Branagh directed the post-credits scene that sets up Thor (2011).
  • (At around twenty-two minutes) According to Jon Favreau, the Asian man who hands Vanko false papers, in order to get to Monaco, is a member of the Ten Rings, the terrorist organization Stark encountered in the first film. This organization is reportedly headed by Iron Man’s nemesis, the Mandarin.
  • To prepare for his role as Ivan Vanko, a.k.a. Whiplash, Mickey Rourke paid a visit to Butyrka Prison, Moscow: “I tried to incorporate the whole Russian philosophy. It’s a culture of its own, and I really enjoyed doing the research, and meeting the people, and they were very gracious there at the prison.” Rourke also commented that Vanko’s dialogue is in a Slovakian accent.
  • In the comics, Justin Hammer was a shrewd but elderly businessman. He was re-worked as a younger character in the film, to make him a contemporary rival to Tony Stark. The original purpose of the character in the comics was to explain why the various enemies Iron Man fought somehow gained unique and extremely advanced weapons, but usually kept them for themselves to commit violent crimes instead of making money by bringing them to market. Iron Man eventually discovers the reason is because Hammer gives the weapons to various criminals as part of their contracts to become his mercenaries, with the agreement that they hand over a percentage of the loot from their crimes.
  • The year in which Anton Vanko is said to have defected to the U.S., 1963, is actually the year in which Vanko first appeared in the comics (as the Crimson Dynamo) and defected.
  • Two identical Rolls-Royce Phantoms, built especially for the film, were destroyed during filming.
  • Black Widow’s alias of “Natalie Rushman” is inspired by “Nancy Rushman”, a S.H.I.E.L.D. cover identity she has used in the comics.
  • (At around one hour and one minute) When Director Nick Fury first shows up, the numbers 91:5 are written in the dust on the sidewalk. Psalm 91:5 reads: “Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day.”
  • The layout, and many of the buildings of “Stark Expo 1974”, were based on the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair. In the Expo promo film outtakes shown in the movie, young Tony Stark picks up the Bell System Pavilion.
  • During the climax at the Stark Expo, Tony saves a young boy wearing an Iron Man helmet from one of the robotic drones. Several fans have speculated that the boy may have been a young Peter Parker, better known as Spider-Man. Since the Spider-Man franchise was owned by Sony Pictures, the character could not be explicitly used in any Marvel film at the time. However, a deal that was made later between Marvel and Sony enabled Spider-Man to feature in Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Spider-Man: Homecoming(2017). Given the fact that the Stark Expo was held in Queens (where Parker is from), and the boy seemed to have the right age to be a teenager by the time that Captain America: Civil War (2016) occurred, the theory grew stronger. Spider-Man performer Tom Holland confirmed the theory shortly before the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).
  • (At around one hour and eleven minutes) When Hammer pitches his weapons arsenal to Rhodey he calls the Minigun “Puff the Magic Dragon”. Aside from the movie and song references, during the Vietnam War, the Douglas AC-47 “Spooky” attack plane was armed with similar Miniguns, and was nicknamed “Puff the Magic Dragon”.
  • The rooftop where Tony and Pepper kiss at the end is located on an apartment building overlooking Flushing Meadows, where Jon Favreau lived as a child.
  • (At around fourteen minutes) Tony is surprised to see Rhodey (Don Cheadle) at the Senate hearing. Rhodey says to Tony, “Look, it’s me. I’m here. Deal with it. Let’s move on.” This is not only Rhodey speaking to Tony, but could also be perceived as Cheadle speaking subliminally to the viewers making a fuss about Rhodes being re-cast between Iron Man (2008) and this movie.
  • The map locations on the monitors in the S.H.I.E.L.D. Headquarters at the end, correspond to characters and events from the Marvel Comic books. The location in Africa, is a reference to Black Panther. Other locations refer to Thor, Captain America, Hulk, and others.
  • The film’s basic storyline (Stark must cope with the government confiscating his armor, and a mid-life crisis of depression and alcoholism, with his manipulative rival Justin Hammer scheming to ruin him) is inspired by the Iron Man comic “Demon in a Bottle”.
  • Hammer’s Ex-Wife missile is ineffective against Vanko’s new armor. This is played as a joke; however, bunker-destroying missiles need to be operated at long range, while Rhodes used it incorrectly (at a nearby target).
  • The post credit scene shows Mjolnir, a hammer in the open land of New Mexico. Teasing the next film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor (2011).

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