Iron Man 2 Movie Exposé

Iron Man 2 Movie Exposé

The latest issue of Wizard Magazine offers a roundup of cast interviews, rumors and behind the scenes information regarding the highly anticipated Marvel Studios film Iron Man 2. Follow the jump for all the details. . .

By multipurposeponi - Jan 23, 2010 05:01 PM EST
Filed Under: Iron Man
Source: Wizard Magazine



In 2008 the world was introduced to Tony Stark, a dedicated war-monger whose genius intellect allowed him to corner the arms market with his futuristic technology. The film followed the unapologetic, billionaire playboy as he faced a great misfortune (no. . not impotence): his own weapons were used to make him a prisoner of war. As if capture by terrorists wasn't bad enough, he now had to rely on an outside power source to keep shrapnel from piercing his heart. We all know what happens next, Tony overcomes the odds and escapes confinement; becoming Iron Man in the process.

The film's sequel, due out May 2nd of this year, has audiences waiting and wondering: Will it meet or exceed our expectations of a comic movie sequel (ala The Dark Knight)? Or will it be just another over hyped, overcrowded sequel?



Wizard Magazine has recently released an in depth, behind the scenes look at the movie. Most notably, it ties in most of the information that's been slowly trickling out for months. First, the film's director Jon Favreau explains how the sotry is set up: "A lot of people wondered if we were going to follow the 'Demon in a Bottle' storyline [but] the tone in the first film isn't as dark as what's explored in the books. What we did want to go into was how he struggles with his own identity in the face of being a larger than life character who is. in fact, saving the world."

Since alcoholism won't be Tony's antagonist in the film, the crew had to find a villain that could challenge our hero both physically and mentally. Enter Ivan Vanko, or Mickey Rourke to be exact. Favreau was very excited when Rourke agreed to board the project, but his excitement amplified when he learned how seriously The Wrester star was taking the role.

"We informed Mickey that the character had done some time in a Russian prison. The next thing I heard, he was in a Russian prison! He chose to go there." Favreau jokingly suggested that Rourke may have had an ulterior motive for going to that extreme: "Apparently, the first American film that they got in Russia as a result of Perestroika was '9 1/2 Weeks'. So [Mickey] is a sex god in Russia."

Fans of the comics know that a villain by the name of Ivan Vanko was not a part of Iron Man's rogues gallery. So where did this new character come from? Favreau goes into detail about the deviation from the source material:

"For those of you who know the books, we're combining some characters in a way that stays true to the books but keeps you guys guessing a little bit. We combined Whiplash and [Anton] Vanko [the Crimson Dynamo]."

Here's a breakdown of the two separate characters - Anton Vanko was a Russian scientist who donned the Crimson Dynamo armor to battle Iron Man. Whiplash, or Mark Scarlotti, was a Stark Industries weapons designer. After becoming involved with organized crime he designed a pair of high-voltage whips that strike with the force of lightning bolts. From the information we've been given regarding Ivan Vanko (Rourke's character) he can discern that he is Anton Vanko's son utilizing the Whiplash technology instead of the Crimson Dynamo suit. If anyone is worried about watching a hybrid character like Vanko/Whiplash, you can rest easy. Favreau doesn't make modifications to the Marvel Universe without careful planning, "Any changes won't be made out of ignorance."

One of film's stars, Sam Rockwell, has indicated that Ivan Vanko is a fan of Tony Stark until Justin Hammer (his character) forces the Russian into becoming a villain through pressure and manipulation.


Two mechanically enhanced main characters isn't enough this time around, Jim Rhodes will don the fan favorite War Machine armor. 'Rhodey', played by Don Cheadle, will be an integral part of Tony's struggle with the government; so we should expect to see plenty of War Machine in action. "I looked on the [shooting] schedule," Cheadle said, "and I think the CGI version of Rhodey worked as many days as I did." A big question of fan's minds is whether the government has gone to the expense of creating their own armored warrior, with gadgets including shoulder-mounted self targeting machine gun that can engage adversaries in 360 degrees, in an attempt to bring in the Golden Avenger. Robert Downey Jr. gives his insight into that possibility: "Well I get that sense from the footage we've shown. But it could be a misdirect."

Downey believes that the conflict between his character and Rhodey is integral to the film's story; not so much as rivals but as competitive equals. "I got from the comic books [was] that when Tony and Rhodey hung out, it would always be a toss up between which one of them would get laid first. With Don [Cheadle], he's someone who is not intimidated by me in any way. So, I wanted to bring that to the screen as much as possible.

The War Machine armor has yet to make it's big screen debut, but Cheadle has already faced rumors regarding a possible spin-off film. "People have asked, but no one [in authority] has mentioned it as something that's happening. Hopefully, if this one goes well, there'll be another [Iron Man film] with the same people. But there won't be a War Machine spin-off."

Rhodes isn't the only government representative that Stark has choice words with. Samuel L. Jackson returns as Nick Fury, Director of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division (or you can call it S.H.I.E.L.D.) "We're going to be looking at Tony needing help, working with other people. One of our themes is that no man is an island," said Jon Favreau. Downey gives a bit more detail about how that theme will appear on film, "At a certain point, Tony is approached by Nick Fury, who is wondering what it's like for him not to have any backup."

The film will further explore not just the world of Iron Man, but the Marvel movie-verse as well. "[Tony faces issues] that are more pertinent than his immediate survival," says Downey, "confronting issues that are beyond the realm of easy understanding even for someone as bright as he is." Should audiences ready themselves for a more fantasy elements in the Iron Man films? Many fans are hoping to see mention of Iron Man's nemesis the Mandarin, but with Marvel's next feature film currently in production, this statement could be pointing towards the introduction of Thor.

Fans will have to wait a bit longer to see exactly what surprises Favreau and crew have in store for the film's final cut. Their highest priority is secrecy. "With the level of curiosity, it's very hard to not open every Christmas present before the release date." said the director. "On the first film, Nick Fury was out there on [the internet] less than a week after we did it. We shot with a skeleton crew on a dark day, we thought we were so clever. It's a cat and mouse game that we play."

The interest to see as much of the film as possible before it's release is understandable considering how disappointed fans have been in the past with horrid adaptations of their favorite characters. Favreau promises that he too understands. He has seen fans "punished by studios that don't care about them. We'd [just] like there to be some surprises then next May comes around."





Here are a few interesting finds from next month's issue of Wizard Magazine:

- Iron Man 2 opens showing Tony Stark facing a major struggle where both his mood and armor are grimy and ragged.

- Favreau has confirmed that the exoskeleton armor Whiplash wears in the film's trailer is his "first attempt at technology".

- Black Widow wasn't the only option for Scarlett Johansson to play, Favreau was considering her for the role of Wanda Maximoff, better known as the Scarlett Witch.

- Mickey Rourke felt that his character (Whiplash) should have a pet, just as a way to humanize him. After much discussion, a Cockatoo joined the crew.


Pick up the February issue of Wizard Magazine today for more information on Iron Man 2 including an interview with Scarlett Johansson and more details from Robert Downey Jr. and Don Cheadle.
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ToMMaN
ToMMaN - 1/23/2010, 6:03 PM
wooooah! am i first!? double woooah! im excited!
GUNSMITH
GUNSMITH - 1/23/2010, 6:03 PM
"HEY IMA LET YOU FINISH BUT TERRENCE HOWARD WAS THE BEST RODEY OF ALL TIME, ALL TIME"...
WarNoodle
WarNoodle - 1/23/2010, 6:04 PM
FIRST!!! lol
WarNoodle
WarNoodle - 1/23/2010, 6:04 PM
FREAKIN A!!! both me and ToMMan are fisters!! LOL.
GUNSMITH
GUNSMITH - 1/23/2010, 6:09 PM
I LIKE THIS LOOK FOR WHIPLASH...





THIS ONE LOOKS WIERD..
GUNSMITH
GUNSMITH - 1/23/2010, 6:19 PM
@ I--DUDE ITS WARMACHINES NEW THING, HIS ARMOR CAN ASSIMILATE TECH INTO IT, INCORPORATING IT INTO HIS ARMOR, YOU THROW HIM INTO A TANK AND HE BLENDS HIS ARMOR WITH IT AND HE HAS TANK TREADS WITH A CANNON OR HE CAN BLEND WITH A WARPLANE AND TAKE ON ITS CHARACTERISTICS, WEAPONRY ECT..ITS A VERY COOL THING. HE IS EVEN MORE WAR MACHINE THAN EVER..SETS HIM APART FROM IRON MAN AND MAKES HIM EVEN MORE UNIQUE I THINK.


PRETTY BAD ASS I THINK..
GUNSMITH
GUNSMITH - 1/23/2010, 6:26 PM
[email protected]'RE ALL MAJOR SUPER GEEKS ON COMICS, THIS WOULD BE THE PLACE TO FIND US..HEHE
JoshWilding
JoshWilding - 1/23/2010, 6:28 PM
OZY: Are you [frick]ing crazy you $&*$£%&* &£^£%"!?!

Lol, only joking but seriously man I cant believe you think that!! I would say that Iron Man is better than Watchmen!

How can you say that everything apart from RDJ's acting sucked? Jeff Bridges sucked? The actually interesting (for a change!) origins? The awesome AC/DC intro? The brilliant CGI and action scened? Not to mention, the awesome "I am Iron Man" ending or Nick Fury cameo!!! Unbelievable..! ;)

Great find MULTI! I dont think I've seen that Whiplash image before and its interesting to read about Favreau almost casting Johannsen as Scarlet Witch...a sign that her and Quicksilver belong to Marvel perhaps?
GUNSMITH
GUNSMITH - 1/23/2010, 6:30 PM
SUPPOSEDLY HE'S JUST LIKE TONY STARK, EXACTLLY GETTING OUT OF IMPRISONMENT THE SAME WAY, GOING AFTER HIS ENEMY RIGHT AFTER BREAKING FREE USING HIS MAKESHIFT ARMOR JUST LIKE STARK DID IN THE FIRST MOVIE, THEN, IM ASSUMING HE'LL DO WHAT STARK DID AFTER..IMPROVE ON THE DESIGN..IF HE HOOKS UP WITH HAMMER..THATS RESOURCES AND TECH RIGHT THERE FOR HIM TO USE.
thehumantorch
thehumantorch - 1/23/2010, 6:37 PM
@ Ozy, maybe this is more your cup o' tea?

Hawksblueyes
Hawksblueyes - 1/23/2010, 6:37 PM
Great find Multi. I did an artice about a month ago that talked about there being a possibility of Thor showing up in Iron Man, I hope its true.
GUNSMITH
GUNSMITH - 1/23/2010, 6:39 PM
FOUND A PIC OF NEW WHIPLASH ARMORE SRAIGHT FROM IRON MAN 2 SET!!!

ITS AMAZING!
InTylerWeTrust
InTylerWeTrust - 1/23/2010, 6:41 PM
I actually used to think IM was overrated, not that it was bad, I thought it was very well done, but not awesome as a lot of people said. But, after re-watching it many times since then, I have to admit, it is damn awesome. One of my top 5 fav. CBM's. Though I wouldn't say it was better than Watchmen, Dark Knight, or Spider-Man 1, which are my top 3, respectively.

I'm very excited for IM 2. I'm glad they aren't going full-on alcoholic Stark with this one. But I hope Whiplash updates his armor to be more than just what we've seen so far. Not really digging it's look at the moment.
peterparker420
peterparker420 - 1/23/2010, 6:41 PM
OZY- WHAT THE F***! no just kidding!..but really..WTF!

GUN- Is that second pic a David Finch drawing?..looks
kind of like his style..just wondering.


GREAT ARTICLE..by the way..I don't think this movie
is going to be "too crowded" persay..I think
it is going to be a FANBOY's (me) WET DREAM!!
captainam86
captainam86 - 1/23/2010, 6:46 PM
Wow! love this post. but since scarlet johanson was also considered for Wanda Maximoff does that mean we could see a bit of Scarlett Witch?!
Hawksblueyes
Hawksblueyes - 1/23/2010, 6:47 PM
I'm not critisizing anyone who didn't enjoy Iron Man. Everybody has their own tastes. But if you didn't enjoy Iron Man, what CBM's did you enjoy? Ozy I know you liked Watchmen.

What I mean is, its right there at the top of the most well made CBM list. Which ones did you enjoy?

HEEEYYYYY!!! Maybe thats who Olivia Munn is playing.
peterparker420
peterparker420 - 1/23/2010, 6:53 PM
GUN- AWESOME WHIPLASH!!
GUNSMITH
GUNSMITH - 1/23/2010, 6:57 PM
YEAH PETER PARKER, I THINK ITS NICE ARMOR
FifthSun
FifthSun - 1/23/2010, 7:15 PM
did anybody actually see watchmen..??
It was a piece of shiii..just kidding
I mean, it was mediocre, not bad but it's nowhere as good as iron man. @Ozy iron man isn't actually overrated, actually it was overshadowed by the dark knight, when TDK came out, nobody was talking about iron man.
Hawksblueyes
Hawksblueyes - 1/23/2010, 7:18 PM
Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't we all make fun of Scarjo months ago when she made a comment about playing The Scarlet Witch?
GUNSMITH
GUNSMITH - 1/23/2010, 7:23 PM
I RATHER HAVE CHEADLE ANYWAY, HE'S A HIGHER CALIBER ACTOR
JoshWilding
JoshWilding - 1/23/2010, 7:37 PM
I: I actually agree with you there - the guy is a decent actor but I could never actually imagine him suiting up as War Machine..!

Guys, dont forget to check out my SPIDER-WOMAN Fan Cast under "Fan Fic"!!! :)
peterparker420
peterparker420 - 1/23/2010, 7:38 PM
I- NO you are NOT the only one!..I did "geek" when he
said next time" in IM1..but that was his best line!
sure he did his job as an actor..but a good actor
would of jumped at the chance to play WM..and he
DIDN'T to him is was all about the money..But the
DON is the man in ALL the "ocean's" movie's so
I welcome the change!

FifthSun- I LOVED WATCHMEN!..I cannot say one bad thing
about the EPICNESS of that movie!..If they
used the "giant squid" at the end I think it
would have RUINED the whole feel of the movie
(just my opinion) (not that you said anything
about the squid..I'm just saying)..But in
comparison..to IRON MAN..to me IRON MAN..
was BETTER..it was also a totally different
"feel"..and YES TDK..overshadowed IM..just
cause it came out AFTER IM..but to me IM
was BETTER than TDK. (excepy for Heath Ledgers
performance..he was the PERFECT JOKER!)
InTylerWeTrust
InTylerWeTrust - 1/23/2010, 7:57 PM
I think Howard is a very talented actor, but I don't think he was right for Rhodey. I'm sure there's some CBM role out there for him. But I did jizz in my pants when he said "Next time" as well. Come to think of it, I jizzed in my pants a lot during that movie, especially when Agent Coulson said "Just call us SHIELD"
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