What with Comic-con and all there’s a lot of Iron Man 2 news floating about; we’ve got new officially released pictures of Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, Don Cheadle as Rhodey and Sam Rockwell as Justin Hammer.
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Iron Man 2 video game trailer hits July 22nd, 2009
The first trailer for the official Iron Man 2 video game has turned up, although don’t expect to see any movie footage or plot arc secrets; the video game is based upon a wholly different storyline.
This brand-new tale takes gamers deeper into the world of Iron Man, adding to the excitement of the upcoming Marvel Studios film. Iron Man 2 offers fans a chance to play against epic enemies not found in the film of the same name, such as the unforgettable Crimson Dynamo. In the game’s original story, Tony Stark has gifted the world with new technology in order to make it a better place. His philanthropic nature isn’t enough to keep evil at bay, however, as Iron Man’s enemies have crafted their own devious designs based on the technology. Ultimately, Iron Man will face epic battles against huge enemies, as the fate of the world is left in his powerful hands.
First look at Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow July 16th, 2009
We’ve seen Tony Stark and Whiplash in Iron Man 2, now’s our first look at the next major new character, the Black Widow (also known as the Russian spy Natasha Romanoff), played by Scarlett Johansson. These shots come courteous of EW and Leroy.
The article also offers up some very interesting plot details.
As we already know, Sam Rockwell is playing the weapons manufacturer Justin Hammer, “who fancies himself the next Tony Stark”. Rourke plays the new villain Whiplash, aka Russian criminal Vanko — Vanko creates his first suit whilst imprisoned, his final suit fires “devastating, whip-like beams.”
Whiplash and Hammer join forces to take on Iron Man. Meanwhile Natasha Romanoff is hired as Stark’s assistant (to replace Pepper Potts, now CEO of Stark Industries). This ultimately leads to romantic tensions.
Rourke also reveals that his character enjoys talking to a cockatoo whilst drunk.
Tony Stark’s Grand Prix car spotted July 3rd, 2009
Via Jon Favreau’s twitter feed and “Road & Track”, we’ve got a picture of Tony Stark’s Grand prix racer. This will form part of the Monaco action scene, which presumably also features Whiplash (Mickey Rourke). We’ve previously seen set pictures from Downey Studios, California, which show a replica Monaco racetrack being built. Astute fans have also noticed the shape of the Moncao GP track on Tony Stark’s computer screen in the first officially released Iron Man 2 image.
RT @ironmanarmory: @Jon_Favreau I see Road & Track has pics up of Stark’s GP racer. http://bit.ly/Sa3Qh
Iron Man 2 teaser poster June 24th, 2009
There’s really nothing much to this new Iron Man poster, but here goes:
Olivia Munn cast in Iron Man 2 June 24th, 2009
Attack of the show co-host Olivia Munn made it known, via Twitter, that she would have a role in Iron Man 2 — though couldn’t legally discuss it yet. On Twitter she suggested her role was bigger than a one minute appearance, watch “Big Stan” for details.
@awalker2334 thx! im excited. @jonfavreau is awesome! http://www.variety.com/arti…
@tr1gun it is definitely a bigger role than “big stan”..
@JammedHands haha.. yes, spoiler. I am playing the role of War Machine in Iron Man 2. Terrance Howard, Don Cheadle and now Olivia Munn! ha!
Joe Quesada on Thor and Iron Man 2 June 19th, 2009
Chief Marvel editor, Joe Quesada, has answered some more question on the regular Cup ‘O Joe column, this time pertaining to Thor and Iron Man 2.
Quesada talks with great passion about Branagh and Kevin Feige’s creative partnership, and the delight it was to watch them explore the Thor ideas and mythology. His approach to the Thor franchise is Shakespearean, explaining emotions between characters in each scene, their motivation and how it relates to the movie’s plot.
Character development looks like it shall play a significant part in the Thor adaptation, Quesada describes this quality as “quintessential” in creating a Marvel movie. There are capes and big hammers, but, “It’s about what makes characters tick”. And Quesada adds, “there’s reasons and motivations for him to hit people with his hammer… hard!”
When it comes to marketing Thor, it’s all about raising awareness before the movie’s release. Similar to the Iron Man approach, Thor’s character shall be introduced to kids through animation, in particular in “Super Hero Squad” and “Avengers Animated”.
On Iron Man 2
Quesada describes Favreau as intense and cerebral, and is again happy to relay the director’s understanding and passion for the Tony Stark character, “Why put on the suit?”. Favreau’s approach is about having the world’s most powerful weapon and making the story bigger, all the while keeping it “streamlined” and ultimately maintaining that much needed relevance at the personal level.
First image of Mickey Rourke as Whiplash! June 10th, 2009
Here’s Mickey Rourke in full Whiplash costume. Click the image for a high res version.
Whiplash (Mickey Rourke) sports a power pack on his chest that looks similar to the one that Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) uses.
“The technologies are definitely related,” says director Jon Favreau. “That’s part of the core theme of the film.”
The villain’s alter ego, Ivan Vanko, is a Russian who “has constructed his own version of a suit,” Favreau says. Among the creative innovations: a pair of whips, powered by the suit’s glowing chest piece, that are expected to keep Iron Man cracking.
This first image of the character shows Whiplash making an appearance at the Monaco Historic Grand Prix. Favreau as usual is tight-lipped about plot points and declines to discuss whether the big-screen Whiplash is, as in the Marvel Comics, a weapons designer who works for Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell), a competitor of Tony Stark/Iron Man.
“We like to play into and against the expectations that people might have, so we mixed it up a bit,” Favreau says.
Rourke’s performances in Sin City and The Wrestler helped convince the director that the actor was the best candidate to face Downey in his sequel to last spring’s blockbuster that grossed $318.4 million.
“It was very important that the villain be as compelling as can be. … Once I thought of Mickey in that role, it made me understand how to shape the story.”