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trailer break: ‘Iron Man 2’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer…


Holy shit, this might be the best trailer ever. And all because of Robert Downey Jr. (Well, there’re some awesomely funny lines, too, and I don’t think it’s unfair, considering how great the first movie was, to suspect that those won’t be the only funny lines, and maybe not even the best.)

In fact, the biggest shame of these movies is that they have to bury Downey under metal and CGI. For Iron Man 3, I suggest Stark develop either see-through iron armor, or else figure out a way to make himself impervious to anything, so that the actor never has to be hidden.

“You complete me.” *snort*

Iron Man 2 opens in the U.K. on April 30, 2010, and the U.S. on May 7, 2010.



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  • I’m sorry but the trailer is actually pretty standard stuff: Hero acts snarky, bad guy shows up to beat up hero, stuff explodes. The bonus is simply Downey’s total immersion into the smuggest-likable-jerk character in pop culture.

    My biggest concern: Cheadle is going to be *too* serious for the role. Why didn’t Howard retain that part?

  • Drave

    PaulW: From what I’ve heard, Favreau and Howard just didn’t get along at all. There may have been money issues as well.

    MaryAnn: Agreed. This trailer does look fantastic. I know what you mean about Cheadle. Then again, just because I’ve never seen him play this kind of role in this kind of movie doesn’t mean he won’t be able to pull it off.

  • JoshDM

    From what I’ve read regarding the situation with Howard, it was all about the money. The following might be slightly incorrect paraphrasing.

    Apparently Howard was one of the first actors signed onto the original Iron Man, and was given a high salary. The other actors (Downey, Paltrow, etc.) were brought on at a lower rate, to be increased proportionally. Apparently Howard’s $ was also to be increased proportionally. This would still maintain Howard as the highest paid actor in the sequel, and even more-so with the increase.

    When it came to the second movie, the studio wanted to renegotiate Howard’s rate to be less and more in-line with the other actors. He refused to deal, so they cut him.

    Money being the primary reason, I’ve read comments about the studio/producer/director/actors being unimpressed with Howard’s acting and cutting much of his scenes from the first film. Cutting him was decided to be for the best. Whether this second part is true or not is based on which articles you read on the situation.

    Maybe MAJ might want to re-interpret this as a QOTD.

  • Wooster182

    DC was fantastically light in the Ocean movies, so while he looks solemn here, I think he can be just as funny and playful as Howard.

  • I was actually unimpressed with the first film. But this does look excellent.

  • amanohyo

    I get a powerful Spiderman 3-ish “too much plot crammed into not enough movie” vibe. With so many characters, it’ll be a real challenge to work in any character development at all (even of the Saturday morning cartoon variety). If I only had this trailer to base my decision on, I’d pass.

    Not to say that it’s impossible to make an interesting popcorn movie with this many characters, but it requires a level of skill and care that these filmmakers and writers have never demonstrated before (with the possible exception of Stan Lee). They can’t just sit back, let Downey do his thing, paste some CG action scenes together, and hope it all works out like they did in the first one.

    As usual, I hope they prove me wrong. At least maybe I’ll finally figure out why Scarlett Johansson is so famous. She’s hopelessly outmatched by her costars in every movie (and almost every scene) I’ve ever seen her in. I actually felt sorry for her in Vicky Cristina Barcelona. It was almost like watching a kid from your high school production of Hamlet try to perform with members of the Royal Shakespeare Company. I guess it’s to be expected in a culture that values beauty (in the eye of a horny, dull, heterosexual male beholder) and youth above everything else… unless you’re a dude.

  • nnvee

    Wash, Rinse, Repeat.

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