Iron Man 2

iron_man_2_posterYear: 2010

Synopsis: Tony Stark (Iron Man) deals with his declining health, the government wanting his powered suit tech (arc reactor), and vendettas against his family and company.

Pros:
Robert Downey Jr. continues to play the role with style. Tony’s father, Howard Stark, is given a greater relevance in the MCU, while Black Widow is introduced. Overall fun superhero story.

Cons:
A bit less cohesive than its predecessor, as a lot seems to be going on at once. Seems overshadowed by the then upcoming Avengers film. The story itself is a bit forgettable. Also features one of the few recasting events in the MCU: Don Cheadle replaces Terrance Howard as Rhodes/War Machine.

Discussion:
While a decent continuation of the Iron Man story, 2 ends up being one of the more forgettable entries. It does introduce highly relevant characters and elements seen in later MCU films, particularly Black Widow/Romanoff and Howard Stark. It’s worth a viewing, but Avengers can be followed without it.

Related:
Marvel Cinematic Universe


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Rotten Tomatoes — 73%

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