Comic-Con Day 3: Iron Man's Whiplash, War Machine Bring Down the House
Plus, a clip from 2012 provides an eye-searing vision of world destruction.
Iron Man 2
Finally, Favreau walked into Hall H. And he topped the 2012 clip, big time.
After leading the Hall in a round of "Happy Birthday" to his son, Max, Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. cut right to the chase -- showing the thousands of fans in attendance about five minutes of footage from Iron Man 2.
Tony Stark lounges in his Iron Man suit, sitting in the giant donut at LA landmark Randy's Donuts (where Jim Carrey and Damon Wayans got stuck in Earth Girls Are Easy). Below him, we see Nick Fury from behind. He wants a word with Stark.
They have coffee talk inside Randy's, where Stark says, "I don't want to join your superhero boy band" -- by which he means the Avengers, the superhero team that will indeed get its own movie in a few years.
Later, Stark is questioned in a public Senate inquiry into his "Iron Man weapon," which he revealed to be his at the end of the first Iron Man. His secret's out now, and while he hams it up to the press ("You're welcome. I just privatized world peace!") Senator Stern (Garry Shandling) is most definitely not amused ("F*** you, Mr. Stark!"). When Stark refuses to hand over the Iron Man technology to the government, Stern calls in a familiar (and at the same time, unfamiliar) face: Colonel James Rhodes, now played by Don Cheadle. Favreau addresses the infamous re-casting with subtlety.
"It's me, I'm here. Deal with it. Move on," Rhodey tells Stark, in effect telling us all to quit asking about how or why Cheadle replaced Iron Man actor Terrence Howard in the role.
Next, we see a montage of Russian thug Ivan Venko (Mickey Rourke) working in a dank room papered with articles about Tony Stark and his peace-keeping crusade. Venko slaves away, soldering metal parts and welding iron; simultaneously, Stark works in his high-tech laboratory. On the speedway set, amid fresh destruction and fleeing onlookers, Stark (outside of the Mark 2 in a blue Stark Industries body suit) lays on the ground, disoriented and bloody. Venko approaches him, long haired and grimy with a cig hanging from his mouth; he's in full Whiplash mode, twirling supercharged cables in both hands. The audience gasps in delight from seeing the previously released Whiplash image fleshed out on film.
Lastly, we were given a warehouse scene, where government officials led by Col. Rhodes are meeting with weapons dealer Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell, in classic smarmy Rockwell mode). Rhodes buys everything Hammer's got. We cut to a full look at Rhodey's own Iron Man-style suit, War Machine, with automatic guns blazing in both arms and a third weapon blasting from the back of his suit!
The lights go up, and the entirety of Hall H leaps to its feet.
But while most of the Con-goers lucky enough to see it walked away raving, the Iron Man 2 footage didn't quite seem to repeat the sheer, explosive reaction of 2007's Iron Man panel -- at which Favreau debuted the first look at Iron Man, soaring above the clouds, and started a wave of buzz that Paramount rode out to the following year.
A similar thing happened at Thursday's presentation for The Twilight Saga: New Moon, where Summit unveiled two smartly-chosen scenes: one featuring Taylor Lautner, another featuring Robert Pattinson, both featuring each actor shirtless. Though Twilighters did line up hours early (some a full day ahead of the panel), the reaction to New Moon was practically subdued compared to the one that packed Hall H with -- gasp! -- women and announced to the world that Twilight was to be taken seriously.
Still, Iron Man earned the biggest standing ovation yet this year, and May 2010 can't come fast enough.
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