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Iron Man 2 (2010)



Critic Consensus: It isn't quite the breath of fresh air that Iron Man was, but this sequel comes close with solid performances and an action-packed plot.

Movie Info

In "Iron Man 2," the world is aware that billionaire inventor Tony Stark is the armored Super Hero Iron Man. Under pressure from the government, the press and the public to share his technology with the military, Tony is unwilling to divulge the secrets behind the Iron Man armor because he fears the information will slip into the wrong hands. With Pepper Potts and James "Rhodey" Rhodes at his side, Tony forges new alliances and confronts powerful new forces.more
Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Justin Theroux, Stan Lee
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 28, 2010
Box Office: $312.1M
Paramount Studios - Official Site


Gwyneth Paltrow
as Virginia 'Pepper' Po...
Don Cheadle
as Colonel James 'Rhode...
Mickey Rourke
as Ivan Vanko/Whiplash
Sam Rockwell
as Justin Hammer
Scarlett Johansson
as Natalie Rushman/Blac...
Clark Gregg
as Agent Coulson
John Slattery
as Howard Stark
Garry Shandling
as Senator Stern
Kate Mara
as U.S. Marshal
Leslie Bibb
as Christine Everhart
Jon Favreau
as Happy Hogan
Philippe Bergeron
as Detective Lemieux
James Bethea
as Security Force #1
Michael Bruno
as Security Force #2
Katie Clark
as Expo Fan
Luminita Docan
as Russian Newscaster
François Duhamel
as French Photographer
as Himself
Tim Guinee
as Major Allen
Eric L. Haney
as General Meade
Ali Khan
as 10 Rings Gangster
Eugene Lazarev
as Anton Vanko
Margy Moore
as Bambi Arbogast
Olivia Munn
as Chess Roberts
Elon Musk
as Himself
Alejandro Patino
as Strawberry Vendor
Davin Ransom
as Young Tony Stark
Brian Schaeffer
as Hammer Expo Tech
Phillipe Simon
as French Waiter
Stan Lee
as Himself
Eric L. Haney
as General Meade
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News & Interviews for Iron Man 2

Critic Reviews for Iron Man 2

All Critics (276) | Top Critics (49)

As for the actual grand finale, Downey Jr. and Cheadle seem like they're already network gaming the PS3 release instead of facing any actual threat, and Rourke goes out like a chump.

Full Review… | April 15, 2013
Village Voice
Top Critic

The whiz-bang stuff here -- while never less than slick -- doesn't produce anything we haven't seen before.

Full Review… | April 15, 2013
Top Critic

The best scenes are still the ones with Downey and Gwyneth Paltrow (as Stark's charm-resistant assistant, Pepper Potts), or just Downey alone. The rest feels like padding, which is something a sleek-suited superhero shouldn't need.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Top Critic

It too frequently seems that Iron Man's battles could simply be replaced with a scene featuring Stark and his opponent measuring their respective suit's RAM, with a glance towards their supporting company's share prices.

Full Review… | July 7, 2015

It's much more fun to create a franchise than to doggedly sustain it.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

Throws down the armored gauntlet to all the other summer blockbusters - bring your "A" game or be content being the season's second best movie.

Full Review… | May 2, 2013
Lyles' Movie Files

Audience Reviews for Iron Man 2


Not as awesome as the first one but a whole bunch of ass kicking goodness involved!! Cant wait for Thor, Captain American and the Avengers.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


It's enjoyable watching Downey Jr's Tony Stark in action again, with some nice set pieces like the Monaco GP (where he meets real-life Stark: Elon Musk), but this sequel falls into the usual trap of not trying hard enough, just relying on the success of its predecessor and not quite meeting the same bar on wit and intrigue.

Ross Collins

Super Reviewer


Don't listen to current reviews of this being boring in the middle and not as fun as the first. True its slower than the first and hasn't got as much action yes but that's not a bad thing. These films don't have to be moronic overblown CGI messes and this isn't...surprisingly.

Secondly and even more surprisingly is the fact that this comicbook franchise is clearly the best yet, far superior to the X-Men nonsense and much better looking. Thirdly is how much of a great director Jon Favreau is!!! this guy is a pretty average comedic actor and just lingered about in Hollywood until BLAMMO!! he makes the best comicbook superhero adaptation there is!! take that Spidershite.

This is a solid film with brilliant CGI and a very likeable main hero in Downey Jr. I can't fault it really, the lack of action wasn't a problem for me in the slightest plus the slow paced intro and use of Rourke really works well making him a much better character instead of the fast n easy cheese fest he could well of been (not sure why you'd make whips for weapons though, seems a bit ineffective no?). All the metal suits just look fantastic, never have I seen such coolness since Star Wars armour based suits. The characters all blend well and don't jostle for screen time plus they are all quite believable as is the entire film really, its well created and nicely a degree.

There are good performances from a few people here too, of course Downey Jr. is amusing and a well rounded guy, Rockwell is actually pretty likeable too as the baddie industrialist. Rourke, as said, is great as the low key Whiplash and Don Cheadle is calm and collected instead of a possible over the top military type. Only let downs for me were Paltrow of whom I can't stand, terrible actress, and Scarlett Johansson who didn't quite pull off her hardass character for me (I can't get 'Lost in Translation' out of my mind). Finally the use of Jackson as Nick Fury which I never understood seeing as he's black and in my opinion HIGHLY overrated.

Lastly I thought the ending of Whiplash was over too quick and a little cheap, he is too good a character to just finish off that easy. I also liked that they used a character who (like Stark) is just a regular guy in a suit, not some supernatural powered all CGI character. Giving him the bird was also a nice touch to emphasise the fact he was just a normal guy, he actually had feelings and maybe not as bad as we think...despite the fact he does go supernova with the villainy at the end.

But what about War Machine that was some badassery right there. I loved that suit with the guns on his shoulders and the matte grey/black/gunmetal colour palette. Really wanted to see more of that character as he looks like the cool ass evil darker doppelganger of Iron Man. The finale where the pair face off against lots of robotic drones is pretty damn fantastic looking, one of the best sequences in all the Marvel films so far and really boosts this film.

Don't be put off by the lack of action, its a solid film and shows how you can make a sensible comicbook film. Watch out for little tit bits of 'The Avengers', that film should be awesome if they can get it right. Also stay till the end of the credits for a big hint at the next upcoming superhero member of the future Avengers team. Although I don't like that particular character myself.

'Fury I don't wanna join your superhero boyband'

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Iron Man 2 Quotes

Tony Stark: I already told you, I don't wanna join your Super Secret Boy Band
Nick Fury: Nah I remember you go it alone. How's that working out by the way?
Tony Stark: It's you know it's, I'm sorry I don't wanna get off on the wrong foot here, do I look at your eye or the patch? I'm still hungover, I can't even tell if you're real or not.
– Submitted by Matthew H (2 years ago)
Pepper Potts: So now your Googling her?
Tony Stark: I thought I was oogling her.
– Submitted by Chris G (3 years ago)
Ivan Vanko/Whiplash: Hey, I want my bird.
Justin Hammer: Uh, a bird? You want a bird?
Ivan Vanko/Whiplash: I want my bird.
Justin Hammer: I can get you a bird, I can get you ten birds.
Ivan Vanko/Whiplash: I want MY bird!
Justin Hammer: Well, nothing's impossible. Are we talkin--is this a bird, uh, back in Russia?
– Submitted by Cody H (3 years ago)
Tony Stark: 'Mr. Stark displays compulsive behavior'. In my defense, that was last week. 'Prone to self-destructive tendencies' I was dying, please, and, aren't we all? 'Textbook narcissism'?...Agreed.
– Submitted by Cody H (3 years ago)

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