Posted on 5/08/10 04:58 PM
Ironman 2,, I didn't think it was worth the $12 to see it in Cinema XD. (high def) this is the first time we have ever went to movie in high def (not counting Imax shows). the XD didn't seem much if any better than a normal show. Unfortunately the theater we usually go to now has both its big screens XD only.
The movie in general I though was good, the character development was perhaps even more interesting then in the first one, but over all I liked the first one better. Johansen was very good as Black Widow.
I liked the movie but had a problem from the start knowing the Ironman orginal story lines.
"The first Crimson Dynamo was also the creator of the armor: Professor Anton Vanko. A Soviet scientist of Armenian birth with a PhD in Physics, Vanko was the world's foremost expert on electricity. He built a suit that was wired up to perform electric miracles, making him a human dynamo. The Crimson Dynamo battle-suit allowed him to control electricity in all of its forms, allowing him to fire devastating bolts of electricity. It also allowed him to fly.
Vanko was a vain man, but he redeemed himself in the end. In their first encounter, the Crimson Dynamo battled Iron Man. After being tricked by Iron Man (who made him believe that his Soviet handlers were going to kill him though earlier Vanko's superior implied he was going to kill Vanko, anyway), Vanko defected to the U.S. and went to work for Tony Stark as one of his chief scientists. Soon the Soviets came to kill him for real. They sent their top agent, the Black Widow, and her one-time partner, Boris Turgenev, the latter of whom stole the armor and became the second Crimson Dynamo. Vanko died saving Iron Man by firing an unstable experimental laser light pistol at Boris, killing himself as well.."
Whiplash came later and was a disgruntled tech (Mark Scarlotti) at Stark, who created the whiplash suit, was defeated and then came back with an improved suit and called himself Backlash.
Now I generally don't have any issues with updating and changing around the storylines from comics to make a movie, if there is good reason. I can see making the bad guy Ivan Vanko, Anton's son and having Anton work for Stark when Tony was a child. I can see skipping the part where Blackwidow worked for the Russians before defecting and being part of the Avengers, doesn't fit with modern times. I even didn't mind how Rhodes became War Machine, (who was actually an ex Marine in the comics and Tony's helo pilot, and at times would wear the Ironman suit and fight criminals when Tony was too drunk, before he became War Machine.) But why have Vanko make the Whiplash suit instead of the Crimson Dynamo suit?