The first major release of the summer is “Iron Man 2,” the sequel to 2008’s hit comic book adaptation. This is part of the series of movies being produced directly by Marvel Studios, leading up to their projected all-star, superhero team-up movie “The Avengers,” slated to commence production in early 2011. According to the official synopsis from distributor Paramount:
Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present the highly anticipated sequel to the blockbuster film based on the legendary Marvel Super Hero “Iron Man,” reuniting director Jon Favreau and Oscar® nominee Robert Downey Jr. In “Iron Man 2,” the world is aware that billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) 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 (Gwyneth Paltrow), and James “Rhodey” Rhodes (Don Cheadle) at his side, Tony forges new alliances and confronts powerful new forces.
By ” powerful new forces” you can read Mickey Rourke, who plays bad guy Russian physicist Ivan Vanko, aka “Whiplash.” Rourke is one of the biggest potential assets this sequel has, ratcheting the villain factor way up from the first installment. By “new alliances,” you can read Scarlett Johansson as Stark Industries employee Natalie Rushman, aka “Black Widow,” and S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson, who has a, we kid you not, nine picture deal with Marvel at the moment and is going to popping up in a lot of superhero movies.
“Iron Man 2” is being released in IMAX, but not, interestingly, 3D, despite earlier rumors that it would be converted. Considering the results of “Clash of the Titans'” 3D post-conversion, fans can probably consider themselves fortunate that Marvel is being slow to jump on the bandwagon. “Iron Man” was a gigantic hit at the box office, and the sequel should prove to be made of money as well.
“Iron Man 2” opens on May 7th and will be playing at the Bowtie in Schenectady in addition to Regal Cinemas across the Capital District.