‘Iron Man 2’ (Marvel #4)

Having revealed his identity at the end of Iron Man, the narcissist billionaire Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jnr – Sherlock, The Judge) finds himself at the centre of the world’s attention – but not all is welcome.

Aggrieved by the treatment of his father by Stark Senior, brilliant but crazed Russian physicist Ivan Venko (Micky Rourke – The Wrestler, Sin City) looks for revenge. But it’s all bad timing as Stark Jnr is fending off the American military demanding access to his suits with annoying arms manufacturer Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell – Moon, Seven Psychopaths) aggressively waiting in the wings. If that’s not enough, there’s a more pressing point of his own health and reaction to the very mechanism that is keeping him alive.

Iron Man 2 is all bombast and bluster (when is an MCU feature not?) as director Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Chef) simply builds on the bombast and bluster of its prequel. But in it’s narrative, particularly through the introduction of Scarlett Johansson (Lost in Translation, Marriage Story), we take a step closer to The Avengers.

Nominated for best visual affects Oscar in 2011.

Rating: 40%


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