Film (2010). Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present a Marvel Studios production in association with Fairview Entertainment. Directed by Jon Favreau. Written by Justin Theroux, based on the Marvel Comics series created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby, and Don Heck. Cast includes Don Cheadle, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sam Rockwell and Mickey Rourke. 124 minutes. Colour.
Amiable sequel to the first Iron Man (2008) which offsets a typically bolted-together supervillain plot with superior performances and chemistry from Downey and Paltrow, and wry use of the Iron Man Mecha armour as a sustained metaphor for adult masculinity. Stark's position as a self-owned private superweapon incarnate is politically contested at home, physically challenged by a Russian counterpart, and secretly killing him anyway; the day is saved and Stark's personal midlife destructive spiral reversed when he reconnects posthumously with his father's legacy and research. Part of the cycle of interconnected Marvel films known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe whose Phase One climaxes with The Avengers (2012), it links to elements of generational backstory opened up in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). The novelization is Iron Man 2 (2010) by Alexander C Irvine. [NL]
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