Coming Attraction: Iron Man 2

Click here to watch the trailer for Iron Man 2

Robert Downey Jr. is back as the cocky Tony Stark, and he has a new adversary: Mickey Rourke in his own homemade Iron Man suit.  Scarlett Johansson, Gweneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Samuel L. Jackson (looking badass as always), and Garry Shandling also show up in the trailer.

The Iron Man 2 trailer shows why traditional superheroes keep their personal identities a secret. As Stark is doing normal civilian stuff (like drive a race car) he gets attacked and is caught off-guard without his suit.  This film might have an underlying message about the perils of celebrity, since Stark seems to have used the publicity given to him to rise to celebrity status. Stark’s nemesis Whiplash (played by Rourke) is shown as an unhygienic-evil genius-celebrity stalker, with Stark-related paper clippings on his wall. That cliche never gets old, does it?

Since Robert Downey Jr. seems to have been born to play this type of role, as has Mickey Rourke, I’m pretty excited to see this movie. Uber-talented director Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Elf, Swingers) returns to direct. The trailer looks decent, and the people making the movie are reliably good, so I’m going to give Iron Man 2 a 3.5 on the Potential Meter.

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