Iron Man is the story of a superhero already been made famous by Marvel Comics. Produced by Marvel Studios, makers of many top 10 movies, this second sequel of the trilogy was planned well in advance by Marvel and the director Jon Favreau, director of many top rated movies.
Tony Stark is the CEO of Stark Industries and is busy managing the industrial legacy left behind by his father, the late Howard Stark. On a Russian television show, he reveals the secret that he is the Iron Man, who has been using his armor for the protection of mankind. The government requests Stark to hand over the secret of the armor and Senator Stem, played by Gary Shandling, tries to reason with Stark, but Stark is of the view that the armor is his personal property and his rivals shall take decades to make some thing like this.
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He is not aware that Ivan Vanko, played to the hilt by Mickey Rourke, star of many top 10 movies, has also learnt of his secret and is developing a replica. Anton Vanko, former partner of Howard, has just expired and his legacy has been inherited by Ivan, his son. Anton and Howard had partnered in developing the armor but Anton was caught trying to sell the technology to rivals and deported to Russia. Ivan blames the Starks for his father’s death and is bent upon revenge. Such a plot is often used in top rated movies.
Stark learns that the palladium core in the arc reactor is slowly poisoning him. Not able to trust anyone with this secret, he appoints his personal assistant, Pepper Pots, a role charmingly essayed by Gwyneth Paltrow, star of many top movies, as the CEO.
At the racing tracks of Circuit de Monaco, Stark defeats Vanko who has developed lethal weapons to kill him. Vanko fakes his death with the help of Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell), another defence contractor and rival of Stark. Among some old documents of his father, given to him by Nick Fury, (Samuel L. Jackson) Director of S.H.I.E.L.D, Stark finds the formula of a new element which can replace the palladium. Meanwhile, Vanko has developed the Drones and Stark, with the help of the new element and his trusted bodyguard, Hogan (Jan Favreau) is able to eliminate Vanko and once again saves mankind.
Robert Downey Jr., star of many top rated movies, successfully fitted into the screen adaptation of Iron Man and continues to do so in Part 2 with the upgraded version of his armor. It is because of his performance that Iron Man 2 comes out as a highly energetic sequel. He is amply supported by Mickey Rourke as his arch rival and Gwyneth Paltrow as the lady love. Scarlett Johansson has done full justice to her role of an under cover S.H.I.E.L.D agent. Don Cheadle replaces Terrence Howard from Part 1 as Rhodey in the sequel.
Director Jon Favreau has been successful in maintaining the continuity of the sequel. The plot has been well written by Jon Favreau in collaboration with Robert Downey Jr. and has been scripted by Justin Theroux, writer of many top movies. Columbia Records have released a soundtrack album featuring AC/DC.