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Following the surprising success of the first Iron Man movie, Marvel Studios quickly went to work on a follow up, and what resulted was the 2010 movie Iron Man 2. Now a lot of people really hate this movie, and well…they’re right to hate this movie, because honestly, it sucks.

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Iron Man 2 begins right after Tony Stark reveals to the world that he is Iron Man. This revelation makes Tony a global celebrity, but with many people interested in this new technology. The US government wants Tony to hand over his suit, but Tony refuses to because, well why would he, he’s Iron Man after all. Now while this going on, Tony personal life begins to crumble. See back in the first Iron Man movie Tony had a bunch of shrapnel embedded in his chest when he was taken hostage. As a result he’s now forced to have a device implanted in him that prevents the shrapnel from damaging his vital organs. Anyway the device that prevents from happening, is  slowly poisoning him, and with no cure in sight, Tony basically has a midlife crisis. On the other side of the world evil science man Ivan Vanko (played by Mickey Rourke) is trying to get revenge on Tony, by creating a set of plasma whips (I know, how stupid) in order to destroy Tony, and his suit. Ivan’s father at one point had worked with Tony’s father, Howard, but was deported back to Russia, after Howard discovered that he been selling government secrets. Ivan wants to get back at the Starks by killing Tony, but gets his ass kicked soon after the fight starts. One of Tony’s rivals, Justin Hammer, for some reason was impressed with Ivan, and breaks him out of prison, to give him one more chance at defeating Tony. Meanwhile, Tony is miraculously able to cure himself, and with that plot point resolved, we move on to the final act.

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War Machine and Iron Man posing together

Ivan attacks Tony using an army of drones, but with the help of his close friend, Rhodey, (who now has an iron suit like Tony) Tony is able to defeat the drones, and Ivan himself who shows up in an iron suit, that is equipped with some plasma whips.

 

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Unfortunately, what this movie did was foreshadow a history with the MCU where they would hit the ground running with the first film in the franchise only for the second film to suffer from trying to be bigger and better than the original; failing to capture what made the original so great in the first place. In fact before I started my re-watch of the MCU films, I ranked all the movies in order from my favorite to least favorite, and my bottom 5 consisted of 4 second installments. While there’s not a lot of highlights to this film, I did enjoy the inclusion Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) which gave us a more proper introduction to S.H.I.E.L.D.

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I will say this however, I loved the end credit scene of this movie. The end credit scene is set in New Mexico as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson discovers a hammer that has fallen from the sky, alluding to the next film in the MCU, Thor.

 

Overall Rating: 3.5/10

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