Iron Man2 Review
Iron Man 2
7 May 2010
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
To prepare for his role as Ivan Vanko/Whiplash (I)
Although Mickey Rourke spent several months on a treadmill, and weight training, he initially was still unable to move around, and use the whip prop in the Whiplash outfit test, due to its sheer weight. To get around this problem, Rourke would wear heavy vests in subsequent physical training sessions to accustom his body in moving, while wearing heavy armor.
To prepare for her role, (Black Widow)
Scarlett Johansson trained six weeks before the movie started principal photography and the entire six months of shooting the movie.
“Fallaces sunt rerum species,”
When Tony Stark asks Natalie Rushman if she actually speaks Latin, she responds with the phrase “Fallaces sunt rerum species,” a quote from Lucio Anneo Seneca meaning “The appearances of things are deceptive.”
The dance Sam Rockwell does before presenting the drones at the Expo
is improvised and something he does to help himself get into character. It may also be a nod to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who is known for his energetic stage presence.
Technology in this film
According to Jon Favreau, the technology in this film was portrayed as more futuristic: “After the first film, a number of tech companies talked about how uncanny a lot of our depictions of technology had turned out to be, and how many different films and videogames ended up being inspired by the imagery we used. This forced us to go a bit further into the future and try and change the nature of this technology; if we’d just duplicated what happened in the first one we would be behind the curve. So now we’re dealing with holograms, the interface within the suit, and the suit being upgraded too.”
According to Mickey Rourke
, he carried out a lot of research in Russia choosing what tattoos Ivan Vanko should carry on his body. He wanted authentic Russian tattoos, which would represent Vanko’s Russian heritage, prison societies, and special clubs he might be in.
Writer Shane Black recommended that Tony Stark’s characterization
be inspired by J. Robert Oppenheimer, the scientist who led the team that developed the atomic bomb. After witnessing his creation’s destructive potential, Oppenheimer defamed himself as “the Destroyer of Worlds” and sank into depression.
To prepare for his role as Ivan Vanko/Whiplash (II)
, Mickey Rourke paid a visit to Butyrka Prison, Moscow: “I tried to incorporate the whole Russian philosophy. It’s a culture of its own, and I really enjoyed doing the research, and meeting the people, and they were very gracious there at the prison.” Rourke also commented that Vanko’s dialogue is in a Slovakian accent.
Famous “suitcase armor”
In the comics, Tony Stark possesses a suitcase containing a portable suit of armor. This famous “suitcase armor” has been revised for the film: the suitcase converts into a series of plates that slide over a wire framework.
Homage to War Machine
Near the end of Tony Stark’s fight with Rhodes, he says “You wanna be the war machine? Then take your shot!” This is an homage to War Machine, Rhodes’s superhero alias in the comics.
This particular tattoo is Mickey Rourke’s favorite.
A tattoo on Vanko’s torso shows a Russian schooner, bordered with Russian script reading: “Give me a blonde, a bottle, and a boat, and I’ll sail away…”
Full opening credits sequence
One of the very few Marvel Cinematic Universe films that has a full opening credits sequence, which plays over footage of Ivan Vanko building an arc reactor.
Selection of the lead villain
Mickey Rourke’s Oscar-nominated performance in The Wrestler (2008) was the main reason why the producers wanted him to play Vanko.
Reference to Senator John McCain’s comment
Pepper Potts’ (Gwyneth Paltrow) line “The fundamentals of our company are strong” regarding the Stark Technology stock crash, is a reference to Senator John McCain’s comment “The fundamentals of our economy are strong” made after the 2008 stock market crash, which is widely believed to have contributed to McCain’s loss of the 2008 United States Presidential Election.
RT/Meta Critic Review
It’s enjoyable to see a quality superhero dynamically and enthusiastically rendered.(RT)