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A Note Regarding Spoilers

The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Iron Man 2 can be found here.

Now that his identity as Iron Man has been made public, billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is being pressured by the government, the public, and the press to share his technology with the military. Meanwhile, Russian physicist Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), whose father was once partners with Howard Stark (Tony's father) has recently partnered with rival weapons contractor Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell), planning to create Iron Man drones to demonstrate at the Stark Weapons Expo. On top of that, Tony discovers that his body is slowly being poisoned by the palladium in the arc reactor that keeps the shrapnel from piercing his heart. Expecting to die within the year, he appoints his former personal assistant Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) to the position of CEO of Stark Industries, replacing her with Natalie Rushman (Scarlett Johansson), who isn't all that she seems.

The sequel takes place six months after the first one. The first scene of the film directly follows the ending of the first one, then after that scene, the film's timeline jumps forward six months.

Iron Man, of course, plus War Machine (Don Cheadle), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), and Black Widow appear. There are references to at least three other superheros: the Hulk is referenced in a news report of the aftermath of his university battle, Captain America's shield is featured, and Thor's hammer (Mjolnir) is seen after the end credits.

Isn't Nick Fury white?

There are two versions of Nick Fury. The white Nick Fury is the original and has appeared in Marvel's comic books since 1964. This version of Nick Fury was depicted by David Hasselhoff in the 1998 TV movie, Nick Fury: Agent of Shield. In 2001 Marvel released a new line of comic books called Ultimate Marvel. This was a reboot that updated and streamlined all of Marvel's classic characters. Some characters were radically changed. The Ultimate Marvel version of Nick Fury was made black and designed, with the actor's permission, to look like Samuel L. Jackson. Both classic Marvel and Ultimate Marvel comics are released side-by-side, which means both versions of Nick Fury are available in comic books today. The Ultimate version has proven popular enough that it has been used as the basis for Nick Fury in the recent Marvel movies.

Natalie doesn't speak with a Russian accent because she doesn't want anyone to suspect her of being a Russian agent. In The Avengers, Natalie mentions that she is indeed Russian, but also implies that she wants to distance herself from that fact; another good reason for dropping the accent.

Howard Stark (Tony's father) built and designed Captain America's (Steve Rogers) suit and also the shield. In Captain America: The First Avenger, we see that Howard Stark had made quite a few prototypes for Cap's shield and Rogers picked one, (which was the simplest design in the shop) and was the one he was frozen with. It's likely the shield that Tony has is just one of the prototypes. As we see it is incomplete and not the same material as the actual shield. In the comics series, Stark had outfitted the shield with electronic components to enhance it's flight capabilities, i.e., to make it more accurate for Cap when he'd throw it as a weapon. However, Cap decided later to have the electronics removed because he said they decreased the shield's accuracy. The shield shown in this movie could be a version of the electronically enhanced one.

Both this film and the previous both imply that Tony likes to drink heavily. In this film, Pepper asks "are you drunk" when Stark offers her the CEO position, and Stark also gets extremely drunk during a party later in the film and starts recklessly destroying things in his own house while wearing the Iron Man suit. This film addresses the alcoholism more directly than the first but no characters say conclusively that Tony has a drinking problem. And, as we see during the progression of the story, Tony stops drinking entirely to focus on creating his new element & stopping Justin Hammer and Vanko.

"The football" is a term used by the US Secret Service to refer to the black briefcase that one agent always carries with them wherever the US President goes -- it's a specialized control panel that allows access to launch codes in the event that the President has to launch a nuclear counterstrike if his country is attacked. The briefcase is also sometimes called "the black box". Stark's briefcase armor is housed in a similar case which, like real one, is handcuffed to Happy Hogan's wrist. For fun, the writers took a cue from the real thing.

How does the movie end?

After defeating Vanko's drones, Iron Man and War Machine confront Vanko, who has outfitted himself in body armor that also includes his whips. Working together, Tony and Rhodey finally take Vanko out by firing their repulsor rays at each other, causing a large explosion. As Vanko lays defeated, he smiles and says, 'You lose.' Suddenly, the arc reactors in the downed drones begin to glow red, and Rhodey realizes that they are rigged to blow. Tony quickly flies to the Expo Center to rescue Pepper, who is so stressed out that she quits the position as CEO and, for the first time, she and Tony share a kiss. Later, at a debriefing, Fury informs Tony that, due to his impulsive behavior and narcissistic personality, they no longer want him to become an Avenger but that they would like to retain him as a consultant. Tony agrees to serve as a consultant on the condition that Senator Stern (Garry Shandling) prersents him and Rhodey with their medals for bravery. In a post-credits scene, SHIELD agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) is seen driving to a remote impact crater in the New Mexico desert. As he informs Fury over the phone that they've "found it", the crater is shown to contain Mjolnir, the hammer of Thor.

Yes and no. All films made under the Marvel Studios banner, e.g., Iron Man (2008), The Incredible Hulk (2008), Thor (2011), and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), are all set in the same universe, with the characters crossing over, culminating in The Avengers (2012) movie which ties these films together. Marvel also owns Punisher and Blade, however The Punisher (2004), Punisher: War Zone (2008), Blade (1998), Blade II (2002) and Blade: Trinity (2004) are not in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Other Marvel-based films owned by other studios are NOT set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe due to differing ownership. This includes Spider-Man (2002) and Ghost Rider (2007) (both owned by Sony), X-Men (2000), Fantastic Four (2005), and Daredevil (2003) (all owned by Fox).

Stan Lee is dressed as Larry King when Tony Stark is leaving the Stark Expo.

For a variety of reasons, Marvel chose to offer the role to Don Cheadle, and he accepted. There is no verified information as to why there was a split between Terrence Howard and Marvel, other than they wanted their original choice of Cheadle. There was a lot of speculation that Howard was replaced over contract negotiations. Already the highest paid in Iron Man, he had wanted more money for taking on a bigger role and also because the first movie had done so well. But Marvel did not want to renegotiate, and Howard was subsequently replaced. This is the version from Howard and has never been confirmed officially by Marvel.

So far, there are three. As the title Iron Man 2 suggests, this is the second movie in the series. It was preceded by Iron Man (2008) and followed by Iron Man 3 (2013). The screenplay for Iron Man 2 was written by American screenwriter Justin Theroux.

Favreau said it was his intent to create a film trilogy for Iron Man. He later decided not to direct Iron Man 3 in favor of other projects (although he reprised his role as Harold 'Happy' Hogan) and the directing job went to Shane Black. Iron Man 3 was released in April 2013, with Robert Downey Jr. making another appearance as Iron Man in 2012's The Avengers. Don Cheadle does not appear in that film but commented that a War Machine spin-off is a possibility. He is present in Iron Man 3 and has also been confirmed to appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron. There were rumors that Downey Jr. may not return as Iron Man after Iron Man 3, but a new deal signed with the studio ensures his participation in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers 3. The future thereafter is unsure, as Downey Jr. has indicated that he may want to retire the character after the third Avengers movie, meaning that Iron Man 4 is out of the picture; but this may change in the future, depending on the commercial results of the next movies.

Three scenes didn't make it to the theatrical release. (1) Natasha Romanoff tries out one of Tony Stark's repulsors, and Tony says "Nail it!". (2) Natasha says "Is it dirty enough?" Stark replies, "It's getting there." (Natasha's line remains; Stark's reply was cut.). (3) In the back of the plane, as he prepares to fly to the Stark Convention in Queens, NY, Pepper holds the Iron Man helmet. Tony says "Give me a smooch, I might not make it back." Pepper responds by kissing the mouth of the Iron Man mask and saying "Go get 'em boss." She throws it out of the aircraft; Tony says "You complete me" and jumps out after it.

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