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Tanner Foust took the role of driving Stark's racing car.
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A lot of Whiplash's identifying features were suggested by Mickey Rourke himself. He wanted to perform half of his role in Russian, and consulted on the character's tattoos and gold teeth as well as having a pet cockatoo. In fact, Rourke paid for the bird and the gold teeth out of his own pocket.
Not being tech literate, Mickey Rourke found the most challenging part about playing Whiplash was pretending to know his way around a computer.
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."
Although Mickey Rourke spent several months on 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.
Robert Downey Jr. gained 20 pounds of muscle to reprise his role of Tony Stark.
To prepare for her role, Scarlett Johansson trained six weeks before the movie started principal photography and the entire six months of shooting the movie.
Numerous news clippings shown in the film show Tony Stark and Ivan Vanko when they were younger men. Most of these are actual photos of Robert Downey Jr. and Mickey Rourke, both of whom came to fame in the 1980s.
Scarlett Johansson dyed her hair red before she even got the part of Black Widow because she wanted the role so badly.
According to Jon Favreau, the Asian man who hands Vanko false papers in order to get to Monaco is a member of the Ten Rings, the terrorist organization Stark encountered in the first film. This organization is reportedly headed by Iron Man's nemesis, the Mandarin.
The dance Sam Rockwell does before presenting the drones at the Expo is improvised and something he does to help him get into character. It may also be a nod to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who is known for his energetic stage presence.
Samuel L. Jackson was promised that Nick Fury would be given more screen time by director Jon Favreau. Jackson almost didn't return to play Fury, due to problems with contract negotiations, but secured a landmark nine-picture deal to play Nick Fury not only in this film but in many other Marvel Studio productions.
In the comics, Tony Stark possesses a suitcase containing a portable suit of armour. This famous "suitcase armour" has been revised for the film: the suitcase converts into a series of plates that slide over a wire framework.
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.
When first talking with Senator Stern Tony Stark says he would gladly accept the position of Secretary of Defense. In the comics, Tony Stark actually was appointed the Secretary of Defense.
Scarlett Johansson had an initial freak-out moment when she first saw her character's cat-suit, wondering how she was going to be able to move in such a tight costume.
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, 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.
Tony making Pepper the CEO of Stark Industries is taken from The Invincible Iron Man comic, though in different circumstances.
Tony Stark's race car at Monaco was supposed to be Iron Man red, but Robert Downey Jr. insisted on driving the blue and white car.
When Marvel first hired Samuel L. Jackson to play as Nick Fury in Iron Man 1 and 2, they wanted to keep it very secret. They actually drove Samuel's car onto the middle of the set and they surrounded it with dressing trailers so that no one could see Samuel get out of the car and get into character until the first Iron Man (2008) was released in theaters.
A tattoo on Vanko's torso shows a Russian schooner, bordered with Russian script reading: "Give me a blond, a bottle and a boat and I'll sail away..." This particular tattoo is Mickey Rourke's favorite.
Mickey Rourke almost dropped out of the film when Marvel's initial pay offer to him was just $250,000.
Jessica Biel, Gemma Arterton, Natalie Portman, Jessica Alba and Angelina Jolie were considered for the role of the Black Widow. Alba had played Susan Storm in the "Fantastic Four" series, and Portman played Jane Foster in Thor (2011).
Black Widow's alias of "Natalie Rushman" is inspired by "Nancy Rushman", a S.H.I.E.L.D. cover identity she has used in the comics.
When Agent Fury first shows up, the numbers 91:5 are written in the dust on the sidewalk. Psalm 91:5 reads: Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day.
Director Jon Favreau stated that the role of Senator Stern was a nod to Howard Stern, as was the casting of Garry Shandling, whom Stern is a big fan of, for the part.
Don Cheadle replaced Terrence Howard as Rhodey, due to a falling out between Howard and Marvel Studios. The two actors worked with each other in Crash (2004).
Near the end of Tony Stark's fight with Rhodes, he says "You wanna be a war machine? Then take your shot!" This is a homage to War Machine, Rhodes's superhero alias in the comics.
The year in which Anton Vanko is said to have defected to the US, 1963, is actually the year in which Vanko first appeared in the comics (as the Crimson Dynamo) and defected.
Justin Hammers' company logo resembles an exterior picture of Thor's home world, specifically the great hall. This and the company name could be a foreshadowing of Thor's involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
According to Jon Favreau, the technology in this film was portrayed as more futuristic: "After the first film (Iron Man (2008)), 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."
Hammer says, "If it were any smarter, it'd write a book, a book that would make 'Ulysses' look like it was written in crayon." The writer James Joyce's eyesight was failing so badly during the writing of 'Ulysses' that he had to write in large letters with a crayon on huge sheets of paper in order to see what he was writing.
Ivan Vanko originally had a tattoo of Loki on his neck. The film's producers feared it would cause confused fans to believe that Vanko would have a connection to this other villain from the same Marvel Cinematic Universe, so the tattoo was removed in post-production using CGI.
Though Black Widow is a Russian she is given an American accent for the films, as the character is a flawless linguist.
The character of Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) is a combination of Iron Man's enemy the Crimson Dynamo (Dr Vanko, who wears weaponry/armour that can control electricity) and the supervillain Whiplash (who possesses a specially-designed razor/acid whip). In addition, the character is portrayed as the son of Anton Vanko, who was the original Crimson Dynamo in the comics, and assumes the identity of B. Turgenev (Boris Turgenev, in the comics the second Crimson Dynamo).
Don Cheadle only had hours to accept the role of Rhodes. Although a comic book fan, Cheadle had never made one before, due to the lack of black superheroes in the comic book universe.
Two identical Rolls-Royce Phantoms built especially for the film were destroyed during filming.
Tony Stark refers to the suitcase armor as "the football," a reference to the briefcase with nuclear launch codes that accompanies U.S. President.
Sam Rockwell, who was one of the original choices for the role of Tony Stark/Iron Man in Iron Man (2008), plays Stark's antagonist Justin Hammer in the film.
According to Don Cheadle, he tried to make the role of Stark's right-hand man Rhodes his own, but eventually stole as much as possible from Terrence Howard's performance in the first film to bring him to life.
In the comics, Justin Hammer was a shrewd but elderly businessman. He was re-worked as a younger character in the film to make him a contemporary rival to Tony Stark. The original purpose of the character in the comics was to explain why the various enemies Iron Man fought somehow gained unique and extremely advanced weapons, but usually kept them for themselves to commit violent crimes instead making money by bringing them to market. Iron Man eventually discovers the reason is because Hammer gives the weapons to various criminals as part of their contracts to become his mercenaries with the agreement that they hand over a percentage of the loot from their crimes.
Terrence Howard was replaced in the part of Rhodes for no perceived reason. The actor claimed that his contract wasn't honored. Entertainment Weekly stated that Jon Favreau did not enjoy working with him, often re-shooting or cutting his scenes. There was also speculation that Marvel had gone to Howard, asking him to accept a pay-cut for appearing in the sequel. As Howard had been the first actor cast for Iron Man (2008), he was paid the most.
While filming the fight scene in Monaco, Mickey Rourke couldn't get the hang of the whips so they played Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" loudly for him to get the rhythm.
Al Pacino was considered for the role of Justin Hammer.
In an interview with MTV.com, Don Cheadle revealed that before Iron Man (2008) was released, he thought the hero was a robot.
Kenneth Branagh directed the post-credits scene that sets up Thor (2011).
This is Scarlett Johansson's third foray into comic book films; her previous comic-book films were Ghost World (2001), and The Spirit (2008), which had her role working for the Octopus played by Samuel L. Jackson). In this film, Johansson is again working under Jackson (as Nick Fury). Johansson had earlier expressed interest in playing the Marvel supervillain Moonstone.
Hammer's factory is really Elon Musk's SpaceX facility. The people walking in the background are actual employees even though filming there took place at night.
Mickey Rourke complained that many scenes that made Ivan Vanko more sympathetic were cut out of the film.
The layout and many of the buildings of "Stark Expo 1974" were based on the 1964-65 New York Worlds Fair. In the Expo promo film outtakes shown in the movie, young Tony Stark picks up the Bell System Pavilion.
Emily Blunt was set to star as Black Widow but had to pull out due scheduling conflicts with her movie Gulliver's Travels (2010).
Inspired by their use on The Dark Knight (2008), director Jon Favreau considered the possibility of shooting some scenes using IMAX cameras, but eventually decided against it as he figured that the film's visual effects would not look convincing at such high resolution.
When Hammer pitches his weapons arsenal to Rhodey he calls the Minigun "Puff the Magic Dragon." Aside from the movie and song references, during the Vietnam War the Douglas AC-47 "Spooky" attack plane was armed with similar Miniguns and was nicknamed "Puff the Magic Dragon."
The 35mm prints were shipped to US theaters with the code name "Glow". There were 3 separate cans shipped. Can #3 held reels 1 & 8 and was locked. The combination to the lock was not sent until a few hours before the midnight premieres.
Sam Rockwell accepted the role of Hammer without even reading the script as he had enjoyed filming Made (2001) with Jon Favreau while screenwriter Justin Theroux is a long-term friend of Rockwell's.
Five authentic vintage formula one race cars were used in the Monaco race. Among them is a 1976 Lotus type 77 owned by collector Chris Locke. In the starting list of drivers shown on the television, one of the drivers names is Locke while another is Chapman, after Colin Chapman, founder of Lotus and their F1 team manager until his death in 1982.
In total, 11 different visual effects studios worked on the film.
Robert Downey Jr. recommended screenwriter Justin Theroux, who did Downey's Tropic Thunder (2008), to Jon Favreau to write the film's script.
As Justin Hammer is introducing each group of Hammer Drones, the anthem of each respective branch of the military plays in the background: The U.S. Army's "The Army Goes Rolling Along (The Caisson Song)," the U.S. Navy's "Anchors Aweigh," the U.S. Air Force's "The U.S. Air Force (Into the Wild Blue Yonder)," and the U.S. Marine Corps's "Marines' Hymn."
Edward Norton was rumored to reprise his The Incredible Hulk (2008) role as Bruce Banner, in a cameo for this film, as a foreshadowing of The Avengers (2012).
Renowned animator Genndy Tartakovsky was hired to storyboard the film's action sequences.
Eliza Dushku actively campaigned for the role of Black Widow.
Howard Stark's (John Slattery) presentation of his idea for a futuristic city is heavily influenced by Walt Disney's television revelation of his new EPCOT Center and the accompanying Florida Project. The 3D map of the city closely mimics that of EPCOT's, and the posters behind Stark are from World's Fairs in which Disney had a great influence, like Stark may also have been. In addition, one of the very few real-life 1964 World's Fair buildings included in the Stark Expo is a replica of the General Electric pavilion, which famously featured Disney's Carousel of Progress. Richard M. Sherman contributed the song "Make Way for Tomorrow Today" to the movie, a song similar to "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow," which Richard and his brother Robert B. Sherman composed for the Carousel of Progress, among many other classic Disney tunes.
Composer John Debney recorded the score in only four days.
Mickey Rourke's Oscar-nominated performance in The Wrestler (2008) was the main reason why the producers wanted him to play Vanko.
The character Rumiko Fujikawa was initially going to appear in the film, with Marvel reportedly wanting Ziyi Zhang for the role. Her part was cut due to the film already having too much going on, but viral marketing showcasing her Stark-Fujikawa subsidiary was still used to promote the movie.
Jon Favreau's first sequel as a director and as an actor.
In the scene showing Vanko's collection of covers and articles about Tony Stark, there is one article about Iron Man stabilizing East and West relations that has the byline attributed to "Rob Down" - an obvious reference to Robert Downey Jr.. The text of the article is actually an obituary for Howard Stark, Tony's father.
Tim Robbins was considered to play Howard Stark, Tony's father.
The vintage automobiles seen in Stark's private collection, the 1953 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe by Ghia, once owned by Rita Hayworth (a present from Prince Aly Khan); a 1949 Mercury "lead sled" customized by Sam Barris (brother of George Barris, was provided by the Petersen Automotive Museum. The 1932 Ford flathead roadster there belonged to Jon Favreau.
The final confrontation takes place in the Oracle dome. The decor resembles a Japanese tea garden, including a Japanese gate (that gets destroyed). Oracle's CEO, Larry Ellison, has a well-known affinity for all things Japanese, especially landscaping and decor.
Six Formula One cars were provided by the Historic Grand Prix Association.
The action sequence of the Historic Grand Prix of Monaco had to be shot at the parking lot of the Downey Studios in California as though initially allowed to film at the Grand Prix circuit, Bernie Ecclestone retracted permission. By the time permission was retracted, one Rolls-Royce Phantom was sent there where driving sequence on the circuit was filmed.
During Stark's birthday party, partygoers begin throwing items into the air for a drunk Stark (suited up as Iron Man) to blast; one girl throws a watermelon, and Stark comments "Oh, you want the Gallagher." This is a reference to Gallagher, whose famous Sledge-O-Matic comedy routine splatters produce (usually juicy items, like melons and tomatoes) onto the front rows of the audience.
Stark's Grand Prix racer was partially based on a 1978 Walter Wolf Formula One car. Of the 19 built, two were running models powered by a 320 bhp, 350ci Chevrolet small-block engine.
Pepper Potts' (Gwyneth Paltrow) line "The fundamentals of our company are strong" regarding the Stark Technology stock crash is a parody reference to Sen. 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.
The names seen on the blueprints for the arc reactor that Tony removes from his father's box are the names of crew members associated with the Iron Man films - William J. Law III, Sharon Davis, and Walt Hadfield. They all worked in the art or construction departments.
The slate on the film of his father that Tony watches lists "Johnny Libatique" as the cameraman. Matthew Libatique is a cinematographer on the Iron Man films.
According to the January 2012 Air And Space magazine, Tony Starks's character was also inspired by South African born SpaceX (and PayPal co-founder), Elon Musk. A statue of Iron Man, complete with company ID, "stands guard" at SpaceX along with a Battlestar Galactica (2004) Cylon.
The big fight in Monaco is supposed to take place between turns 12 ("Tabac") and 13 ("Louis Chiron") of the Monaco Grand Prix circuit.
The Navy Hammer drones are marked "VX-23". VX-23 is a US Navy Aircraft Test Squadron out of Naval Air Station Patuxent River that conducts research, testing, and evaluation of fixed wing tactical aircraft and UAVs.
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Principal photography took place over 71 days.
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When Tony gets out of the race car damaged by Whiplash, his arm is set on fire as he wears a blue track suit, making him resemble the Human Torch of the Fantastic Four, another Marvel comic book.
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In one scene Tony Stark refers to the government who wants his suit technology as the 'Freak Brothers.' This is a reference to a 1970s underground comic called 'The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers', a drug culture comic with three brothers named Phineas, Franklin and Fat Freddy.
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In Stark's mansion, Alberto Giacometti's bronze sculpture entitled "L'Homme qui marche I" can be seen. On February 3rd, 2010, the second edition of the cast of the sculpture became one of the most expensive works of art ever sold at auction to Brazilian philanthropist Lily Safra, who paid US$107.3 million for it.
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Black Widow's false identity is named Natalie Rushman, bearing the same initials as her real name, Natasha Romanoff.
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The Dallas Record newspaper describing Anton Vanko's defection is dated Wednesday October 16, 1968.
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To keep various aspects of the production secret, the official fake working title from Marvel Studios was "Rasputin". Two more fake titles were also used during additional photography: "Murphy's Law" (named after John Francis Murphy, the recently-deceased father of Susan Murphy) and "The Adventures of Angus McDonald" (named after William Angus McDonald, the great-great-grandfather of Scott Trimble).
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When Tony is building the arc reactor Coulson pulls out a circular piece of medle that has a partial star and red white and blue on it like captain Americas shield
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Chapter Three of Phase One in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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Adam Goldstein:  The DJ at Tony's birthday party is DJ-AM who died after principal photography had wrapped, making this his last film project. During the end credits, the film is dedicated to him.
Larry Ellison:  The CEO of Oracle Corporation (a billionaire playboy, who has often been compared to Tony Stark) is glimpsed briefly at the Stark Expo. As he walks past, Stark says, "It's the Oracle of Oracle". Oracle's brand is prominently placed at several points in the film, including the climactic showdown at a fictional "Oracle Biodome".
Seth Green:  while Tony is leaving the Expo and meets Larry King and Larry Ellison. Seth Green made several spoofs of Iron Man (including "Little Iron Man") in Robot Chicken (2005).
Stan Lee:  The man wearing suspenders who Stark identifies as Larry King.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The film's basic storyline (Stark must cope with the government confiscating his armor and a mid-life crisis of depression and alcoholism, with his manipulative rival Justin Hammer scheming to ruin him) is inspired by the Iron Man comic 'Demon in a Bottle'.
Scenes in the film explicitly foreshadow The Avengers (2012):
  • When Tony goes through his father's case an old Captain America comic book can be seen inside; later he uses Captain America's shield (a prototype) to build a reactor

  • when Tony is watching the old reels of his father and going through his notebooks, one of the sketches is of a tesseract, drawn in the form of a so-called "Schlegel diagram". The Tesseract is a very important item in both Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and The Avengers (2012)

  • a news report of The Incredible Hulk (2008)'s campus battle is seen near the end of the film

  • Stark and Fury discuss Stark's membership throughout the film

  • and Agent Coulson finds Thor's hammer in a crater in the post-credits scene.

In the comics, Tony Stark would drive on a racetrack and suffer a car crash, from which Happy Hogan rescued him. This event has been replicated in the film, with the minor change being that Whiplash's attack causes the crash, and Hogan saves Stark by getting to him his suitcase armor.
The medals presented to Rhodey and Stark at the end of the film are actual military medals: Rhodey is awarded a Meritorious Service Medal, and Stark is awarded the Army's Distinguished Service Medal.
Tony Stark creates a new arc reactor with an item that resembles Captain America's shield. This shield was earlier seen lying on a desk at Stark's office in Iron Man (2008). This is an easter egg to reference Captain America who was a founding member of The Avengers along with Iron Man in the films (Although Captain America didn't appear in the Avengers comics until issue three, when they found him frozen) . In the movie Nick Fury refers to something called "The Avenger Initiative." Contrary to popular theory, it is not actually the shield of Captain America.
The map locations on the monitors in the Shield headquarters at the end of the film correspond to characters and event from the Marvel Comic books. The location in Africa is a reference to Black Panther. Other locations refer to Thor, Captain America, Hulk, and others.
In the original ending, Whiplash is revealed to have survived the explosion and attacks Tony and Pepper before being killed by Rhodey. The ending was changed to a more ambiguous situation in case Marvel wanted to bring back Whiplash for future movies.
When Hammer starts berating Ivan for failing to complete the drones, Vanko replies in Russian to Hammer's frustration. Vanko's comment roughly translates to "you talk too much".
The rooftop where Tony and Pepper kiss at the end of the movie is located on an apartment building overlooking Flushing Meadows where Jon Favreau lived as a child.
The film's plot has a resemblance to a storyline in the comics called Armor Wars II, which was published in 1990. In the comic, a man named Kearson DeWitt accused Tony Stark of stealing his father's designs and uses technology given to him by Desmond and Phoebe Marrs, owners of the Marrs Corporation, to infect Tony with a techno-organic virus and eventually battles Stark in a large armored suit. James Rhodes also helps Stark in the final battle. In the film, DeWitt is replaces by Ivan Vanko and the Marrs siblings are replaced with Justin Hammer. The comic story also utilized remote-controlled empty armored suits, which appear in Iron Man 3 (2013).
The new element Stark creates comes from the Zeeman effect (a magnetic field) and the Stark effect (static electric fields).
The only solo Iron Man film (as opposed to superhero team up films) that doesn't end (post-credit scenes excluded) with Tony Stark saying "I am Iron Man."
The post credit scene shows Mjolnir, a hammer in the open land of New Mexico. Teasing the next film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor (2011).
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