With the Avengers
movie fast approaching, I decided I would go back and make myself watch all the films of the last decade that were leading up to it. Though I was looking forward to seeing The Incredible Hulk
, which I had not seen before, the only one of the set that was up on the Netflix happened to be Iron Man 2
, so I guess I’m talking about that one instead. While it’s definitely not the worst of the five films to precede the Avengers
, neither is it the best. The first Iron Man
out-classed it by far. But still, it’s a decent film that deserves some level of praise for the work that went into making it.
This film follows Tony Stark, AKA Robert Downey Jr., AKA Iron Man, as he deals with some real life problems while battling against super-evil foes. The main bad guy is Ivan Vanko, AKA Whiplash, played by the talented Mickey Rourke. Unfortunately, many of Rourke’s lines were cut from the film for editing reasons, leaving his character about as two-dimensional as they get. We never figure out too much about this guy, other than he want to kill Iron Man because of what Stark’s daddy did to his daddy.