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Iron Man 2 (2010)



Critic Consensus: It isn't quite the breath of fresh air that Iron Man was, but this sequel comes close with solid performances and an action-packed plot.

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In "Iron Man 2," the world is aware that billionaire inventor Tony Stark is the armored Super Hero Iron Man. Under pressure from the government, the press and the public to share his technology with the military, Tony is unwilling to divulge the secrets behind the Iron Man armor because he fears the information will slip into the wrong hands. With Pepper Potts and James "Rhodey" Rhodes at his side, Tony forges new alliances and confronts powerful new forces.

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Gwyneth Paltrow
as Virginia 'Pepper' Potts
Don Cheadle
as Colonel James 'Rhodey' Rhodes
Mickey Rourke
as Ivan Vanko/Whiplash
Sam Rockwell
as Justin Hammer
Scarlett Johansson
as Natalie Rushman/Black Widow
Clark Gregg
as Agent Coulson
John Slattery
as Howard Stark
Garry Shandling
as Senator Stern
Kate Mara
as U.S. Marshal
Leslie Bibb
as Christine Everhart
Philippe Bergeron
as Detective Lemieux
James Bethea
as Security Force #1
Michael Bruno
as Security Force #2
Katie Clark
as Expo Fan
Luminita Docan
as Russian Newscaster
François Duhamel
as French Photographer
as Himself
Tim Guinee
as Major Allen
Eric L. Haney
as General Meade
Ali Khan
as 10 Rings Gangster
Eugene Lazarev
as Anton Vanko
Stan Lee
as Himself
Margy Moore
as Bambi Arbogast
Olivia Munn
as Chess Roberts
Elon Musk
as Himself
Alejandro Patiño
as Strawberry Vendor
Davin Ransom
as Young Tony Stark
Brian Schaeffer
as Hammer Expo Tech
Phillipe Simon
as French Waiter
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Critic Reviews for Iron Man 2

All Critics (304) | Top Critics (71)

If there were any new ideas, I failed to spot them, as did my bone marrow, which slept through most of it anyhow.

August 30, 2018 | Full Review…

I don't think the story was nearly as strong as that of The Dark Knight, but it sure was entertaining and surprisingly funny... and sets up The Avengers quite nicely.

September 11, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

As for the actual grand finale, Downey Jr. and Cheadle seem like they're already network gaming the PS3 release instead of facing any actual threat, and Rourke goes out like a chump.

April 15, 2013 | Full Review…

The whiz-bang stuff here -- while never less than slick -- doesn't produce anything we haven't seen before.

April 15, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The best scenes are still the ones with Downey and Gwyneth Paltrow (as Stark's charm-resistant assistant, Pepper Potts), or just Downey alone.

July 6, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's enjoyable to see a quality superhero dynamically and enthusiastically rendered.

July 6, 2010 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Iron Man 2


It's pretty clear early on that this isn't going to be as strong of a movie as the first one, but it still has most of the things that made the first a hit. Robert Downey Jr. is still great, the special effects and action are still fun, and the movie is plenty funny. The story is not as strong as the first, mainly because the villain's motivations in this one are so poorly done. Mickey Rourke's performance is fine, but the screenplay doesn't give his character any depth. Tony Stark's character development throughout the first two movies is really impressive though. I like that the filmmakers have made this series more mature than most outside of the new Nolan Batman franchise. Most sequels to blockbuster hits go with bigger and less elaborate film-making and usually are not as strong (and Iron Man 2 is not one of the exceptions), but is still plenty of fun and a worthy sequel. Bring on Iron Man 3.

Josh Lewis
Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer

RDJ is already well developed as Iron Man by now and does his fantastic job as Tony Stark as he usually does and Gwyneth Paltrow does a good job reprising her role as Pepper Potts and the inclusion of Don Cheadle as a replacement for Terrence Howard doesn't do as good of a job as Howard but is still a good replacement. but the two new inclusions really steal the show for me. Sam Rockwell does a great job as the prick rival to Tony Stark, Justin Hammer, and Mickey Rourke does probably one of his best roles I've seen him portray as the main villain Whiplash (one of my favorite Iron Man villains BTW.) He has this amazing powerful sound to his voice and every time he appears in a scene he just steals the show with this presence of power he brings to the character. Also the action I think is a bit of an improvement compared to the first film. Now I do think the first Iron Man has some of the best action scenes in a superhero film but the 2nd film I think, while having less action, takes every single bit of advantage of every scene with action and just makes it look amazing. My favorite fight aside from the fight at the end of the film an the fight between Tony and Cheadle at Starks house, is the scene where Whiplash splits the cars in half when he is on the racetrack with his electric whips and actually is a legit threat to Tony and does a lot of damage to him. While I do recommend both films, I do prefer this film a little bit more so I say check both films out. I just hope 3 can make the Mandarin an interesting villain for once.

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer


Although enjoyable, this sequel adopts a more serious tone and grants the main character a tragic nuance, which unfortunately turns the movie into a less gratifying experience, since what made the first so great was its sarcastic human hero who never seemed to care about others.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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