Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Since revealing itself to the hundreds of thousands of millions of people on the web yesterday, the new poster of Iron Man 2 has drawn lots of praise, as well as many questions, as to what fans can expect on the next movie starring the armored avenger. The most obvious draw seen on the image is Tony Stark/ Iron Man standing side by side with his comrade in arms, James Rhodes/ War Machine. Like many guys out there, it's a kick ass inclusion by Jon Favreau considering the fact that in the first movie, there was a scene where Rhodey (played then by Terrence Howard) mused about putting on a spare Mk II suit... until deciding against it, but giving an awesome quip that made fans hopeful for the sequel - "Next Time, Baby". That next time moment will be seen in theaters on May 7 next year, but it won't be Mr. Howard putting on the silver and grey armor, being replaced by fellow actor Don Cheadle instead due to a much publicized contract dispute.
More info on the casting issue can be read via this article from Yahoo Movies, but the big poster reveal also came with some details regarding the plot of the next movie in regards to how Rhodey got the suit and all. This is pretty much a SPOILER (so look away now if you don't want to know), but according to the post, the Silver Mk. II armor is taken by Rhodes and given to Tony's new business rival, Justin Hammer, for enhancements. The latter is another IM foe from the books who's had a long history of creating various tech wear for armored foes of the golden avenger, and supplying Rhodes with the upgrades and firepower makes for an interesting debate - is War Machine Friend or Foe in Iron Man 2? In the comics, War Machine has fought Iron Man several times due to uneasy personal issues that have strained their friendship, so will something that drives a wedge between the two be the catalyst for an armor vs armor showdown? We'll just have to wait and see.
Iron Man 2 hits theaters on May 7, 2010, don't forget!