Here’s the newest trailer for Iron Man 2, premiering in less than two months, on May 7th.
As usual, the visual effects look phenomenal–Whiplash’s electric powers look especially spot-on, and Rourke fits the role perfectly. I just love that cherry blossom scene too, and I’m excited to see Rhodey (now Don Cheadle) suiting up along with Stark. And that ending scene with Stark getting into his new travel sized suit was nothing short of freaking awesome. Hopefully Black Widow will show some better moves than just kung fu…or maybe she’s just there for eye candy for the guys. Wouldn’t be surprising.
While I don’t follow the Iron Man comics, I like the idea of combining Whiplash with pressure from the government to turn over the Iron Man suit. Stark is the first superhero whose identity is known to the public, feeding his already massive ego but also causing problems for Iron Man’s survival. And bringing in Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury will plant the seeds for the upcoming Avengers movie too.
Even though it looks like a worthy sequel, I’m still unsure whether it will be better than the first. Favreau is definitely pushing the envelope in terms of story and visuals, but Stark’s four Iron Man suits, as well as an evil Iron-army, may make the theme rather tired. Sometimes repeating a theme has less glow than when it was first done, but I think Iron Man 2 is up to the challenge.