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|Directed by||Jon Favreau|
|Produced by||Kevin Feige |
|Written by||Justin Theroux|
|Starring||Robert Downey, Jr. |
Samuel L. Jackson
|Music by||John Debney |
|Editing by||Dan Lebental |
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Release date(s)||02010-04-28 April 28, 2010 |
02010-05-07 May 7, 2010
|Running time||124 minutes|
|Preceded by||Iron Man|
|Followed by||Iron Man 3|
The film opens in Russia, on the same day that Tony Stark publicly reveals that he is Iron Man. A gravely ill Anton Vanko offers to pass on his knowledge to his son Ivan, before dying. In grief and enraged at the Stark family's betrayal of his father, Ivan works tirelessly from his father's collected notes and successfully develops his own ARC reactor, fashioning a rudimentary suit armed with a pair of energy-conducting whips.
Six months after the end of the first movie, Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) has used his Iron Man armor as a nuclear deterrent, and a means of maintaining world peace. His immense popularity with the general public is only furthered when he fulfills his father's dream by opening the "Stark Expo", to showcase all the latest inventions that will benefit the world. Stark is, however, still vilified by the United States government, and Senator Stern (Gary Shandling) in particular, who demands that he hand his armor technology over to the United States government, for military application. Stark refuses, publicly shaming rival Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) in demonstrating how rival states and groups are at least 5 years away from successfully recreating the technology.
All is not well in Stark's life, however: he has discovered that the palladium in the arc reactor keeping his heart beating has begun to poison his body, slowly killing him, and all attempts to find a substitute element have failed. Slowly going off the rails as a consequence of what he believes to be his impending death, he appoints his former personal assistant Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) CEO of Stark Industries, replacing her with Natalie Rushman (Scarlett Johansson).
While racing his own team's Formula 1 car in Monaco, Stark is attacked by Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke). Defeating Vanko with the aid of his Mark V armor (a transforming briefcase), Stark discovers that Vanko is the son of disgraced Russian physicist Anton Vanko, who collaborated on the first arc reactor with Stark's father Howard (John Slattery). But when Anton wanted to use the arc to earn money, Howard had him deported back to Russia. Vanko is promptly broken out of jail by a revenge-seeking Justin Hammer, who puts him to work fashioning a line of "Iron Drones" that he will use to upstage Stark at his own Expo.
Tony throws what he believes will be his last birthday party and proceeds to get drunk whilst wearing the Iron Man armor, becoming a danger to himself and others, forcing his friend Lt. Colonel James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) to don the Mark II armor and subdue him. Disgraced, having lost his best friend and part of his house, Stark is approached by Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D (Samuel L. Jackson), who provides him with a chest of his father's old artifacts that can hopefully be used to find a cure for his palladium poisoning. Reviewing the film reels in the chest, Stark discovers a message from his father that leads him to the original 1974 diorama of the Stark Expo: in reality, a disguised diagram for the atomic structure of a new element. Stark hand-builds a particle accelerator with the aid of his computer J.A.R.V.I.S. (voiced by Paul Bettany) and synthesizes this new element, creating a new triangular chest arc that cures his poisoning.
Simultaneously, at Stark Expo, Hammer unveils his new military drones, captained by Rhodes in a heavily-weaponized version of the confiscated Mark II armor. Stark arrives at the expo in his new Mark VI armor, attempting to warn Rhodes and find Vanko, but then Vanko takes complete control of both the drones and Rhodes's new armor and attacks Iron Man. As Stark battles against these remote-controlled enemies, Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) and Natalie (actually undercover S.H.I.E.L.D. agent named Natasha Romanoff) race to Hammer's Queens facility to stop Vanko. By the time they arrive, Vanko has already departed for the Expo in a new, more powerful suit of armor, but Natalie is able to give Rhodes control of his armor again so that he and Stark can fight the drones and Vanko together.
The two armored allies hold off the drones and confront Vanko, combining their suit's repulsor charges and successfully taking Vanko down. However, Vanko's armor and drones are revealed to have been equipped with self-destruct charges. As they begin to go off, Stark races to save Pepper, rescuing her at the last minute. After landing on a roof she quits her CEO position, and the two finally kiss. Rhodes is revealed to have watched the whole exchange, before leaving with the War Machine armor despite Stark's objection.
At a debriefing, Fury informs Stark that while Stark is "unsuitable" for the "Avengers Initiative", S.H.I.E.L.D. wants Iron Man as a consultant. He agrees on the condition that Senator Stern present him and Col. Rhodes with their medals for bravery.
In a post-credits scene, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) is seen driving to a remote impact crater in the New Mexico desert. He then informs Fury over the phone that they've "found him".
The crater is shown to contain Mjolnir, the hammer of Thor.
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