Riding the smash success of 2008's Iron Man is both a blessing and a curse. The film already has a wide fan base that should make it easy for the action flick to skyrocket to blockbuster status, but whether or not it will receive the same acclaim is another story. The good news is that the sequel delivers everything it needs to, even if it's not quite an improvement on its near-perfect predecessor.
The film picks up six months after we last left off. Weapons extraordinaire/billionaire/playboy Tony Stark's ego is even more inflated than it was before (if you can believe that). Thanks to the Iron Man suit he developed, Stark has managed to maintain the longest periods of uninterrupted peace between Eastern and Western civilization. Unfortunately, the government doesn't see eye-to-eye with Stark's God complex, and wants him to turn over his metal armor, his "sword with untold possibilities," in fear that terrorists may be copycatting the technology around the world. Of course, across the pond a grimy Russian convict named Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) is doing just that.
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