One of the most hotly anticipated panels at Comic-Con was the one for Iron Man 2, which included director Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Sam Rockwell — and some footage from the upcoming sequel.
First, however, Favreau rolled out a cheeky fake teaser trailer, complete with cheesy graphics and little to no new footage from the movie. The audience cheered anyway, before RDJ took the stage and — after leading the crowd of six thousand or so Comic-Conners in a round of "Happy Birthday" for Favreau's son — made Favreau roll out the real deal: not a trailer, per se, but plenty of new clips and scenes to sufficiently whet fanboy appetites. Here are some bits and pieces from the panel:
- The video footage featured appearances by some exciting characters like Justin Hammer (Rockwell), Whiplash (Mickey Rourke) and Black Widow (Johnansson). Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is in it, of course, and so far it looks like Jackson and RDJ make a hilarious duo. And finally, it appears that Don Cheadle is awesome as Rhodey/War Machine. Certainly more intense and intriguing than Terrence Howard's admittedly brief depiction in the first movie. There's a quick visual scene of War Machine going machine-gun-crazy and I don't think you have to be a super-fan to think it looks really, really cool.
- On the subject of Cheadle taking over for Howard, Cheadle said he tried to just focus on what this script called for, though he also called himself a "vampire," siphoning out as much as he could from Howard's performance.
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- Scarlett Johansson looks fantastic in the movie, though the footage we saw didn't include any dialogue. On the panel she said she wanted to do her own stunts whenever possible because that's what she likes to see when she watches movies. Apparently this role required "lots of egg white omelets. . . . And blood, sweat and tears."
- A couple of the actors emphasized that Mickey Rourke was great to work with, and RDJ added, "I thought I was eccentric!"
- The footage looks as though this movie will have the same healthy combo of humor and action that was so enjoyable in the first Iron Man, with a lil' bit of heartwarming stuff thrown in. Cheadle noted that one of the main themes of the movie is "no man is an island," as Tony Stark starts to realize that he can't do everything alone. Even Iron Man needs friends.