- Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Bettany, Jon Favreau, Leslie Bibb, Olivia Munn, Garry Shandling, John Slattery, Kate Mara, Clark Gregg, Stan Lee, Helena Mattsson, Tim Guinee, Natalina Maggio, Anya Monzikova, Mathew Lorenceau, Davin Ransom, Keith Middlebrook, Jack White, Jennifer D. Johnson, Victoria Parsons, Eric L. Haney, Nicolas Pajon, Philippe Bergeron, Karim Saleh, Dustin Jacobs
- Director: Jon Favreau
- Writer: Justin Theroux
- Producer: Kevin Feige
- Co Producer: Victoria Alonso
- Associate Producer: Eric Heffron
- Executive Producers: Louis D'Esposito, Jon Favreau, Stan Lee, Denis L. Stewart
- Art Direction: David F. Klassen
- Casting: Randi Hiller
- Costume Design: Mary Zophres
- D.O.P.: Matthew Libatique
- Editors: Dan Lebental, Richard Pearson
- Makeup: John Blake
- Music: John Debney
- Production Design: J. Michael Riva
- Set Decoration: Lauri Gaffin
With the world now aware of his dual life as the armored superhero Iron Man, billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) faces pressure from the government, the press, and the public to share his technology with the military. Unwilling to let go of his invention, Stark, along with Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), and James "Rhodey" Rhodes (Don Cheadle) at his side, must forge new alliances -- and confront powerful enemies.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Edwards Air Force Base, USA; Los Angeles, USA; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Sepulveda Dam, USA
- MPAA Warning: Sequences of intense action violence and some language
- Production Budget: $200 Million
- Production Companies: Fairview Entertainment, Marvel Entertainment, Marvel Productions, Marvel Studios
- Production Schedule: 6 April 2009 - 18 July 2009
Al Pacino was considered for the role of Justin Hammer; Emily Blunt was set to star as Black Widow but had to pull out due scheduling conflicts with her movie "Gulliver's Travels"; Tim Robbins was considered to play Howard Stark, Tony's father.
Sam Rockwell, who was one of the original choices for the role of Tony Stark/Iron Man, plays Stark's antagonist Justin Hammer in the film. In the comics, Justin Hammer was a shrewd but elderly businessman. He was re-worked as a younger character in the film to make him a contemporary rival to Tony Stark.
Renowned animator Genndy Tartakovsky was hired to storyboard the film's action sequences.
Don Cheadle replaced Terrence Howard as Rhodes, due to a falling out between Howard and Marvel Studios.
Samuel L. Jackson was promised that Nick Fury would be given more screen time by director Jon Favreau. Jackson almost didn't return to play Fury, due to problems with contract negotiations, but secured a landmark nine-picture deal to play Nick Fury not only in this film but in many other Marvel Studio productions.
To prepare for his role as Ivan Vanko/Whiplash, Mickey Rourke paid a visit to Butyrka Prison, Moscow. Rourke also recommended that half of Vanko's dialogue be in Russian. Vanko is a combination of Iron Man's enemy the Crimson Dynamo (Dr Vanko, who wears armor that can control electricity) and the supervillain Whiplash (who possesses a specially-designed razor/acid whip). In addition, the film's Whiplash gets its nationality and real name from the comics' first incarnation of Crimson Dynamo.
2010 Guide Analysis: "The single most guaranteed hit of the year, nothing will come close over the Summer to toppling this juggernaut off its perch (even "Twilight" will be pressed to match it). Coming off strong reviews, a $318 million domestic and $266 million foreign gross, the first film was a game changer in many ways for the genre thanks to its sheer sense of fun and surprise.
Unlike "Spider-Man" or "X-Men" for example, "Iron Man" wasn't a household name and so Favreau was able to surprise us with a pitch-perfectly cast and light-hearted adventure which blended the right amount of action, humor and pathos. There were the standard third act problems inherent to all superhero origin movies weighing it down, and the film became over-praised and over-hyped like most good action blockbusters do, but 'Iron' easily joins the ranks of the very best of the comic book movie adaptations.
With a sequel though the surprise element is gone and the expectations are a lot higher. Despite the return of all the key cast and crew members, there's no guarantee of quality here - the hope is things will be even better like in the cases of "Spider-Man 2" or "The Dark Knight". The concern though is that lightning won't strike again and we'll get something creaky and not particularly very good such as the 'Pirates' sequels or "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen".
A Comic Con launch in July showed a strong five-minute bit of footage along the same quality lines as the original. The replacement of Terrence Howard by Don Cheadle doesn't look to have had a negative impact at all, and the inclusion of Mickey Rourke as the villainous Whiplash and Sam Rockwell as a secondary villain/plucky comic relief figure are great choices. It's only Scarlett Johansson's black body-suited thief that feels a tad out of place from the previews (she replaced the more suitable Emily Blunt who left due to a scheduling conflict).
Having finished shooting in July, the film is now well into post and will probably follow a similar international launch like the first one did, kicking off with a global press tour in early April. In an odd turn of events, the normally reliable Paramount Australia didn't invite me to the Sydney junket for the first one so I wasn't able to provide any early coverage, I'm hoping the problem won't be repeated with the next one."