Iron Man 2 – Disneycember

Is this sequel worth all the hate it gets? Well, maybe. Doug takes a look at Iron Man 2.

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  1. I actually like this one. To me Iron Man 2 is over all enjoyable movie. It would had been better for Black Widow if she had gotten her own movie but they did introduce her in this one rather well for Avengers.

  2. It’s not even as bad as YOU make it out to be. I enjoyed it. Lighten up.

  3. The more of these I see, the more I realize how little a damn me and my dad care about what others thought about these movies. We both think Iron Man is a good movie until the second half, then just becomes a bore and we think The Incredible Hulk was really good (I didn’t even know people had panned it). We also had no doubt that Marvel could pull this off. At the end of Iron Man, we weren’t questioning whether it would happen or not, we wondering how long until Avengers came out, because we knew it would happen if Marvel wanted it too.

  4. The problem wasn’t that his heart was giving out. The material used to power the device was poisoning him.

  5. I think you are being too nice to this movie. It’s boring and the best action scene is Black Widow’s. The celebrity of heroes is not really interesting to me since celebrity culture is something I entirely ignore anyways. Overall, this is one I always skip, since it adds nothing and is a chore to sit through.

  6. Funny, I wasn’t aware that this movie got a lotta hate. I’ve only seen it twice, but I remember thinking it was an almost perfect continuation of the first one.

    The only thing that annoyed me was Sam Rockwell as Hammer, that performance did not work at all for me.

  7. ᵗʰᵉNight★Star

    Absolutely disagree on every conceivable level.

    This movie was great. I loved every minute of it. It’s one of my favorites of the entire Marvel universe aside from possibly both Avengers films, and Winter Solider. Everyone I know likes it. And i’ve rarely ever heard anyone say anything negative about it, at all.

    Sorry Doug, you are just full of ALL the crap on this one. Actually, I think I don’t even think I’m interested in watching the rest of this Disneycember, because I think it’s starting to become clear you don’t even get these movies in general.

    • So not liking or simply criticizing a film in a way you don’t agree with = Not getting it? You are the reason fanboys get such a laughable reputation these days.

    • He’s not just making it up that this movie was panned and still gets a lit of hate, just because the limited amount of people you have heard talk about it, all like it, doesn’t reflect the rest of the world.

  8. Actually, I thought that the Tony’s-arc-reactor subplot thing did have a clever tie-in to the Captain America movie — his dad has a mystery element that he couldn’t recreate, which spews out clean power. It seemed kind of like the Tesseract, and since we see Howard Stark fishing it from the sea at the end of the first Cap movie…. hmm, did Howard try to replicate it and fail, only for Tony to figure out the substance the Tesseract is made of? It’s a nice little tie-in.

    It’s not nearly as bad as people often see it as being. My biggest problem with it was that the villain felt like a repeat of the first — we have a crooked businessman, and we have a guy who creates a super-armor thing.

  9. True, it’s far from great, but it’s a visual spectacle. It’s in that happy medium for me where it’s not so good I’d burn out watching it all the time and it’s not so bad that I’m “once and done” with it. This is more like a big budget made-for-tv movie in terms of story because it feels like a multi-issue comic made into a movie. It just doesn’t translate that well into a movie.

    Nice review, Doug.

  10. when you tackle Iron Man 3 can you PLEASE mention that Tony saying his address in public was just meaningless? people say “oh, he is such an idiot, giving his address to the villain” Well, do me a favour and tell people it doesn’t matter because he is a freakin’ celebrity, his address is pretty much avaible to anyone that can google it.

    • Quite true. Remember that big party he threw and subsequent fight with Rhodey in ‘Iron Man 2’? You think people WOULDN’T know his address after that? It’s a total non-issue by ‘Iron Man 3’.

      • ikr? “oh he said his adress” well, who doesn’t know hiw address anyway? But there is one dumb thing: his house lacks security AT ALL! Not a single alarm for helicopters with friggin rockets, and we are talking about Tony Stark, the guy who builds helicopters and rocket launchers with his eyes closed!

        • Indeed. Makes me wonder what exactly he expected JARVIS to do when he told him to put the house on full lockdown. I didn’t see an army of automated suits patrolling the house/grounds and I don’t think there were any weapons that would pop out of the walls in case anyone assaulted the place. Maybe we’ll see those in his next house.

          GREAT!!! >:( Now all this talk has made me want to watch my copy of IM 3.

  11. I like iron man 2 it’s just as good as the first one. But my biggest problem with the film is that it’s a “play it safe” type of film. Meaning that nothing loss but yet nothing gain either. They don’t try to make risk with the story or characters. Take for example the X-Men and Spiderman films they always take risk and try to something different each film. Which always get you excited for the sequels because it always have you saying “what are they going to do next”. Granted not all the risk and changes turn out well but fact that they still try to take changes with the characters and story is still commendable. But the biggest problem I have with the iron man sequels is they are satisfied with the status quo. Which nothing wrong with it but it just doesn’t leave you with satisfying sequels.

  12. MidnightScreeningsman2014

    I understand your criticisms but being as a person who didn’t see the first movie I loved this one when I saw it in theaters(and will definitely watch it again to see what you pointed out and if I agree) but I probably liked it cause I wasn’t a movie critic like I am now! Good review and can’t wait to see what you think about Thor.

  13. I actually enjoy this movie a hell of a lot more than Iron Man 3.

  14. When i first saw this film i actually liked it more than the first one ( kinda like you with the matrix) but then i realized i didnt like it, i just like it better, but the first one is the best.

    And thank you for saying it had the same problems as number 1 as well. Some people hated the second avengers, but it had the same problems with the first one! Age of ultron at least has better character development

  15. And don’t worry: Black Widow will become as useless again in Age of Ultron. After making her a compelling character with in Avengers and giving her a growth arch in Winter Soldier, she’s demoted to Forced Love Interest for the Hulk.

  16. This and “Incredible Hulk” are probably the only “Phase One” movies I’d say you can skip and still be pretty much ready for “The Avengers”. This movie’s biggest contribution to the MCU at large was introducing Scarlett Johanssen (sp?) as Black Widow, and, frankly, you don’t really really need to have seen this movie to know what kind of character she is in that movie. You can figure that out pretty quick. You also get Rhodey becoming War Machine in this film, but that doesn’t resonate beyond this film until Phase Two.

  17. Guardians of the Galaxy was my face.

  18. My favorite Marvel movie so far is probably Captain America 2. I really like the action, story and mystery that is in the movie. Also it contacts really well with the other movies in the MCU. It also captures Steve Rogers adapting to the modern world really well.

  19. My favourite Marvel movie? Hmm.. It must be either Ant-Man or Guardians of the Galaxy. But if I have to choose, it would definitely be Guardians. It’s just an amazing movie. The soundtrack is awesome, hilarious scenes, great actors, a good story and well directed. Not to forget it had two great CGI characters that worked! Fantastic movie. Also it had Karen Gillan. Karen Gillan is bae.

  20. My favorite Marvel movie right now still has to be “The Avengers” simply because everything that had to happen to get that group of people together led to the best possible movie they could make

  21. My favorite Marvel movie thus far is probably Iron Man. It was an excellent update of the origin, gave us a much more likable Tony Stark than has been in the comics for a long while, and got the whole ball rolling to set things up for The Avengers.

  22. Geez if you though Iron Man 2 got unnecessary hate wait till Doug get to Iron Man 3

    2013 was like the Year of the Bizarro world. What was good for some reason was shit (Iron Man 3) and what was shit was good (Man of Steel)

  23. Anthony Chidichimo

    My favorite has to be Captain America: Winter Soldier. Talk about a film that is much more than a run of the mill superhero flick.

  24. Iron Man 2 is probably my least favorite film from the MCU. So much time was spent faffing about, and the Villain was underused.

  25. Surprisingly I’ve never seen this movie before. I’ve heard that this movie did not do too good with lots of people who loved the first movie but I saw Iron Man 3 first and then half of the first Iron Man movie later on. Yea it’s kind of odd that I did not see the first Iron Man movie first. And my favorite Marvel so far definitely has been The Avengers. I think it’s my favorite Marvel movie so far because I really LOVED the action scenes with some of our favorite Marvel superheroes like Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America, and etc. IT WAS JUST AMAZING! Now even though my first Marvel movie was Spider-Man and I still do enjoy watching it to this day, I have to admit that The Avengers is waaaay better than the first Spider-Man movie in my opinion. Now even though I would prefer The Avengers over Spider-Man (2002) I still have to admit it’s a good movie.

  26. I have to say my favorite Guardians of the Galaxy. I love the cheese….

  27. Kris Stark-Holmes

    Ironman was definitely my fav so far- ^^

  28. My favorite Marvel film so far is Guardians of the Galaxy because I conciser it the first non Avengers movie that had full on memorable characters, Great use of nostalgic soundtracks and some of the the best action scenes I’ve seen out Marvel in a long time.

  29. The first one set the bar so high, it’s hard not to be disappointed by 2. I don’t think it was awful, but it was pretty mediocre. I don’t think there’s been a really BAD Marvel movie yet (not counting any Spiderman or Fantastic Four here), but there have been quite a few “meh, it’s okay” ones like Iron Man 2, Thor 2, Ant Man, etc.

  30. My favorite Marvel movie so far has been Blade!

    One of those flicks from the PRE Hype era of flicks based on Marvel comics & the one that I can enjoy the most because it follows an a little bit more “different”/out-of-the-box recipe than the newer ones who (fanboys, don’t stone me – I didn’t say Jehovah!;P) all feel a lil too much alike.

    • Yeah, besides maybe the 1989 Batman film, Blade 1 and 2 are my fav superhero flicks.

    • I agree with you about the cookie-cutter plots – but I watch the Marvel movies for the experience and the enjoyment of the banter and tone of them, and the fantasy, rather than seeing any new stories on screen. (But I would LOVE to see them try a second story sometime.)

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