Iron Man 2: Sequel trumps original

Kaylee Micu/Staff Writer

On Friday May 7, yet another one of Marvel’s comics came to life.

Iron Man 2 entered theaters with a, if you will, bang.

This film creatively combines new characters with the old.

It returns the talents of Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark), Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Pots), Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan) and Don Cheadle (Lt. Col. James Rhodes).

Newbies to the Iron Man scene are Scarlett Johansson (Natalie Rushman, Natasha Romanoff), Sam Rockwell (Justin Hammer) and Micky Rourke (Ivan Vanko).

In the beginning, we are introduced to Ivan, the sun of a Russian physicist who used to work with Stark industries. With the death of his father, Ivan decides to replicate Tony’s arc reactor in hopes of revenge for his father’s falling.

The film progresses to where Tony is exiting the Stark Expo, and we are then introduced to the lovely Natalie Rushman as she tells Tony that he has been summed to “hand over” Iron Man because he is thought to be a dangerous weapon.

After winning his right to Iron Man, Tony realizes that the arc reactor in his chest is keeping him alive but is slowly killing him.

Tony travels to France and decides to go into a street race with his new found knowledge of dying. After all, would you want to be stuck in meetings all day it you knew you were dying?

Ivan shows up at the track with his own arc reactor as a power source for his own invention and slices the front part of Tony’s car off. Tony manages to subdue Ivan and put him in jail thanks to some quick thinking from his butler Happy.

As the film progresses, Ivan is broken out of jail by Hammer who wants his knowledge as a physicist to build him his own “Iron Man” army.

Tony quickly gets into gear and rushes out to stop Ivan and Hammer who just happens to be at the Expo, waiting to show off Hammer’s army.

What happens next, is just something you’ll have to see for yourself.

This film creatively combined comedy, action, drama and romance all into one. Around every corner awaited a new surprise and a good spark of the imagination. I really enjoyed watching this film, for, unlike most sequels, this one truly out-shined the first film. It also was just one of those films that you can’t help falling in love with because of the fact that it brings out the child in all of us.

Anyone who enjoys superheros, adventure, action, science and a good laugh, go see this movie!

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