Like many of you, I saw Iron Man 2 this weekend. It was actually the midnight screening on the local (real) IMAX at Celebration Cinema. I had a great time with this movie, and felt it was far more fun than the original. It also had a greater sense of pace and handled a good number of leading characters very fairly and even handed, with much dignity for them all. Even Black Widow was handled with proper respect for the character. Having read some Black Widow comics, I was fully prepared for the character to be a very poor representation of the original, and was pleasantly surprised.
All of the action was turned up a few notches, and there wasn’t a very poor and generic villain that nobody had ever heard of this time around. Instead, we had two villains to worry about. An odd business tycoon that served as the generic villain of this film, but then an actual member of the Iron Man rogues gallery: Whiplash. About time, Favreau. The first film felt too much like Ang Lee’s Hulk by the end, with a villain that nobody really knew about, nor cared about enough to love to hate. Granted, he wasn’t that extreme, but you get the idea.
What did I mean, about movie being better than the first?
Holy crap! I forgot that the Wolverine trailer was hitting this past weekend, but boy is it a doozy. I watched it with absolutely no preconceptions about the content of the motion picture itself.
I was happily surprised to see that they have, in fact, incorporated story elements from the official Wolverine origin that was told a few years ago in the six-issue mini-series called “Origin.”
This trailer is also very epic, with a lot stuffed in, but it is definitely epic, and the footage of Wolverine as a child has me looking forward to it more than I was before.