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Iron Man 2 – Let the viral begin

December 11, 2009 Leave a comment

It seems that movie marketeres have embraced the concept of viral marketing. A couple of examples over the last few years include – The Dark Knight (remember the mini-site dedicated to Harvey Dent’s political campaign); and Cloverfield.

Well it seems that Iron Man 2 is the next film to jump on the bandwagon. The first movie ‘clue’ was released yesterday which featured a washed out, blue-tinted image of a magazine article about Tony Stark. The article is written shortly after the events at the end of the first Iron Man and talks about Tony Starks admission that he is the metal clad hero. Interestingly, the article looks like it comes from the wall of Whiplash (one of the films villains). If you look at a decent sized version of the recently released Whiplash poster you’ll see what I mean.

I’m not too sure what these clues are going to allude to – perhaps a chance to fill us in on what has happened in between the two films? Or a way to review some in depth info about the sequels villians? Only time will tell. In the meantime check out the picture below.

Incidentally you might be wondering who P. Buckner and N. King are… don’t worry, I’ve done the homework for you. P. Buckner, or Page Buckner is the art director for Iron Man 2. Nancy A. King is the art department coordinator. Interesting?

Iron Man 2 – it’s time to kick ass and chew bubblegum

December 2, 2009 Leave a comment

Iron Man was a real winner in my opinion. It was pretty much everything that you want in a superhero film – hardcore machinery, witty banter, pretty girls and lots of awesome action. And since I enjoyed it so much I think  it’s only fair to start giving the sequel some airtime.

Iron Man 2 (initially under a fake working name of Rasputin) is supposedly the second part of an Iron Man trilogy.

The storyline of the film is set 6 months on from the events that took place in Iron Man. Jon Favreau is once again directing the affair and had a hand in writing the story along with Robert Downey.

Not a whole lot is known about the plot, aside from the fact Stark is going to hit the bottle a bit, and Pepper Potts gets a boy friend. But I suppose we don’t really need to know what’s going to happen as long as we know who the bad guys are. In this film there are three:

  • Justin Hammer who, as the comic books go, is a business rival to Tony Stark, making his money in unethical ways. In the film he’ll be played by Sam Rockwell who, incidentally, was considered for the role of Tony Stark in the first film.
  • Whiplash who (in the comics) is a gifted electrician working at Stark International dreaming of fame and fortune. His quest leads him to become a weapons designer, special agent and assassin. In the film he’ll be played by Mickey Rourke. For the film the character will tweaked to include elements of the comic (not comical) villain Crimson Dynamo.
  • Black Widow, an undercover spy posing as Stark’s assistant. The character will be played by Scarlett Johannsson who stepped in at the last moment to replace Emily Blunt.

Obviously the film will put its own spin on the characters so we’ll have to wait and see what happens there. We’re also going to see the emergence of Iron Man’s sidekick War Machine (who’s alter ege is Lt. Colonel James Rhodes) which was foreshadowed (not very subtly) in the first film. The character will be played by Don Cheadle who replaces Terrence Howard.

As far as filming goes, things are all done and dusted and the film is currently in post-production getting the final magic added. This is one of those films you’re definitely going to have to see on the big screen.

Below I’ve included some stills from filming which were released today. The film’s poster is included above… released yesterday. There’s also some decent ‘behind the scenes’ footage on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kpm2nCGV5is – definitely worth a watch.