Way back in April we got our first official look at the highly-anticipated comic book sequel, Iron Man 2, in the form of an image of Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man) in what appears to be his “Hall of Armor” room. From then on we’ve slowly and surely been getting more looks at the superhero sequel, from Mickey Rourke as villain Whiplash, to Scarlet Johansson as the Black Widow.

Everything has looked great so far, and that trend continues with this latest image, courtesy of the guys over at Empire.

Empire has an exclusive new image of Tony Stark in the famous red and gold suitΒ  as the center-piece of their January 2010 cover. On top of the awesomeness of seeing the Iron Man suit in all its high quality glory (do you really need more than that? πŸ˜› ), there’s also some hinting at the film’s villain, Whiplash, by way of the Empire lettering being done in the style of electricity. It’s very cool indeed and… oh I’ll stop and just let you get a good look for yourself.

Enjoy:

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Pretty awesome, huh? On top of this new image, the Empire issue will also feature some brand new behind-the-scenes photos from the movie, and will be available this Thursday (tomorrow) to buy. These guys really get some great stuff – particularly killer images like the one above – and so they should, as they’re fantastic at what they do (I’ve been a loyal reader for years).

Like so many of you out there, I really can’t wait for Iron Man 2. Not just because the first one was good (not The Dark Knight good, but still… oohh, did I say something wrong? πŸ˜› ), but all the elements seem to be coming together perfectly (at least as far as we can tell as outsiders looking in):

Along with seeing the return of Robet Downey Jr. as the titular hero, there’s also the addition of both Rourke and Johansson as Whiplash and the Black Widow, respectively. Add to that Sam Rockwell as Justin Hammer and Don Cheadle (replacing Terrence Howard) as Col. Rhodes/War Machine, and all that great casting is enough reason for me to see this film. But there’s also the general feeling that the sequel will be “bigger and better” than the first, and by the looks of what we’ve seen that’s been a grand accomplished by Favreau and Co.

Summer 2010 can’t get here fast enough!

What do you think of the latest image from Iron Man 2? Needless to say you’re looking forward to the movie (or are you?), but what aspect are you looking forward to most? Do you think they’ll top the first one?

Iron Man 2 hits theaters on May 7th, 2010.

Source: Empire