It’s been a bad couple of days for the Iron Man 2 promotional team. Two days ago, we showed you the latest TV spot, which gave us the first lines from Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, which sure didn’t sound Russian. Now, a new poster has been released, nearly copying the last one, but with one major component missing. Can you spot it?

He’s probably the most anticipated character in the film. I felt the same way going into The Dark Knight with Heath Ledger’s Joker. It just makes no sense getting rid of Mickey Rourke’s Whiplash, which actually made the last poster bearable as he walked in front of a massive fireball. We get a cool visual of Iron Man swooping down and the vapor trail behind him, but just like any great superhero film, this poster is only as good as its villain. Only thing is, there isn’t one. Not even the frustratingly absent Sam Rockwell.

I trust Jon Favreau to make a balanced, entertaining, and intense film. But these promotional guys need to clean it up. The floating heads are weak, and I like Gwyneth Paltrow, but she is absolutely not more important than Rourke or Rockwell.

Then again, a poster isn’t going to ruin a movie. And only days after revealing an English-speaking Black Widow, I can understand some mounting frustrations. But let’s not forget Favreau’s vision and his uncanny ability to deliver. The cast is brilliant on paper and should translate well. My excitement is unwavering, but these posters aren’t exactly wall-worthy. At least the trailers rock.

How do you feel about the poster above? Lazy or just right? Comment below and share your thoughts.

Iron Man 2 soars into theaters May 7, 2010.

Source: Cinema Blend