Today we’ve gathered some info and updates on Iron Man 2 that should prove interesting to the Marvel movie fans out there.

In today’s round-up we have a recent Tony Stark close-up image from him in his race car, interview snippets of Robert Downey Jr. explaining his character and why he loves him and last but not least, director Jon Favreau (kind of) explains why we probably won’t see Ed Norton in Iron Man 2.

We know Hulk will be a part of The Avengers and we know Tony Stark appeared in The Incredible Hulk movie to recruit Banner so to no surprise, there has long been rumors that Ed Norton would return the favor and make a Bruce Banner appearance in the Iron Man sequel. The future of the Hulk and Ed Norton’s involvement going forward has been very unclear unlike the other main Avengers characters.

In an indirect way, someone posed the question on this topic by asking Jon Favreau on Twitter as to when Iron Man 2 takes place in relation to The Incredible Hulk and Favreau replied with the following:

Before. RT @ThiagoSiQueiraF: Just watched “The Incredible Hulk” Gotta ask you:Does “Iron Man 2″ takes place before or after Hulk movie?”

This would be the reason for no mention or cameo from Bruce Banner/The Hulk in the Iron Man 2 movie and likely this means any chance of an Edward Norton cameo is shot. If true, that is. Although I expect some sort of surprise in the movie or after the credits. A mention of Banner by Nick Fury or S.H.I.E.L.D. wouldn’t be too off the mark, would it?

Robert Downey Jr. is Tony Stark

In other Iron Man news, RDJ had an interview with SFX Magazine and discussed the character of Tony Stark in the sequel and why he thinks Stark is Stan Lee’s greatest creation.

“In Iron Man 2, Tony’s psyche undergoes quite a rupture because he no longer has that kind of was trade to tweak on. What’s a fella to do? He’s thinking more about his legacy and about sustaining his own corporeal being, which has always been a problem, and now obviously comes much more to the fore because he essentially has a nuclear reactor as part of his anatomy!”

“Stan Lee created (and of course I’m biased) his greatest character in Tony Stark… The number of offshoots in comics, TV, animation and now movies, and the people who have taken him from the ’60s to the ’70s, to the ’80s and to the present day – everyone has done a great job of expanding the character and building on his inherent hostility through the guise of technology.”

Why is Stark interesting to play and what’d different for the character going forward?

“There’s a dark side to Tony Stark because of his impending death. But there are also all the people and characters around him who bring him to life.”

“There’s this huge world that’s so much fun, and it’s great to go back there, erase the chalkboard with Jon and say, ‘Okay. This thing came out, people really liked it and it did great business, but what are we going to do now?'”

The Avengers and sequels, Robert. Lot’s of sequels.

Source: SFX (via CBM)

Stark Likes to Live on the Edge

The following image of Robert Downey in costume as… a race car driver recently released which depicts him ready to roll in his personal ride prior to meeting Mickey Rourke’s Whiplash.

Source: Collider

What are your thoughts on these updates? Why would Iron Man 2 specifically take place before the Hulk film?

Iron Man 2 opens May 7, 2010, Thor opens May 5, 2011 , The First Avenger: Captain America hits July 22, 2011 and The Avengers is scheduled to debut May 4, 2012.

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