The release of Screen Rant’s most anticipated film of 2010 is a mere three weeks away and we’re starting to see more and more little news items and tidbits pop up in the media as the marketing machine runs on full.

Iron Man 2 is set to kick off this summer with its May 7th release date and if you’re as excited as we are about its release, check out these Iron Man 2 updates. We have the latest Iron Man 2 TV spot, a video about the villains of the Iron Man sequel and a little quote from Robert Downey Jr. about a memento he’s kept from the movies and what he’d like to add to his personal collection.

First, the new TV spot which spends a big portion its short runtime focusing on the introduction (read:battle) between Mickey Rourke’s Whiplash and Robert Downey Jr.’s briefcase armor on the race track.

Iron MAn 2 TV Spot #9

Meet the villains of Iron Man 2 with this ET exclusive “Iron Man Mondays” report on the characters of Whiplash and Justin Hammer, played by Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell respectively. The video doesn’t reveal too much new as we already knew about Mickey Rourke’s adventure to Russia to bring authenticity to his character, but it does feature little interview snippets with Rourke, Rockwell and Downey Jr.

Source: ET

How much of a fan is Robert Downey Jr. of the Iron Man character, a role that not only saved his career but made it? Well, he’s got an Iron Man head at his house.

“I have an Iron Man head at home and various other bits downstairs but my home isn’t a shrine to Iron Man. But I think it’s cool.”

Downey then went on to add how proud he is to be the playing the character.

“It’s mind-blowing to me because I’d always felt like I wanted to – and could – do something like this. I have probably taken ‘Iron Man 2′ more seriously than any other movie I’ve ever done, which is appropriately ridiculous for Hollywood.”

“The producers keep telling me that they’re going to give me a suit with all the bells and whistles but I still don’t have it. I don’t know, maybe I should get it in my contract. It would be great to have one at home – a talking point.”

Source: Monsters and Critics

Last but not least, the Iron Man 2 premiere had to be moved from its original location in London, to LA due to a certain volcanic eruption which you may have heard about. The premiere was initially planned for April 25th and an official press release will come from Marvel soon on the matter.

Let’s hope those ash clouds disappear sooner rather than later so folks going to and from the disrupted locations can safely get to where they need to be.

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That’s it for this Iron Man 2 news round-up. Iron Man 2 is directed by Jon Favreau and opens on May 7th, 2010.