One of the biggest films that will be highlighted at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con International is undoubtedly Iron Man 2, the sequel to to last year's awesome big-screen adaptation of the Marvel comic book, which was directed by Jon Favreau and starred Robert Downey Jr.
Iron Man's flight to $uccess undeniably began at the 2007 San Diego Comic-Con, where Favreau and Marvel unveiled footage from the film which blew the hats off pretty much everyone present. In preparation for the 2009 Comic-Con, Screen Rant takes a look at where Iron Man 2 is at, and what fans can expect to see at the convention.
IT'S A WRAP!
Yesterday we reported that Iron Man 2 has wrapped its principal shoot. Both Marvel Studios top-honcho Kevin Feige and IM2 director Jon Favreau have let the Internet know that the film is in the can, it was a fun shoot, all the actors did well with their roles, and the semi-finished product is looking good so far.
That's all good news to hear as Favreau and Co. move into the post-production phase where they'll incorporate all those slick f/x required to bring Ol' Shellhead and his superhero friends/enemies to cinematic life. However, with Comic-Con happening this week and Iron Man 2 having just wrapped its principal shoot, how much can we expect to actually see at the convention?
THE FANS' DIRECTOR
To answer my own question: I expect to see something pretty cool. Jon Favreau has been one of THE BEST directors about opening up his filmmaking process to the legions of fans who scower the 'Net every day trying to uncover the latest bit of Iron Man 2 news. Favreau clearly understands why these eager fans are important to the ssuccess of his film (especially a sequel of this magnitude), and has gone to great (read: online-based) lengths to keep fans engaged with the film. If you haven't been keeping up, just check out Jon Favreau's twitter page for details.
I say all that to say: Favreau isn't one for disappointing his fans. Iron Man 2 is going to be a HUGE panel at Comic-Con - expect much of the cast (which includes Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Jon Favreau, Clark Gregg, John Slattery, Leslie Bibb, Mickey Rourke, and Samuel L. Jackson) to be on hand for the event. And though it's unknown just how much (if any) of the film has been incorporated with finished f/x, Favreau will undoubtedly have some kind of impressive and/or crowd-pleasing sequence to debut (maybe a quick montage of footage).
CAT FIGHT AT THE 'CON?
If there is anything I learned from covering the 2009 New York Comic-Con earlier this year, it's that some of the so called "journalists" who attend these conventions have no reservations about asking questions with the full-on intention of starting some Sugar Honey Ice Tea.
With much of the Iron Man 2 cast expected to appear in San Diego, I have no doubt that SOMEBODY in the crowd is going to bring up the rumored beef between cast members Gwyneth Paltrow and Scarlett Johansson, who play Tony Stark's former assistant Pepper Potts and new assistant/super-spy Black Widow, respectively.
Even as recently as this week, some sites have been reporting that "unnamed sources close to the film" have been whispering that Paltrow is jealous of all the media attention that Johansson has been receiving. Scarlett has in fact been a focal point for both fans and reporters - it was pretty big news when photos of the actress in her Black Widow costume first hit the 'net, and she was also included on the cover of a recent issue of Entertainment Weekly alongside co-stars Robert Downey Jr. and Mickey Rourke (who plays the villain Whiplash). Did I also mention that in order to build hype for Scarlett's character, Marvel is even releasing a new Black Widow comic book miniseries?
Of course there's no doubt that Gwyneth Paltrow was an important part of what made the first Iron Man so enjoyable - the chemistry between her character and Downey's Tony Stark was pitch-perfect and really put the shine back onto Mrs. Paltrow's star. So her feeling marginalized right now is somewhat understandable - however, I'm wondering: if both Paltrow AND Johansson are on the IM2 panel (rumors saying Paltrow might duck out of the event) will we see any sparks fly? Or will the two actresses "play" nice?
They're both professionals, and will likely carry themselves that way no matter what, but if there is even a slight crack in their carefully-crafted demeanours, expect the cat-fight rumors to continue to spread like wildfire.
The Iron Man 2 panel takes place on Saturday July 25th from 4 pm - 5 pm in Hall H of the San Diego Convention center. The film is slated to hit theaters on May 7, 2010.