Iron Man 2 Confirmed for IMAX

Paramount Pictures has put out a press release confirming earlier rumors that Iron Man 2 will be showing in IMAX! Well... sort of.

I you remember way back to fall of 2008, the original rumor was that Iron Man 2 would be filmed in IMAX 3D, a la James Cameron's Avatar. This rumor was later put to rest when director Jon Favreau let us know that the tight production schedule (and no doubt the cost) of Iron Man 2 prevented them from going the 3D IMAX route - although that visual feast was being reserved for Iron Man 3.

So what's this press release that's come along? Basically it's announcing that Iron Man 2 will be converted into IMAX so that you can see every detail of that glorious superhero tech action once it has been stretched to fit the ginormous IMAX screen (a la Star Trek).

Here's a bit of the official press notes on the matter:

Paramount Pictures today announced that the highly-anticipated action-adventure Iron Man 2, directed by Jon Favreau and starring Robert Downey, Jr., will be released to digital IMAX® theaters simultaneously with the film’s worldwide release on May 7, 2010. The film’s limited IMAX release will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with IMAX DMR® technology.

“The success of the first Iron Man movie catapulted the franchise from the comic books to theatre screens, and we're excited that the IMAX format will offer fans an even more immersive way to experience the sequel,” said Tim Connors, Chief Operating Officer, Marvel Studios.

Iron Man 2 is a fantastic addition to our growing film slate for 2010, which is filling out faster than any previous year,” said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. “The rollout of our digital projection system has enabled us to add more films to the slate, and we’re very excited to partner with Marvel and Paramount on this next installment of the incredible Iron Man franchise.”

“We’re thrilled to once again be working with Paramount and our long time friends at Marvel Entertainment as we help to bring their characters to life in IMAX,” said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. “The combination of Marvel’s iconic Iron Man story, Jon Favreau’s brilliant vision and Paramount Pictures’ talented team coupled with IMAX will make for a wild cinematic experience.”

Now I'm one of "those guys" that doesn't really go for the "stretched for IMAX" version of films. After seeing The Dark Knight and Avatar - two films shot using actual IMAX cameras - it's been kind of hard for me to go back. However, I fully acknowledge that I'm being Little Ms. Debbie Downer right now, and that a lot of you Iron Man fans will be packed into those IMAX theater seats to see Ol' Shellhead rip and roar on the BIG big screen again.

War Machine blazing guns in IMAX proportions? I'm certainly not mad about it :-) .

Ok, let's open the floodgates: what do you guys think about Iron Man 2 in IMAX? Will you be seeing in that format, or is a standard screen enough for you?

Hopefully Iron Man 3 will arrive in true (3D) IMAX when its time comes.

For now, catch Iron Man 2 in theaters and IMAX on May 7, 2010.

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