Iron Man 2: Set Visit, Story Details & Meet Howard Stark

A number of sites had the opportunity to visit the Iron Man 2 set a few weeks back (no, we didn't, but we've worked all that out with Paramount who are great to deal with) and today they unleashed the details online. Following the Iron Man 2 presentation at Comic-Con, we thought it would be a good time to bring folks up to speed on the latest and greatest with the film.

Unfortunately I missed the Avatar panel at Comic-Con, where they debuted 20 minutes of 3D footage from the film, but based on the audience reaction to Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr (Scarlett Johansson and Don Cheadle were also present), I'd say the Iron Man 2 panel may have been the big hit of the event (Kick-Ass had a heck of a reception as well, though).

The following is based on reports from MTV, JoBlo and Latino Review.

First, you might be interested in meeting Tony Stark's father, Howard Stark. For a while rumors circulated that Tim Robbins might play the character, but in the end they went with someone who looks more like Gerard Sanders, who appeared in still images in the first film as Tony's father. Why they didn't go with that actor I don't know, but in any case the gentleman below on the right is John Slattery and visually he fits the bill. Check out the previous Howard Stark and the new one below:

And of course we have Scarlett Johansson as The Black Widow:

Mickey Rourke as Whiplash:

Sam Rockwell as Justin Hammer:

Don Cheadle as James "Rhodey" Rhodes:

And of course Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man:

And here's a brand new image from Iron Man 2 showing Tony Stark looking over a scale model of Stark Expo:

On to highlights from the set visit (which you may consider a bit spoilerish as they do reveal some overall plot elements)...

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