The most anticipated movie of 2010 is, without a doubt, Iron Man 2. Come May of next year, James Cameron's Avatar will be a distant memory and the only thing fans boys and girls want to see is Iron Man(Robert Downey Jr), Whiplash (Mickey Rourke), War Machine (Don Cheadle) and the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson).
Last night Entertainment Tonight aired a six minute segment that included new behind the scenes footage from the set of Iron Man 2 which included some spectacular crash scenes, a little more information on the Tony Stark/Pepper Potts/Natasha Romanoff love triangle and a never before scene of Whiplash cutting a car in half.
Of course there are very little-to-no finished special effects in the footage but that is to be expected. The meat of the footage and interviews were shot during the Indy car race in Monaco, where Whiplash is introduced to the story, and where director Jon Favreau used one of the biggest green screens I've ever seen (and which Screen Rant reported on this past July). During the interview Rob Downey Jr. said this about the action so far:
"We have been blowing things up, and I have been trying to avoid [Whiplash's] laser whips. Come on, it doesn't get any better than this."
Enough banter - watch the video then read further for a cool piece of speculation:
What do you think? Cool, right? My geek factor exploded when Whiplash (Mickey Rourke) throws his whip towards Happy Hogan's (Favreau) limo and cuts the side of it off. According to RDJ, "the car gets cut in half and then in half again. This is where he meets his nemesis, and this big kind of action sequence unfolds on the track..." (I'll explain in a moment why I emphasized "unfolds"). It would appear that the action in Iron Man 2 is going to be better than in the previous film and that can only be a good thing. I think Jon favreau has quickly become the most trusted comic book director (sorry Brett Ratner) in Hollywood among fanboys worldwide. Says Favreau during the interview:
"Every day we come to the set we try to discover new ways to make the story interesting and unexpected."
I don't think there is anyone that doesn't believe he is sincere with that comment. I'm still waiting for the Comic-Con footage to be released online, but until then we still have the campy re-enactment footage to get a sense of what happened.
And now for some exclusive speculation...
Did you happen to notice what Pepper Potts (Paltrow) throws out the car window towards Tony Stark during the Whiplash attack scene at 04:29 into the clip? Yes, it's a fancy looking briefcase - big deal, you say? Well if you're not a long time Ferrophile (the Iron Man equivalent of a Trekkie) you may not be aware that in the comic book, for many years the armor was collapsible - and Tony Stark carried it with him everywhere in a briefcase.
Now put the aforementioned scene in the context of the above information, and take a look at the enhanced image below. It sure looks a lot like a case that could contain the foldable armor Tony Stark uses from the older comics. Look at these photos and tell us what you think? It would explain how Tony is able to run Whiplash off in Monaco while his armor is back in Malibu.
If that is truly the case (pun intended) then my heart may have just stopped from the sheer power of geekiness! You heard it here first people!
Iron Man 2 stars Robert Downey Jr.(Tony Stark/Iron Man), Gwyneth Paltrow(Pepper Potts), Mickey Rourke(Whiplash), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), Don Cheadle (Col. James Rhodey/War Machine), Sam Rockwell (Justin Hammer), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury)and Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan).
What did you think of the new behind the scenes footage? Does it get you even more excited for the real thing in a few more months?
Iron Man 2 blasts into theaters May 7th, 2010.
Source: Entertainment Tonight