Iron Man 2 theatrical release
Paramount Pictures release this sequel to the summer blockbuster of two years ago. Robert Downey Jr. is back as Tony Stark, along with Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts and Don Cheadle as James Rhodes. This time, Scarlett Johansson, Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell are along as the villains Black Widow, Whiplash and Justin Hammer, respectively. Jon Favreau again takes the director’s chair, working from a script by Justin Theroux, based on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee, Don Heck, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby. The first IRON MAN was an excellent crowd pleaser, but the multiplicity of villains in the sequel is cause for concern: too often, they’re thrown in so that Marvel can sell more action figures, regardless of whether there is a place for them in the story. Release Date: May 7.