Trivia / Iron Man 2

  • Actor Allusion:
  • Actor-Inspired Element: The dance Sam Rockwell does before presenting the drones at the Expo is improvised and something he does to help him get into character.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Sam Rockwell signed on without having read the script, as he enjoyed working with Jon Favreau on Made.
  • Banned in China: Curiously, every instance of the word "Russian" was made inaudible in the China version. No explanation was given for why, although theories abound in the comments ranging from China thinking viewers would be distressed by a Russian villain, trying lend a courtesy to their longtime ally nation, or instead trying to distance themselves from Russia by obscuring all mention of it.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: A ridiculous number of reviews refer to Scarlett Johansson's character as "Natalie Rushman," the false identity Natasha Romanoff uses when she first appears in the film. Understandable if the reviewer is attempting to avoid spoiling the character's true identity (thought neither the movie's advertising campaign nor the movie itself are particularly subtle about it) but clueless in reviews that go on to identify her as the Black Widow. Moviefone calling her "Natasha Rushman" didn't help.
  • Creator Backlash: Mickey Rourke wanted to play Vanko as a complete human being, but says Marvel didn't want an Anti-Villain and thus cut his sympathetic scenes. Rourke wasn't happy with the result.
    • And has proceeded to spew Take Thats at Marvel, the director, and even the other actors in every interview he gave.
  • Doing It for the Art: Mickey Rourke improvised a lot of Vanko's characteristics, such as his toothpick habit, his fondness for cockatoos, and his tattoos. He paid for the cockatoo with his own money, learned to speak Russian, and visited the infamous Butyrka prison to interview the prisoners there, who he described as very polite.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Scarlett Johansson dyed her hair red before auditioning for the part of Black Widow because she wanted the part so badly. Now she really IS Scarlett Johansson.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • Jon Favreau had a lot of friction with the Marvel higher-ups due to their constant intervention, to the point that they were having him rewrite the script as the film was still shooting. In particular, elements such as the increased prominence of the S.H.I.E.L.D subplot were the result of a need to establish the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe in preparation for The Avengers, at the expense of the coherence of the main Iron Man 2 plot. These disputes got so bad that Favreau turned down directing Iron Man 3.
    • Word of God says the original script delved deeper into Tony's alcoholism, a la the infamous "Demon in a Bottle" arc, but was left out due to studio interference.
    • Terrence Howard was replaced by Don Cheadle due to a number of disagreements between the studio and Howard's agents.
    • Scenes that fleshed out Ivan Vanko and portrayed him as a more sympathetic figure were cut from the final film, resulting in him appearing to be a more generic villain. This may a reason why Rourke has stated he is not fond of his experience working on the film.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • "Dynalash" for Ivan Vanko, due to being a composite of the Crimson Dynamo and Whiplash.
    • A beam superweapon that spins around and destroys everything nearby? The only name for that is "Death Blossom".
    • "Iron Man Lite" for the Mark V suitcase armor.
    • Tony gives an in-universe example, referring to the drones as "Hammer 'roids"
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Not being tech literate, Mickey Rourke found the most challenging part about playing Whiplash was pretending to know his way around a computer.
  • Novelization First
  • The Other Darrin:
    • James Rhodes was played by Terrence Howard in the first Iron Man movie. Here, he's played by Don Cheadle. His first scene is framed in such a way that his face isn't visible until after Tony greets him, so that the audience is clear on who he is. As an added bonus, Cheadle and Robert Downey, Jr. are the same height, meaning that the production team wouldn't have to deal with nitpicking over how Rhodey would have fit into the Iron Man suit if he was still played by Howard (who's significantly taller than Downey).
    Tony: I didn't expect to see you here.
    Rhodes: It's me, I'm here, deal with it, let's move on. Drop it.
  • Real-Life Relative: Sam Rockwell and Leslie Bibb are a couple in Real Life. Her presence in this film is a bit of an ironic coincidence. First Bibb was cast in the small but pivotal role of Christine Everhart in the original Iron Man, then she began dating Rockwell, then Rockwell was cast as Justin Hammer for this film, and when the producers found out he was dating the actress who played Christine in the first film, they brought back her character as Hammer's uninterested date.
  • Reality Subtext: The U.S. Marshal in the beginning who serves Tony his subpoena says she's from Bedford, New York. Just like her actress Kate Mara.
  • Throw It In: "Gimme a phat beat to beat my buddy's ass to." Robert Downey, Jr.. is clearly cracking up after saying that, but it's perfectly in character as Tony is extremely drunk.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Emily Blunt was set to star as Black Widow but had to pull out due to scheduling conflicts with Gulliver's Travels (2010). Gemma Arterton, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Natalie Portman, Eliza Dukshu and Angelina Jolie were also considered for the role.
    • Al Pacino was considered for Justin Hammer.
    • Edward Norton was rumored to reprise his role as Bruce Banner, in a cameo for this film, as a foreshadowing of Avengers Assemble.
    • Rumiko Fujikawa was initially going to appear, with Marvel reportedly wanting Zhang Ziyi for the role. Her part was cut due to the film already having too much going on, but Viral Marketing showcasing her Stark-Fujikawa subsidiary was still used to promote the movie.
    • An alternate ending was shot where Vanko is revealed to have survived his apparent self-destruction, only to be killed by War Machine. Word of God is that the studio went with the more ambiguous Never Found the Body exit because they wanted to make it possible for Vanko to return in future MCU movies. However, due to the great deal of Creator Backlash from Rourke, it's really unlikely we'll be seeing Vanko again anytime soon.
    • Ivan Vanko originally had a tattoo of Loki on his neck. The film's producers feared it would cause confused fans to believe that Vanko would have a connection to this other villain from the same Marvel Cinematic Universe, so the tattoo was removed in post-production using CGI.
    • There were plans for Paul Bettany to appear in a flashback scene that would have explained the origin of JARVIS. Presumably, he would have played the original Edwin Jarvis (a role that eventually went to James D'Arcy in Agent Carter).
  • Word of God: According to Jon Favreau, the Asian man who hands Vanko false papers in order to get to Monaco is a member of the Ten Rings.

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