One of the year’s most anticipated movies, “Iron Man 2″ opens with midnight screenings around the country, officially marking the start of the summer blockbuster season.
While plenty of tickets remain available overall, as of 10 a.m. today, the site reported 842 sellouts for “Iron Man 2,” including 255 for midnight showings of the film.
The sequel reunites director Jon Favreau with charismatic star Robert Downey Jr. as wisecracking billionaire genius Tony Stark, who became an armored superhero in 2008′s “Iron Man.”
Based on the Marvel comic, the sequel also brings back Gwyneth Paltrow as Stark’s efficient personal assistant Pepper Potts, Paul Bettany as the voice of Stark’s super-computer Jarvis, and Samuel L. Jackson as superhero overseer Nick Fury, who appeared after the credits in “Iron Man.”
New to the franchise are Don Cheadle, who replaces Terrence Howard as Col. James “Rhodey” Rhodes, Mickey Rourke as the villainous Ivan Vanko, Scarlett Johansson as a sexy new PA with a secret and Sam Rockwell as Stark’s rival weapons industrialist Justin Hammer.
Interviews with several stars from “Iron Man 2″ have been posted throughout the week on entertainment portal www.Planet46.com. Check them out.
Check out my review of the slam-bang sequel here on the blog Friday, along with the massive summer movie preview that Staticblog’s George Lang and I have assembled for your reading enjoyment.