Iron Man 2 is a 2010 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Iron Man, produced by Marvel Studios. It is the sequel to 2008's Iron Man and is the third film in the Marvel cinematic universe. Directed by Jon Favreau and written by Justin Theroux, the film stars Robert Downy Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Sam Rockwell and Mickey Rourke. Six months later the events of Iron Man, Tony Stark is resisting calls of the United States government to hand over the Iron Man technology while also combating his decking health from the arc reactor in his chest. Meanwhile, a rogue Russian scientist, Ivan Vanko, has developed the same technology and built weapons of his own in order to pursue a vendetta against the Stark family, in the process joining forces with Stark's business rival, Justin Hammer.


In Russia, the media covers Tony Stark's disclosure of his secret identity as Iron Man. Ivan Vanko, who's father, Anton Vanko, just died, sees this and begins building a miniature arc reactor similar to Stark's. Six months later, Stark is a superstar, using his Iron Man suit for peaceful means, resisting government pressure to sell his designs. Stark defeats Arthur Parks, who uses laser technology.

The core in his arc reactor that keeps Stark alive and powers the armour is slowly poisoning him and he cannot find a substitute. Growing increasing reckless and despondent about his impending death, and choosing not to tell anyone about his condition, Stark appoints his personal assistant Pepper Potts, CEO of Stark Industries.

While trying to develop a substitute, Stark is forced to drop his research time when Vanko and his henchmen, Bruno Horgan, takes hostages. Vanko wields electrified whips while Horgan uses a laser that melts anything it touches. Stark dons his Mark V armour to fight them. Horgan is killed and Stark defeats Vanko, but the suit is severely damaged. Vanko explains his intention was to prove to the world that Stark is not invincible.

Impressed by Vanko's performance, Stark's Rival, Justin Hammer, fakes Vanko's death while breaking him out of prison and asks him to build a line of armoured suits to upstage Stark. During what he believes is his final birthday, Stark gets drunk while wearing the Mark IV suit. This is the final straw for U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel James Rhodes who dons Stark's Mark II prototype armour and tries to restrain him. The fight ends in a stalemate, so Rhodes confiscates the Mark II for U.S. Air Force.

Tony discovers that Vanko's father jointly invented the arc reactor with Tony's father, Howard Stark, but when Anton tried to sell it for profit, Howard had hind deported. The Soviets sent Anton tot he gulag. Stark discovers a substitute for his arc reactor and finds out Vanko is still alive.

At the expo, Hammer unveils Vanko's armoured drones, led by Rhodes in a heavily weaponised version of the Mark II armour. Stark arrives in the Mark VI armour to warn Rhodes but Vanko remotely takes control of both the drones and Rhodes' armour to attack Iron Man. Hammer is arrested while Happy Hogan goes after Vanko at Hammer's facility. Vanko escapes but Hogan returns control of the Mark II armour to Rhodes. Stark and Rhodes together defeat Vanko and his drones. Vanko commits suicide by blowing up his suit.

Stark and Rhodes receives medals for their heroism. At a debriefing, Nick Fury informs Stark that he intends to put together a team as Iron Man cannot protect the entire world by himself.

In a post credits scene, SHIELD agent Phil Coulson reports the discovery of a large hammer at the bottom of a crater in a desert in New Mexico


  • Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark/Iron Man; A billionaire who escaped captivity in Afghanistan with a suit of armour he created, he now struggles to keep his technology out of the government's hands.
  • Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts; Stark's closest friend, budding love interest and business partner; Pepper is promoted to CEO of Stark Industries.
  • Don Cheadle as James "Rhodey" Rhodes; An officer in the U.S. Air Force and Tony STark's close personal friend who later operates the War Machine armour.
  • Sam Rockwell as Justin Hammer; A rival weapons manufacturer.
  • Mickey Rourke as Ivan Vanko; A Russian physicist and ex-convict who builds his own arc reactor-based weapon to exact vengeance on the Stark family. The character is an amagalm of Whiplash and the Crimson Dynamo.
  • Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury; Director of SHIELD.
  • TBA as Bruno Horgan
  • TBA as Arthur Parks
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