Iron Man

According to Superherohype, after 71 days of principal photography, filming on Iron Man 2 has officially wrapped. Director Jon Favreau tweeted about the film’s last day on July 18, and and the wrap party that followed on Sunday. The sequel to the 2008 blockbuster is set for theatrical released next year on May 7. Returning to the franchise are Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man and Gwyneth Paltrow as his assistant Virginia “Pepper” Potts. New cast members include Don Cheadle as James “Rhodey” Rhodes, Mickey Rourke as the villain Whiplash, and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow.

Check out an official statement from Marvel producer Kevin Feige after the jump.

“Shooting ‘Iron Man 2′ was a fantastic experience and we couldn’t be happier. Although there were many challenges in making this film, having Jon Favreau, Robert Downey, Gwyneth Paltrow and almost the entire crew from the first film back on board, allowed us to hit the ground running as everyone was instantly familiar with each other from day one,” Feige told “This dynamic allowed us to get done what we needed on a day to day basis and was a big factor in why we finished slightly ahead of schedule.”

Good to hear! I will be the first to admit that early on all the casting shake ups that surrounded the film made me very nervous. I just wasn’t sure if the film would go off without a hitch. With the exception of Scarlett Johansson’s casting as Black Widow, I think everything else turned out picture perfect.

Do you think Iron Man 2 will be as good as the first film or even better?