After two years of waiting the big day is finally here! Iron Man 2 was released in theaters everywhere this morning at 12:01 am. Over the past few weeks the film’s reviews have been rolling in and for the most part they’ve been mixed. From a critical standpoint I can understand the issues journalists have with the movie but as an Iron Man fan, I wasn’t disappointed. What do you think? Is Iron Man 2 better than Iron Man 1? Vote in our poll and let us know…

In my opinion the first Iron Man was a great movie. Its only flaw was its action, or lack there of. You could tell that director (Jon Favreau) wasn’t quite sure what he could or couldn’t do with the character. With the sequel he tries to compensate for that tenfold by filling the screen with explosive fight sequences featuring both human and metal casualties.

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As for the multiple villains, Ivan Vanko was more of a “heavy” while Justin Hammer stayed behind the scenes. More than anything his character came off as a corrupt business man. He wasn’t out to necessarily “kill” Tony Stark as much as his partner. Their motivations were completely different.

As for Scarlett Johansson’s portrayal of Black Widow it was “meh.” She didn’t disappear into her character. All I saw was Scarlett not Natasha/Natalie. Robert Downey Jr was able to turn into Tony Stark, Gwyneth Paltrow was able to become Pepper Potts, and even Don Cheadle mutated into James Rhodes (in more ways than one) so what was her problem? She was boring. Her dialogue was sleep inducing.

Iron Man 2 was a good film but it wasn’t great. Some of the action scenes ran too long and there was a lack of character development for the newbies (Vanko, Hammer, Widow). Aside from that it’s still entertaining and manages to progress The Avengers story arc that leads us into the next film, Thor.

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That’s my two cents, what did you think of Iron Man 2?