The camera is slowly zooming in on Robert Downey Jr.’s face. He’s trying to figure something out as he looks at a lot of small objects sitting on a long white table. He says a line, the camera then pulls back to reveal more objects in the frame. As I watch take after take, I’m smiling ear to ear.
Once again, I’m on the set of an “Iron Man” movie. Except, unlike the first film – which no one expected to be a massive worldwide hit – the sequel has a lot of expectations and with good reason. The first “Iron Man” movie was loved by both critics and fans, and the sequel is one of the big summer 2010 movies.
Thankfully, when I was on set yesterday, everything I saw and heard from the filmmakers and cast leads me to believe this film will be better than the first. Everyone said it’s all about the characters. No one was trying to tell us about the huge CGI action scenes and that’s why everyone will love this movie. Instead, they’re taking what worked in the first film and they’re going to use a similar blueprint for the second.
But a sequel can’t just recycle the same things…they need to add new players to mix it up. So Jon Favreau brought in Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson, and Mickey Rourke. However, since this is a preview…even if I learned what characters they play, I can’t write about it.
What I can say is…after the jump.
I was on set today for many hours and got to see some cool stuff. While I have to be vague for now, I was in Tony Stark’s basement and he’s definitely building some new toys. I also got to see some of the Iron Man suits up close and maybe I even saw a new one…
Of course no set visit would be complete without interviews, so while there I was able to participate in interviews with Robert Downey Jr., Jon Favreau, and Kevin Feige – the President of Production at Marvel Studios. While I’m going to be under embargo for a little while, I’ll be able to post a summary of what Kevin said very soon. He gave us updates on all the other films in production and the future of Marvel movies.
Overall, if you were nervous that “Iron Man 2″ wouldn’t deliver the goods, you don’t have to worry, as the franchise is still in great hands. Also, both Robert and Jon couldn’t have been nicer with the press on set today, and they both said all the right things. While I was excited beforehand, I left set absolutely sure that “Iron Man 2″ is going to kick a ton of ass.
Finally, if you’re a fan of “Iron Man”, I strongly suggest attending this summer’s Comic-Con in San Diego. It’s a very safe bet Jon Favreau is bringing something to show us….and I cannot wait.
Look for my full set report when the embargo lifts. And a big thank you to everyone at Marvel and Paramount for the invite.
And one last thing…Jon Favreau gave us a really cool “Iron Man” collector’s item.
For the shoot, Jon created some military inspired challenge coins. Jon learned about the coins while shooting at Edwards Air Force Base and he decided to create some to hand out to the various crew and military that will be working on the film. While I have no idea how rare these things will end up being…here’s what they look like. Without a doubt, this is the coolest thing I’ve ever been given on a set.
Notice the back side has a S.H.I.E.L.D. logo…I wonder what that means…