Fans get first look at star-studded "Iron Man 2"

Sun Jul 26, 2009 5:47pm EDT
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By John Gaudiosi

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Filming for "Iron Man 2" finished just last week but thousands of fans got their first sneak peek at the star-studded new cast members this weekend at the Comic-Con convention.

Ten months before "Iron Man 2" hits movie theaters in May 2010, fans saw Robert Downey Jr.'s industrialist-turned-playboy superhero Tony Stark working alone and considering another request to join forces with Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson.

In the brief footage, Mickey Rourke (villain Ivan Vanko/Whiplash) shows off his electrical suit with dual whiplash action, Don Cheadle employs a quick quip to address the change of actors for Col. James "Rhodey" Rhodes, and a red-haired Scarlett Johansson brings Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) to life.

"Iron Man" turned Downey Jr. into an unexpected action movie hero in 2008 and made an impressive $585 million at the worldwide box office, making it one of the most successful Marvel comics film franchises.

Director Jon Favreau told reporters at Comic-Con that the team behind the sequel wanted to add characters -- although not too many -- and retain the same tone and dynamic of the first movie.

Downey Jr. added: "Tony (Stark) goes on a much more perilous journey this time. You can't tell a story better than the way it really happened, so we started to look back at the comics. We didn't take ourselves seriously, but we took the story very seriously."

Favreau said Johansson turned up for their first meeting having already dyed her blonde hair red for the part. The actress said she also learned mixed martial arts for the role and did as many of her own stunts as possible.

"We had an incredible stunt team. It was really just putting in the time training with the stunt team. If I see a movie, I like to see an actor doing their own stunts because you see their face and recognize their body movement. You want to believe it's them," Johansson said.   Continued...

<p>Actor Robert Downey Jr looks out at the crowd as he leaves a question and answer session following a short presentation of Iron Man 2 to the the thousands of attendees at this years annual Comic Con conference in San Diego, California July 24, 2009. REUTERS/Mike Blake</p>