8 Things We Learned at the Iron Man 2 Press Conference

Thanks to a snuke (go see The Losers) I dropped in a Icelandic volcano, the Iron Man 2 London press outing was canceled and moved to Los Angeles.  Lex Luthor like plot completed, I then made sure I was able to see the flick and get into the press event to get the inside scoop on the brilliant minds behind the franchise.  What I got instead was… Well, just read the article.

1.  Black Widow may get a spin-off film

“It’s a possibility,” says Marvel honcho Kevin Feige.  Scarlett Johansson could reprise the role in her own tight, cat-suited adventure.  I can’t really comment on whether or not this a good idea because it would technically be breaking the embargo on revealing anything about Iron Man 2, good, bad, or neutral.  I will say, however, that since Marvel has announced intent to make a lot of smaller films focusing on other characters, the Black Widow movie is, at the moment, only slightly more likely than a Lockjaw movie.  Lockjaw being, of course, an alien bulldog.

2.  Iron Man 2 takes place before The Incredible Hulk

We sort of figured this, but it’s worth noting for two reasons: this confirms that both movies are in the same continuity and that the Hulk may be relevant to the Avengers.  Then again, it could just explain why Iron Man didn’t swoop in and kick the Hulk’s ass in The Incredible Hulk.

3.  The Iron Man 2 Blu-ray/DVD is going to nerd out

Director Jon Favreau (jokingly) said that non-film fans won’t like the special features, implying that they’re going to be very in-depth about the process of the movie.  We can expect lots of behind the scenes stuff, commentary, and definitely a few deleted/alternate scenes.

4.  Ask a stupid question, get sassed by Robert Downey Jr.

Now, some may say there is no such thing as a stupid question, but anyone who has been to a press conference packed to the brim with (ahem) journalists (cough) from around the world knows that there are.  What we all found out today was that if you ask a stupid question in front of RDJ, he’ll stare you down and say that’s enough “you’re embarrassing yourself.”

5.  Iron Man 2 fans have really small heads

No, seriously, check out the size of this hat. (Pictured right)

6.  Robert Downey Jr. has been offered every movie role currently being planned

When one of the first questions abandoned Iron Man and was directed at a rumor of Robert Downey Jr. portraying the vampire Lestat.  Downey lovingly responded with “Anything that’s going on, just imagined it’s been offered to me.”

7.  Gwyneth Paltrow’s next GOOP newsletter will feature weight loss tips

Never a group to back down from the real story, one member of the international press asked Gwyneth Paltrow for weight loss tips.  Luckily enough, her newsletter will feature an article on how she got in shape for Iron Man 2.

8.  Even fate was ready for this thing to end…

Press conferences are never really a great way to get scoops and in-depth answers from things – that’s best done in one-on-one interviews and even round tables.  No one is ever sad to see a press conference end and this was especially true today as the massive twenty-foot log banner behind the cast fell down, prompting a great place to save and quit.

Stay tuned for unavoidable heaps of coverage of Iron Man 2, which is steamrolling your way between now and May 7…

Robert Fure is many things: horror expert, ruggedly handsome man of the world, witty prose composer, and writer of his own biography page. Beneath the bravado is a scared little boy, ready to grow into an awesome man and make lies about a scared little boy inside of him. Wait a minute...

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