There is something about director Jon Favreau and his cronies over at Marvel Studios that leads me to believe that they are wired perfectly for this business. They seem to have an uncanny connection with the pulse of the geek, an unmatched connection with the desires of nerddom and a soon to be once again world famous ability to get gaming-chair-worn asses into movie theater seats in a big way. With the first Iron Man film, they delivered a drool-worthy taste of what superhero flicks could be, a fun and intense ride that gave rise to a now electric buzz that hangs over all of their upcoming projects. And with Iron Man 2, it appears as if they are once again turning up the volume.
What began with simply bringing back the perfectly cast Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark has morphed into something greater, something sexier and something more badass. They cast Sam Rockwell and Mickey Rourke to play the film’s scheming villains, put the uber-sexy Scarlett Johansson into the tight leather costume of Black Widow and even brought back Samuel L. Jackson, the surprise addition to the first film, as Nick Fury.
But that is all a bunch of big rocks. Today we get news of some little rocks that might continue to excite the fanboy base (in more ways that one). Variety has confirmed that G4’s Attack of the Show nerdbait host Olivia Munn has also joined the cast. There is no word yet on what role Ms. Munn might play, but chances are that it will be a small-to-mid-level supporting role. Though I’m sure none of you will have a hard time spotting her.
To her credit, Munn has also picked up roles in Date Night, a romantic comedy starring Tina Fey and Steve Carrell, and can be seen in the Broken Lizard comedy The Slammin’ Salmon, which I peeped at SXSW and confirmed is their best work since Super Troopers. She will also be seen on the upcoming cover of Playboy — a cover which she revealed on AOTS yesterday — though she will not be appearing nude in her pictorial.
Iron Man 2 hits theaters on May 7, 2010.