Our lucky co-horts over at Superhero Hype have posted a brand new set visit report today from the set of Marvel Studios’ upcoming sequel Iron Man 2, which recently blew the soiled pants off of Comic-Con attendees. In the report we not only get a brand new photo from the film (seen above), we also get some new details about what is happening in the world and the workshop of Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr.
Among the details is that Tony’s workshop has been expanded with a completely holographic floor. He has also built a new hall of armor which showcases his original Mark I armor, as well as his tattered Mark III armor from the first film’s final battle. Also there is his new armor, an update, streamlined version of the Mark III. Notably absent is the silver Mark II armor, which has mysteriously gone missing by the time this scene happens about mid-way through the film. I think we can all guess where that might’ve gone.
While on set, SHH also found out that the second film dives deeper into the relationship between Tony Stark and his late father, who is played by John Slattery. According to Ryan Rotten’s report:
“Favreau notes to us that this story picks up six months later and while he’s remaining mum on the plot – which is said to have themes of an energy crisis of sorts – Howard Stark (actor John Slattery) plays a large part in it. “He’s definitely a presence as Robert delves into his past and explores the relationship with his dad,” says the director. “He’s definitely got daddy issues on some level. So, we explore the way his life’s been changed by saying that he’s Iron Man.”
He also notes that within Tony’s workshop there is a blueprint for Captain America’ shield as well as maps of Antarctica. A savvy onlooker might note that this could be yet another tie-in to Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers, which are scheduled for release in 2011 and 2012 respectively. It is safe to assume that Iron Man 2 will have plenty of tie-ins to other Marvel properties, as those seemed to go over well with the first film.
The set visit report also gives some details about how Ivan Vanko, aka Whiplash (Mickey Rourke), and Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) relate to Tony Stark and his new direction with Stark Enterprises. Apparently they are all somehow connected in ways that aren’t clear in the beginning. Beyond that, director Jon Favreau has been keeping a tight lid on the plot. One thing that the set visitors did see, though, was a series of crates that said PROJECT: PEGASUS. Geeks of comics will note that this is in reference to the “Potential Energy Group/Alternate Sources/United States” – a center for scientific study that appeared in various Marvel titles. Make of that what you will.