Tony Stark's powered armor won't protect him from his latest enemy. We saw the first footage from Iron Man 2, and Tony's latest challenge goes to the heart of who/what Iron Man is. Plus our first glimpse of War Machine!
Oh, and there are spoilers below...
Here's the footage we saw:
Tony Stark in his Iron Man suit, his helmet off, sits against an early morning sky eating a donut. As we pull back, we realize he is sitting in the hole of a giant promotional donut for Randy's Donuts. He calls down to a man standing on the ground, "Sir, I have to ask you to exit the donut." And we see the man is Nick Fury.
Inside the donut shop, Fury and Stark sit across from each other. Stark, still in the suit and possibly hungover, is wearing sunglasses. "Look," says Stark, "I told you I don't want to join your super-powered boy band."
"Oh no," Fury replies, with a knowing smile, "because see I remember you like doing things on your own. I'm here to see how that's going."
"I'm sorry," Tony interrupts. " I don't want to get off on the wrong foot. Do I look in the patch or the eye? I just want to know if you're real or if you're a figment of your imagination."
Fury leans in. "Oh, I'm very real. I'm the realest person you'll ever know."
Stark sighs, "Just my luck"
We switch over to a congressional hearing. Stark is at the hearing table, but he's distracted, talking flirtatiously to Pepper behind him while she looks slightly exasperated, much to the Defense Chair's chagrin. "Mr. Stark," he calls out sternly.
Stark's head whirls around. "Yes, dear?"
The Chair asks Stark whether or not he has possession of a special weapon. "No," says Stark. "Well, that depends on how you define the word weapon."
"Do you or do you not possess the Iron Man Weapon?"
"I don't define it as a weapon. I define it as a hi-tech prosthesis." The audience behind him laughs. "No, really, that's the most accurate description I could think of for it." He turns back to the Chair. "Look, if your priority is the safety of the American people..."
"My priority is to see the Iron Man Weapon turned over to the United States of America."
"I won't turn over Iron Man. I am Iron Man, and if I turned over myself, that would be indentured servitude — or prostitution, depending on what state you're in."
The Chair is confused. "Well, I'm not an expert —"
Stark interrupts him, "On prostitution? A United States Senator? Of course not!"
As the crowd erupts in more laughter, the Chair, angrily flustered, calls Lt. Colonial James Rhodes to the stand. This is the first time Stark seems phased. "Are you shitting me?"
Rhodes walks down the hall while the audience murmurs and cameras flash. Stark meets him halfway and gives him a hug. "I didn't expect you to be here," he whispers in his ear.
Rhodes is all business. "Look, it is what it is. Let's just do this."
The both sit down at the table, and the chair once again demands that Stark turn over the suit. Stark is furious, but still very much collected and in control. "You should be thanking me," he tells the Committee. "Look, I'm your nuclear deterrent and it's working. You want my property; you can't have my property. But hey, I did you a big favor, I privatized national security!" Stark stands up and starts addressing the crowd, who are obviously enjoying his performance. He starts verbally abusing the Committee, pointing at them and referring to them as assclowns.
This is the breaking point for the chair, who says, into the microphone and on the record, "Fuck you, Mr. Stark."
We now cut to a series of short clips, alternating between Whiplash, who has newspaper clippings of Tony Stark adorning his wall, and Stark himself, playing under Whiplash's voiceover: "You come from a family of thieves and butchers. You try to rebuild your history...They are the blood in the water and the sharks will come." We see a glowing chestplate on Whiplash's work table like the one in Stark's chest.
We see a series of action clips, including the images of the Black Widow we've seen before, and the image of Whiplash attacking a fallen Tony Stark at a racetrack. The moving clip offers a bit of insight into the weird He-Man quality of the image. It appears that Whiplash strapped his supersuit power supply to his naked chest because he was hiding it beneath an orange jumpsuit. The clip shows that he has ripped off the top half of his jumpsuit to use the deadly electrical cords he twirls from his hands. The streaked hair, however, still looks a bit off on the big screen.
We cut to another scene, this one inside a hangar, where a suit-wearing, lollipop-sucking arms dealer approaches a group of MPs, including Rhodes, who are standing behind a table. On the table is what looks like part of the War Machine suit. "What have you done here?" The dealer asks jovially, with a mock tsk-tsk. "Is that what I think it is?"
The MPs don't answer him, and Rhodes notes that they came to him because they need firepower.
"You've come to the right person," he says, and proceeds to take out a small arsenal of oversized guns, laying them out one by one."
Rhodes tells him he'll take it. "Which one?" the dealer asks.
"All of them."
Cut to a two-second clip of the gray, steely War Machine firing weapons in all directions.