Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau told Empire magazine that the sequel will deal with the fallout of Tony Stark's (Robert Downey Jr.) Iron Man announcement as he faces down two new villains: Whiplash (Mickey Rourke) and Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell).
"Tony's expected to be a role model, and I don't think he's ready to be one," Favreau told the magazine. "He's under a great deal of pressure, and when you're under pressure, I think you find outlets for that. That's one of the tensions of the film: it's one thing to say you're Iron Man and another thing to actually become Iron Man."
And what of Stark's friend and confidant Jim Rhodes? Favreau hinted that Rhodes, now played by Don Cheadle, will be tooling up big-time when he dons his own armored suit as War Machine. "Rhodesy is definitely stepping up in this film," Favreau said. "Let me put it this way: Tony's not the only person with technology in the film."
Rourke, meanwhile, was back on set last week. "I'm having the time of my life!" he said. "It's been really brutal, because my Iron Man suit weighs 23 pounds. It's sort of a half-suit, with half my skin showing, with lots of Russian tattoos, because [Whiplash is just] out of a Russian-zone prison."
Iron Man 2 opens May 7, 2010.