The “Iron Man 2” cast continues to follow in the footsteps of the first film, making sure to cast good, award winning actors to make the movie a more prestigious film. The second movie amps up the humor, while adding a number of characters to the film, preparing for the eventual team up movie, “The Avengers.”

  1. Robert Downey Jr.Robert Downey Jr. returns for the “Iron Man 2” cast, reprising his role as millionaire Tony Stark and superher Iron Man. He brings even more swagger into the sequel while also adding depth to the role as his character begins to develop a disease thanks to the armor.

  2. Don CheadleDon Cheadle replaces Terrence Howard in the “Iron Man 2” cast, taking over the role of James Rhodes, Tony Stark’s military confidant. In this movie, Rhodes finally dons his own armor and takes on the superhero role of War Machine.

  3. Scarlet Johansson – Another hero added to the movie is The Black Widow. While she was originally introduced as a sexy assistant for Tony Stark, it was soon revealed that she works for S.H.I.E.L.D., the government organization that plans to develop the superhero team The Avengers.

  4. Gwyneth Paltrow – Paltrow returns as Tony Stark’s assistant Pepper Potts and the second movie reveals more of their relationship, almost a screwball comedy romance bubbling under the surface. She plays a large role in this film, taking over the company when Stark falls ill.

  5. Sam RockwellSam Rockwell stars as Justin Hammer, a rival to Tony Stark, who develops military weapons which he sells to the highest bidder. In an attempt to one-up Stark, Hammer comes up with the idea of hiring Russian inventor Ivan Vanko to build him a super weapon.

  6. Mickey RourkeMickey Rourke stars as Ivan Vanko, a man whose mentor developed a super weapon before he was betrayed by his partner, and Tony Stark’s father, Howard. Rourke eventually breaks out on his own and dons an electrical suit to become the villain, Whiplash.

  7. Sam Jackson – Sam Jackson, who appeared in the end credits of the first movie as Nick Fury, plays a larger role in the “Iron Man 2” cast. He wants to take the armor that Stark owns and implement it into The Avengers but feels Stark is too much of a loose cannon to trust.

  8. Clark Gregg – Clark Gregg returns to the “Iron Man 2” cast in the same role he played in the first movie, as a government agent. He leaves the film almost halfway through and, in the end credits, discovers the hammer that belongs to the superher Thor.

  9. John SlatteryJohn Slattery appears in flashback and video scenes as Tony Stark’s father, Howard Stark. Slattery is best known to the television public as Roger Sterling from the AMC critically acclaimed series, “Mad Men.”

  10. Garry Shandling – Former talk show host Garry Shandling stars in “Iron Man 2” cast in the comic role as Senator Stern, a man who demands that Tony Stark turn over his Iron Man to the U.S. government. He is eventually humiliated by Stark by the end.

-Shawn Lealos