We caught up with the stars of Iron Man 2 this weekend at Comic-Con, and got a hint from Robert Downey Jr. of what to expect from the surefire-hit sequel's storyline, as well as Scarlett Johansson's thoughts on her role as the femme fatale/Russian super-spy Black Widow. Hit the jump to read what they had to say.
Robert Downey Jr.
On how you top the first movie…
I think by getting over the origin story anxiety, that it's harder to tell a cooler story than the origin story. We see that Tony is surprised when his friend [Rhodey] shows up at a Senate hearing, when he's trying to blast him into handing over his property, which they consider to be their property, and it's not uncommon for someone to be two entities that way. So I think if there's no conflict with Tony and Rhodey, at a certain point in the film… And by the way – the way we resolve that – I guarantee you you could not guess in your wild estimations right now, because it is so silly and perfect and dysfunctional, that the resolution of all that is all the more powerful. The great thing about sitting in the [Comic-Con] hall with six-thousand people is watching Don Cheadle in his full [War Machine armor]. I have chills. This is what a nerd I am. I have chills. That's the first time I saw the properly, almost-done CGI-version of War Machine. They just went batshit crazy. And so did I. Because that's the real, new deal Hollyfield in this movie, is Don as Rhodey as War Machine. It's gonna be really cool. But that again, in and of itself, it doesn't mean anything. It's "How does it interact with Tony and Iron Man and what does that mean and how interesting and real can we make it?"
On whether or not her character will participate in the romantic comedy of the film…
The character's a very seductive character, and so certainly that can lead to some funny and uncomfortable and steamy moments in all of that. But the set in general is a very funny set. Obviously Jon's hilarious and Robert's hilarious and everybody I think was just kind of improvising all of the time, trying to cut one another up and get a laugh out of the crew. That definitely was captured. So the character does find herself in some humous situations I suppose, but not in the same way that Pepper Potts and Tony Stark have their banter. It's a different kind of thing.
On what part of the experience was the most fun…
The most fun part was kicking the ass, I have to say. A lot of the ass. I've never been so close to a stunt team as I was with this team. I saw them every single day. I practically lived with them. I was in incredible hands. But it was a lot of work. A lot of blood, sweat, tears. Days that you wake up and say, "I can't do it. My body hurts so bad. But for me it's like I wanted to give it everything that I had and I hate to see a movie where you see a character and you don't buy that they're going to beat the living shit out of you. I have to say that believing that about yourself is almost as much work as the work you put into looking like you can kick the shit out of somebody. So it was challenging for me, but it was a lot of fun. I'd say that was probably the most exciting part.