It’s a big day for fans of comic books, high-adrenaline action, gadgetry, physics and Robert Downey, Jr. (which takes care of just about everybody), as it’s the release day for “Iron Man 2.” Downey stars as the titular Iron Man, the metal-suited super hero created by billionaire weapons specialist Tony Stark. The sequel to the 2008 hit again sees Jon Favreau in the director’s chair and welcomes back Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, while replacing Terrence Howard with Don Cheadle in the role of Lt. Col. James “Rhodey” Rhodes and introducing Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Mickey Rourke as the villainous Ivan Vanko. Can Stark keep the government out of his business? Can he overcome the threat produced by Vanko? Will the Avengers assemble? And is everybody way more excited about the trailer for “Super 8” than this movie? You’ll have to visit your local cinema to be sure.
But before you do, be sure to put yourself in the right frame of mind for all the hot metal-on-metal action of “Iron Man 2.” In fact, feel free to use the video playlist below. It features a number of excellent tunes about weapons (MxPx’s “Secret Weapon,” Lair of the Minotaur’s “War Metal Battle Master,” Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s “Weapon of Choice”), heroes (Foo Fighters’ “My Hero,” Enrique Iglesias’ “Hero”) and good old-fashioned metal (Quiet Riot’s “Bang Your Head (Metal Health),” Judas Priest’s “War”). There are also a few tracks from the guitar of Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine’s “Sleep Now in the Fire,” Audioslave’s “Cochise”), who provided some six-string work for the film.
But the bulk of the film’s soundtrack comes from AC/DC, who even produced a new version of “Shoot to Thrill” featuring plenty of footage from the movie. Click it on, turn it up and bang your head.