It didn’t take very long to hit the first sequel in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as Iron Man 2 came out two short years after the original. It’s hard to argue that Marvel should have tried to follow up with Iron Man as fast as possible. The original was a great movie and was well received by the vast majority of fans. Iron Man 2 isn’t the best example of a Marvel movie but it does introduce some very important aspects of the overall story arc.
One of the more crucial aspects of the movie is it starts to touch on the pressure Stark is getting from the government to turn over his armor to the United States. Stark wants no part of this, but the tension between the government at large and superheroes is central to the arc as the movies move forward. Viewers also start to get an idea of just how far reaching S.H.I.E.LD. truly is. They manage to place a spy right next to Stark as his assistant in the form of Natalie Rushman (played by Scarlett Johansson), who we later find out to actually be Natasha Romanoff or Black Widow. She remains a central character to many of the movies after this point, and if nothing else, Iron Man 2 serves as her entry point into the series. We also get to see our old friend Nick Fury, who helps guide Stark to some of the answers he seeks in the movie.