Re: How IRON MAN 2 ruined Jon Favreau's relationship with Marvel
Iron Man 2 had an interesting first act, but it had a completely meandering and lifeless second act that really took the film down. Fortunately it was saved (only mildly) by an entertaining third act but after that the damage was already done. I just remember leaving the theater feeling underwhelmed. When you left the theater for the first film, the entire audience was abuzz. Much different reaction for the sequel.
The problems with the film IMO had nothing to do with the Avenger's stuff. The Black Widow was 'meh' as far as pacing goes, but it was not the major problem for film.
That said, I still think it was awesome.
Sing glorious, victorious,
One keg of beer for the four of us.
Sing glory be to God that there are no more of us,
For one of us could drink it all alone. Damn near.