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Iron Man 2 Blu-ray and DVD

Iron Man 2: From Film to Comics

Writer Joe Casey discusses working on "Iron Man 2" tie-in comics PUBLIC IDENTITY and AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

"Iron Man 2" heated up the theaters this summer, and soon you can bring the blockbuster movie home with you as it hits Blu-ray and DVD on September 28! As we countdown to the big day, Marvel.com will bring you a look at some of the stories, characters and relationships that influenced the film, as well as a peek or two behind the curtain of the "Iron Man 2" Blu-ray itself!


By TJ Dietsch

Leading up to the May release of "Iron Man 2," lots of people wanted to know what Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) had been up to since revealing to the world that he and Iron Man are one in the same at the end of the first movie.

Enter Joe Casey, who wrote the limited series IRON MAN 2: PUBLIC IDENTITY, co-plotted by "Iron Man 2" screenwriter Justin Theroux and drawn by Barry Kitson and Ron Lim, as well as a series of three Exclusive Digital Comics recently collected in IRON MAN 2: AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. drawn by Tim Green III, Felix Ruiz and Matt Camp.

With the release of the film on DVD and Blu-ray on September 28 and the release of IRON MAN 2: PUBLIC IDENTITY collecting the limited series and Exclusive Digital Comics on September 29, we spoke with the writer to find out what it was like working on the tie-in comics, working with screenwriter Justin Theroux and writing with specific voices in mind for the characters.

Preview art from IRON MAN 2: PUBLIC IDENTITY by Barry Kitson
"The movie version of Stark has a specific attitude that I tried to put in the comic," Casey says of writing with Downey, Jr.'s voice in mind. "I'm a fan of Robert Downey's interpretation. It's fun writing that Stark."

Aside from writing with specific actors' voices in mind, Casey also found himself altering his writing style a bit in terms of an aspect of the film industry that doesn't always transfer over into comics: budget.

"I suppose, working with Marvel Studios, I was a bit more aware of a 'budget,' which is not how I normally approach a comic book," Casey says. "But I felt like it was part of the gig to only imagine things that a movie studio would spring for."

Preview art from IRON MAN 2: PUBLIC IDENTITY by Barry Kitson
Casey also found himself working with "Iron Man 2" screenwriter Justin Theroux who Casey described as "very cool" and "a good collaborator." But the two didn't have a lot of time to discuss the proceedings as the stories were on a tight deadline to coincide with the movie's release.

"We were on a pretty tight schedule so I was able to see a fairly finalized script," Casey says. "Since our story takes place between the two films, it was a bit of a dance to make sure everything fit, that we didn't get ahead of ourselves. Not to mention having to factor how the "Incredible Hulk" film fit into the movie continuity."

Preview art from IRON MAN 2: PUBLIC IDENTITY by Barry Kitson
That's right, PUBLIC IDENTITY heavily features Hulk nemesis Thunderbolt Ross--played by William Hurt in the flick--working with Justin Hammer on their own military attack vehicle that doesn't go quite as planned. Casey also wrote stories about Black Widow, S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Coulson and Nick Fury to flesh out the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

"It was interesting," Casey says of the experience. "The movie studio is very aware of what they're doing, so they paid close attention, even to the shorts we did for Marvel.com. It's not exactly the Marvel Universe I grew up with, [but] it's not like the Ultimate universe either. It's a brand new thing, with its own rules and its own continuity."

After living with the characters for so long, Casey took a break before jumping into watching the movie.

"I only just saw it recently, on a plane to Korea, so I'd had enough distance to simply enjoy it as a movie," the writer reveals. "Good popcorn flick." 


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