Comic-Con '09: 17 Sneak Peeks

For the uninitiated, the San Diego Comic-Con International convention started small and pure in 1970: Some 300 comic-book enthusiasts in San Diego gathered to celebrate the medium they loved. It wasn't until the late 1990s that Hollywood began to see the San Diego Comic-Con as a marketing gold mine, and began establishing the routine: Trot out your big names, answer fan questions, screen footage, and (hopefully) ignite a frenzy. For more on The Con, check out the latest issue of EW, including Josh Rottenberg's cover story on next summer's Iron Man 2, starring Robert Downey Jr. Enjoy our private tour of some of the coolest new movies and TV shows hitting Comic-Con, before the 125,000-strong legion descending on San Diego on July 23-26 get their first peek. Adam B. Vary


STARRING Robert Downey Jr., Mickey Rourke, and Scarlett Johansson


RELEASE DATE May 7, 2010

Buzz around the first Iron Man started building at the 2007 Comic-Con � the success caught many people by surprise. Now, three months into shooting on Iron Man 2 in which Stark faces off against Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), a Russian inventor who adopts the nom de evil Whiplash � star Robert Downey Jr. is the underdog no more. There are a lot more invisible eyes on us now, Downey says. Josh Rottenberg



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