Iron Man ended with a major twist, as Tony reveals his secret identity to the world and meets Nick Fury. But don't expect any cliffhanger ending for Iron Man 2, because it's mired in the increasingly complex Marvel movie continuity.
Iron Man director Jon Favreau spilled a little about the conclusion for his latest Marvel movie to the LA Times.:
"I want it to be completely self-contained because a lot is going to happen between now and the next chapter. You've got 'Thor,' you've got 'Captain America ' and you've got 'Avengers.' I don't know how all of that is going to impact this little handmade story of ours that we've been doing over the last two films."
"It's not a cliffhanger. We had to tuck this whole story in."
The fact that even Favreau isn't sure what happens between Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3 is a little disturbing, but that's the downside of a shared movie universe. This also puts paid to the speculation that Iron Man 3 would be rushed into production before The Avengers.