First IRON MAN 2 Photo Delivers!

PHOTO by Merrick Morton, Marvel Studios

If you’ll pardon the cliché, on a scale of one to ten, my level of excitement for Iron Man 2 is already at an eleven. If you won’t pardon the cliché, then please lighten up and take a look at the photo I’ve embedded above. In this official still by Marvel photographer Merrick Morton, Robert Downey, Jr. is back as Tony Stark, surrounded by at least four versions of his Iron Man armor. Now, tell me that this photo isn’t 100% Grade A Awesome!

It was first published alongside a USA Today article which also included the following choice tidbit about the ongoing production:

[The film] takes place six months after Stark revealed his identity as Iron Man, says director Jon Favreau. And the development is playing out with unexpected results. “How many superheroes are open about their true identities?” he asks. “We wanted to play with that idea. But it obviously has consequences — in his relationships, on the team. There are a lot of areas we can explore.”

Iron Man 2 is set to open May 7, 2010. Are you counting the days, Fivers? What say you?