Iron Man leads the fight away from the expo. He passes a row of banners, all sponsors of the expo and the film – LG, Dr Pepper, Kodak, Oracle and Audi.
One other banner reads Circuits Maximus, a company once owned by Stark in the comics.
More exterior shots of LA, including a long sequence under a highway.
Hogan and Black Widow enter Hammer Industries and fight the guards. Odd Hammer hasn’t called his own security to apprehend Vanko.
Back at the expo, Iron Man flies past an Audi sign. They’ve supplied a lot of cars to this film. Later, another Kodak.
Iron Man mentions Crocs. They are a brand of waterproof sandal.
He then uses the Unisphere to take out a number of drones.
And then War Machine tackles Iron Man into a domed Japanese Garden, with an Oracle logo. It is a nod to Oracle head Larry Ellison (who we saw earlier) who has a fondness for Japanese culture.
The garden is CGI and studio sets, but it was based on the Huntington Library and Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, California.
Black Widow manages to reboot War Machine. The two team up.
Iron Man and War Machine then face a fleet of drones together. And take them out.
Hammer is arrested.
A newly armoured Whiplash arrives. Although it is worth noting that no one actually calls him Whiplash at any time in this film.
Iron Man and War Machine manage to take him down.
Whiplash has rigged the drones and his suit to blow. He dies.
Usually, if we don’t see the body, there’s always the chance of a return. However, it seems unlikely as Rourke himself was so unhappy with the film. He told Screenrant:
I explained to Justin Theroux, to the writer, and to [Jon] Favreau, that I wanted to bring some other layers and colors [to the charater], not just make this Russian a complete murderous revenging bad guy. And they allowed me to do that. Unfortunately, the [people] at Marvel just wanted a one-dimensional bad guy, so most of the performance ended up the floor.
Pepper (once again) has not really moved whilst a big superhero fight goes on, but Iron Man saves her.
There was to be one final face-off between Iron Man and Whiplash involving Potts that was deleted.
Kodak logo in the skyline after Stark and Potts kiss.
Suddenly we are at a warehouse by an overpass. It’s a SHIELD facility. Location unknown.
One one of the holographic screens is the exact same news report from the end of The Incredible Hulk (2008).
Another is a map showing superhero activity. There is activity in the fictional African country of Wakanda, home of the Black Panther.
Other locations relate to Captain America, according to Favreau.
Stark looks over a document called Avengers Initiative.
Stark has not been recommended for this initiative. But he will consult.
Music starts – it’s AC/DC again with Highway To Hell. From their 1979 album Highway To Hell.
Stern is presenting medals to Stark and Rhodey.
The location is the Munger Research Center, in the Huntington Library and Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino.
The medals are real, or at least real looking replicas. Rhodes is awarded a Meritorious Service Medal, and Stark is awarded the Army’s Distinguished Service Medal.
And we’re in credits.
Post Credits Scene
Coulson arrives in New Mexico. We see an establishing shot.
This scene was filmed by Kenneth Branagh, who would direct Thor (2011).
The music here is called Thor.
There people looking into a crater. He makes a call.
And we get a glimpse of Mjolnir – the hammer of the mighty Thor.
We fade to black, as we hear a crack of thunder.