Re: do you think IM2 was better or worse than the original?
Worse? As in Iron Man was bad, and Iron Man 2 was worse? No.
Now, was it as good as Iron Man? No. I'd even go as far as to say it was Marvel Studios' weakest, tied with Incredible Hulk. Both excelled, while the other failed. Iron Man 2 was great on character, but gave the villain nothing to do, whereas Hulk did the opposite. But it's not a bad movie, nor is TIH. It's just not their top three material, imo.
On the success of GOTG:
The little A-Holes that could.
ANE's hate for TASM2 is epic.