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.
This is my design.
Raimi or not, it's absolutely hilarious how much Sony realizes they screwed the pooch.