No Rust in Site
I'll admit I debated whether or not to post this yesterday. It's what we all figured would happen. I guess it just wasn't officially confirmed until now. Robert Downey Jr will return to the armor in Iron Man 2, set to be released on May 7, 2010. Marvel's officially confirmed that Don Cheadle is replacing Terrence Howard as Rhodey. They've also announced that Cheadle will be in The Avengers along with Downey Jr, set to be released on July 15, 2011. There obviously isn't any specifics on either film. No idea how large a role Cheadle/Rhodey/War Machine will have in Avengers. We also can expect Iron Man 3 sometime after.
In other news, Jon Favreau has been announced as being an executive producer on The Avengers. Maybe he won't be directing but I'm happy he'll be there to make sure things don't...suck. I've also heard that perhaps the Hulk will not be the villain in the Avengers. They're supposed to be uniting to face the "biggest opponent they've ever faced" or something like that. I do wonder who could be a big enough villain that would work in a live action film. I can't see the movie-going audience accepting someone like Kang, unless they drastically changed his look. You have to keep in mind that the studios aren't just making these movies for us comic fans, they're also trying to appeal to the (crazy) non-comic book readers. And what looks or sounds good in a comic may not exactly translate well in a live-action film. Loki is a contender being that he was involved with the Avengers forming in the comics. But I just don't see him as being a huge bad-ass villain. Maybe Ultron? Guess we'll have to wait and see.