Let me start by saying that I’m a fan of both Don Cheadle and Terrence Howard, so I was definitely torn over the casting replacement that occurred for IRON MAN 2. There’s obviously a lot of gossip and speculation over what went down in between the movies, but it’s not really my place to make any guesses. I will say that it was hard not to compare the two actors while watching IM2. Howard did such a good job in the first and I was really looking forward to seeing what he was going to do with Rhodey once the character finally became War Machine.
Howard doesn’t seem to harbor any bad blood. While promoting the upcoming film WINNIE (where he stars as Nelson Mandela) at Cannes, he had to address the big iron elephant in the room while talking to E!. He wishes Cheadle and the rest of the IRON MAN 2 movie people well and is apparently on good enough terms with Marvel still that he’s been talking to them about possibly acting in another project. Now, that’s definitely surprising.
Here are Howard’s own words…
"I haven't had a chance yet but I will see Iron Man 2…Despite the customary idea or thought that there's some controversy, it was a wonderful split and I know that they've done well… [Marvel Studios] and I are now talking about doing some other things. And Don Cheadle wanted to play that part before I wanted to play it, so everything is very well."
Now, what could these “other things” possibly be? SHH thinks it could be a LUKE CAGE movie. Recalling that one of the Easter eggs in IM2 concerned SHIELD circling Wakanda as a “spot to watch”, there might even be the possibility that he could be involved in a BLACK PANTHER movie. Like I always say, lets pour some speculative grain into the rumor mill for this. What do you maniacs in the Comic Vine community think he could be talking to Marvel about? More importantly, what would you like him to be talking to them about?