Official Avengers And Iron Man Sequel Details

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No rumors here folks – we’ve got some rock solid, straight from Marvel Studios news regarding the Avengers, Iron Man 2 & 3, Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr. and the final word on the the Don Cheadle replacing Terrence Howard story.

That’s a lot of stuff for one post!


  • Robert Downey Jr. has signed a FOUR picture deal with Marvel Studios. Presumably this means two more Iron Man movies plus the Avengers film.
  • Jon Favreau will direct Iron Man 2, but there’s no word at this time whether he will direct Iron Man 3. Favreau will not be directing Avengers, but will be Executive Producer on the film.
  • It’s now official that Don Cheadle has replaced Terrence Howard as James Rhodes – not only in Iron Man 2 (and 3) but also in the Avengers movie. (Terrence Howard must be hating life right now.)
  • It seems that Hulk will not be the villain in the Avengers movie, but he will be teaming up with Iron Man, Captain America, Thor (yes, Thor) and other unspecified superheroes to battle some formidable foe.

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I know that many people wanted Jon Favreau to direct Avengers, but with the release dates of that film and Iron Man 2 just over a year apart, there was no way he could direct both (even though he wanted to). Personally I can’t wait until the details spill on the whole Marvel Studios/Terrence Howard fallout.

The official press release from Marvel Studios is below:

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As part of his four picture deal with Marvel Studios, Robert Downey Jr. is appearing as Tony Stark in THE AVENGERS motion picture, as well as reprising his starring role as the larger-than-life leading character in IRON MAN 2. Jon Favreau will return to direct the sequel to the blockbuster IRON MAN, which to date has grossed over $578 million worldwide, as well as executive produce THE AVENGERS.

Academy Award® nominee Downey was most recently seen in the summer comedy blockbuster TROPIC THUNDER starring opposite Ben Stiller and Jack Black. Before Iron Man, he was best known for his film roles in KISS KISS BANG BANG, WONDER BOYS and CHAPLIN, the film for which he was nominated for an Oscar®.

In addition to directing the first IRON MAN, Favreau has previously directed ELF, ZATHURA: A SPACE ADVENTURE and MADE. He is also well known for writing and starring in SWINGERS.  He will next be seen acting in FOUR CHRISTMASES, I LOVE YOU MAN and COUPLES RETREAT.


Marvel Studios is pleased today to confirm that an agreement has been finalized with award-winning actor Don Cheadle to take on the role of Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes in Marvel’s IRON MAN 2 due in theaters on May 7, 2010. In casting Cheadle, Marvel replaces Terrence Howard who appeared in the role of Rhodey in Iron Man.

Cheadle is also signed on to perform the same role in THE AVENGERS and subsequent installments of the IRON MAN franchise.

“We are very excited about working with the extraordinarily talented Don Cheadle as we expand the role of Rhodey in Iron Man 2. It has already become apparent as we prep the movie for production, that the dynamic between Robert and Don will take Iron Man 2 to new heights,” said Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios.

Cheadle is best known for his Oscar® nominated lead performance in HOTEL RWANDA as well as his role as Basher Tarr in the OCEAN’S franchise, CRASH and SWORDFISH.

Based on Marvel’s iconic Super Hero, IRON MAN 2 continues the story of this summer’s box office blockbuster IRON MAN, the first feature film produced independently by Marvel Studios. IRON MAN 2 will be produced by Marvel Studios’ President, Kevin Feige, and executive produced by Louis D’Esposito, Jon Favreau, Stan Lee, David Maisel and Denis Stewart.

In a movie event, THE AVENGERS will bring together the super hero team of Marvel Comics characters for the first time ever, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk and more, as they are forced to band together to battle the biggest foe they’ve ever faced.

The highly anticipated sequel to IRON MAN will be released in theatres on May 7, 2010 and THE AVENGERS will be released July 15, 2011. Both films will be distributed by Paramount Pictures.

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  1. @ImJustAFan

    me personally i do not think Viggo Mortensen would make a very good Thor because Thor is 6’6 640lbs Viggo might be able to play donald Blake if they plan on going by the comic

  2. i almost forgot
    6. Giant Man: Matthew McConaughey, i’d like to stick with bryan hitch choice.
    good choice lol

  3. Matthew Fox as Captain America? How about someone who doesn’t have a whiney nasal voice? Matthew Fox as friggin Bucky maybe.

  4. Thor in Ultimate universe is not as big as Thor in Marvel regular universe, remember?
    Bryan Hitch uses a realistic approach on the Ultimates character design, including body proportion. That’s why i think viggo would be a perfect Thor.
    And i don’t think a Norse God should have a wrestler-like body appearance, because a God’s power not depend on their physical power, but their artifact (in this Case, Mjolnir..)

  5. SOrry I don’t agree…if you take a look at ALL the real NORSE mythology pictures through the ages depicting Thor as a huge strong male ….like hercules , like samson, letc…etc… all mythologies had their Thor equvalent… stop using the old
    addage of using famous actors for the roles purely because they are famous…voggi had his day already in LOTR…leav it alone already….if you look at smallville when it first started
    they could not have chosen better…over the years he matured into a great character look for a teen superman…
    I am not sure where he came from…but the new superman movie was the same thing…great that they didnt use the teen dude…and went with a nobody.
    Look at The Hitman movie…again another less known actor…great bald look…totally matches the game. Viggo does not look imposing…even with all that armor..he looked like a wimp…
    Thor needs to be like Jay Cutler…it would be nice to find an Arnold replacement….and he has that norse look to him. He could shed maybe 25lbs for the role and soften up just a little…and trust me…acting schedules do that to you regardless.

  6. l a has got a point. Their is only so much that hollywood can do to mke a person look the part.

  7. Ok so you must all be stupid and enjoy acknowledging the Incredible Hulk…

    Before the end, clearly the Hulk can focus his agression on someone or something (abomination) seeing as he does not attack any of the people or the helicopter. AND… seeing as he can knowingly save Betty Ross several times, he can obviously focus on being a good guy…

    Plus the end of the movie we see Bruce “meditating” in order to control the Hulk. Seeing as he smiles when his eyes turn green, he is capable of controlling the beast.

    An Avengers Hero Hulk is not out of the question based on this alone… Clearly the movies are based on comics, yet they do not completely evolve around comics alone.. There is no other Hulk movie planned, so take the Hulk at the value presented at the end of the Incredible Hulk, you ridiculous 37 year old virgins…

  8. Of course, if you had read some of the posts before your rantings and ravings you would have seen many of us already confirmed about the hulk being in control.
    Seeing the Hulk in another movie was not exactly THE idea, seeing as I initially thought doing a sequel movie about the hulk with edward norton a waste, until I actually saw where they were going with it (Avengers), then I thought it was worth it. Being a 37 year old (definitely not a virgin) but bored enough to answer your petty squabbles,
    I have to say, this is the first post that makes me think there are teenagers still trying to make the adult community hear what little they have to say.

  9. Some thoughts on possible villians (solo only, not teamed up):

    Loki (could since he is a God)
    Zemo or Red Skull (not powerful enough on their own, but they are crafty enough to recruit others)
    Ultron (good possibility if Henry Pym creates him)
    Count Nefaria (strong enough, but doubtful, could be a good Iron Man movie villian)
    Graviton (strong enough, but doubtful because he’s too similar to Magneto)
    Thanos (definately powerful enough to handle Thor and Hulk, but doubtful because he would need too much backstory)
    Michael (definately powerful enough since he killed (?) almost every avenger, but doubtful because he would need too much backstory)
    Mandarin (maybe but primarily an Iron Man villian so doubtful)
    Dr. Doom or Magneto (have fought the Avengers before and they are powerful enough but since their film license belongs to different companies, doubful)
    Grim Reaper (not powerful enough, and would require too much backstory)
    Mephisto (powerful enough for the Defenders so maybe for the Avengers, but doubtful without introducing Dr. Strange, and others)

    I still think the best villian would be Loki manipulating the Hulk to fight for him, then having Hulk join the Avengers when it dawns on him he was deceived.

  10. @ l a

    Why did you think that a sequel with Edward Norton would be a waste? He was a great Banner and has proven over the years that he can pull off any role conceivable. It’s not his fault that the studio left out the scenes he wrote which in the end resulted in a mediocre movie.

    My only concern about the Avengers movie is the casting of Captain America. They can cast Brad Pitt(I’m not a fan) as THOR for all I care but for Steve Rogers they must cast someone who will stand toe to toe with at least Downey Jr.; it won’t be easy to get someone of Norton’s calibre ’cause that only leaves Dicaprio(busy shooting two upcoming Scorsese movies) and Bale(forget that). They need someone who can at least ACT. Matt Damon still seems to be the safest bet to me. Oh and don’t get me started on Nick Fury’s casting, yeah I know that the Ultimate version was designed after Samuel L. Jackson for who knows why, guess just for the appearance. Anyway, I’ve had my mind set on ridiculously over the top deliveries from him since learning about his involvement in the Avengers movie. I wish there was a “god” and maybe he/she could actually help us out.


  11. @Risa

    How about Colin Ferguson for Captain America? If you don’t know who he is, look him up. He’s got the chops and the look.

  12. Yep, he will do just fine. Anyone will be better than Mark Wahlberg and Brad Pitt.He is doing a good job in that show, “Eureka” but I do have the suspicion of him remaining underrated. I remember him from an episode of “The Hunger” though. I would also like to mention David Boreanaz once again. He does have that 50′s swagger about him which is essential when you think of someone doing something with the character. Well, Marvel will go for an A-lister and I still can’t belive that Matthew McConnananaughhey(whatever) is a front runner. I can’t even believe that he is considered as an A-lister!

  13. I really cant see McConnanhay as a super hero. I still picture him a goofy treasure hunter from fool’s gold, not a butt kicking superhero.

  14. I would also like to mention David Boreanaz once again. He does have that 50’s swagger about him which is essential when you think of someone doing something with the character.

    I 2nd what risa said about David Boreanaz, he i a good fit for Cap.

  15. I don’t know about Boreanaz. I like him, don’t get me wrong. But he doesn’t seem to have that strong, powerful presence that Cap has. He has to command your attention, your respect (like Cap) You have to have the look, the maneurisms of a natural born leader (like Cap)

    I’m telling everyone. Colin Ferguson IS Captain America the way RDJ IS Iron Man!!!

  16. I can only ask Jon to watch ANGEL(1st 4 seasons) where Boreanaz had clearly outdone himself. He is ALL about presence if nothing else. I’m not sure what you meant by “you have to have the mannersims of a natural born leader” though. The actors act according to the materials they are given.

    At this very moment your choice of Colin Ferguson seems more personal than an educated one to me. They will be bagging an A-lister for this role and I sure hope they get an estblished actor at the very least.

  17. I said I liked Boreanaz, didn’t I? Did I insult you in any way? I didn’t think so. There is no need to get insulting. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. But thats okay.

    ANYWAY, there has been no talk from the studio about needing an A-list talent for the role of Captain America. They want the A-lister for Thor. Captain America can sell himself. Thor can’t, so tag on a star to help bring people to the theater.
    And the natural born leader comment? Captain America/Steve Rodgers commanded respect when he entered the room. Everyone listened to him. You just knew, there was something about him you could trust. Those are LEADERSHIP qualities that some actors cannot re-create. Just because they are called actors doesn’t mean they can believably act like a natural leader. Some things can’t be taught. That is why I selected Colin Ferguson. Don’t know too much about him actually. Had to look him up on IMDB. Watched a couple of episodes of “Eureka” after this and I was sold. He has the look, he has the screen presence.

    But at the end of the day, everyone has their own opinions. You want Boreanaz to be Cap. Nothing wrong with that. Hows that for an educated opinion?

  18. Like you, I was just stating my opinion. And I did say that I was okay with Colin Ferguson in a post before, didn’t I? And anyone else who read my comment would see that I was in no way trying to be insulting.

    Posts in message boards are more apealing when they are approached rationally and I was sold by your original post until you said, “I’m telling everyone. Colin Ferguson IS Captain America the way RDJ IS Iron Man!!!” That seemed a bit far fetched to me if not overly ambitious. But I have no problem with you stating your own opinion. Ferguson and Boreanz both are eligible candidates for the role. And I never said I WANT Boreanz for Cap. no matter what. It was just another option. If I want anyone that would be Matt Damon which I’ve mentioned in previous posts or at least someone who can act and could hold his own against Norton and Downey Jr.

  19. Colin Ferguson IS Captain America like RDJ IS Iron Man was my opinion. It got personal when you suggested that it was not an educated decision. I take movie stuff seriously, it’s my job. Everything I say on these boards, all the sites, I seriously consider and do my research before I say it.

    But it’s all good. I am absolutely not mad. I’ve actually got people calling me out in some seriously vile ways on a daily basis. Don’t worry, all this is just for fun.

  20. Well, I’ve gotten really tired of dealing with clueless people(mostly teen fanboys) since it’s not my job. But since you’ve turned out to be a reasonable person like myself it’s all good. No worry at all, really.

    I just hope that they won’t cast from Wahlberg, Pitt and McConnananaughhey. Actually I can tolerate Pitt as long as he doesn’t stick his tongue out every five seconds!

  21. Just to chime in.. RDJ (along with Favreau) was without a doubt one of the most if not THE most crucial element of the movie being as great as it was. So even if it was his preference that came into play, I can go with that. Cheadle is a comparable actor with Howard. And Howard clearly asked for MORE than Cheadle is getting since studios might give in here and there but not sure they are paying more for a recasting when there wasn’t anything ‘wrong’ with the original.

    I personally thought Howard was perfect in his role in the first film. But it was a small enough role that the change won’t bother me I don’t think. Not sure if bulking up is going to help Cheadle or not, just don’t see him as a brawny guy but can live without it too.

    As for the Avengers in reference to War Machine… assuming appropriate screen time is given to Thor, Cap, Iron Man and the Hulk.. and the villian… War Machine’s presence is likely to be minor (particularly as he is, in combat, nearly identical skill set to Iron Man in most viewers eyes).

    I haven’t seen or even had a clue about content of the Avengers plot but one would think Wasp needs to be present if only to add a female component to the line up.