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10.28.2008

There was a bit of drama after the success of IRON MAN, leading to speculation that Marvel might be difficult after their first solo smash (it was the first self-produced and financed superhero film for Marvel Studios).

First they seemed aloof in securing the services of director Jon Favreau for a sequel, then came rumors that Don Cheadle might replace the assumed-to-be-returning Terrence Howard as Rhodey (and eventually War Machine).

But it looks like everything has worked out -- Favs is in, Cheadle is on, and Robert Downey Jr. will be wearing the facial hair, sharp clothes and metallic uniform of weaponsmith Tony Stark for the foreseeable future. The official word from Marvel:

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.

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.

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.

Extra Tidbit: Any thoughts on who the Avengers' "biggest foe" might be?
Source: Marvel

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7:06PM on 10/31/2008

hell yeah...

big foe.....hmm...

Fing Fang Foom?

Sorry I just love dragons....
big foe.....hmm...

Fing Fang Foom?

Sorry I just love dragons....
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6:18PM on 10/30/2008
The hulk as the main villian wont work. casue they already established the hulk as a hero at the end of the hulk movie and showed he is starting to be able to controll his power. if anythign he will be the avengers wild card.
The hulk as the main villian wont work. casue they already established the hulk as a hero at the end of the hulk movie and showed he is starting to be able to controll his power. if anythign he will be the avengers wild card.
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5:57PM on 10/30/2008

th ebiggest Foe will be...

Ultron. I bet its Ultron cause Ultron is can actually be feasible in real life. I robot with self aware AI that goes rouge. could be awsome. Ans since Favroue is involved and he is all about keeping super hero moives based in a real world instead of mystical villians
Ultron. I bet its Ultron cause Ultron is can actually be feasible in real life. I robot with self aware AI that goes rouge. could be awsome. Ans since Favroue is involved and he is all about keeping super hero moives based in a real world instead of mystical villians
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12:47PM on 10/30/2008
As far as acting ability, I think Cheadle has Howard beat. I just don't know if he can be tough enough for the role. I'm sure he'll pull it off though.
As far as acting ability, I think Cheadle has Howard beat. I just don't know if he can be tough enough for the role. I'm sure he'll pull it off though.
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8:50AM on 10/30/2008

So what if Terrance Howard isnt on board?

Don Cheadle is an excellent replacement and an upgrade if you ask me! He is a damn fine actor, quit your whinning and celebrate, this cast is solid as hell.

Sounds like that Avengers movie is going to really be something!

Im pretty sure that part of that ultimate foe will be The Incredible Hulk going nuts, just like in the animated movie. If its anything like The Avengers animated movie, the levels of destruction will be high as fuck! Cant wait.
Don Cheadle is an excellent replacement and an upgrade if you ask me! He is a damn fine actor, quit your whinning and celebrate, this cast is solid as hell.

Sounds like that Avengers movie is going to really be something!

Im pretty sure that part of that ultimate foe will be The Incredible Hulk going nuts, just like in the animated movie. If its anything like The Avengers animated movie, the levels of destruction will be high as fuck! Cant wait.
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2:36PM on 10/29/2008
I really like Don Cheadle but recasting sucks. Terrance Howard is too good of an actor to be treated like this!
I really like Don Cheadle but recasting sucks. Terrance Howard is too good of an actor to be treated like this!
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1:46PM on 10/29/2008

Tae K

dude I totally agree, everytime i watch that scene where jim comes looking for tony right before the final battle, I can't help but mock "Toneee! Toneee!" in a little girls voice. Don Cheadle=Awesomesauce
dude I totally agree, everytime i watch that scene where jim comes looking for tony right before the final battle, I can't help but mock "Toneee! Toneee!" in a little girls voice. Don Cheadle=Awesomesauce
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1:42PM on 10/29/2008

Rhodes

There are two reports regarding Terence Howard. One is that he asked for more money as well as a say in his part and the other report I've seen is where Howard says he just got a call that he was being replaced. Given what I've heard about Howard, the first one seems more truthful.
There are two reports regarding Terence Howard. One is that he asked for more money as well as a say in his part and the other report I've seen is where Howard says he just got a call that he was being replaced. Given what I've heard about Howard, the first one seems more truthful.
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12:45PM on 10/29/2008
i seriously want to know what happened with Terrence Howard and why he was replaced
i seriously want to know what happened with Terrence Howard and why he was replaced
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12:16PM on 10/29/2008

biggest foe

Their biggest foe will be the writers and director of this film.
Their biggest foe will be the writers and director of this film.
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12:15PM on 10/29/2008
terrance howard looked the part for jim rhodes, but did anyone else think that his voice/accent in iron man was a little pansy-ish? i'd expect him to have an awesome deep big black dude voice. hopefully done cheadle can fix this.
terrance howard looked the part for jim rhodes, but did anyone else think that his voice/accent in iron man was a little pansy-ish? i'd expect him to have an awesome deep big black dude voice. hopefully done cheadle can fix this.
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10:55AM on 10/29/2008
Dammit, I was hoping those Don Cheadle rumors was a bunch of hogwash and Howard was coming back. I hate when they recast roles for sequels.
Dammit, I was hoping those Don Cheadle rumors was a bunch of hogwash and Howard was coming back. I hate when they recast roles for sequels.
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9:57AM on 10/29/2008

Yah hahah

Haha made my day.


SeymourClearly wrote

"The Avengers' biggest foe will be Steven Seagal and his team of hasbeen actors. They will do battle with douchebags like Van Damme, Norris and Lundgren."
Haha made my day.


SeymourClearly wrote

"The Avengers' biggest foe will be Steven Seagal and his team of hasbeen actors. They will do battle with douchebags like Van Damme, Norris and Lundgren."
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9:23AM on 10/29/2008

ULTRON

I would bet my first born that the villian will be Ultron. Ultron is to the Avengers what Galactus is to the FF and the Green Goblin to Spidey. Pym will create him in Iron Man 2. Good stuff. Somebody mentioned Matthew Fox as Cap. Good call.
I would bet my first born that the villian will be Ultron. Ultron is to the Avengers what Galactus is to the FF and the Green Goblin to Spidey. Pym will create him in Iron Man 2. Good stuff. Somebody mentioned Matthew Fox as Cap. Good call.
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9:20AM on 10/29/2008
The Avengers' biggest foe will be Steven Seagal and his team of hasbeen actors. They will do battle with douchebags like Van Damme, Norris and Lundgren.
The Avengers' biggest foe will be Steven Seagal and his team of hasbeen actors. They will do battle with douchebags like Van Damme, Norris and Lundgren.
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9:01AM on 10/29/2008

If, if, if....

If they follow the Ultimate Avengers (or The Ultimates as they're known) storyline especially the beginning with the discovery of the Cap. and all that it could very well be great. However, if they try to do something original and different I think it's in for a world of hurt.
If they follow the Ultimate Avengers (or The Ultimates as they're known) storyline especially the beginning with the discovery of the Cap. and all that it could very well be great. However, if they try to do something original and different I think it's in for a world of hurt.
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3:20AM on 10/29/2008
The villain won't be the Hulk. However, I think The Avengers will have trouble dealing with him in the beginning.
The villain won't be the Hulk. However, I think The Avengers will have trouble dealing with him in the beginning.
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3:00AM on 10/29/2008
The Avengers "biggest foe" better not be Hulk. Having them battle The Hulk once would be cool, but he better not be a villain.
The Avengers "biggest foe" better not be Hulk. Having them battle The Hulk once would be cool, but he better not be a villain.
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2:02AM on 10/29/2008
Why was Terrence Howard even in Iron Man? What's going to happen when they recast Cheadle for IM 3 or Avengers? What will you say then?
Why was Terrence Howard even in Iron Man? What's going to happen when they recast Cheadle for IM 3 or Avengers? What will you say then?
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2:00AM on 10/29/2008
PLEASE GET BACK EDWARD NORTON BACK FOR BRUCE BANNER/THE INCREDIBLE HULK.

NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
PLEASE GET BACK EDWARD NORTON BACK FOR BRUCE BANNER/THE INCREDIBLE HULK.

NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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1:57AM on 10/29/2008
Hulk's not the villain even after all this setup? Crossovers are bad enough, I predict this will be purely fan wank. Just a cameo movie with no character development and all action.

It will kill the Marvel movie universe. After having them all in one movie, you can't do single movies again.
Hulk's not the villain even after all this setup? Crossovers are bad enough, I predict this will be purely fan wank. Just a cameo movie with no character development and all action.

It will kill the Marvel movie universe. After having them all in one movie, you can't do single movies again.
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12:47AM on 10/29/2008

Good news, but

I gaurantee they end up pushing back the release date for Avengers; that is, if they still want to make a Thor and Captain America movie first.
I gaurantee they end up pushing back the release date for Avengers; that is, if they still want to make a Thor and Captain America movie first.
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12:23AM on 10/29/2008

but...

look i'm glad about iron man but i wasn't really worried and i think howard would be way better so that sucks but...


what about ed norton? i will be up in the air if they try and recast the hulk again. Norton did a great job and because he wanted it to be the best movie it could be he might have screwed himself. We need him back and kicking ass!
look i'm glad about iron man but i wasn't really worried and i think howard would be way better so that sucks but...


what about ed norton? i will be up in the air if they try and recast the hulk again. Norton did a great job and because he wanted it to be the best movie it could be he might have screwed himself. We need him back and kicking ass!
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12:04AM on 10/29/2008

Is?

Is LouisFirefly really Terrence Howard?!
Is LouisFirefly really Terrence Howard?!
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12:03AM on 10/29/2008

Fuck Howard

First of all, who the Fuck cares about Howard? He is a Sub par actor. What was another good movie he was in?.....Idlewood? Please. Oh Wait Glitter. Yea thats it. Oh he did rip it with his monotone voice in Crash as the white black guy (Himself) that didnt say shit to the cop AT FIRST!! Then he became a fucking badass. shit, another good role he had was in Dead Presidents. Seriously give it a break his biggest Break was Iron Man. Maybe im just a Cheadle lover i mean the guy can act. I was sold
First of all, who the Fuck cares about Howard? He is a Sub par actor. What was another good movie he was in?.....Idlewood? Please. Oh Wait Glitter. Yea thats it. Oh he did rip it with his monotone voice in Crash as the white black guy (Himself) that didnt say shit to the cop AT FIRST!! Then he became a fucking badass. shit, another good role he had was in Dead Presidents. Seriously give it a break his biggest Break was Iron Man. Maybe im just a Cheadle lover i mean the guy can act. I was sold at Traffic. Great Story though but he did his thing. I read on THIS site that Howard wanted more money and they let him go over a Contract dispute. He wanted bigger bucks but after Marvel Shelled Dough out for Favs(Imporant) and RDJ(Very Important) they didnt want to spend that kind of money for him. thats Life Get over it. I want to see another Great Iron Man movie as long as RDJ, Favs and sexy ass Paltrow are back i dont care who else is in the movie. Give me those people, a great story and Kick Ass effects and im as happy as a pig in shit. Quit the whining, holy shit.

So i would like to see the Avengers Battle the Hulk!! I know that most people only claim to be Marvel readers but the REAL readers know that the the Avengers originally consisted of Ant-Man, Wasp, Thor, Iron Man, and the Hulk. The Hulk leaves and then they find Captain America. So the Hulk goes nuts and they find Captain and take down the Hulk. How sick would that be? I mean really without going into outer space what other Villian would give the Avengers(Thor, Iron Man, Captain, Wasp and Antman)a run for their money. Maybe Pym creates Ultron. That would be a Good Story but what about the HULK i what to see the Hulk. I think its a no brainer if they stay true to the story line.
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11:45PM on 10/28/2008
awesome news, but this also confirms and finalizes the Terrence Howard fuckover
awesome news, but this also confirms and finalizes the Terrence Howard fuckover
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10:23PM on 10/28/2008

Great News.

I am so glad to see that all is going well in the Marvel World. Iron Man 2 is going to be an amazing movie and will totally smash the stuffin' out of the first one (even though Iron Man is one of my all time favorite movies of all time).

A couple of things upset me though when reading this article; the fact that Terrenece Howard is no longer apart of the Iron Man franchise and the fact that they don't mention one SINGLE WORD OF EDWARD NORTON COMING BACK!

I loved The Incredible Hulk and
I am so glad to see that all is going well in the Marvel World. Iron Man 2 is going to be an amazing movie and will totally smash the stuffin' out of the first one (even though Iron Man is one of my all time favorite movies of all time).

A couple of things upset me though when reading this article; the fact that Terrenece Howard is no longer apart of the Iron Man franchise and the fact that they don't mention one SINGLE WORD OF EDWARD NORTON COMING BACK!

I loved The Incredible Hulk and it is also another one of my favorite movies of all time. It would suck if they couldn't get Edward Norton to come back as Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk. Marvel needs to sign Norton up fast so that The Avengers will both have Robert Downey Jr AND Edward Norton.

Oh, and please cast Brad Pitt or Matthew Fox as Captain America.

All in all, everything sounds good. Can't wait to see footage for both of these movies.
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9:48PM on 10/28/2008

This sounds good.

It could be a really could series. If its done right of course.

I would like to see Dr. Doom as the villian. The comic version. With all sorts of weapons and black magic. Not the wimpy version from the FF movies.
It could be a really could series. If its done right of course.

I would like to see Dr. Doom as the villian. The comic version. With all sorts of weapons and black magic. Not the wimpy version from the FF movies.
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9:35PM on 10/28/2008
Their biggest foe? Is it Ultron? Kang? The Red Skull? Why, no, it's actually none other than the villainous Dr. Q, aka Joe Quesada! With the ego of a million exploding Sean Penns, and the power to rewrite history with a single word, he will give the Avengers a fight the likes of which the world has never seen! (Except perhaps on "Bridezillas.")

Possible cameos: Stan Lee as the wise old hermit, and Terrence Howard as the pissed-off former star who stumbles onto the set, whiskey bottle
Their biggest foe? Is it Ultron? Kang? The Red Skull? Why, no, it's actually none other than the villainous Dr. Q, aka Joe Quesada! With the ego of a million exploding Sean Penns, and the power to rewrite history with a single word, he will give the Avengers a fight the likes of which the world has never seen! (Except perhaps on "Bridezillas.")

Possible cameos: Stan Lee as the wise old hermit, and Terrence Howard as the pissed-off former star who stumbles onto the set, whiskey bottle in hand, and unleashes his berserker rage on the producers.
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9:15PM on 10/28/2008
Let me get this out first: Terrence Howard should be back as James Rhodes. He nailed that part in Iron Man. But still, Don Cheadle is a superb actor but I haven't seen him in action role like Traitor yet. So we'll see about that.

As for the news, this is Awesome, especially the Avengers news. This is going to be far far better than that limbo JLA movie. For the extra tidbit, don't bring in the Skrull yet. That's going to complicate things a lot. Keep it simple first. I'd go for armies of
Let me get this out first: Terrence Howard should be back as James Rhodes. He nailed that part in Iron Man. But still, Don Cheadle is a superb actor but I haven't seen him in action role like Traitor yet. So we'll see about that.

As for the news, this is Awesome, especially the Avengers news. This is going to be far far better than that limbo JLA movie. For the extra tidbit, don't bring in the Skrull yet. That's going to complicate things a lot. Keep it simple first. I'd go for armies of Ultron.
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9:13PM on 10/28/2008

Avengers

@Alekjan
I think they mean the biggest foe they've ever faced in the comics, not in film. Here's hoping for Loki (Cast Paul Bettany for Loki and you're golden.)
and @LouisFirefly
Yea, I'm kind of peeved about them dropping Terrence Howard, especially for seemingly no reason, but I've got the confidence in Cheadle that he can pull it off. Howard didn't seem to have the force of character in the first that Rhodes commands in the comics. I don't know whether that was because he didn't have a
@Alekjan
I think they mean the biggest foe they've ever faced in the comics, not in film. Here's hoping for Loki (Cast Paul Bettany for Loki and you're golden.)
and @LouisFirefly
Yea, I'm kind of peeved about them dropping Terrence Howard, especially for seemingly no reason, but I've got the confidence in Cheadle that he can pull it off. Howard didn't seem to have the force of character in the first that Rhodes commands in the comics. I don't know whether that was because he didn't have a big enough part. Only time will tell how well this works out.
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9:06PM on 10/28/2008
"...will bring together the super hero team (...) for the first time ever" & "to battle the biggest foe they've ever faced"
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I don't get it, they just banded together! Of course it's the biggest foe they've ever faced, it's the ONLY foe they've ever faced!
"...will bring together the super hero team (...) for the first time ever" & "to battle the biggest foe they've ever faced"
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I don't get it, they just banded together! Of course it's the biggest foe they've ever faced, it's the ONLY foe they've ever faced!
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8:53PM on 10/28/2008

FUCK MARVEL STUDIOS

Marvel studios are a bunch of fuckers! They ripped off Terrence Howard, and for the character of Rhodes, Cheadle is a down-grade. They had to say 'award winning actor' when talking about Cheadle to trick people to think this is a good move. Fuck this shit.
Marvel studios are a bunch of fuckers! They ripped off Terrence Howard, and for the character of Rhodes, Cheadle is a down-grade. They had to say 'award winning actor' when talking about Cheadle to trick people to think this is a good move. Fuck this shit.
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8:47PM on 10/28/2008
Here's hoping for Thanos.
Here's hoping for Thanos.
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8:39PM on 10/28/2008
Stan Lee wil be the foe
Stan Lee wil be the foe
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8:38PM on 10/28/2008
Always happy to hear RDJ is down for more comic greatness... Can't wait to see what the Avengers turns out to be.
Always happy to hear RDJ is down for more comic greatness... Can't wait to see what the Avengers turns out to be.
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8:35PM on 10/28/2008
This is big baby. Really big!!
This is big baby. Really big!!
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8:31PM on 10/28/2008
Double post.
Double post.
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8:31PM on 10/28/2008

This is actually happening?

If it is, big time credit to Marvel for pulling off something DC can't.
If it is, big time credit to Marvel for pulling off something DC can't.
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