Iron Man 2 and The Avengers news (updated)

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A release from Marvel Entertainment has confirmed the news that Don Cheadle has officially replaced Terrence Howard for Iron Man 2 — and also The Avengers and subsequent installments of the Iron Man franchise.

Also confirmed for 2010’s Iron Man 2 and 2011’s Avengers movie are Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, of course, and Iron Man director Jon Favreau, who will direct Iron Man 2 and executive produce Avengers. (While RDJ and Favreau’s involvement with Iron Man 2 has long been know, this release is Marvel’s first official confirmation of those facts.) This news doesn’t necessarily count Favreau out for directing the film, although two megabudget superhero movies in two years is a pretty unrealistic workload, so don’t bet on it. (UPDATE (10/29): In an interview with AICN, Favreau does explicitly say, “I won’t be directing [The Avengers.]”)

It does, however, seem to rule out the involvement of Incredible Hulk producer Gale Anne Hurd, who recently commented to MTV that Ed Norton was signed for a Hulk sequel, and that she has every intention of making such a sequel — although how soon that will happen is entirely up to Marvel. It will definitely be after The Avengers — although we have no indication that Norton’s Hulk contracts extend to doing an Avengers film. (Since Downey’s didn’t, it’s pretty unlikely that Norton’s do.)

This release includes one tidbit that seems to dispell some recent speculation that Hulk would be the villain for the film, although early releases like this are rarely gospel. The official Marvel release stated that “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.”

Marvel’s next projects, of course, are Iron Man 2 and Thor, both aiming for 2010 releases. Iron Man 2 is currently slated for May 7, 2010.

Related Posts: Terrence Howard on Iron Man 2 switcheroo; Don Cheadle replacing Terrence Howard in Iron Man 2; Thor to be directed by… Kenneth Branagh? (updated)

Posted on October 28, 2008 at 17:17 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by Genevieve
    on 2008-11-06 at 09:03
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    ….If the bad guy is the Submariner (see image) I will shit bricks.

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