'Iron Man' Crew Will Be Back For Sequel And 'Avengers,' Marvel Announces

Robert Downey Jr. and director Jon Favreau are locked in; plus, studio confirms Don Cheadle's casting.

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"Iron Man" will be sticking together for more than just the anticipated sequel. Marvel Studios has officially announced that

Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle and Jon Favreau will be teaming up for not only "Iron Man 2," but also the company's much-anticipated superhero battle royale "The Avengers."

Downey will reprise his role as Tony Stark in "Iron Man 2" and again in "The Avengers," while Cheadle will pick up the part of James "Rhodey" Rhodes previously played by Terrence Howard in "Iron Man." The latter announcement confirms earlier reports regarding Cheadle's replacement of Howard, with the additional note that Cheadle will play the character in both "The Avengers" and subsequent "Iron Man" films.

Marvel also confirmed that Favreau will not only return to the director's chair for "Iron Man 2," but will also serve as executive producer for "The Avengers."

Previously, Marvel announced that the next four films on its slate would include "Iron Man 2," "The First Avenger: Captain America," "Thor" and "The Avengers."

While few details have emerged about the upcoming films (including the setting for "Captain America"), Favreau has offered up some insight regarding potential "Iron Man 2" plot points, such as the return of Samuel L. Jackson's supervillain-battling secret agent.

The announcement, however, makes no mention of whether Cheadle will don the War Machine armor in "Iron Man 2," or the much-discussed possibility that the Hulk would be a villain in "The Avengers."

"Iron Man 2" is scheduled for release on May 7, 2010, while "The Avengers" is currently scheduled for a July 15, 2011, release.

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