The men in (and behind)
"Iron Man" will be sticking together for more than just the anticipated sequel. Marvel Studios has officially announced that
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."
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.
"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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