Of all the recent casting rumors surrounding "Iron Man 2," it's clear that the one story that has fanboys praying to the Marvel Gods to come true has to be the addition of Oscar-nominee Mickey Rourke to the already powerhouse cast, possibly playing the Soviet-era villain The Crimson Dynamo.
"That’s actually incorrect," Downey told MTV News when asked if Rourke was being considered for the aforementioned Iron Man rogue. When pressed if, instead of Crimson Dynamo, Rourke was up for the role of Whiplash, another potential role bandied about on blogs these days, Downey had a more cryptic response.
"I can neither confirm nor deny that," said Downey. "Or maybe it’s some semblance of both. Here, I can tell you everything about the story except I won’t give away the ending. The nerd stuff is top-drawer security."
News of Rourke's possible involvement with the follow-up to last summer's mega-blockbuster has been one of the biggest stories to hit the 'Tubes lately. After reports broke that the actor, who is currently going through a career renaissance of sorts, was being considered for "Iron Man 2" (but has not officially signed on to the project as of yet), he went as far as saying that he'd bring "everything I can bring" to "Iron Man 2" in a brief chat with MTV News.
Rourke's comment was a high note for many "Iron Man" fans, given some of the recent reports of Samuel L. Jackson threatening to abandon his Nick Fury role, or previously announced Black Widow, Emily Blunt, possibly dropping out due to scheduling conflicts.
For more of our chat with Robert Downey Jr. about "Iron Man 2" head over to MTV.com.
What do you think Downey means by these comments? Are there any other Iron Man villains that you think Rourke would be suited for? Let's hear your thoughts in the comments below.