EXCLUSIVE: ‘Iron Man 2’ Black Widow, Tony Stark & Pepper Potts Love Triangle Confirmed

During a recent press junket for April 24th’s “The Soloist,” actor Robert Downey Jr. confirmed with MTV News what comics fans had long been expecting: Tony Stark will indeed have two lovely ladies vying for his attention in “Iron Man 2”.

Of course, Gwyneth Paltrow is set to return as assistant/love interest Pepper Potts, but the sequel will also see the addition of Scarlett Johansson as Russian agent Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow.

When asked whether he’d be 1/3 of a love triangle in the film, Downey told MTV News, “Heck yeah, Wouldn’t you?”

Still unconfirmed is exactly which iteration of the Black Widow will be making her appearance in the film. The original version was a Russian spy who, after defecting, ended up joining the Avengers. In Marvel’s Ultimate universe, however, the Black Widow nearly married Tony Stark before revealing herself as a traitor.

Regardless of whether she’ll wind up good or evil, it’s likely that the character’s first appearance (1964’s “Tales of Supense” #52) will be a major part of the on-screen backstory as it deals with an assassination attempt on Stark, as orchestrated by rumored “Iron Man 2″ villain Crimson Dynamo, a character whose possible appearance in the film is still being connected with Mickey Rourke, despite some claims by Downey to the contrary.

If it’s going to Pepper Potts versus the Black Widow, who are you rooting for? Let us know in the comment section!